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Legislature, Speakers of the House

There have been 101 Speaker-terms in the House of Representatives since 1820.  Six Speakers served two separate terms each, making 95 individuals who have held that office through 2013.

During that time 93 terms were of one year of less; two terms were two years or less; three were three years, one was five years, and one (John Martin) lasted nineteen years.  Until 1967, no one served longer than three years in a term.  “Term-limits” has not affected the long-term tradition of one-term Speakers.

During most of the nineteenth century the ten-term average age of Speakers beginning their terms was usually less than forty years.  Since then the ten-term average has been above forty. (See also Presidents of the Senate)

Length of Speakers Terms

Length of Speakers Terms 1820-2012

Age of Speakers 1820-2012

Age of Speakers 1820-2012

Term(s) Name Residence Party Age at
election
Term
Years
1820-1823 Benjamin Ames Bath D-R 41 1
1824-1825 Benjamin Greene South Berwick N-R 60 1
1825-1828 John Ruggles Thomaston D-R1 36 3
1829-1830 George Evans Gardiner N-R 31 1
1830-1831 Daniel Goodenow York N-R 36 1
1831-1832 John Ruggles (resigned) Thomaston D-R1 42 1
1832-1833 Benjamin White Monmouth D 40 1
1833-1834 Nathan Clifford Newfield D 29 1
1835-1835 Thomas Davee5 Blanchard D 37 0
1835-1836 Jonathan Cilley Thomaston D2 32 2
1837-1838 Hannibal Hamlin Hampden D 27 1
1838-1839 Elisha H. Allen Bangor Whig 33 1
1839-1840 Hannibal Hamlin Hampden D 33 1
1841-1842 Josiah S. Little Portland Whig3 39 1
1842-1843 Charles Andrews Turner D 27 1
1843-1844 David Dunn Poland D 31 1
1845-1846 Moses MacDonald Limerick D 30 1
1846-1847 Ebenezer Knowlton Montville D4 30 1
1847-1848 Hugh D. McLellan Gorham D 41 1
1849-1850 Samuel Belcher Farmington D 34 1
1851-1852 George P. Sewall Old Town D 40 1
1853-1854 John C. Talbot, Jr. Lubec D 36 1
1854-1855 Noah Smith, Jr. Calais Whig 54 1
1855-1856 Sidney Perham Woodstock R 35 1
1856-1857 Josiah S. Little Portland D3 1 1
1857- 1858 Charles A. Spofford Deer Isle D 34 1
1858-1859 Josiah H. Drummond Waterville R 30 1
1859-1860 William T. Johnson Augusta R 43 1
1860-1861 Frederick A. Pike Calais R 42 1
1861-1862 James G. Blaine Augusta R 31 1
1863-1864 Nelson Dingley, Jr. Auburn R 30 1
1865-1866 W. A. P. Dillingham Waterville R 40 1
1866-1867 James M. Stone Kennebunk R 39 1
1867-1868 Lewis Barker Stetson R 48 1
1868-1869 Theodore C. Woodman Bucksport R 52 1
1869-1870 Josiah Drummond Waterville R 41 1
1870-1871 Reuben Foster Waterville R 36 1
1871-1872 Edwin B. Smith Saco R 38 1
1872-1873 Frederick Robie Gorham R 49 1
1873-1874 Edmund F. Webb Waterville R 37 3
1874-1875 William W. Thomas, Jr. Portland R 34 1
1876-1877 Frederick Robie Gorham R 53 1
1877-1878 Edward B. Nealley Bangor R 39 1
1878-1879 Henry Lord Bangor R 30 1
1879-1880 Melvin P. Frank Portland D 37 1
1880-1881 George E. Weeks Augusta R 41 1
1881-1882 Liberty A. Hutchinson Lewiston R 36 1
1883-1884 J. Manchester Haynes Augusta R 43 1
1885-1886 Charles Hamlin Bangor R 47 1
1887-1888 Charles E. Littlefield Rockland R 35 1
1889-1890 Frederick N. Dow Portland R 48 1
1891-1892 Andrew P. Wiswell Ellsworth R 38 1
1893-1894 Albert R. Savage Auburn R 45 1
1895-1896 Llewellyn Powers Houlton R 58 1
1897-1898 Seth L. Larrabee Portland R 41 1
1899-1900 Isaiah K. Stetson Bangor R 40 1
1901-1902 Joseph H. Manley Augusta R 58 1
1903-1904 Oscar F. Fellows Bucksport R 45 1
1905-1906 Morrill N. Drew Portland R 42 1
1907-1908 Donald A. H. Powers Houlton R 56 1
1909-1910 George G. Weeks Fairfield R 48 1
1911-1912 Frank A. Morey Lewiston D 47 1
1913-1914 John A. Peters Ellsworth R 48 1
1915-1916 Herbert W. Trafton Ft. Fairfield D 50 1
1917-1918 William L. Bonney Bowdoinham R 50 1
1919-1920 Frank G. Farrington Augusta R 46 1
1921-1922 Charles P. Barnes Houlton R 51 1
1923-1924 Frank H. Holley Anson R 42 1
1925-1926 William Tudor Gardiner Gardiner R 32 1
1927-1928 Burleigh Martin Augusta R 38 1
1929-1930 Robert Hale Portland R 39 1
1931-1932 E. D. Merrill Dover-Foxcroft R 65 1
1933-1934 Franz U. Burkett Portland R 45 1
1935-1936 Nathaniel Tompkins Houlton R 55 1
1937-1938 George E. Hill South Portland R 33 1
1939-1940 D. W. Philbrick Cape Elizabeth R 42 1
1941-1942 George D. Varney Berwick R 37 1
1943-1944 F. Ardine Richardson Strong R 47 1
1945-1946 George B. Barnes Houlton R 40 1
1947-1948 John F. Ward Millinocket R 42 1
1949-1950 Nathaniel M. Haskell Portland R 36 1
1951-1952 William S. Silsby Aurora R 48 1
1953-1954 Roswell P. Bates Orono R 41 1
1955-1956 Willis A. Trafton, Jr. Auburn R 36 1
1957-1960 Joseph T. Edgar Bar Harbor R 46 3
1961-1962 Vinal G. Good Sebago R 54 1
1963-1964 David J. Kennedy Milbridge R 55 1
1965-1966 Dana Childs Portland D 42 1
1967-1972 David J. Kennedy Milbridge R 55 5
1973-1974 Richard D. Hewes Cape Elizabeth R 46 1
1975-1994 John L. Martin6 Eagle Lake D 33 19
1994-1996 Dan A. Gwadosky7 Fairfield D 39 2
1997-1998 Elizabeth H. Mitchell Vassalboro D 56 1
1999-2000 G. Steven Rowe Portland D 45 1
2001-2002 Michael V. Saxl Portland D 33 1
2003-2004 Patrick Colwell Gardiner D 51 1
2005-2006 John Richardson Brunswick D 48 1
2007-2008 Glenn Cummings Portland D 45 1
2009-2010 Hannah M. Pingree North Haven D 32 1
2011-2012 Robert Nutting Oakland R 63 1
2013- Mark Eves North Berwick D 35

1So listed in Mundy. Who Was Who in America states Mr. Ruggles was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat; the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress indicates he was elected as a Jacksonian.

2So listed in Mundy and the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Shown on original Library list as Jackson Democrat.

3Mundy indicates that Mr. Little became a Democrat in the 1850’s on the breakup of the Whig party.

4So listed in Mundy, who also indicates that Mr. Knowlton was converted to Republicanism by the slavery question. The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress states that he was elected to Congress as a Republican.

5 (Resigned February 26, 1835)

6 (Resigned as Speaker February 3, 1994)

7 (Elected Speaker February 3, 1994)

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

Sources:

House and Senate Register. Maine State Legislature.

Mundy, James H. Speakers of the Maine House of Representatives from 1820. Augusta: Clerk of the House, c1981.

Speakers of the Maine House of Representatives.http://www.maine.gov/legis/lawlib/speak.htm (accessed January 2, 2013)

 

 


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