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Dunlap, Robert P.

Robert Pinkney Dunlap (courtesy Maine State Museum)

Robert Pinkney Dunlap (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1794-1859) a U.S. Representative, was born in Brunswick on August 17, 1794, was educated by private tutors and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1815.

Robert Pinkney Dunlap (courtesy Maine State Archives)

Robert Pinkney Dunlap (courtesy Maine State Archives)

He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Brunswick. A member of the Maine House of Representatives 1821-1823, he also served as president of the board of overseers of Bowdoin College from 1821 until his death.

Dunlap was a member of the State militia, and was delegated to receive General Lafayette when he visited in Maine in 1824. Serving in the Maine State Senate 1824-1828 and 1831-1833, he was its president for four years. An Executive Councilor (1829-1833), he was Governor of Maine from 1834 to 1838.

R. P. Dunlap Monument (2012)

R. P. Dunlap Monument (2012)

Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847), he was chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures (Twenty-ninth Congress), collector of customs in Portland in 1848 and 1849, and postmaster of Brunswick 1853-1857.

Dunlap died in Brunswick October 20, 1859, with interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Additional resources

Chase, Henry, ed. Representative Men of Maine.

*Death of Ex-Governor Dunlap,” Eastern Argus, Portland, October 21, 1859; October 22, 1859, October 25, 1859.

*Gold, David M.  “Robert Pinckney Dunlap,” American National Biography.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, Vol. 7, pp. 91-93.

*King, M.F.  “Gov. Robert Pinckney Dunlap,” Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Bangor, 1887, pp. 69-76, 174-181.

*Mahan, Bruce E.  “Robert Pinckney Dunlap,” Dictionary of American Biography.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1933, Vol. 5, pp. 515-516.

Political biographies

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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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