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Otis, John

(1801-1856) a U.S. Representative, was born in Leeds on August 3, 1801. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1823. Otis studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Hallowell in … Continue reading

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Parkhurst, Frederick H.

(1864-1921) born in Unity on November 5, 1864, attended local schools, and after receiving his degree from Columbia Law School in 1887, he was admitted to the Maine bar. Parkhurst joined his father in a leather goods business of which … Continue reading

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Parks, Gorham

(1794-1877) a U.S. Representative, was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on May 27, 1794. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Harvard University in 1813. Parks studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819; he moved to Bangor … Continue reading

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Parris, Albion K.

Albion K. Parris (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1788-1857) was born in Hebron, Maine (at that time a part of Massachusetts) on January 19, 1788. He was a cousin of Virgil Delphini Parris also a U.S. U.S. Representative. Albion Parris, a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and a Senator … Continue reading

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Parris, Virgil

Virgil D. Parris, courtesy Maine State Archives

Virgil Delphini Parris (1807-1874), cousin of Albion Keith Parris, was a U.S. U.S. Representative; born in Buckfield, February 18, 1807. He attended the common schools, Hebron Academy, and Colby College and was graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, … Continue reading

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Partridge, Donald

Donald Barrows Partridge (1891-1946), a U.S. Representative, was born in Norway on June 7, 1891, attended the common and high schools and was graduated from Bates College in 1914. He was principal of the high school at Canton 1914-1917, then … Continue reading

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Payne, Frederick G.

Frederick G. Payne (courtesy of Maine State Museum)

(1904-1978) a Senator from Maine; born in Lewiston on July 24, 1904. He attended the public schools of Lewiston and the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in Boston. During early school days he worked as a newsboy, usher and … Continue reading

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Perham, Sidney

Sidney Perham, governor

(1819-1907) a U.S. Representative, was born in Woodstock on March 27, 1819 where he attended the common schools and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He later became a resident of nearby Paris. A member of the Maine House of Representatives in … Continue reading

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Perkins, Frances

Frances Perkins Center (2014)

While she was born in Boston, Frances Perkins considered her family’s “Brick House” in Newcastle to be her home. As the National Park Service observed in its National Landmark Nomination document: The Perkins Homestead in Newcastle, Maine, is nationally significant … Continue reading

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Perry, John J.

John Jasiel Perry (1811-1897), a U.S. Representative, was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on August 2, 1811. In 1812, he moved with his parents to an area of Hebron that is now in the town of Oxford, attended the common … Continue reading

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Pert, Edwin H.

Ed Pert in Clerk

Edwin H. Pert (1933-2016), a long-time fixture in Maine politics,  graduated from Morse High School in Bath and the University of Maine in Orono. Pert served a tour in Korea as a public information officer for the U.S. Army. He … Continue reading

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Peters, John A.

John Andrew Peters (1822-1904), uncle of John Andrew Peters (1864-1953), a U.S. Representative, was born in Ellsworth on October 9, 1822. He attended Gorham Academy, and was graduated from Yale College in 1842. He studied law; was admitted to the … Continue reading

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Peters, John Andrew

(1864-1953), nephew of John Andrew Peters (1822-1904), a U.S. Representative, was born in Ellsworth on August 13, 1864. He attended the common schools, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1885. He studied law; was admitted to the bar, began his … Continue reading

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Pike, Frederick Augustus

Frederick A. Pike, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1816-1886) a U.S. Representative, was born in Calais on December 9, 1816. He attended the common schools and the Washington Academy in East Machias; and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1837. He studied law; was admitted to the bar … Continue reading

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Pingree, Chellie

Chellie Pingree 2012

(1955-  ) Rochelle “Chellie” Pingree is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the First Congressional District.  She was re-elected in 2012 and 2010, having been elected in 2008 as the first woman representing the district. It marked … Continue reading

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Plaisted, Frederick W.

Frederick W. Plaisted (courtesy of Maine State Museum)

(1865-1943) born in Bangor on July 26, 1865, served as Governor 1911-1913. His father, Harris M. Plaisted, was a Republican governor from 1881 to 1883. After attending local public schools and St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, Frederick put his interest … Continue reading

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Plaisted, Harris M.

Harris M. Plaisted (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1828-1898) a U.S. Representative, was born in Jefferson, Coos County, New Hampshire on November 2, 1828. He attended the common schools, and was graduated from Waterville College in 1853 and from the Albany (New York) Law School in 1856. His … Continue reading

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Poliquin, Bruce

Bruce Poliquin (1953-     ) was born in Waterville on November 1, 1953. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 1972. He then graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economic in 1976. The 2014 Republican candidate for … Continue reading

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Powers, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Powers (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1836-1908) a U.S. Representative, was born in Pittsfield on October 14, 1836. He attended the common schools of Pittsfield and St. Albans Academy. He was graduated from the Coburn Classical Institute and attended Colby College. Powers was graduated from the … Continue reading

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Randall, Benjamin

1789-1859) a U.S. Representative, was born in Topsham on November 14, 1789, he pursued an academic course, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1809. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1812 and began his practice in Bath. … Continue reading

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