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Powers, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Powers (courtesy Maine State Museum)

Llewellyn Powers (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1836-1908) a U.S. Representative, was born in Pittsfield on October 14, 1836. He attended the common schools of Pittsfield and St. Albans Academy. He was graduated from the Coburn Classical Institute and attended Colby College.

Powers was graduated from the law department of Union University, Albany, New York in 1860, was admitted to the bar in Albany, New York and Somerset in 1860, and commenced practice in Houlton in January 1861.

Prosecuting attorney for Aroostook County (1864-1871), he was collector of customs for the district of Aroostook from 1868 to 1872.. A member of the Maine House of Representatives 1873-1876, 1883, 1892, and 1895, he served as Speaker during the last term.

Elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879), Powers was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878. Governor from 1896 to 1900, he was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles A. Boutelle. He was reelected to the Fifty-eighth, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Congresses and served from April 8, 1901, until his death in Houlton July 28, 1908, with interment in West Pittsfield Cemetery, near Pittsfield, Maine.

Additional resources

*Kennebec Journal, Augusta, July 29, 1908.

*Llewellyn Powers Memorial Addresses. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1909.

*McIntyre, Philip W. and Blanding, William F. Men of Progress. Boston: New England Magazine, 1897, pp. 251-252.

 

Powers, LLewellyn. Report of the libel suit, Llewellyn Powers vs. Theodore Cary, editor and publisher of the Aroostook Times. Tried at the February term, 1874, of the Supreme Judicial Court, held at Houlton, Me. Hon. John A. Peters, J., presiding. Containing copy of writ, defendant’s specifications, testimony of witnesses, judge’s charge, arguments of counsel, &c. Reported by J. D. Pulsifer, court stenographer. Houlton, Me. Aroostook Times office,.1874.

 

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2.

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*Cited in Friends of the Blaine House at http://blainehouse.org/governors(accessed April 25, 2011) (accessed April 25, 2011)

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