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Fessenden, William Pitt

William Pitt Fessenden, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1806-1869) (brother of Samuel Clement Fessenden and Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden), was a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine. He was born in Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire on October 16, 1806. Fessenden attended the common schools, graduated … Continue reading

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Flye, Edwin

(1817-1886) a U.S. Representative was born in Newcastle on March 4, 1817, attended the common schools and Lincoln Academy. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and shipbuilding. A member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1858, he served for many … Continue reading

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Foster, Stephen Clark

Stephen C. Forster, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1799-1872) a U.S. Representative was born in Machias on December 24, 1799. He attended the common schools, learned the blacksmith’s trade and subsequently became a shipbuilder. Foster was member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1834 to 1837 and … Continue reading

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French, Ezra

(1810-1880) a U.S. Representative was born in Landaff, Grafton County, New Hampshire, September 23, 1810. He attended the common schools and pursued an academic course. He studied law in Bath and Plymouth, New Hampshire, was admitted to the bar in … Continue reading

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Frye, William Pierce

(1830-1911) a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator, grandfather of Wallace Humphrey White, Jr., was born in Lewiston on September 2, 1830. He attended the public schools in Lewiston and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1850; studied law, was admitted … Continue reading

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Fuller, Melville W.

Maine’s only native to serve as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Count was born in Augusta on January 11, 1833. Melville Weston Fuller was appointed to that post by president Grover Cleavland, taking the oath of office on … Continue reading

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Fuller, Thomas James Duncan

(1808-1876) a U.S. Representative was born in Hardwick, Caledonia County, Vermont, March 17, 1808. He attended the common schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Calais. Elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and … 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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Gardner, Obadiah

(1852-1938) a Senator from Maine, born near Port Huron, Michigan on September 13, 1852, moved to Union with his parents in 1864. He attended the common schools, Eastman’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and Coburn Classical Institute in Waterville. He … Continue reading

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Garland, Peter

(1923- ) a U.S. Representative was born in Boston on June 16, 1923. He attended Saco public schools, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1945. Garland was a officer and director of Garland Manufacturing Company in … Continue reading

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Gerry, Elbridge

(1813-1886), grandson of Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814), was a U.S. Representative who was born in Waterford on December 6, 1813. He pursued an academic course and attended Bridgton Academy, studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and began his … Continue reading

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Gilman, Charles Jervis

(1824-1901), grandnephew of John Taylor Gilman and Nicholas Gilman, was a U.S. Representative born in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire on February 26, 1824. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire where he pursued classical studies. Gilman was … Continue reading

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Goodall, Louis

Louis Bertrand Goodall (1851-1935), a U.S. Representative, was born in Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire on September 23, 1851. He moved to Troy, New Hampshire, with his parents in 1852, attended the common schools there, a private school in Thompson, … Continue reading

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Goodenow, Robert

(1800-1874), brother of Rufus King Goodenow, was a U.S. Representative; was born in Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire on April 19, 1800. He moved with his parents to Brownfield in 1802, attended the common schools there and at Sanford in … Continue reading

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Goodenow, Rufus King

(1790-1863), brother of Robert Goodenow, was a U.S. Representative born in Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, April 24, 1790. He moved with his parents to Brownfield in 1802, and received just a limited schooling. He engaged in agricultural pursuits, and … Continue reading

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Goodwin, Forrest

Forrest Goodwin, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1862-1913) was a U.S. Representative born in Skowhegan on June 14, 1862. He attended the common schools; was graduated from Skowhegan High School and Bloomfield Academy, and in 1887 from Colby College, and Boston University Law School in 1890. He … Continue reading

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Goodwin, John Noble

(1824-1887) a U.S. Representative and a Delegate from the Territory of Arizona, was born in South Berwick on October 18, 1824. He attended public schools and the local academy at Berwick, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1844. He studied … Continue reading

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Gould, Arthur Robinson

(1857-1946) a U.S. Senator from Maine, was born in East Corinth, March 16, 1857. He attended the common schools and East Corinth Academy. Gould moved to Presque Isle in 1887, engaged in the lumber business and built power plants and … Continue reading

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Gould, Samuel W.

Samuel Wadsworth Gould (1852-1935) a U.S. Representative, was born in Porter on January 1, 1852. He moved with his parents to Hiram, attended the public schools and North Parsonsfield Seminary, was graduated from the University of Maine in 1877. He … Continue reading

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