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Bowdoin College

Massachusetts Hall (2002)

is a liberal arts institution located in Brunswick. In June 1794 Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams signed an act to establish Bowdoin College promoted by James Bowdoin III, who gave financial support to its formation and named it in honor of … Continue reading

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Bowdoin, James II

(1726-1790) was an investor in the Kennebec Purchase Company, which owned substantial property in Maine. His son, James III, arranged for the establishment of Bowdoin College, naming it for his father, James II. He owned several thousand acres in Bowdoinham … Continue reading

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Brown, Harrison Bird

Harrison B. Brown House (2015)

Harrison Bird Brown was a widely recognized 19th century marine and landscape painter. Born in Portland in 1831 and orphaned at an early age, he was apprenticed to a house and ship painting firm. His best work dates from the … Continue reading

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Browne, Charles F.

Charles Farrar Browne born in Waterford on April 26, 1836. His father operated a store in Waterford, engaged in farming and did some surveying. Browne attended local schools and, though he did well, he was more likely to be a … Continue reading

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Capital Punishment

was abolished in 1876, restored in 1883, and abolished again in 1887, although attempts to restore it have continued to the present. (Michigan was the first state to do so, in 1847.) Nevertheless, Maine has one of the lowest murder … Continue reading

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Carr, Sister Frances

Shaker Buildings in New Gloucester (2003)

Her memoir, Growing Up Shaker, provides a glimpse into life in the Sabbathday Lake community in New Gloucester. Many orphans, or children whose parents could not afford to care for them, were brought to Shaker communities instead of to orphanages. … Continue reading

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Carson, Rachel

(1907-1964) biologist, environmentalist, and nature writer was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, on May 27, 1907. From the mid-1940s, she and her mother spent summers near West Southport, and in 1952 Carson built a summer cottage along the Sheepscot … Continue reading

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Census Quick Facts Maine 2010

Population definition and source info

For county Quick Facts, use the menu bar above, clicking on “Government,” then “Counties.” See also population. People QuickFacts Maine USA Population, 2010 1,328,361 308,745,538 Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 4.2% 9.7% Population, 2000 1,274,923 281,421,906 Persons under 5 … Continue reading

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Chamberlain, Frances

Frances C. A. Chamberlain, courtesy Pejepscot Historical Society, Brunswick

Frances (Fanny) Caroline Adams Chamberlain (1825-1905) was a musician and the wife of Civil War General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. She was adopted as a small child by her father’s nephew, Reverend George Adams and his wife. He was minister of … Continue reading

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Champlain, Samuel De

(1570?-1635) led an expedition to the Gulf of Maine and along the Maine coast in 1604 seeking a better location for the French colony at St. Croix. He named Mount Desert Island “the island of desert-like mountains,” writing that the … Continue reading

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Chase, Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Chase, professor English, May, 1933

(1887-1993) produced a great many books in her career that secured her place in academic circles. Her books about her recollections of Maine provide readers with vivid images of life on the rural coast in the years before electricity and … Continue reading

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Chute, Carolyn

(1947?- ) (pronounced CHOOT) is a Maine author best known for her Beans of Egypt, Maine which conveys the hard life of the state’s rural poverty.  She was born Carolyn Penny in Portland. She grew up in the rural Pond … Continue reading

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Clarke, Rebecca

Rebecca Sophia Clarke (February 22, 1833-August 10, 1906), daughter of Asa Clarke, was born in Norridgewock.  After her education at the Female Academy in Norridgewock, she moved to Evansville, Illinois, living at the home of a married sister while she … Continue reading

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Coatsworth, Elizabeth

Chimney Farm Conservation Easement Notice (2008)

Selected works . . . Cricket and the Emperor’s Son (1962) The Giant Golden Book of Dogs, Cats, and Horses: 61 stories and poems. (1957) The House of the Swan (1959) Knock at the Door (1931) The Trunk (1941) The … Continue reading

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Coffin, Robert

Works by R. P. T. Coffin Christchurch (1924) Book Of Crowns And Cottages (1925) Dew And Bronze (1927) A Book Of Seventeenth-Century Prose (1929) An Attic Room (1929)Golden Falcon (1929) Laud, Storm Center Of Stuart England (1930) The Dukes Of … Continue reading

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Colby College

Miller Library (2001)

is a liberal arts institution, known in its early days as Waterville College, located in Waterville on its 714-acre campus. Founded in 1813, Colby is one of the nation’s oldest independent colleges. A residential four-year college, more than two thirds … Continue reading

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Cole, John N.

Selected Works From the Ground Up (1976) Striper: The Story of Fish and Man (1978/1989) Amaranth, from the Past for the Future (1979) Cityside Countryside: A Journey to Two Places (1980): Sun Reflections: Images for the New Solar Age (1981) … Continue reading

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Colleges

Colby College (2001)

Maine has about thirty universities, colleges, community colleges, two-year associate degree granting institutions, and the separate institutions of the University of Maine System. Each has its own identity, mission, and appeal to students from different areas of the state, with … Continue reading

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Congressional Medal of Honor Civil War

This inventory of Medal recipients for Maine is a duplicate of that in a published congressional compilation. Likewise, some minor misspelling and other errors are duplicated from the official government volume. These likely were the result of the original transcriptions. … Continue reading

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Cormier, Lucia

(1909-1993) was a trail blazing Maine woman and early political leader. First, Cormier was a woman in politics when that itself was an anomaly, serving six terms in the Maine House of Representatives between 1946 and 1960. She did not … Continue reading

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