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A Sample of Governors Addresses

Inaugural Address, Governor William King, 1820 Inaugural Address, Governor Hannibal Hamlin, 1857 Inaugural Address, Governor James B. Longley, 1975 Inaugural Address, Governor Joseph E. Brennan, 1979 Inaugural Address, Governor Joseph E. Brennan, 1983 Inaugural Address, Governor John R. McKernan, Jr., … Continue reading

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Archives, Maine State

The Maine State Archives, located in Augusta, is the custodian of the permanently valuable of state government, including early court records and vital records (births, deaths, marriages, etc.) According to its website, “The permanently valuable records of State government are … Continue reading

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Baldacci Inaugural Address 2003

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Governor John E. Baldacci, January 8, 2003 Madam President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislature, Governor Curtis, Governor Brennan, distinguished guests, Chief Saufley and representatives of the court. More than 200 years ago, when Thomas Jefferson delivered his first inaugural … Continue reading

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Baldacci Inaugural Address 2007

Governor Baldacci congratulates Teacher of the Year nominees, March 13, 2009

Governor John E. Baldacci, January 2, 2007 Madam President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislature, Secretary of State Dunlap, Treasurer Lemoine, Attorney General Rowe, State Auditor Douglas, Congressman Allen, Governor Brennan, Governor King, Governor Doyle, Chief Francis, Chief Nicholas, Chief … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008

NOTE: The video clips offered here, and on the next few pages, do not cover everything spoken by Governor Baldacci. In addition, you may notice that he departs from the written text. Madam President, Mr. Speaker, Madam Chief Justice, members … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 2

And I believe a solution exists that will save taxpayer money and improve the treatment of the people in our care. President Lincoln wrote to Congress in 1862: “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 3

But success also depends on innovation. Maine has led the country on health care reform, an innovation that matters to families and businesses alike. Maine has led the country on health care reform, an innovation that matters to families and … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 4

For too long, our country and our state have been dependent on costly foreign oil. For too long, our country and our state have been dependent on costly foreign oil.Eighty percent of Maine’s homes are reliant on oil for heat. … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 5

It’s my goal that children start school ready to learn, and graduate from college ready and able to succeed here in Maine. Early childhood was the heart of my economic Summit held in November. More than 200 Maine business and … Continue reading

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Baldacci State of the State 2008 page 6

With these tax credits, we will keep more of our home-grown graduates here, and open the door of opportunity for the next generation of Maine entrepreneurs and leaders. Last year, the Legislature overwhelmingly approved Opportunity Maine, a tax credit program … Continue reading

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Belgrade Town Warrant 2002

STATE OF MAINE Kennebec, S.S. To James L. Minot, a Constable in the Town of Belgrade, in the said County and State: Greetings: In the name of the State, you are hereby required to notify and warn inhabitants of the … Continue reading

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Benton School Report 1941

Benton School Report Page 1

From the annual Town Report of 1941. Click on each page to enlarge.

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Boothbay Harbor Town Warrant 1931

TOWN WARRANT ________________ STATE OF MAINE LINCOLN, SS: To P. B. McPhee, Constable of the Town of Boothbay Harbor, in said County of Lincoln: In the name of the State of Maine, yon are hereby required to notify and warn … Continue reading

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Brennan Inaugural Address 1979

Governor Joseph E. Brennan, January 4, 1979 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the 109th Legislature Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary, Mr. Secretary of State. One hundred and sixty years ago, two hundred and seventy-four delegates representing … Continue reading

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Brennan Inaugural Address 1983

Governor Joseph E. Brennan, January 6, 1983 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, honorable members of the 111th Maine Legislature, Mr. Chief Justice and distinguished members of the Maine Judiciary, Senator Mitchell, Bishop O’Leary, Rabbi Krinsky, Reverend Josselyn, my colleagues in service … Continue reading

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Buckfield Town Warrant 1978

State of Maine County of Oxford To Garland Bell, a Constable of the Town of Buckfield. Greetings: In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the voters of the Town of Buckfield, … Continue reading

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Chamberlain, Letter to Lincoln

Letter to President Lincoln from Secretary of War Stanton regarding Joshua L. ChamberlainLetter to President Lincoln from Secretary of War Stanton to be appointedBrigadier General

Letter to President Lincoln from Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton recommeding that Joshua L. Chamberlain be appointed Brigadier General “for gallant and meritorious conduct in leading his Brigade against the enemy at Peterburg, Virginia where he was dangerously wounded … Continue reading

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Constitution, Maine

Title page from the Maine Constitution, Maine State Archives photo

Article I. Declaration of Rights. Article II. Electors. Article III. Distribution of Powers. Article IV. Part First. House of Representatives. Part Second. Senate. Part Third. Legislative Power. Article V. Part First. Executive Power. Part Second. Secretary. Part Third. Treasurer. Article … Continue reading

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Declaration of Conscience

During a period when anti-communism almost became a national hysteria, a number of politicians used the opportunity to attempt to limit civil liberties and to intimidate their political opponents. When very few others would challenge this anti-democratic behavior, U.S. Senator … Continue reading

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Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence, essentially in following format, was printed and distributed by order of the Massachusetts Legislative Council. Each Maine town received a copy and had it read to the assembled inhabitants. This was their official notification of the … Continue reading

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