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A Sample of Governors Addresses

Inaugural Address, Governor William King, 1820 Inaugural Address, Governor Hannibal Hamlin, 1857 Inaugural Address, Governor Joseph E. Brennan, 1979 Inaugural Address, Governor Joseph E. Brennan, 1983 Inaugural Address, Governor John R. McKernan, Jr., 1987 Inaugural Address, Governor John R. McKernan, … Continue reading

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Ames, Benjamin

(1778-1835) a Democratic-Republican from Bath, born October 30, 1778, was acting governor 1821-1822 and President of the Maine Senate in 1824. He was born in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard educated, moved to Bath in 1806 and was admitted to the … Continue reading

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Anderson, Hugh J.

(1801-1881) was a U.S. Representative born in Wiscasset on May 10, 1801 where he attended the local schools. He moved to Belfast in 1815 and was employed as a clerk in the mercantile establishment of his uncle. Clerk of the … Continue reading

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Baldacci Inaugural Address 2003

Center for Digital Government presents first place award for its annual Best of the Web competition to Governor Baldacci, January 27, 2005.

Governor John E. Baldacci, January 8, 2003 Madam President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislature, Governor Curtis, Governor Brennan, distinguished guests, Chief Saufley and representatives of the court. More than 200 years ago, when Thomas Jefferson delivered his first inaugural … Continue reading

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Baldacci Inaugural Address 2007

Governor Baldacci congratulates Teacher of the Year nominees, March 13, 2009

Governor John E. Baldacci, January 2, 2007 Madam President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislature, Secretary of State Dunlap, Treasurer Lemoine, Attorney General Rowe, State Auditor Douglas, Congressman Allen, Governor Brennan, Governor King, Governor Doyle, Chief Francis, Chief Nicholas, Chief … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008

NOTE: The video clips offered here, and on the next few pages, do not cover everything spoken by Governor Baldacci. In addition, you may notice that he departs from the written text. Madam President, Mr. Speaker, Madam Chief Justice, members … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 2

And I believe a solution exists that will save taxpayer money and improve the treatment of the people in our care. President Lincoln wrote to Congress in 1862: “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 3

But success also depends on innovation. Maine has led the country on health care reform, an innovation that matters to families and businesses alike. Maine has led the country on health care reform, an innovation that matters to families and … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 4

For too long, our country and our state have been dependent on costly foreign oil. For too long, our country and our state have been dependent on costly foreign oil.Eighty percent of Maine’s homes are reliant on oil for heat. … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 5

It’s my goal that children start school ready to learn, and graduate from college ready and able to succeed here in Maine. Early childhood was the heart of my economic Summit held in November. More than 200 Maine business and … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 6

With these tax credits, we will keep more of our home-grown graduates here, and open the door of opportunity for the next generation of Maine entrepreneurs and leaders. Last year, the Legislature overwhelmingly approved Opportunity Maine, a tax credit program … Continue reading

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Baldacci, John E.

Governor John E. Baldacci (2009)

(1955- ), a U.S. Representative was born in Bangor on January 30, 1955. He graduated Bangor High School, 1973 and received a B.A. from the University of Maine, Orono in 1986. A restaurant operator, he was a member of the … Continue reading

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Barrows, Lewis O.

Lewis O. Barrows (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1893-1967) born in Newport on June 7, 1893, attended local schools and the University of Maine.  He returned home to work in his father’s drug store, in the insurance business, and then as Newport’s Town Treasurer for twelve years. A … Continue reading

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Baxter, Percival P.

Percival P. Baxter (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1876-1969) was Maine governor from 1921 to 1925, and donated the land for Baxter State Park beginning in 1931. Born on November 22, 1876, he was the son of James Phinney Baxter and Mehitable Proctor Cummings Baxter. He attended schools … Continue reading

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Bodwell, Joseph R.

Joseph Bodwell, Jr. (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1818-1887) was born in Methuen, Massachusetts on June 18, 1818. His family was poor and at age eight he went to live with a neighbor, working on his farm and receiving little education. At sixteen he was free to hire … Continue reading

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Brann, Louis J.

Louis J. Brann (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1876-1948) of Lewiston, born in Madison on July 6, 1876, was elected Maine’s first Democratic governor in two decades during depression era sweeps in 1932 and again in 1934. He defeated first Burleigh Martin of Augusta, then Alfred Ames of … Continue reading

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Brennan Inaugural Address 1979

Governor Joseph E. Brennan, January 4, 1979 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the 109th Legislature Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary, Mr. Secretary of State. One hundred and sixty years ago, two hundred and seventy-four delegates representing … Continue reading

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Brennan Inaugural Address 1983

Governor Joseph E. Brennan, January 6, 1983 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, honorable members of the 111th Maine Legislature, Mr. Chief Justice and distinguished members of the Maine Judiciary, Senator Mitchell, Bishop O’Leary, Rabbi Krinsky, Reverend Josselyn, my colleagues in service … Continue reading

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Brennan, Joseph E.

Joseph E. Brennan

(1934- ) was a U.S. Representative born in Portland on November 2, 1934. He attended public schools, then received a B.S. from Boston College in 1958, and an LL.B. from the University of Maine Law School in 1963. State public … Continue reading

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Brewster, Ralph Owen

Ralph Owen Brewster (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1888-1961) a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine was born in Dexter on February 22, 1888. He attended the public schools; was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1909, and from the law department of Harvard University 1913. He … Continue reading

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