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Curtis, Oakley C.

Oakley C. Curtis (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1865-1924) of Portland was born March 29, 1865 and attended local public schools. He began work as a clerk for the Grand Trunk Railroad, then worked for a wholesale coal dealership, becoming its manager then president. Curtis later focused on … Continue reading

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Cutler, Nathaniel

Governor Nathan Cutler (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1775-1861) was a farmer’s son who decided to leave the land against his father’s wishes. Born in Lexington, Massachusetts on May 29, 1775, he attended Leicester Academy, then graduated from Dartmouth in 1798. After teaching briefly in Middlebury, Vermont while … Continue reading

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Dana, John W.

John W. Dana (courtesy, Maine State Archives)

(1808-1867) born in Fryeburg on June 21, 1808. He was educated at Fryeburg Academy and later became a trustee of that institution. Dana became a business person rather than the lawyer his father had hoped he would be. Later he … Continue reading

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Dane, Joseph

(1778-1858) a U.S. Representative was born in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts on October 25, 1778. He received his early education in Beverly, Massachusetts, attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1799. Dane studied law; was … Continue reading

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Davee, Thomas

(1797-1841) a U.S. Representative, was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, December 9, 1797. He attended the common schools. As an adult he moved to Maine where he worked in retail sales. Davee was a member of the Maine House of Representatives … Continue reading

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Davis, Daniel

Daniel F. Davis (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1843-1897) , born in Freedom, was elected Governor by the Legislature after the disputed election of 1879 resulted in no majority at the polls. Although Davis, the Republican candidate from Corinth, received by far the most votes (68, 967 of … Continue reading

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Democratic Party Platform 1986

*** STATE ISSUES *** PREAMBLE We, the Democratic Party of the State of Maine, affirm our belief in the benefit of state government. The Democratic Party has in the past 20 years accomplished: * Significant increases in employment and income; … Continue reading

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Dingley, Nelson Jr.

Nelson Dingley, Jr. (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1832-1899) a U.S. Representative was born in Durham on February 15, 1832. He attended the common schools at Unity, Waterville Seminary, and Waterville College, now Colby College. Dingley was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1855, studied law and was admitted … Continue reading

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Dunlap, Robert P.

Robert Pinkney Dunlap (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1794-1859) a U.S. Representative, was born in Brunswick on August 17, 1794, was educated by private tutors and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1815. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Brunswick. … Continue reading

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Dunn, David

David Dunn (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1811-1894) was born in Cornish on January 17, 1811. Where he received whatever formal education he possessed remains a mystery but we do know that he studied law under then future Governor, “Squire” John Fairfield, of Saco. Dunn was admitted … Continue reading

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Emery, David F.

(1948- ) a U.S. Representative was born in Rockland on September 1, 1948. He attended public schools, and earned a B.S. from Worcester (Massachusetts) Polytechnic Institute in 1970. Emery served as a Representative in Maine Legislature from 1970 to 1974. … Continue reading

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Evans, George

George Evans

(1797-1867) a Representative and a Senator from Maine, was born in Hallowell on January 12, 1797. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1815, he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Gardiner. He served as a … Continue reading

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Executive Orders

Governor

Executive Orders are official acts of a governor to establish policies and practices for the Executive Branch in the administration of state government.  These Orders may direct that certain actions be taken, that emergencies be dealt with in a prescribed … Continue reading

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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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Farley, Ephraim Wilder

(1817-1880) a U.S. Representative was born in Newcastle on August 29, 1817. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1836. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Newcastle. A member … Continue reading

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Farwell, Nathan Allen

Nathan Farwell, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1812-1893), a U. S. Senator from Maine and cousin of Owen Lovejoy, was born in Unity on February 24, 1812. He attended the common schools; taught school (1832-1833), moved to East Thomaston in 1834, and was involved in the manufacture … Continue reading

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Fellows, Frank

(1889-1951) a U.S. Representative was born in Bucksport on November 7, 1889. He attended the public schools, East Maine Conference Seminary in Bucksport, and the University of Maine at Orono. He was graduated from the University of Maine Law School, … 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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Fessenden, Samuel Clement

(1815-1882), brother of Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden and William Pitt Fessenden, was a U.S. Representative. He was born in New Gloucester on March 7, 1815, pursued classical studies and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1834 and from Bangor Theological … Continue reading

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Fessenden, Thomas

Thomas Amory DeBlois Fessenden (1826-1868), brother of Samuel Clement Fessenden and William Pitt Fessenden, was a U.S. Representative born in Portland on January 23, 1826. He attended North Yarmouth Academy and Dartmouth College, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1845. … Continue reading

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