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Veazie, Samuel

General Samuel Veazie (1787-1868) was born in Portland. After trying several ventures, including being a sailor, then owning a ship, he moved to Topsham. While there he purchased the “Androscoggin boom,” a system of guiding and sorting logs floated down … Continue reading

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Veterans

Houlton Veterans Memorial

The Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management was established to coordinate and improve the discharge of the State Government’s responsibility relating to military, veterans and civil emergency management through the authorization, planning, provision of resources, administration, operation and … Continue reading

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Vital Statistics

Chart of Ratio of Marriage to Divorces

are those tracing the defining events in people lives that identify their status: birth, marriage, divorce, and death. For details on other statistics got to population. The ratio of marriages to divorces had been declining in Maine through most of … Continue reading

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Weymouth, George

Weymouth Cross on Allen Island in the Georges Islands group in St. George (2006)

Weymouth, sometimes spelled “Waymouth,” was an early English explorer of the Maine coast. In 1602 he led an expedition of two vessels for the newly formed East India Company, to find a northwest passage to India.  He did enter the … Continue reading

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White, E. B.

The Main House in Brooklin (2003)

Selected works . . . The New Yorker Album (1928) One Man’s Meat (1942) Stuart Little (1945) Here is New York (1949) Charlotte’s Web (1952) The Trumpet of the Swan (1970) Letters of E.B. White (1976) Essays of E.B. White … Continue reading

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White, Ellen Gould Harmon

Selected Works . . . A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White (1851) The Great Controversy between Christ and Satan during the Christian Dispensation (1858) The Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1 (1870) Life Sketches. Ancestry, … Continue reading

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Wiggin, Kate Douglas

Salmon Falls Village Library in Hollis Center (2003)

And other stories . . . 1887 Kindergarten chimes: a collection of songs and games composed and arranged for kindergartens and primary schools 1889 The Story Of Patsy 1890 The Story Hour 1890 Timothy’s Quest 1895 Froebel’s Gifts 1895 The … Continue reading

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Wiggins, James Russell

James R. Wiggins, United States Mission to the United Nations photo

(1903-2000) former editor of The Washington Post, served briefly as ambassador to the United Nations, then retired to Ellsworth, where he continued to work at the Ellsworth American, a weekly newspaper he owned from 1966 to 1991 until his declining … Continue reading

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Williamson, William D.

William D. Williamson, Maine Senate President 1820-1821 (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1779-1846) a U.S. Representative, was born in Canterbury, Connecticut on July 31, 1779, then moved in boyhood with his father to Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended the common schools and Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and was graduated from Brown University in … Continue reading

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Willis, Nathaniel P.

Selected works American Scenery, Or, Land, Lake And River Illustrations Of Transatlantic Nature, Vols. I and II (1840) Canadian Scenery Illustrated (1842) The Convalescent (1859) Dashes At Life With A Free Pencil (1845) Famous Persons And Places (1854) Fugitive Poetry … Continue reading

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Women in the World

Washburn Norlands Living History Center in Livermore

Assertive and Independent: Maine Women in the World by Polly Welts Kaufman From a presentation at the June 6, 2008 Norlands Conference. Maine women in every imaginable field have left the state taking their independent spirits, imagination, talents, and education … Continue reading

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Women, Firsts

These women were residents of Maine when they achieved historic firsts in cultural, government, and political affairs. Women’s influence in the Maine State Legislature has grown substantially since 1820. Maine became the first state to have a women as a majority of its congressional delegation in 2009. Continue reading

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