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Democratic Party Platform 1976

Cover Page of Published 1976 Platform

1976 PLATFORM – DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF MAINE Originally published in April, the Platform was updated with “Errata Sheets” dated 8/16/76. Changes from these updates are noted in the text below, with underlines indicating inserts and strikethroughs indicating deletes. The following … Continue reading

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Dover Foxcroft Health Report 1942

The following is the annual report of the Piscataquis County Nursing Service rendered for the period of January 1, 1942 to December 31, 1942, for the town of Dover-Foxcroft. Emphasis has been placed on the health of the child of … Continue reading

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Dover Foxcroft Town Warrant 1944

To Irving C Trufant, or any Constable of the Town of Dover-Foxcroft, in the County of Piscataquis: GREETINGS: In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of … Continue reading

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Enoch Lincoln Documents

Chapter 67, Private and Special Laws, State of Maine Resolve relating to a state burial ground, and the erection of certain monuments. Resolved, That the governor and council be authorized to select a portion of the public ground in front … Continue reading

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Executive Orders

Governor

Executive Orders are official acts of a governor to establish policies and practices for the Executive Branch in the administration of state government.  These Orders may direct that certain actions be taken, that emergencies be dealt with in a prescribed … Continue reading

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Foster, Benen, Revolutionary War Deposition

Map: 1785 Survey of Machias Bay

On this fourth day of December A.D. 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Hon. John Dickinson Judge of the Court of Probate now sitting, Benen Foster a Resident of the Parish of Wakefield, County of York Province of … Continue reading

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Gorges Grant of 1639

Grant of the Province of Maine CHARLES by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the Faith, &c To all to whom theise Presents shall come Greeting Whereas Sir Ferdinando Gorges Knight hath been … Continue reading

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Gorges-Mason Grant of 1622

A Grant of the Province of Maine to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and John Mason, esq., 10th of August, 1622 This indenture, made the 10th day of August, Anno Dom. 1622, and in the 20th yeare of the reigne of our … Continue reading

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Hamlin Inaugural Address 1857

Governor Hannibal Hamlin, 1857 Gentlemen of the senate and house of representatives: You have assembled to discharge the legislative duties devolved upon you by the people of the state. It becomes my duty, under the provisions of the constitution, to … Continue reading

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James Duke of York Grant 1664

Grant of the Province of Maine CHARLES the Second by the Grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the Faith &c. to all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know yee that wee for … Continue reading

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James Duke of York Grant 1674

Grant of the Province of Maine CHARLES the Second by the Grace of God King of England France and Ireland Defender of the Faith &c. To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know yee that wee for divers … 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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Land Agent Certificate for Swedish Colonists 1870

Certificate Issued by State Land Agent for Swedish Colonists, 1870

The following is a copy of the certificate issued by the State Land Agent to Swedish colonists assigning them lots for clearing and development. (For printing purposes in full size, use legal size paper and set the print options accordingly.)

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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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Letter to Senator Joseph McCarthy

Letter to Senator McCarthy from Senator Smith
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Maine Admission Amendment

Maine Statehood Amendment

The following is a copy of the document in the National Archives amending the bill in the U.S. Congress admitting Maine as a state. Source: Amendment to the bill for the admission of the State of Maine into the Union … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 01 Declaration of Rights

Article I. Declaration of Rights. Section 1. Natural rights. All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 02 Electors

Article II. Electors. Section 1. Qualifications of electors; written ballot; military servicemen; students. Every citizen of the United States of the age of 18 years and upwards, excepting persons under guardianship for reasons of mental illness, having his or her … Continue reading

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