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Reed, John H.

John H. Reed (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1921-2012) the son of a prominent Fort Fairfield potato grower, was born in that town on January 5, 1921. He attended local schools and graduated from the University of Maine in 1942. Upon graduation, John Hathaway Reed entered the U.S. … Continue reading

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Robie, Frederick

Frederick Robie (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1822-1912 ) born in Gorham on August 12, 1822, was descended from early immigrants. Both his paternal and maternal ancestors had emigrated from England to America in the 1600’s. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1841 after attending Gorham Academy … Continue reading

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Rose, Daniel

(1771-1833) was an engineer during the War of 1812 and became the first Warden of the Maine State Prison in 1823. While President of the Maine Senate from 1822 to 1824, he briefly served as acting governor when the outgoing … Continue reading

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Sewall, Sumner

Sumner Sewall, Maine Senate President, courtesy Maine State Archives

was born in Bath on June 17, 1897, the son of a wealthy Bath banker and shipbuilder, and grandson of Arthur Sewall, was educated at Bath public schools before attending Harvard University in 1916. In the middle of his freshman … Continue reading

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Smith, Samuel E.

(1788-1860) born in Hollis, New Hampshire on March 12, 1788. He prepared for college at Groton Academy and graduated from Harvard College in 1808. He immediately moved to Wiscasset to begin the practice of law and, coming from an old … Continue reading

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Vose, Richard H.

Richard Hampton Vose (courtesy, Maine State Archives)

was born in Augusta, Maine on November 8, 1803, the son of Solomon Vose a lawyer and graduate of Harvard College. Graduating from Bowdoin in 1822, he studied and practiced law in Worcester, Massachusetts for six years before returning to … Continue reading

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Washburn, Israel Jr.

Israel Washburn, Jr. (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1813-1883), a U.S. Representative and brother of Elihu Benjamin Washburn, Cadwallader Colden Washburn, and William Drew Washburn, was born in Livermore on June 6, 1813. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) Washburn attended the common schools and was … Continue reading

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Wells, Samuel

Samuel Wells (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1801-1868) was born in Durham, New Hampshire on August 15, 1801. He was a lawyer and began his practice in Waterville in 1816, moved to Hallowell in 1835 and to Portland in 1844. On September 28, 1847 Wells was appointed … Continue reading

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Williams, Joseph H.

Joseph H. Williams (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1783-1896) was born in Augusta on February 15, 1814. He was educated in the public schools and at a boys boarding school in Wiscasset. Williams graduated from Harvard College in 1834, attended Dame Law School in Cambridge for two years, … Continue reading

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Williamson, William D.

William D. Williamson, Maine Senate President 1820-1821 (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1779-1846) a U.S. Representative, was born in Canterbury, Connecticut on July 31, 1779, then moved in boyhood with his father to Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended the common schools and Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and was graduated from Brown University in … Continue reading

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