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McKernan Inaugural Address 1991

Governor John R. McKernan, Jr., January 3, 1991 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the 115th Legislature, Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary, Mr. Secretary of State, Members of the Clergy, and Fellow Citizens: Before I begin, I … Continue reading

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McKernan, John R. Jr.

Governor McKernan at a news conference (Maine State Archives)

(1948- ) a U.S. Representative, was born in Bangor on May 20, 1948. He attended public schools of Bangor, earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1970, and his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 1974. … Continue reading

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Michaud, Michael H.

Michael H. Michaud 2012

  (1955- ) is a U.S. Representative first elected in 2002, then re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He was a Democratic State Senator Democrat from East Millinocket, unanimously elected Maine’s 107th Senate President on December 6, 2000 … Continue reading

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Milliken, Carl E.

Carl E. Milliken (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1877-1961) was born on July 13, 1877 in Pittsfield, attended public schools there before graduating from Cony High School, then Bates College in the class of 1897. He went on to receive his masters degree from Harvard in 1899 before … Continue reading

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Milliken, Seth Llewellyn

(1831-1897) a U.S. Representative, was born in Montville on December 12, 1831. He attended the common schools and Waterville College [now Colby College]; was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1856. A member of the Maine House of … Continue reading

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Mitchell, Elizabeth

Elizabeth "Libby" Mitchell

Maine state legislator and attorney, has made history in the state legislature three times. In 1980 she was elected the first woman House Majority Leader; in 1996, the first woman Speaker of the House; and in 2006 Senate Majority Leader, … Continue reading

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Mitchell, George J.

Mitchell and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, October 2010

(1933-  ) was born on August 20, 1933 in Waterville, where he spent his youth. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1954, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps until 1956. In … Continue reading

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Moor, Wyman Bradbury Seavy

Wyman Moore, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1811-1869) a U.S. Senator from Maine was born in Waterville, November 11, 1811. He attended the town school, prepared for college at China Academy, and graduated from Waterville College. Moor taught school for one year in St. Stephen’s, New Brunswick, … Continue reading

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Moran, Edward

Edward Carleton Moran, Jr. (1894-1967) a U.S. Representative was born in Rockland on December 29, 1894. He attended the public schools and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1917. During the First World War, he served from July 25, 1917 … Continue reading

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Morrill, Anson P.

Anson P. Morrill (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1803-1887), brother of Lot Myrick Morrill, a U.S. Representative, was born in Belgrade on June 10, 1803 and attended the district schools. Appointed postmaster at Dearborn, Kennebec County, he served from November 1, 1825 to June 3, 1841. He moved … Continue reading

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Morrill, Lot M.

Lot M. Morrill (courtesy Maine State Archives)

  (1813-1883), a Senator from Maine and brother of Anson Peaslee Morrill, was born in Belgrade, May 3, 1813. He attended the district schools and Waterville (now Colby) College. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839, and … Continue reading

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Morrill, Samuel

Samuel Plummer Morrill, (1816-1892) a U.S. Representative, was born in Chesterville on February 11, 1816, attended the common schools and Farmington Academy. He studied theology; was ordained a minister and held pastorates in Farmington from 1848 to 1853. Elected in … Continue reading

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Morse, Freeman Harlow

(1807-1891) a U.S. Representative, was born in Bath February 18, 1807; attended private schools and the academy in Bath. He was a carver of figureheads for ships. A member of the Maine House of Representatives (1840-1844), he was elected as … Continue reading

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Murch, Thompson Henry

(1838-1886) a U.S. Representative, was born in Hampden on March 29, 1838 and attended the common schools. He spent his early life at sea, learned the stonecutter’s trade and engaged in that occupation for eighteen years. He became editor and … Continue reading

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Muskie, Edmund S.

Edmund S. Muskie (courtesy of Maine State Museum)

(1914-1996) received a B.A. from Bates College and law degree from Cornell University, and served in the Navy in World War II. He entered politics winning a seat in the Maine House of Representatives in 1946 while practicing law in … Continue reading

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Nelson, Charles Pembroke

(1907-1962), son of John E. Nelson and a U.S. Representative, was born in Waterville on July 2, 1907. He is the son of another U.S. Representative John E. Nelson. Charles Nelcon graduated from Cony High School in Augusta in 1924, … Continue reading

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Nelson, John E.

John Edward Nelson (1874-1955), father of Charles Pembroke Nelson and a U.S. Representative, was born in China, Maine on July 12, 1874. He attended the common and high schools of Waterville, was graduated from Friends School, Providence, Rhode Island in … Continue reading

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Nourse, Amos

Amos Nourse, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1794-1877) a U.S. Senator from Maine, was born in Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts on December 17, 1794. He pursued a preparatory course and graduated from Harvard University in 1812. Nourse served as postmaster at Hallowell 1822-1841, when he then moved … Continue reading

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O’Brien, Jeremiah

(1778-1858) a U.S. Representative; born in Machias, on January 21, 1778. He attended the common schools, then engaged in lumber manufacturing and in shipping. A member of the Maine State Senate 1821-1824, he was elected to the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and … Continue reading

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Oliver, James

(1895-1986) a U.S. Representative was born in South Portland on August 6, 1895. He attended the public schools, and earned an A.B. from Bowdoin College in 1917. During the First World War, Oliver enlisted on June 4, 1917, attended the … Continue reading

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