(1797-1855) a U.S. Representative, was born in Montague, Massachusetts on October 26, 1797. He moved with his parents to Cazenovia, New York in 1799 and attended the common schools.
He learned the printer’s trade in Peterboro, New York, then established the Kennebec Journal in Augusta in 1825. He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1829, 1839, 1840, 1842, and 1848, and; served in the Maine State Senate in 1835 and 1836.
Elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847), Severance was vice president of the Whig National Convention in 1848. He was United States commissioner to the Sandwich Islands 1850-1854. He died in Augusta January 25, 1855, with interment in Forest Grove Cemetery.