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Fairfield, John

John Fairfield, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1797-1847), a U.S. Representative and a Senator from Maine, was born in Saco on January 30, 1797, attended the Saco schools, Thornton Academy, and Bowdoin College. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1826, and began his practice … Continue reading

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Fernald, Bert M.

Bert M. Fernald (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1858-1926) a Senator from Maine, was born in West Poland, Androscoggin County, April 3, 1858. He attended the public schools, Hebron Academy, and a business and preparatory school in Boston. Fernald taught school, was elected supervisor of schools in at … Continue reading

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Garcelon, Alonzo

Alonzo Garcelon (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1813-1906) born in Lewiston on May 6, 1813, was Maine governor from 1879 to 1870. Educated at academies in Monmouth, Waterville, and Newcastle, he worked his way through Bowdoin College by teaching school, graduating in 1836. After attending medical school … Continue reading

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Gardiner, William Tudor

William Tudor Gardiner (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1892-1953) born in Newton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1892, attended Groton School, Harvard and Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1917 and in the same year enlisted in the First Maine Heavy Artillery. During World War … Continue reading

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Governors

William King, Maine

initially were elected for one year terms, then two year terms beginning in 1880, and finally in 1962 four year terms were adopted. From 1820 through 1853, fifteen of the eighteen governors were Democratic-Republicans or Democrats. (See election results and … Continue reading

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Haines, William T.

William T. Haines (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1854-1919) born in Levant on August 7, 1854, attended local schools and the University of Maine. After receiving his LL.B. from Albany Law School in 1878, he was admitted to the Maine bar the following year. Haines began his legal … Continue reading

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Hall, Joshua

Joshua Hall (courtesy Maine State Archives)

was born on October 22, 1768 in Lewes, Delaware. He served the town of Frankfort in the General Court in 1814, 1816, 1818 and 1819, and was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1820-1821. A National Republican, … Continue reading

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Hamlin Inaugural Address 1857

Governor Hannibal Hamlin, 1857 Gentlemen of the senate and house of representatives: You have assembled to discharge the legislative duties devolved upon you by the people of the state. It becomes my duty, under the provisions of the constitution, to … Continue reading

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Hamlin, Hannibal

Governor Hannibal Hamlin (1857), during the Civil War, Matthew Brady Studio, from the National Archives collections

(1809-1891) a Representative and a Senator from Maine and a Vice President of the United States, was born at Paris Hill in Oxford County on August 27, 1809. He attended the district schools, Hebron Academy, and Kents Hill School. Hamlin … Continue reading

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Haskell, Robert N.

Robert N. Haskell (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1904-  ) was born in Bangor, Maine on August 24, 1904. He was educated in local schools and received a degree in engineering from the University of Maine in 1905. Following graduation, he was employed by the Bangor Hydro-Electric Company … Continue reading

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Hildreth, Horace A.

Horace A. Hildreth (courtesy Maine State Museum)

  (1902-1988 ) born in December 1902 in Gardiner, the son of an attorney, attended local schools before graduating from Bowdoin College in the class of 1925 and receiving his LL.B. from Harvard in 1928. In Boston he joined the … Continue reading

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Hill, John Freemont

John Fremont Hill (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1855-1912) born in Eliot on October 29, 1855, was Maine governor from 1901 to 1905. Educated in local schools, he attended the Maine Medical School of Brunswick receiving his degree in 1877. Although he practiced medicine for a year in … Continue reading

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Hubbard, John

John Hubbard (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1794-1869) of Hallowell, was born in Readfield March 22, 1794. His father, a physician and farmer, though once prosperous, fell on hard times and lost much of his property. Hubbard had little high school education, but decided to improve himself … Continue reading

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Hunton, Jonathan

Jonathan G. Hunton (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1781-1851) was born in Unity, New Hampshire on March 14, 1781. After early education in the common schools, he moved to Readfield as a young man to study law with his uncle, Samuel P. Glidden, the first lawyer in that … Continue reading

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Kavanagh, Edward

Edward Kavanaugh (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1795-1844) a U.S. Representative, was born in Newcastle on April 27, 1795. He attended Montreal Seminary, Montreal, Canada, and Georgetown College, Georgetown, D.C., and was graduated from St. Mary’s College, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1813. He studied law, was admitted to … Continue reading

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Kent, Edward

(1802-1877) was born in Concord, New Hampshire on January 8, 1802. After studying law with Benjamin Orr of Topsham, Kent began his own practice in Bangor in September of 1825. He later was a partner in several law firms and … Continue reading

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King Inaugural Address 1820

Face page of the first bound volume of the Laws of Maine which contained Governor Kings address

Governor William King, 1820 RESOLVES OF THE LEGISLATURE OF MAINE, PASSED AT ITS SESSION, WHICH COMMENCED ON THE THIRTY FIRST DAY OF MAY, AND ENDED ON THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF JUNE, ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY ______________ MESSAGE OF THE … Continue reading

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King Inaugural Address 1995

Governor Angus S. King, Jr., January 5, 1995 Members of the Judiciary, the Legislature, the International Consular Corps, family, friends, and citizens of Maine: We have been through hard times together. Maine’s economy has been rocked by cutbacks in defense; … Continue reading

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King Inaugural Address 1999

Governor Angus S. King, Jr., January 7, 1999 A little less than a year from now, at the end of a cold New England night, the sun’s first rays will strike Eastport, Cadillac Mountain, and Mars Hill and a new … Continue reading

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King, Angus S. Jr.

Governor King and his wife, Mary Hermon (2002)

(1944- ) was born on March 31st, 1944, in Alexandria, Virginia, was president of two of his classes at the local high school, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1969. While in … Continue reading

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