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Abbott, Nehemiah

(1804-1877) was a U.S. Representative born in Sidney on March 29, 1804. He studied law at the Litchfield (Connecticut) Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1836, and commenced practice at Calais. Abbott moved to Columbus, Mississippi in 1839, … Continue reading

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Allen, Elisha Hunt

(1804-1883), son of Samuel Clesson Allen, was a U.S. Representative who was born in New Salem, Massachusetts on January 28, 1804. He attended New Salem Academy, and was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1823. Allen studied law, was … Continue reading

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Allen, Thomas H.

(1945- ) U.S. Representative; born in Portland on April 16, 1945, he graduated Bowdoin College in 1967, and was a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University in 1970. He received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1974. Allen was on the … Continue reading

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Amos L. Allen

(1837-1911) was a U.S. Representative born in Waterboro on March 17, 1837. He attended the common schools, Whitestown Seminary, Whitestown, New York, and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1860. Allen studied law at Columbia Law School, Washington, D.C., was … Continue reading

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Anderson, Hugh J.

(1801-1881) was a U.S. Representative born in Wiscasset on May 10, 1801 where he attended the local schools. He moved to Belfast in 1815 and was employed as a clerk in the mercantile establishment of his uncle. Clerk of the … Continue reading

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Andrews, Thomas H.

(1953- ) was a U.S. Representative, born in North Easton, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, March 27, 1953; graduated from North Easton High School. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Bowdoin College in 1976. Executive director of Maine Association … Continue reading

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Appleton, John

John Appleton courtesy (Maine State Museum)

(1815-1864), a U.S. Representative born in Beverly, Massachusetts on February 11, 1815, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1834. He studied law at the Cambridge Law School, was admitted to the Cumberland bar in 1837, and commenced practice in Portland. … Continue reading

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Bailey, Jeremiah

U.S. Capitol with Snow

(1773-1853) a U.S. Representative was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island on May 1, 1773. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Brown University in 1794, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began his practice in … Continue reading

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Baldacci, John E.

Governor John E. Baldacci (2009)

(1955- ), a U.S. Representative was born in Bangor on January 30, 1955. He graduated Bangor High School, 1973 and received a B.A. from the University of Maine, Orono in 1986. A restaurant operator, he was a member of the … Continue reading

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Bates, James

(1789-1882) a U.S. Representative, was born in Greene on September 24, 1789. He attended the common schools; studied medicine at Harvard Medical University. Bates served as a surgeon during the War of 1812 and was present at the surrender of … Continue reading

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Beedy, Carroll

(1880-1947) a U.S. Representative was born in Phillips on August 3, 1880. He attended the public schools of Lewiston, was graduated from Bates College in 1903, and from the law department of Yale University in 1906. Carroll Lynwood Beedy was … Continue reading

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Belcher, Hiram

(1790-1857) a U.S. Representative, was born in Hallowell on February 23, 1790, he attended the rural schools and the local academy at Hallowell from 1805 to 1807. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began his practice in … Continue reading

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Benson, Samuel Page

(1804-1876) a U.S. Representative, was born in Winthrop on November 28, 1804. He received instruction from private teachers and attended the Monmouth Academy, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825. Benson studied law, was admitted to the Kennebec County bar … Continue reading

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Blaine, James G.

James G. Blaine, courtesy Maine State Museum

James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893) was a major political force in Maine and the U.S. Congress. A Representative and a Senator from Maine; he was born in West Brownsville, Washington County, Pa., January 31, 1830. He was graduated from Washington College, … Continue reading

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Boutelle, Charles

Charles A. Boutelle

Charles Addison Boutelle (1839-1901), a U.S. Representative, was born in Damariscotta on February 9, 1839. He attended the public schools at Brunswick and the Yarmouth Academy. Boutelle adopted the profession of shipmaster. In the spring of 1862 he volunteered and … Continue reading

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Brennan, Joseph E.

Joseph E. Brennan

(1934- ) was a U.S. Representative born in Portland on November 2, 1934. He attended public schools, then received a B.S. from Boston College in 1958, and an LL.B. from the University of Maine Law School in 1963. State public … Continue reading

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Brewster, Ralph Owen

Ralph Owen Brewster (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1888-1961) a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine was born in Dexter on February 22, 1888. He attended the public schools; was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1909, and from the law department of Harvard University 1913. He … Continue reading

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Bronson, David

(1800-1863) a U.S. Representative was born in Suffield, Connecticut on February 8, 1800. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1819; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and began his practice in North Anson. A member of … Continue reading

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Burleigh, Edwin C.

Edwin C. Burleigh (courtesy of Maine State Museum)

(1843-1916) a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine, was born in Linneus, November 27, 1843, attended the common schools and was graduated from the Houlton Academy. He taught school, was a clerk in the adjutant general’s office, a … Continue reading

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Butman, Samuel

Samuel Butman

(1788-1864) a U.S. Representative was born in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in 1788. He moved to Maine in 1804, and settled in Dixmont where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as a captain in the War of 1812, a … Continue reading

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