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Smith, Margaret Chase

Margaret Chase Smith House and Library, Pleasant Street, Skowhegan (2001)

(1897-1995) became, in 1949, the first woman to serve as a United States Senator. She was the first senator to speak out against Senator Joseph McCarthy and his committee on Un-American Affairs with her “declaration of conscience speech,” delivered to the Senate in June of 1950. 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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Snow, Donald F.

Donald Francis Snow (1877-1958), a U.S. Representative was born in Bangor on September 6, 1877. He attended the public schools of his native city and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1901 and from the law school of the University … Continue reading

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Snowe, Olympia

Olympia J. Snowe

  Olympia Jean Snowe (1947- ), a U.S. Representative and a Senator from Maine, was born Olympia Jean Boucles in Augusta on February 21, 1947. She attended St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, New York 1962; graduated from Edward Little High … Continue reading

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Somes, Daniel E.

Daniel Elton Somes (1815-1888) a U.S. Representative was born in Meredith (now Laconia), New Hampshire on May 20, 1815 where he received an academic education. Somes moved to Biddeford in 1846 and established the Eastern Journal, later known as the … Continue reading

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Sprague, Peleg

Peleg Sprague

(1793-1880), grandfather of Charles Franklin Sprague (a U.S Representative from Massachusetts 1897-1901), was a himself a Representative and a U. S. Senator from Maine Charles Sprague was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts on April 27, 1793. He graduated from Harvard University … Continue reading

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Stetson, Charles

(1801-1863) a U.S. Representative, was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire on November 2, 1801. He moved with his parents to Hampden in 1802, attended Hampden Academy and was graduated from Yale College in 1823. He studied law, was admitted … Continue reading

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Swasey, John Philip

(1839-1928) a U.S. Representative, was born in Canton on September 4, 1839. He attended the Canton public schools, Dearborn Academy, Hebron Academy, Maine State Seminary, and Tufts College, Medford, Massachusetts. During the Civil War, Swasey enlisted in the Union Army … Continue reading

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Sweat, Lorenzo de Medici

(1818-1898) a U.S. Representative, was born in Parsonsfield on May 26, 1818. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1837 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1840. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in … Continue reading

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Tupper, Stanley

was a Republican U.S. Representative; born in Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln County January 25, 1921; educated in Boothbay Harbor public schools, Hebron Academy; Middlebury College in Vermont, and LaSalle Extension University in Chicago. He served in the United States Navy from … Continue reading

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Utterback, John G.

John Gregg Utterback (1872-1955), cousin of Hubert Utterback a U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1935-1937. John Utterback, himself a U.S. Representative, was born in Franklin, Indiana on July 12, 1872. He attended the public schools of his native city and was … 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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Wadsworth, Peleg

Peleg Wadsworth (1748-1829) was a Representative to Congress from Massachusetts. Born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, he attended public and private schools, and was graduated from Harvard College in 1769. After a brief period in business in Kingston, Massachusetts, Wadsworth served in … Continue reading

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Walton, Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley Walton, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1819-1900) a U.S. Representative, was born in Mexico, Maine on December 9, 1819. He attended the common schools and was instructed at home and by private tutors. Walton studied law, was admitted to the bar in Oxford in 1841 and … Continue reading

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Washburn, Cadwallader Colden

(1818-1882), brother of Elihu Benjamin Washburn, Israel Washburn Jr., and William Drew Washburn, was born in Livermore on April 22, 1818. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) No other family ever sent four brothers to the United States … Continue reading

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Washburn, Elihu B.

Elihu Benjamin Washburn (brother of Israel Washburn, Jr., Cadwallader Colden Washburn, and William Drew Washburn) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) He was born in Livermore, September 23, 1816, attended the common … 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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Washburn, William D.

William Drew Washburn (brother of Israel Washburn, Jr., Elihu Benjamin Washburn, and Cadwallader Colden Washburn) was a U.S Representative and a U.S. Senator from Minnesota. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) Born in Livermore, Maine on January 14, 1831, he … 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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White, Benjamin

(1790-1860) a U.S. Representative, was born in Goshen (now Vienna) May 13, 1790. He attended the common schools, moved to Winthrop in 1802 and was employed on a farm until 1808 when he entered Farmington Academy. White taught school for … Continue reading

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