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Legislature, Senate Presidents

One-hundred thirteen people have served as Presidents of the Maine Senate since 1820.  Until 1880, terms were typically for one year only.  In 1880 the Maine Constitution was amended to provide for two-year terms for legislators instead of the one-year terms established in 1820.  With that, typical terms for president quickly moved to two years.

Beginning in the 1960s, terms began to lengthen until term limits were enacted by a citizens ballot initiative, effective with the 1994 elections. (See also Speakers of the House.)

Senate Presidents Terms Since 1820

 

Term(s) Name Residence Party  Years
1820-1820 John Chandler 1 Monmouth D-R 0
1820-1822 William Moody 2 Saco D-R 0
1820-1820 W. D. Williamson Bangor D-R 2
1822-1824 Daniel Rose Thomaston D-R 2
1824-1825 Benjamin Ames Bath D-R 1
1825-1827 Jonas Wheeler Camden D-R 2
1827-1829 Robert P. Dunlap Brunswick D-R 2
1829-1830 Nathan Cutler Farmington D-R 1
1830-1831  Joshua Hall Frankfort D-R 1
1832-1833 Robert P. Dunlap Brunswick D-R 1
1832-1833 F.O.J. Smith Portland D 1
1833-1834 Joseph Williamson Belfast D 1
1834-1837 Josiah Pierce Gorham D 3
1837-1838 John C. Talbot East Machias D 1
1838-1839 Nathaniel S. Littlefield Bridgton D 1
1839-1840 Job Prince Turner D 1
1840-1841 Stephen C. Foster Pembroke D 1
1841-1842 Richard H. Vose Augusta D 1
1842-1843 Samuel H. Blake Bangor D 1
1843-1843 Edward Kavanagh Damariscotta D 0
1843-1844 Virgil D. Parris Buckfield D 1
1844-1845 John W. Dana Freyburg D 1
1845-1846 M. B. Townsend Alexander D 1
1846-1846 David Dunn Fryeburg D 0
1846-1847 Stephen H. Chase Poland D 1
1847-1848 John Hodgdon Houlton D 1
1848-1849 Caleb R. Ayer Cornish D 1
1849-1850 William M. Tripp Wilton D 1
1850-1851 Paulinus M. Foster Anson D 1
1851-1853 Noah Prince Buckfield D 2
1853-1854 Samuel Butman Dixmont D 1
1854-1855 Luther S. Moore Limerick D 1
1855-1856 Franklin Muzzy Bangor Whig 1
1856-1857 Lot M. Morrill Augusta R 1
1857-1857 Joseph H. Williams 3 Augusta R 0
1857-1858 Hiram Chapman Damariscotta R 1
1858-1859 Seth Scamman Saco R 1
1859-1860 Charles W. Goddard Auburn R 1
1860-1861 Thomas H. Marshall Belfast R 1
1861-1863 John H. Goodenow Alfred R 2
1863-1864 Nathan A. Farwell Rockland R 1
1864-1865 George B. Barrows Fryeburg R 1
1865-1866 D. D. Stewart St. Albans R 1
1866-1867 William Wirt Virgin Norway R 1
1867-1868 Nathaniel A. Burpee Rockland R 1
1868-1869 Josiah Crosby Dexter R 1
1869-1870 S. D. Lindsay Norridgewock R 1
1870-1871 William W. Bolster Dixfield R 1
1871-1872 Charles Buffum Orono R 1
1872-1873 Reuben Foster Waterville R 1
1873-1874 John B. Foster Bangor R 1
1874-1875 John E. Butler Biddeford R 1
1875-1876 Edward F. Webb Waterville R 1
1876-1878 Thomas W. Hyde Bath R 2
1878-1879 Warren H. Vinton Gray R 1
1879-1880 J. Manchester Haynes Augusta R 1
1880-1883 Joseph A. Locke Portland R 3
1883-1885 John Lysander Cutler Bangor R 2
1885-1887 William D. Pennell Lewiston R 2
1887-1889 Sebastian S. Marble Waldoboro R 2
1889-1891 Henry Lord Bangor R 2
1891-1893 Charles F. Libby Portland R 2
1893-1895 Albert M. Spear Gardiner R 2
1895-1897 George M. Seiders Portland R 2
1897-1899 Albert R. Day Corinna R 2
1899-1901 Oliver B. Clason Gardiner R 2
1901-1903 Hannibal E. Hamlin Ellsworth R 2
1903-1905 Harry R. Virgin Portland R 2
1905-1907 Forrest Goodwin Goodwin R 2
1907-1909 Fred J. Allen Sanford R 2
1909-1911 Luere B. Deasy Bar Harbor R 2
1911-1913 Nathan Clifford Cape Elizabeth D 2
1913-1915 Carl E. Milliken Island Falls R 2
1915-1917 Ira G. Hersey Houlton R 2
1917-1919 Taber D. Bailey Bangor R 2
1919-1921 Leon F. Higgins Brewer R 2
1921-1921 Percival P. Baxter 4 Portland R 0
1921-1921 Frank G. Farrington 5 Augusta R 0
1921-1923 Charles E. Gurney 6 Portland R 2
1923-1925 Frank G. Farrington Augusta R 2
1925-1927 Hodgdon C. Buzzell Belfast R 2
1927-1929 Frank H. Holley North Anson R 2
1929-1932 J. Blaine Morrison Phillips R 3
1932-1933 Burleigh Martin Augusta R 1
1933-1935 Harold H. Murchie Calais R 2
1935-1937 Harold E. Weeks Fairfield R 2
1937-1939 J. Frederick Burns Houlton R 2
1939-1941 Sumner Sewall Bath R 2
1941-1942 Nathaniel Thompkins Houlton R 1
1942-1943 Francis H. Friend Skowhegan R 1
1943-1945 Horace A. Hildreth Cumberland R 2
1945-1949 George S. Varney Kittery R 4
1949-1953 Burton M. Cross Augusta R 4
1953-1954 Nathaniel M. Haskell Portland R 1
1954-1955 John F. Ward Millinocket R 1
1955-1959 Robert N. Haskell Bangor R 4
1959-1960  John H. Reed 7 Fort Fairfield R 1
1960-1963 Earle M. Hillman Bangor R 3
1963-1965 Robert A. Marden Waterville R 2
1965-1967 Carlton Day Reed, Jr. Woolwich D 2
1967-1969 Joseph B. Campbell Augusta R 2
1969-1975 Kenneth P. MacLeod Brewer R 6
1975-1983 Joseph Sewall Old Town R 8
1983-1985 Gerard P. Conley Portland D 2
1985-1993 Charles P. Pray Millinocket D 8
1993-1995 Dennis L. Dutremble Biddeford D 2
1995-1997 Jeffrey H. Butland Cumberland D 2
1997-2001 Mark W. Lawrence Kittery D 4
2001-2002 Michael H. Michaud 8 East Millinocket D 1
2002-2003 Richard A. Bennett Norway D 1
2003-2005 Beverly Daggett 9 Augusta D 2
2005-2009 Beth Edmonds Freeport D 4
2009-2011 Elizabeth H. Mitchell 10 Vassalboro D 2
2011-2013 Kevin L. Raye Perry R 2
2013- Justin Alfond Portland D

Party affiliations: D-R = Democratic-Republican; N-R = National Republican; D = Democrat; R = Republican

1 Resigned 6-19-1820
2 Resigned 6-28-1820
3 Resigned 2-26-1857
4 1-5-1921 to 1-31-1921, became governor after the death of Gov. Parkhurst
5 President Pro Tem 1-31-1921, resigned 2-7-1921
6 President Pro Tem 2-7-1921
7 On September 20, 1959, Republican Reed became Maine’s Governor upon the death of Democratic Clinton Clauson.
8 The political composition of the Senate for the 120th Legislature was 17 Democrats, 17 Republicans, and 1 Independent. The Senate elected Senator Michaud as President and Senator Bennett as President Pro Tem until December 5, 2001. They then switched and Senator Bennett became the President and Senator Michaud became President Pro Tem.
9 Senator Beverly C. Daggett is the first woman to be elected to be President of the Senate.
10
First woman to serve as both Speaker and President

Sources:

House and Senate Register. Maine State Legislature.

“Presidents of the Maine Senate 1820-.” Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library. http://www.maine.gov/legis/lawlib/presid.htm (accessed January 3, 2013)

Mundy, James H. Presidents of the Senate of Maine from 1820. Augusta: Secretary of the Senate of Maine, c1979.

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