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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ruggles, John

John Ruggles, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1789-1874) a Senator from Maine, born in Westboro, Massachusetts on October 8, 1789, attended the common schools, graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1813. He studied law was admitted to the bar and began his practice in … Continue reading

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Shepley, Ether

(1789-1877) a U.S. Senator from Maine was born in Groton, Massachusetts on November 2, 1789, attended Groton Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire in 1811. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1814, and began … Continue reading

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Smith, Margaret Chase

Margaret Chase Smith House and Library, Pleasant Street, Skowhegan (2001)

(1897-1995) became, in 1949, the first woman to serve as a United States Senator. She was the first senator to speak out against Senator Joseph McCarthy and his committee on Un-American Affairs with her “declaration of conscience speech,” delivered to the Senate in June of 1950. Continue reading

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Snowe, Olympia

Olympia J. Snowe

  Olympia Jean Snowe (1947- ), a U.S. Representative and a Senator from Maine, was born Olympia Jean Boucles in Augusta on February 21, 1947. She attended St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, New York 1962; graduated from Edward Little High … Continue reading

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Sprague, Peleg

Peleg Sprague

(1793-1880), grandfather of Charles Franklin Sprague (a U.S Representative from Massachusetts 1897-1901), was a himself a Representative and a U. S. Senator from Maine Charles Sprague was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts on April 27, 1793. He graduated from Harvard University … Continue reading

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Washburn, William D.

William Drew Washburn (brother of Israel Washburn, Jr., Elihu Benjamin Washburn, and Cadwallader Colden Washburn) was a U.S Representative and a U.S. Senator from Minnesota. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) Born in Livermore, Maine on January 14, 1831, he … Continue reading

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White, Benjamin

(1790-1860) a U.S. Representative, was born in Goshen (now Vienna) May 13, 1790. He attended the common schools, moved to Winthrop in 1802 and was employed on a farm until 1808 when he entered Farmington Academy. White taught school for … Continue reading

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White, Wallace Humphrey, Jr.

(1877-1952), a Representative and a Senator from Maine, and grandson of William Pierce Frye, was born in Lewiston August 6, 1877. He attended the public schools of Lewiston, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1899. White was assistant clerk to … Continue reading

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Williams, Reuel

(1783-1862) a U.S. Senator, was born in Hallowell on June 2, 1783 and attended Hallowell Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1804, and began his practice in Augusta. Wiliams was a member of the State legislature … Continue reading

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