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Abbott, Nehemiah

(1804-1877) was a U.S. Representative born in Sidney on March 29, 1804. He studied law at the Litchfield (Connecticut) Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1836, and commenced practice at Calais. Abbott moved to Columbus, Mississippi in 1839, … Continue reading

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Allen, Elisha Hunt

(1804-1883), son of Samuel Clesson Allen, was a U.S. Representative who was born in New Salem, Massachusetts on January 28, 1804. He attended New Salem Academy, and was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1823. Allen studied law, was … Continue reading

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Allen, Thomas H.

(1945- ) U.S. Representative; born in Portland on April 16, 1945, he graduated Bowdoin College in 1967, and was a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University in 1970. He received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1974. Allen was on the … Continue reading

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Amos L. Allen

(1837-1911) was a U.S. Representative born in Waterboro on March 17, 1837. He attended the common schools, Whitestown Seminary, Whitestown, New York, and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1860. Allen studied law at Columbia Law School, Washington, D.C., was … Continue reading

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Andrews, Thomas H.

(1953- ) was a U.S. Representative, born in North Easton, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, March 27, 1953; graduated from North Easton High School. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Bowdoin College in 1976. Executive director of Maine Association … Continue reading

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Anson

Location Map for Anson

Settled in 1772, known as Brookfield, Seven Mile Brook Plantation, and Titcomb Town, it is named for British Lord George Anson. In 1775, Benedict Arnold’s expedition camped at Norridgewock Falls, near the current town office. Continue reading

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Appleton, John

John Appleton courtesy (Maine State Museum)

(1815-1864), a U.S. Representative born in Beverly, Massachusetts on February 11, 1815, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1834. He studied law at the Cambridge Law School, was admitted to the Cumberland bar in 1837, and commenced practice in Portland. … Continue reading

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August 2

Chimney Pond in Baxter State Park (August 2001)

August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1801 Birth date of Franklin Clark, member of … Continue reading

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Bailey, Jeremiah

U.S. Capitol with Snow

(1773-1853) a U.S. Representative was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island on May 1, 1773. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Brown University in 1794, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began his practice in … Continue reading

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Bangor

Location map for Bangor

When Maine separated from Massachusetts in 1820, the vast Maine timberlands were put on the block for speculation, which drew investors and fortune hunters. By the 1830s, Bangor was building 500 structures annually. Dow Air Force Base provided an economic and civic boost during the Cold War until closing in 1968. The creation of Bangor International Airport turned the potential liability into an asset. Continue reading

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Bates, James

(1789-1882) a U.S. Representative, was born in Greene on September 24, 1789. He attended the common schools; studied medicine at Harvard Medical University. Bates served as a surgeon during the War of 1812 and was present at the surrender of … Continue reading

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Beedy, Carroll

(1880-1947) a U.S. Representative was born in Phillips on August 3, 1880. He attended the public schools of Lewiston, was graduated from Bates College in 1903, and from the law department of Yale University in 1906. Carroll Lynwood Beedy was … Continue reading

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Belcher, Hiram

(1790-1857) a U.S. Representative, was born in Hallowell on February 23, 1790, he attended the rural schools and the local academy at Hallowell from 1805 to 1807. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began his practice in … Continue reading

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Benson, Samuel Page

(1804-1876) a U.S. Representative, was born in Winthrop on November 28, 1804. He received instruction from private teachers and attended the Monmouth Academy, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825. Benson studied law, was admitted to the Kennebec County bar … Continue reading

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Blaine, James G.

James G. Blaine, courtesy Maine State Museum

James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893) was a major political force in Maine and the U.S. Congress. A Representative and a Senator from Maine; he was born in West Brownsville, Washington County, Pa., January 31, 1830. He was graduated from Washington College, … Continue reading

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Boutelle, Charles

Charles A. Boutelle

Charles Addison Boutelle (1839-1901), a U.S. Representative, was born in Damariscotta on February 9, 1839. He attended the public schools at Brunswick and the Yarmouth Academy. Boutelle adopted the profession of shipmaster. In the spring of 1862 he volunteered and … Continue reading

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Bronson, David

(1800-1863) a U.S. Representative was born in Suffield, Connecticut on February 8, 1800. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1819; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and began his practice in North Anson. A member of … Continue reading

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Burleigh, Edwin C.

Edwin C. Burleigh (courtesy of Maine State Museum)

(1843-1916) a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine, was born in Linneus, November 27, 1843, attended the common schools and was graduated from the Houlton Academy. He taught school, was a clerk in the adjutant general’s office, a … Continue reading

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Butman, Samuel

Samuel Butman

(1788-1864) a U.S. Representative was born in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in 1788. He moved to Maine in 1804, and settled in Dixmont where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as a captain in the War of 1812, a … Continue reading

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Carter, Timothy Jarvis

(1800-1838) a U.S. Representative was born in Bethel on August 18, 1800. He attended the town schools of Bethel, studied law at Northampton, Massachusetts, was admitted to the bar in 1826, and commenced practice in Rumford. Carter moved to Paris, … Continue reading

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Cary, Shepard

(1805-1866) a U.S. Representative was born in New Salem, Massachusetts, July 3, 1805. He attended the common schools; moved with his parents to Houlton in 1822. Cary engaged in extensive lumber operations and also in agricultural and mercantile pursuits. A … Continue reading

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Chandler, John

John Chandler, Senate President courtesy Maine State Archives

(1762-1841) was born in Epping, New Hampshire, brother of Thomas Chandler and uncle of Zachariah Chandler, both penniless and illiterate. A U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and a U. S. Senator from Maine, he served in Congress in the following years: … Continue reading

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Cilley, Jonathan

Jonathan Cilley, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1802-1838), nephew of Bradbury Cilley (U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1813-1817) and brother of Joseph Cilley U.S. Senator from New Hampshire), was a U.S. Representative who was born in Nottingham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire on July 2, 1802. He attended … Continue reading

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Clapp, Asa

Asa William Henrt Clapp (1805-1891) a U.S. Representative was born in Portland on March 6, 1805, and was graduated from the Norwich (Vermont) Military Academy in 1823. He engaged as a merchant in foreign and domestic commerce at Portland. In … Continue reading

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Clark, Franklin

(1801-1874) a U.S. Representative was born in Wiscasset on August 2, 1801. He attended the common schools, and engaged in the lumber and shipping business in Wiscasset. Clark was a member of the Maine State Senate in 1847 and was … Continue reading

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Clifford, Nathan

Nathan Clifford, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (second from left)

(1803-1881) was a U.S. Representative who was born in Rumney, New Hampshire on August 18, 1803. He attended the public schools of Rumney, the Haverhill (New Hampshire) Academy, and New Hampton Literary Institute. He taught school and gave vocal lessons, … Continue reading

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Coburn, Stephen

(1817-1882) a U.S. Representative was born in Bloomfield (now Skowhegan on November 11, 1817. A brother of Abner Coburn, he attended Waterville and China Academies, was graduated from Waterville (now Colby) College in 1839. Coburn taught a plantation school in … Continue reading

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Coffin, Frank Morey

(1919-2009) a U.S. Representative was born in Lewiston on July 11, 1919. Educated in Lewiston public schools; he graduated from Bates College in 1940, from Harvard Business School in 1943, and from Harvard Law School in 1947. Coffin served in … Continue reading

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Cohen, William

William S. Cohen (1997)

William Sebastian “Bill” Cohen was a Republican U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine, 1979-1997. Born in Bangor, Penobscot County August 28, 1940; he attended the public schools; graduated, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine in 1962 and graduated, Boston University … Continue reading

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Dane, Joseph

(1778-1858) a U.S. Representative was born in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts on October 25, 1778. He received his early education in Beverly, Massachusetts, attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1799. Dane studied law; was … Continue reading

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Davee, Thomas

(1797-1841) a U.S. Representative, was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, December 9, 1797. He attended the common schools. As an adult he moved to Maine where he worked in retail sales. Davee was a member of the Maine House of Representatives … Continue reading

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Dixmont

Location Map for Dixmont

in Penobscot County, incorporated 1807, was named for Dr. Elijah Dix, who bought the town (and Dixfield). His granddaughter was the social reformer, Dorothea Lynde Dix. Maine Routes 9 and U.S. Route 202 pass through Dixmont and Dixmont Center villages, with long views of the surrounding area, and locally known “Dixmont Hill,” actually Peaked Mountain, with its communications antennas. See photos. Continue reading

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Emery, David F.

(1948- ) a U.S. Representative was born in Rockland on September 1, 1948. He attended public schools, and earned a B.S. from Worcester (Massachusetts) Polytechnic Institute in 1970. Emery served as a Representative in Maine Legislature from 1970 to 1974. … Continue reading

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Evans, George

George Evans

(1797-1867) a Representative and a Senator from Maine, was born in Hallowell on January 12, 1797. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1815, he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Gardiner. He served as a … Continue reading

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Fairfield, John

John Fairfield, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1797-1847), a U.S. Representative and a Senator from Maine, was born in Saco on January 30, 1797, attended the Saco schools, Thornton Academy, and Bowdoin College. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1826, and began his practice … Continue reading

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Farley, Ephraim Wilder

(1817-1880) a U.S. Representative was born in Newcastle on August 29, 1817. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1836. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Newcastle. A member … Continue reading

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February 6

The Wire Bridge in New Portland (2001)

February 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 1788 U. S. Constitution ratified by Massachusetts 1812 Incorporation of … Continue reading

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Fellows, Frank

(1889-1951) a U.S. Representative was born in Bucksport on November 7, 1889. He attended the public schools, East Maine Conference Seminary in Bucksport, and the University of Maine at Orono. He was graduated from the University of Maine Law School, … Continue reading

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Fessenden, Samuel Clement

(1815-1882), brother of Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden and William Pitt Fessenden, was a U.S. Representative. He was born in New Gloucester on March 7, 1815, pursued classical studies and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1834 and from Bangor Theological … Continue reading

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Fessenden, Thomas

Thomas Amory DeBlois Fessenden (1826-1868), brother of Samuel Clement Fessenden and William Pitt Fessenden, was a U.S. Representative born in Portland on January 23, 1826. He attended North Yarmouth Academy and Dartmouth College, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1845. … Continue reading

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Fessenden, William Pitt

William Pitt Fessenden, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1806-1869) (brother of Samuel Clement Fessenden and Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden), was a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine. He was born in Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire on October 16, 1806. Fessenden attended the common schools, graduated … Continue reading

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Flye, Edwin

(1817-1886) a U.S. Representative was born in Newcastle on March 4, 1817, attended the common schools and Lincoln Academy. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and shipbuilding. A member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1858, he served for many … Continue reading

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Foster, Stephen Clark

Stephen C. Forster, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1799-1872) a U.S. Representative was born in Machias on December 24, 1799. He attended the common schools, learned the blacksmith’s trade and subsequently became a shipbuilder. Foster was member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1834 to 1837 and … Continue reading

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French, Ezra

(1810-1880) a U.S. Representative was born in Landaff, Grafton County, New Hampshire, September 23, 1810. He attended the common schools and pursued an academic course. He studied law in Bath and Plymouth, New Hampshire, was admitted to the bar in … Continue reading

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Frye, William Pierce

(1830-1911) a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator, grandfather of Wallace Humphrey White, Jr., was born in Lewiston on September 2, 1830. He attended the public schools in Lewiston and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1850; studied law, was admitted … Continue reading

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Fuller, Thomas James Duncan

(1808-1876) a U.S. Representative was born in Hardwick, Caledonia County, Vermont, March 17, 1808. He attended the common schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Calais. Elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and … Continue reading

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Gerry, Elbridge

(1813-1886), grandson of Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814), was a U.S. Representative who was born in Waterford on December 6, 1813. He pursued an academic course and attended Bridgton Academy, studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and began his … Continue reading

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Gilman, Charles Jervis

(1824-1901), grandnephew of John Taylor Gilman and Nicholas Gilman, was a U.S. Representative born in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire on February 26, 1824. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire where he pursued classical studies. Gilman was … Continue reading

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Goodall, Louis

Louis Bertrand Goodall (1851-1935), a U.S. Representative, was born in Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire on September 23, 1851. He moved to Troy, New Hampshire, with his parents in 1852, attended the common schools there, a private school in Thompson, … Continue reading

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Goodenow, Robert

(1800-1874), brother of Rufus King Goodenow, was a U.S. Representative; was born in Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire on April 19, 1800. He moved with his parents to Brownfield in 1802, attended the common schools there and at Sanford in … Continue reading

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Goodenow, Rufus King

(1790-1863), brother of Robert Goodenow, was a U.S. Representative born in Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, April 24, 1790. He moved with his parents to Brownfield in 1802, and received just a limited schooling. He engaged in agricultural pursuits, and … Continue reading

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Goodwin, Forrest

Forrest Goodwin, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1862-1913) was a U.S. Representative born in Skowhegan on June 14, 1862. He attended the common schools; was graduated from Skowhegan High School and Bloomfield Academy, and in 1887 from Colby College, and Boston University Law School in 1890. He … Continue reading

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Goodwin, John Noble

(1824-1887) a U.S. Representative and a Delegate from the Territory of Arizona, was born in South Berwick on October 18, 1824. He attended public schools and the local academy at Berwick, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1844. He studied … Continue reading

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Gould, Samuel W.

Samuel Wadsworth Gould (1852-1935) a U.S. Representative, was born in Porter on January 1, 1852. He moved with his parents to Hiram, attended the public schools and North Parsonsfield Seminary, was graduated from the University of Maine in 1877. He … Continue reading

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Guernsey, Frank

Frank E. Guernsey, courtesy of Maine State Museum

Frank Edward Guernsey (1866-1927) a U.S. Representative was born in Dover on October 15, 1866. He attended the common schools, Foxcroft Academy, Eastern Maine Conference Seminary in Bucksport, Wesleyan Seminary, Kents Hill and Eastman’s College, Poughkeepsie, New York. He studied … Continue reading

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Hale, Eugene

(1836-1918) a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine and father of Frederick Hale another U.S. Senator, was born in Turner on June 9, 1836. He was educated in the common schools and at Hebron Academy, studied law in … Continue reading

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Hale, Robert

(1889-1976), cousin of Frederick Hale, was a U.S. Representative born in Portland on November 29, 1889. He attended the public schools; was graduated from Portland High School in 1906, from Bowdoin College, Brunswick in 1910, and from Oxford University in … Continue reading

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Hall, Joseph

(1793-1859) was a U.S. Representative born in Methuen, Massachusetts on June 26, 1793. He attended the common schools and Andover Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He moved to Camden in 1809 and engaged in business. During the War of 1812 he … Continue reading

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Hamlin, Hannibal

Governor Hannibal Hamlin (1857), during the Civil War, Matthew Brady Studio, from the National Archives collections

(1809-1891) a Representative and a Senator from Maine and a Vice President of the United States, was born at Paris Hill in Oxford County on August 27, 1809. He attended the district schools, Hebron Academy, and Kents Hill School. Hamlin … Continue reading

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Hamlin, Simon

(1866-1939) a U.S. Representative, was born in Standish (Richville) August 10, 1866. He attended the public schools, Gorham Normal School, and Bridgton Academy,  and taught school. Hamlin was graduated from Bowdoin College, in 1900 and became superintendent of the South … Continue reading

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Hammons, David

(1808-1888) a U.S. Representative, was born in Cornish on May 12, 1808 and attended the common schools. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Lovell. A member of the Maine State Senate in … Continue reading

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Harris, Mark

(1779-1843) a U.S. Representative, was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts on January 27, 1779, and attended the common schools. He moved to Portland in 1800 and worked in retail sales. A member of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1816, he held … Continue reading

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Hathaway, William D.

Hathaway Campaign Button

(1924-2013) served as a U.S. Representative and a U. S. Senator from Maine. Born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, February 21, 1924; he attended Boston public schools. Hathaway served in the United States Army Air Corps 1942-1946. He enlisted as … Continue reading

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Herrick, Anson

(1812-1868) was the son of Ebenezer Herrick, a Representative from Maine. Anson Herrick was born in Lewiston on January 21, 1812 and attended the public schools. Later he learned the art of printing and established the Citizen newspaper at Wiscasset … Continue reading

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Herrick, Ebenezer

(1785-1839), father of Anson Herrick, was a U.S. Representative born in Lewiston on October 21, 1785. He attended the common schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Bowdoinham. He also engaged in business 1814-1818. … Continue reading

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Herrick, Joshua

(1793-1874) a U.S. Representative, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, March 18, 1793, where he attended the common schools. Herrick moved to the District of Maine in 1811 and engaged in the lumber business. He served in the War of 1812, … Continue reading

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Hersey, Ira Greenlief

Ira G. Hersey, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1858-1943) a U.S. Representative, was born in Hodgdon on March 31, 1858, attended the public schools and Ricker Classical Institute in Houlton. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1880 and began his practice in Houlton. An unsuccessful … Continue reading

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Hersey, Samuel Freeman

Samuel F. Hersey, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1812-1875) a U.S. Representative, was born in Sumner on April 12, 1812. He attended the common schools of Sumner and Buckfield, taught school from 1828 to 1831, and was graduated from Hebron Academy in 1831. He moved to Bangor the … Continue reading

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Hinds, Asher

Asher Crosby Hinds (1863-1919) a U.S. Representative, was born in Benton on February 6, 1863. He attended the public schools and Coburn Classical Institute, was graduated from Colby College in 1883. He began newspaper work in Portland in 1884. Hinds … Continue reading

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Holland, Cornelius

(1783-1870) a U.S. Representative, was born in Sutton, Massachusetts on July 9, 1783. He attended the common schools, studied medicine and began his practice in Livermore in 1814. Holland moved to Canton in 1815 also engaging in agricultural pursuits. A … Continue reading

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Holmes, John

John Holmes, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1773-1843) was a Representative from Massachusetts and a Senator from Maine; born in Kingston, Massachusetts, March 14, 1773. He attended the Kingston public schools; graduated from Rhode Island College (now Brown University), Providence, Rhode Island, in 1796. He studied law, … Continue reading

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Indian Lands Claim

were pursued in 1977, when the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Maliseet Indians sued the State of Maine claiming that all treaties granting land to Maine were null and void because they were never ratified by Congress. According to William Cronin, The Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Jarvis, Leonard

(1781-1854) a U.S. Representative, was born in Boston on October 19, 1781, attended the common schools, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1800. He moved to Surry and later became sheriff of Hancock County (1821-1829) and was collector of … Continue reading

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Johnson, Charles Fletcher

(1859-1930) a Senator from Maine; born in Winslow on February 14, 1859. He attended the common schools and the Waterville Classical Institute, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1879. He was principal of the high school of Machias, 1881-1886, studied … Continue reading

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Kennebunkport

Location Map for Kennebunkport

in York County, incorporated 1653 as Cape Porpoise. See photos. After early white settlers were driven away by Indian raids, it was reorganized as Arundel in 1718. In 1821 its name was changed to Kennebunk Port. It has long been an attraction for tourists and summer residents. Well-known residents included writers Booth Tarkington and Kenneth L. Roberts. Continue reading

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Kidder, David

(1787-1860) a U.S. Representative, was born in Dresden on December 8, 1787. He pursued classical studies with private tutors, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bloomfield; moved to Skowhegan in 1817 and then to Norridgewock … Continue reading

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Knowlton, Ebenezer

(1815-1874) a U.S. Representative, was born in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, December 6, 1815. He moved with his parents to South Montville in 1825, attended the common schools, studied theology and entered the ministry. A member of the Maine House of … Continue reading

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Kyros, Peter

Peter Kyros, c. 1968

(1925- ) a U.S. Representative was born in Portland on July 11, 1925. He attended the public schools in Portland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1947, and graduated from Harvard Law … Continue reading

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Ladd, George Washington

(1818-1892) a U.S. Representative was born in Augusta on September 28, 1818. He attended the common schools and Kents Hill Seminary. He was in the drug business in Bangor and later in lumber, commission, and wholesale grocery businesses. Elected as … Continue reading

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Lindsey, Stephen Decatur

Stephen D. Lindsey, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1828-1884) a U.S. Representative, was born in Norridgewock on March 3, 1828. He attended the common schools and Bloomfield Academy, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Norridgewock in 1853. Clerk of the judicial courts … Continue reading

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Littlefield, Charles Edgar

(1851-1915) a U.S. Representative, was born in Lebanon on June 21, 1851, and attended the common schools and Foxcroft Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1876 and practiced in Rockland. A member of the Maine House … Continue reading

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Longfellow, Stephen

(1775-1849) a U.S. Representative; born in Gorham on June 23, 1775, was graduated from Harvard University in 1798. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1801 and began his practice in Portland. In 1807 he became the proud … Continue reading

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Longley, James B. Jr.

James B. Longley, Jr.

(1951- ) a U.S. Representative was born in Lewiston July 7, 1951. He graduated Phillips Academy, Holy Cross and the University of Maine Law School. A personal assistant to the late Governor James B. Longley, Sr., his father, he joined … Continue reading

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Lowell, Joshua

Joshua Adams Lowell (1801-1874), a U.S. Representative, was born in Thomaston on March 20, 1801. He attended the common schools, taught school, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in East Machias in 1826. A member … Continue reading

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Lynch, John

(1825-1892) a U.S. Representative, was born in Portland on February 18, 1825. He attended the public schools, was graduated from the Portland High School in 1842. Lynch engaged in business and was manager of the Portland Daily Press in 1862. … Continue reading

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MacDonald, Moses

(1815-1869) a U.S. Representative, was born in Limerick on April 8, 1815. He received an academic education, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837 and began his practice in Biddeford in 1837. A member of the Maine House … Continue reading

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Marshall, Alfred

(ca. 1797-1868) a U.S. Representative, was born in New Hampshire about 1797. A member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1827, 1828, 1834, and 1835, he served as a general in the State militia. Marshall was elected as a … Continue reading

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Mason, Moses, Jr.

(1789-1866) a U.S. Representative was born in Dublin, New Hampshire on June 2, 1789. He moved with his parents to Bethel in 1799, attended the common schools, studied medicine, and commenced practice in Bethel in 1813. Mason was appointed first … Continue reading

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May 27

Sheep at Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick (May 2010)

May 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1797 Birth date of Gorham Parks, Jacksonian member … Continue reading

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Mayall, Samuel

(1816-1892) a U.S. Representative, was born in North Gray on June 21, 1816. He attended the public schools and was tutored privately at home, later moving to Gray. A member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1845, 1847, and … Continue reading

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McCrate, John Dennis

(1802-1879) a U.S. Representative, was born in Wiscasset October 1, 1802. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1819, studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced in Damariscotta 1823-1835 and in Wiscasset 1835-1850. A member of the Maine … Continue reading

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McGillicuddy, Daniel John

(1859-1936) a U.S. Representative was born in Lewiston on August 27, 1859. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1881, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced practice in Lewiston. A … Continue reading

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McIntire, Clifford Guy

(1908-1974) a U.S. Representative was born in Perham on May 4, 1908. He attended the public schools of Perham and Washburn High School, and was graduated from the University of Maine College of Agriculture at Orono in 1930. McIntire engaged … Continue reading

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McIntire, Rufus

(1784-1866) a U.S. Representative was born in York on December 19, 1784. He attended the common schools, was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1809, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Parsonsfield in 1812. McIntire … Continue reading

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Michaud, Michael H.

Michael H. Michaud 2012

  (1955- ) is a U.S. Representative first elected in 2002, then re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He was a Democratic State Senator Democrat from East Millinocket, unanimously elected Maine’s 107th Senate President on December 6, 2000 … Continue reading

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Milliken, Seth Llewellyn

(1831-1897) a U.S. Representative, was born in Montville on December 12, 1831. He attended the common schools and Waterville College [now Colby College]; was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1856. A member of the Maine House of … Continue reading

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Montville

Location Map for Montville

The town seems a series of “corners” villages on Maine Route 220 from north to south: Poland’s, Bean’s, White’s, McFarland’s, and Clark’s. See photos. The Frye Mountain (Gene Letourneau) Wildlife Management Area is located in the northeast corner of the town near Poland’s Corner village. This growing community is easily linked to Belfast and Augusta via Maine Route 3. Continue reading

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Moran, Edward

Edward Carleton Moran, Jr. (1894-1967) a U.S. Representative was born in Rockland on December 29, 1894. He attended the public schools and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1917. During the First World War, he served from July 25, 1917 … Continue reading

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Morrill, Samuel

Samuel Plummer Morrill, (1816-1892) a U.S. Representative, was born in Chesterville on February 11, 1816, attended the common schools and Farmington Academy. He studied theology; was ordained a minister and held pastorates in Farmington from 1848 to 1853. Elected in … Continue reading

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Morse, Freeman Harlow

(1807-1891) a U.S. Representative, was born in Bath February 18, 1807; attended private schools and the academy in Bath. He was a carver of figureheads for ships. A member of the Maine House of Representatives (1840-1844), he was elected as … Continue reading

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Murch, Thompson Henry

(1838-1886) a U.S. Representative, was born in Hampden on March 29, 1838 and attended the common schools. He spent his early life at sea, learned the stonecutter’s trade and engaged in that occupation for eighteen years. He became editor and … Continue reading

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Nelson, Charles Pembroke

(1907-1962), son of John E. Nelson and a U.S. Representative, was born in Waterville on July 2, 1907. He is the son of another U.S. Representative John E. Nelson. Charles Nelcon graduated from Cony High School in Augusta in 1924, … Continue reading

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Nelson, John E.

John Edward Nelson (1874-1955), father of Charles Pembroke Nelson and a U.S. Representative, was born in China, Maine on July 12, 1874. He attended the common and high schools of Waterville, was graduated from Friends School, Providence, Rhode Island in … Continue reading

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O’Brien, Jeremiah

(1778-1858) a U.S. Representative; born in Machias, on January 21, 1778. He attended the common schools, then engaged in lumber manufacturing and in shipping. A member of the Maine State Senate 1821-1824, he was elected to the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and … Continue reading

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October 18

Southbound Appalachian Trail Crossing at Moxie Pond (October 2007)

October 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1775 Falmouth (Portland) burned by British Captain Mowatt’s … Continue reading

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Oliver, James

(1895-1986) a U.S. Representative was born in South Portland on August 6, 1895. He attended the public schools, and earned an A.B. from Bowdoin College in 1917. During the First World War, Oliver enlisted on June 4, 1917, attended the … Continue reading

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Otis, John

(1801-1856) a U.S. Representative, was born in Leeds on August 3, 1801. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1823. Otis studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Hallowell in … Continue reading

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Oxford

Location Map for Oxford

Routes 26 (the commercial strip) and 121 serve the community. See photos. The Oxford Casino is on Route 26 in the south of town. Oxford village, at the north end of Thompson Lake, hosts the town office, post office, and a small veterans memorial park. The Congregational Church was established in 1806 and is listed on the National Register. Though famous for auto racing at Oxford Plains Speedway, the nearby Androscoggin River passes several sizable ponds and Thompson Lake abuts the main village. Continue reading

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Parks, Gorham

(1794-1877) a U.S. Representative, was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on May 27, 1794. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Harvard University in 1813. Parks studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819; he moved to Bangor … Continue reading

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Parris, Virgil

Virgil D. Parris, courtesy Maine State Archives

Virgil Delphini Parris (1807-1874), cousin of Albion Keith Parris, was a U.S. U.S. Representative; born in Buckfield, February 18, 1807. He attended the common schools, Hebron Academy, and Colby College and was graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, … Continue reading

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Partridge, Donald

Donald Barrows Partridge (1891-1946), a U.S. Representative, was born in Norway on June 7, 1891, attended the common and high schools and was graduated from Bates College in 1914. He was principal of the high school at Canton 1914-1917, then … Continue reading

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Perry, John J.

John Jasiel Perry (1811-1897), a U.S. Representative, was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on August 2, 1811. In 1812, he moved with his parents to an area of Hebron that is now in the town of Oxford, attended the common … Continue reading

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Peters, John A.

John Andrew Peters (1822-1904), uncle of John Andrew Peters (1864-1953), a U.S. Representative, was born in Ellsworth on October 9, 1822. He attended Gorham Academy, and was graduated from Yale College in 1842. He studied law; was admitted to the … Continue reading

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Peters, John Andrew

(1864-1953), nephew of John Andrew Peters (1822-1904), a U.S. Representative, was born in Ellsworth on August 13, 1864. He attended the common schools, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1885. He studied law; was admitted to the bar, began his … Continue reading

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Pike, Frederick Augustus

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 … Continue reading

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Pingree, Chellie

Chellie Pingree 2012

(1955-  ) Rochelle “Chellie” Pingree is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the First Congressional District.  She was re-elected in 2012 and 2010, having been elected in 2008 as the first woman representing the district. It marked … Continue reading

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Poliquin, Bruce

Bruce Poliquin (1953-     ) was born in Waterville on November 1, 1953. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 1972. He then graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economic in 1976. The 2014 Republican candidate for … Continue reading

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Randall, Benjamin

1789-1859) a U.S. Representative, was born in Topsham on November 14, 1789, he pursued an academic course, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1809. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1812 and began his practice in Bath. … Continue reading

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Reed, Isaac

(1809-1887) a U.S. Representative, was born in Waldoboro on August 22, 1809, prepared for college at Bloomfield Academy in what is now Skowhegan, but by preference became a merchant-ship builder. He also engaged in banking. Town clerk of Waldoboro (1836-1838), … Continue reading

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Reed, Thomas Brackett

Thomas Brackett Reed, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1839-1902) was a Representative from Maine and a powerful Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was born in Portland on October 18, 1839, attended the public schools, was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1860, and then studied law. … Continue reading

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Rice, John Hovey

(1816-1911) a U.S. Representative was born in Mount Vernon on February 5, 1816. He attended the common schools. A clerk in the office of the register of deeds in Augusta (1831-1841), he engaged in business and became a deputy sheriff. … Continue reading

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Ripley, Eleazar W.

Eleazar Wheelock Ripley (1782-1839), brother of James Wheelock Ripley, was born in Hanover, N.H., April 15, 1782, was a U. S. Representative from Louisiana. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1800, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. … Continue reading

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Ripley, James W.

(1786-1835), brother of Eleazar Wheelock Ripley and a U.S. Representative, was born in Hanover, New Hampshire on March 12, 1786. He attended the common schools and Fryeburg Academy, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in … Continue reading

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Robinson, Edward

(1796-1857) a U.S. Representative, was born in Cushing November 25, 1796. He was self-educated while going to sea at the age of ten. At nineteen he commanded a small vessel and three years later he was captain of a square-rigged … Continue reading

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Sawtelle, Cullen

(1805-1887) a U.S. Representative, was born in Norridgewock on September 25, 1805. He received his early education under private tutors and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1828 and practiced in … Continue reading

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Scamman, John F.

(1786-1858) a U.S. Representative, was born in Wells on October 24, 1786. He attended the common schools and engaged in business pursuits. A member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1817; he became a member of the Maine House … Continue reading

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Severence, Luther

(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 … Continue reading

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Shepley, Ether

(1789-1877) a U.S. Senator from Maine was born in Groton, Massachusetts on November 2, 1789, attended Groton Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire in 1811. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1814, and began … Continue reading

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Smart, Ephraim Knight

(1813-1872) a U.S. Representative, was born in Prospect (now in  Searsport) September 3, 1813. He attended the common schools, completed preparatory studies under private tutors and attended Maine Wesleyan Seminary (now Kents Hill School) at Readfield. He studied law, was … Continue reading

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Smith, Albert

(1793-1867) a U.S. Representative, was born in Hanover, Massachusetts, January 3, 1793, attended the common schools and was graduated from Brown University in 1813. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Portland in 1817. … Continue reading

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Smith, Clyde Harold

(1876-1940), husband of Margaret Chase Smith, a U.S. Representative was born on a farm near Harmony, on June 9, 1876. He moved with his parents to Hartland in 1891 and attended the rural schools and Hartland Academy. Smith taught school; … Continue reading

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Smith, Francis O. J.

Francis O. J. Smith

(1806-1876) a U.S. Representative, was born in Brentwood, New Hampshire on November 23, 1806. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Portland in 1826. Smith … Continue reading

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Smith, Margaret Chase

Margaret Chase Smith House and Library, Pleasant Street, Skowhegan (2001)

(1897-1995) became, in 1949, the first woman to serve as a United States Senator. She was the first senator to speak out against Senator Joseph McCarthy and his committee on Un-American Affairs with her “declaration of conscience speech,” delivered to the Senate in June of 1950. Continue reading

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Snow, Donald F.

Donald Francis Snow (1877-1958), a U.S. Representative was born in Bangor on September 6, 1877. He attended the public schools of his native city and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1901 and from the law school of the University … Continue reading

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Snowe, Olympia

Olympia J. Snowe

  Olympia Jean Snowe (1947- ), a U.S. Representative and a Senator from Maine, was born Olympia Jean Boucles in Augusta on February 21, 1947. She attended St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, New York 1962; graduated from Edward Little High … Continue reading

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Somes, Daniel E.

Daniel Elton Somes (1815-1888) a U.S. Representative was born in Meredith (now Laconia), New Hampshire on May 20, 1815 where he received an academic education. Somes moved to Biddeford in 1846 and established the Eastern Journal, later known as the … Continue reading

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Sprague, Peleg

Peleg Sprague

(1793-1880), grandfather of Charles Franklin Sprague (a U.S Representative from Massachusetts 1897-1901), was a himself a Representative and a U. S. Senator from Maine Charles Sprague was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts on April 27, 1793. He graduated from Harvard University … Continue reading

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Stetson, Charles

(1801-1863) a U.S. Representative, was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire on November 2, 1801. He moved with his parents to Hampden in 1802, attended Hampden Academy and was graduated from Yale College in 1823. He studied law, was admitted … Continue reading

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Sumner

Location Map for Sumner

East-west Maine Route 219 serves Pleasant Pond and the villages of West Sumner and East Sumner on its way from West Paris to North Turner. See photos. After booming for decades, the town was crippled by the Great Depression and eventually by the loss of the railroad in 1952. From Buckfield to Turner, the river is a corridor for canoe trips. Continue reading

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Swasey, John Philip

(1839-1928) a U.S. Representative, was born in Canton on September 4, 1839. He attended the Canton public schools, Dearborn Academy, Hebron Academy, Maine State Seminary, and Tufts College, Medford, Massachusetts. During the Civil War, Swasey enlisted in the Union Army … Continue reading

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Sweat, Lorenzo de Medici

(1818-1898) a U.S. Representative, was born in Parsonsfield on May 26, 1818. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1837 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1840. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in … Continue reading

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Tupper, Stanley

was a Republican U.S. Representative; born in Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln County January 25, 1921; educated in Boothbay Harbor public schools, Hebron Academy; Middlebury College in Vermont, and LaSalle Extension University in Chicago. He served in the United States Navy from … Continue reading

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Utterback, John G.

John Gregg Utterback (1872-1955), cousin of Hubert Utterback a U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1935-1937. John Utterback, himself a U.S. Representative, was born in Franklin, Indiana on July 12, 1872. He attended the public schools of his native city and was … Continue reading

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Vienna

Location Map for Vienna

Year Population 1970 205 1980 454 1990 417 2000 527 2010 570 Geographic Data N. Latitude 44:33:17 W. Latitude 70:00:08 Maine House District 76 Maine Senate District 17 Congress District 1 Area sq. mi. (total)25.4 Area sq. mi. (land) 24.2 … Continue reading

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Walton, Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley Walton, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1819-1900) a U.S. Representative, was born in Mexico, Maine on December 9, 1819. He attended the common schools and was instructed at home and by private tutors. Walton studied law, was admitted to the bar in Oxford in 1841 and … Continue reading

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Washburn, Cadwallader Colden

(1818-1882), brother of Elihu Benjamin Washburn, Israel Washburn Jr., and William Drew Washburn, was born in Livermore on April 22, 1818. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) No other family ever sent four brothers to the United States … Continue reading

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Washburn, Elihu B.

Elihu Benjamin Washburn (brother of Israel Washburn, Jr., Cadwallader Colden Washburn, and William Drew Washburn) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) He was born in Livermore, September 23, 1816, attended the common … Continue reading

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Washburn, Israel Jr.

Israel Washburn, Jr. (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1813-1883), a U.S. Representative and brother of Elihu Benjamin Washburn, Cadwallader Colden Washburn, and William Drew Washburn, was born in Livermore on June 6, 1813. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) Washburn attended the common schools and was … Continue reading

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Washburn, William D.

William Drew Washburn (brother of Israel Washburn, Jr., Elihu Benjamin Washburn, and Cadwallader Colden Washburn) was a U.S Representative and a U.S. Senator from Minnesota. (See more on the Washburn family at Norlands.) Born in Livermore, Maine on January 14, 1831, he … Continue reading

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Waterboro

Location Map for Waterboro

The South Waterboro Bible Chapel is in the most southern of three villages, Waterboro. See photos. The others are Waterboro Center and North Waterboro. In the last forty years the town’s population has grown phenomenally, having expanded to over six times its size as in 1970. Continue reading

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White, Benjamin

(1790-1860) a U.S. Representative, was born in Goshen (now Vienna) May 13, 1790. He attended the common schools, moved to Winthrop in 1802 and was employed on a farm until 1808 when he entered Farmington Academy. White taught school for … Continue reading

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White, Wallace Humphrey, Jr.

(1877-1952), a Representative and a Senator from Maine, and grandson of William Pierce Frye, was born in Lewiston August 6, 1877. He attended the public schools of Lewiston, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1899. White was assistant clerk to … Continue reading

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Whitman, Ezekiel

(1776-1866) was a Representative from Massachusetts and from Maine, born in East Bridgewater, Mass., March 9, 1776. He was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1795, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He practiced in New Gloucester … Continue reading

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Wiley, James Sullivan

(1808-1891) a U.S. Representative, was born in Mercer on January 22, 1808. He moved to Bethel in 1826, attended Gould Academy and was graduated from Colby College in 1836. Wiley moved to Dover and was an instructor in Foxcroft Academy. … Continue reading

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Williams, Hezekiah

(1798-1856) a U.S. Representative was born near Woodstock, Vermont on July 28, 1798. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1820, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Castine in 1825. Register of Probate for … Continue reading

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Wingate, Joseph Ferdinand

(1786-??) a U.S. Representative, was born in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts on June 29, 1786. He received a limited schooling. Wingate engaged in the retail business in Bath and became a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1818 … Continue reading

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Wood, John

(1813-1864) a U.S. Representative was born in Minisink, New York on November 17, 1813. He attended the common schools. Wood engaged in railroad construction in New Jersey, moved to Portland in 1846, and was one of the contractors in the … Continue reading

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