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Pike, Frederick Augustus

Frederick A. Pike, courtesy Maine State Museum

Frederick A. Pike, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1816-1886) a U.S. Representative, was born in Calais on December 9, 1816. He attended the common schools and the Washington Academy in East Machias; and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1837. He studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Calais in 1840 and was mayor of Calais in 1852 and 1853.

Pike was a member of the Maine House of Representatives 1858-1860 and served as speaker in 1860. He was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1869), he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses), and the Committee on Naval Affairs (Fortieth Congress).

Pike was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1868, after which he resumed the practice of law. Again he was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1870 and 1871, but was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1872. He died in Calais December 2, 1886, with interment in Calais Cemetery. His brother, James Shepherd Pike, was a strong anti-slavery crusader and responsible for Pike’s Mile Markers between Calais and Robbinston.

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