(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.
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.
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.
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