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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 of the capitol for the interment of public officers dying at the seat of government, to define its limits in some suitable manner, and to ornament it with trees and in such other mode as they may deem expedient.

Resolved, That the governor and council be further authorized to cause suitable and durable monuments to be erected over the graves of those persons who now are, or hereafter may be, interred upon the public grounds, with appropriate inscriptions.

Resolved, That a sum not exceeding three hundred dollars be, and hereby is appropriated for the purposes mentioned in the foregoing resolves; and that the governor and council be requested to expend such further sums as may be placed in their hands for any of said purposes by private donations.

Approved March 17, 1842.

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Chapter 74, Private and Special Laws, State of Maine

Resolve providing for repairs to be made on the tomb of Governor Enoch Lincoln

Resolved, That the sum of one thousand dollars be, and hereby is appropriated for the purpose of improving the State grounds and making the necessary repairs on the tomb containing the remains of Governor Enoch Lincoln and others. The appropriation to be expended by the superintendent of public lands and buildings under the direction of the governor and council.

Approved March 25, 1903

STATEMENT OF FACTS

(From the Legislative Document proposing the 1903 Resolve)

The tomb located in the State park east of the capitol, erected in 1842, the property of the State, contains the remains of Governor Enoch Lincoln who died October 8, 1829, before the expiration of his second term; William Delesdernier of Baileyville, senator from Washington County, died January 16, 1842; Joshua Cushman of Winslow, a member of the House of Representatives, died January 27, 1834, and Charles Waterhouse of China, clerk of the House of Representatives, died March 15, 1839.

The remains of Governor Lincoln are in a metalic [sic] casket and well preserved. The remains of the others have been properly cared for by being placed in new caskets, the original having become decayed with age and dampness. The granite tomb is in a somewhat dilapidated condition and in need of extensive repairs to preserve the same and properly protect the remains deposited therein.

Also to build about sixty rods of new fence on the south side of the lot and to provide for improvements to be made on the paths and driveway on the land adjoining the State capitol.

Additional resources

Maine State Library. “Vertical File.”

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