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Hill, John Freemont

John Fremont Hill (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1855-1912) born in Eliot on October 29, 1855, was Maine governor from 1901 to 1905. Educated in local schools, he attended the Maine Medical School of Brunswick receiving his degree in 1877. Although he practiced medicine for a year in … Continue reading

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Hinds, Asher

Asher Crosby Hinds (1863-1919) a U.S. Representative, was born in Benton on February 6, 1863. He attended the public schools and Coburn Classical Institute, was graduated from Colby College in 1883. He began newspaper work in Portland in 1884. Hinds … Continue reading

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Holland, Cornelius

(1783-1870) a U.S. Representative, was born in Sutton, Massachusetts on July 9, 1783. He attended the common schools, studied medicine and began his practice in Livermore in 1814. Holland moved to Canton in 1815 also engaging in agricultural pursuits. A … Continue reading

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Holmes, John

John Holmes, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1773-1843) was a Representative from Massachusetts and a Senator from Maine; born in Kingston, Massachusetts, March 14, 1773. He attended the Kingston public schools; graduated from Rhode Island College (now Brown University), Providence, Rhode Island, in 1796. He studied law, … Continue reading

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Hubbard, John

John Hubbard (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1794-1869) of Hallowell, was born in Readfield March 22, 1794. His father, a physician and farmer, though once prosperous, fell on hard times and lost much of his property. Hubbard had little high school education, but decided to improve himself … Continue reading

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Hunton, Jonathan

Jonathan G. Hunton (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1781-1851) was born in Unity, New Hampshire on March 14, 1781. After early education in the common schools, he moved to Readfield as a young man to study law with his uncle, Samuel P. Glidden, the first lawyer in that … Continue reading

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Jarvis, Leonard

(1781-1854) a U.S. Representative, was born in Boston on October 19, 1781, attended the common schools, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1800. He moved to Surry and later became sheriff of Hancock County (1821-1829) and was collector of … Continue reading

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Johnson, Charles Fletcher

(1859-1930) a Senator from Maine; born in Winslow on February 14, 1859. He attended the common schools and the Waterville Classical Institute, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1879. He was principal of the high school of Machias, 1881-1886, studied … Continue reading

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Kavanagh, Edward

Edward Kavanaugh (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1795-1844) a U.S. Representative, was born in Newcastle on April 27, 1795. He attended Montreal Seminary, Montreal, Canada, and Georgetown College, Georgetown, D.C., and was graduated from St. Mary’s College, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1813. He studied law, was admitted to … Continue reading

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Kent, Edward

(1802-1877) was born in Concord, New Hampshire on January 8, 1802. After studying law with Benjamin Orr of Topsham, Kent began his own practice in Bangor in September of 1825. He later was a partner in several law firms and … Continue reading

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Kidder, David

(1787-1860) a U.S. Representative, was born in Dresden on December 8, 1787. He pursued classical studies with private tutors, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bloomfield; moved to Skowhegan in 1817 and then to Norridgewock … Continue reading

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King Inaugural Address 1820

Face page of the first bound volume of the Laws of Maine which contained Governor Kings address

Governor William King, 1820 RESOLVES OF THE LEGISLATURE OF MAINE, PASSED AT ITS SESSION, WHICH COMMENCED ON THE THIRTY FIRST DAY OF MAY, AND ENDED ON THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF JUNE, ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY ______________ MESSAGE OF THE … Continue reading

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King Inaugural Address 1995

Governor Angus S. King, Jr., January 5, 1995 Members of the Judiciary, the Legislature, the International Consular Corps, family, friends, and citizens of Maine: We have been through hard times together. Maine’s economy has been rocked by cutbacks in defense; … Continue reading

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King Inaugural Address 1999

Governor Angus S. King, Jr., January 7, 1999 A little less than a year from now, at the end of a cold New England night, the sun’s first rays will strike Eastport, Cadillac Mountain, and Mars Hill and a new … Continue reading

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King, Angus S. Jr.

Governor King and his wife, Mary Hermon (2002)

(1944- ) was born on March 31st, 1944, in Alexandria, Virginia, was president of two of his classes at the local high school, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1969. While in … Continue reading

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King, William

Portrait of Governor William King

(1768-1852) the first governor of Maine, was a wealthy business owner and politician. At one point, the wealthiest ship owner in Maine, he was active in politics representing first Topsham then Bath in the Massachusetts legislature at various times between … Continue reading

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Knowlton, Ebenezer

(1815-1874) a U.S. Representative, was born in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, December 6, 1815. He moved with his parents to South Montville in 1825, attended the common schools, studied theology and entered the ministry. A member of the Maine House of … Continue reading

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Kyros, Peter

Peter Kyros, c. 1968

(1925- ) a U.S. Representative was born in Portland on July 11, 1925. He attended the public schools in Portland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1947, and graduated from Harvard Law … Continue reading

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Ladd, George Washington

(1818-1892) a U.S. Representative was born in Augusta on September 28, 1818. He attended the common schools and Kents Hill Seminary. He was in the drug business in Bangor and later in lumber, commission, and wholesale grocery businesses. Elected as … Continue reading

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LePage Inaugural Address 2011

Governor Paul R. LePage

Governor Paul R. LePage, January 5, 2011 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the 125th Legislature, Governor Baldacci, former Governors King, McKernan, Brennan and honored guests. Welcome. Mainers have a long tradition of working together. As I begin I would … Continue reading

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