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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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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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Bass, George H.

(1843- c. 1926) In 1911 Wilton was a thriving community whose merchants and factories supplied a wide variety of goods and services from automobiles to granite and steel. Like many of its contemporaries, Wilton had a free public library, an … Continue reading

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Baxter, Percival P.

Percival P. Baxter (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1876-1969) was Maine governor from 1921 to 1925, and donated the land for Baxter State Park beginning in 1931. Born on November 22, 1876, he was the son of James Phinney Baxter and Mehitable Proctor Cummings Baxter. He attended schools … 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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Bodwell, Joseph R.

Joseph R. Bodwell

(1818-1887) was born in Methuen, Massachusetts on June 18, 1818. His family was poor and at age eight he went to live with a neighbor, working on his farm and receiving little education. At sixteen he was free to hire … Continue reading

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Brewster, Ralph Owen

Ralph Owen Brewster (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1888-1961) a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine was born in Dexter on February 22, 1888. He attended the public schools; was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1909, and from the law department of Harvard University 1913. He … 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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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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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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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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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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Cormier, Lucia

(1909-1993) was a trail blazing Maine woman and early political leader. First, Cormier was a woman in politics when that itself was an anomaly, serving six terms in the Maine House of Representatives between 1946 and 1960. She did not … Continue reading

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Cornish

Location Map for Cornish

in York County, incorporated 1794, probably named for settlers from Cornwall, England. The main street features tourist attractions such as lodging, eating, and antiques. Cornish village is located where the Ossipee River feeds into the Saco River. Little River enters the Ossipee just before its link to the Saco. See photos. 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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Davis, Daniel

Daniel F. Davis (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1843-1897) , born in Freedom, was elected Governor by the Legislature after the disputed election of 1879 resulted in no majority at the polls. Although Davis, the Republican candidate from Corinth, received by far the most votes (68, 967 of … Continue reading

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Dow, Neal

Neal Dow (Maine State Museum)

(1804-1897) was born in Portland on March 20, 1804. He was educated by his Quaker parents in the principles of temperance, industry, and thrift and attended the Friends Academy in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Instead of college, he entered his father’s … 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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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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Farwell, Nathan Allen

Nathan Farwell, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1812-1893), a U. S. Senator from Maine and cousin of Owen Lovejoy, was born in Unity on February 24, 1812. He attended the common schools; taught school (1832-1833), moved to East Thomaston in 1834, and was involved in the manufacture … 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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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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Garland

Location Map for Garland

Garland’s 1891 Grange Hall, built in 1891 is one of the oldest surviving 19th century structures of its type, having both Greek Revival and Italianate elements, and simplicity. The Kenduskeag Stream flows from Garland Pond to the Penobscot River at Bangor. Lyndon Oak was a prominent community member. The town was incorporated in 1811. 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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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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Gorham

Location Map for Gorham

First called Narragansett Number 7, it was granted to men who fought in the Narragansett War of 1675. Gorham Academy, founded 1803, became Western State Normal School, University of Maine at Gorham, and now Gorham Campus of the University of Southern Maine. The home of former governor Percival P. Baxter has become a museum of Indian artifacts and rare coins. Several other notables lived here. Continue reading

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Gould, Arthur Robinson

(1857-1946) a U.S. Senator from Maine, was born in East Corinth, March 16, 1857. He attended the common schools and East Corinth Academy. Gould moved to Presque Isle in 1887, engaged in the lumber business and built power plants and … 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, Frederick

Frederick Hale, courtesy of Maine State Museum

(1874-1963), son of Eugene Hale, grandson of Zachariah Chandler, and cousin of Robert Hale, was a Senator from Maine, born in Detroit, Michigan. on October 7, 1874. He attended preparatory schools in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and Groton, Massachusetts, and graduated … 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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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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Haskell, Nathaniel M.

Nathaniel M. Haskell (1953)

Born September 27, 1912, he was a native of Pittsfield where his father, Lewis O. Haskell, was owner and publisher of the Pittsfield Advertiser. When he was only two years old his father died and his mother took the family … Continue reading

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Hebron

Location Map for Hebron

Hebron Academy is a private school established in 1804 by Revolutionary War veteran William Barrows. Maine U.S. Representative Stanley Tupper graduated from the Academy. See photos. The growing community has more than doubled its population since 1980. It lies within easy commuting distance northwest of the Lewiston-Auburn area. 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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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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Houlton

Location Map for Houlton

In 1828 a military post was established and the military road to supply the post was completed in 1832. The garrison stayed until the Webster-Ashburton treaty was completed in 1842. See photos. Served by the New Brunswick and Canada Railway as late as 1886. By 1894 the new Bangor and Aroostook Railroad connected the town to central Maine. The “Houlton Band” of the Maliseet Indians has its tribal offices near the Canadian border. Continue reading

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Kent, Edward

(1802-1877) was born in Concord, New Hampshire on January 8, 1802. After studying law with Benjamin Orr of Topsham, Kent began his own practice in Bangor in September of 1825. He later was a partner in several law firms and … 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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Legislature, Senate Presidents

Senate Presidents Terms Since 1820

One-hundred thirteen people have served as Presidents of the Maine Senate since 1820.  Until 1880, terms were typically for one year only.  In 1880 the Maine Constitution was amended to provide for two-year terms for legislators instead of the one-year … Continue reading

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Legislature, Speakers of the House

Length of Speakers Terms

There have been 101 Speaker-terms in the House of Representatives since 1820.  Six Speakers served two separate terms each, making 95 individuals who have held that office through 2013. During that time 93 terms were of one year of less; … Continue reading

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Lewiston

Location Map for Lewiston

Lewiston Falls, on the Androscoggin River between downtown Lewiston and neighboring Auburn, its “twin” city, was a fishing source for Native Americans. Recently, a park has been developed at the site of the falls, known as Great Falls, and one of the old mills, now a housing complex, that once thrived on its power. The great demand for manufacturing labor in the 19th century drew large numbers of French speaking people from Canada and northern Maine. From 1970 to 2000 the city’s population was again in decline. In 2010 it grew by about 1,000. This time another ethnic group, Somali refugees, were instrumental in the recent growth. Continue reading

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Lewiston Historic Register

Androscoggin Mill Block (2016)

National Register of Historic Places – Listings – Lewiston Androscoggin Mill Block [269-271 Park Street] Due primarily to demands for an increasing labor force required to operate the many large-scale mills opening, the population of Lewiston grew from just under … 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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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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Martin, John L.

(1941 –    ) was born in Eagle Lake June 5, 1941 and attended local schools. He received his B.A. in History and Government from the University of Maine at Orono in 1963, and did advanced graduate study in Political Science … 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, 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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Mitchell, Elizabeth

Elizabeth "Libby" Mitchell

Maine state legislator and attorney, has made history in the state legislature three times. In 1980 she was elected the first woman House Majority Leader; in 1996, the first woman Speaker of the House; and in 2006 Senate Majority Leader, … 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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Moor, Wyman Bradbury Seavy

Wyman Moore, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1811-1869) a U.S. Senator from Maine was born in Waterville, November 11, 1811. He attended the town school, prepared for college at China Academy, and graduated from Waterville College. Moor taught school for one year in St. Stephen’s, New Brunswick, … 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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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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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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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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Parsons, Stephen

Stephen Parsons House (1983)

(1778-1862) A model of early 19th century upward mobility and entrepreneurial skill, Parsons  came to Edgecomb in 1801 with his wife, Margaretta Frederick Randall, daughter of Benjamin Randall, founder of the Free Will Baptist denomination. His career from that point … Continue reading

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Pattangall, William

William Robindon Pattangall, courtesy Maine State Museum

William Robinson Pattangall (1865-1942) was at once a humorist, politician and sage. He was born in Pembroke, Washington County, and graduated from the University of Maine in 1884. At the turn of the century, Pattangall became well known for his … 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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Pert, Edwin H.

Ed Pert in Clerk

Edwin H. Pert (1933-2016), a long-time fixture in Maine politics,  graduated from Morse High School in Bath and the University of Maine in Orono. Pert served a tour in Korea as a public information officer for the U.S. Army. He … 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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Phippsburg

Location Map for Phippsburg

Even before it was incorporated, the community had its church (see photos), which was organized in 1765 and built in 1802. The tip of Phippsburg at the mouth of the Kennebec River is the site of the first English attempt at settling New England: the Popham Colony of 1607-1608. Fort Popham and Fort Baldwin, rise as a guardians of land upriver. Coxes Head, which juts out into the Kennebec River. 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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Pinkham, Dora

Dora Pinkham, Source: Maine State Senate

(1891-1941) On January 3, 1923, Dora Bradbury Pinkham took her seat in the Maine House of Representatives as the first woman elected to the Legislature in Maine. Pinkham represented Fort Kent and Wallagrass Plantation (now the Town of Wallagrass). She … Continue reading

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Portland Historic Register

Abyssinian Meeting House (2015)

The City of Portland has over eighty places and historic districts on the National Register, including Eastern Promenade, Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Gorges, Longfellow Monument, Portland City Hall, Portland Observatory, Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Westbrook College Historic District, and Western Promenade 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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Ruggles, John

John Ruggles, courtesy Maine State Museum

(1789-1874) a Senator from Maine, born in Westboro, Massachusetts on October 8, 1789, attended the common schools, graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1813. He studied law was admitted to the bar and began his practice in … 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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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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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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South Berwick

Brick House with Classic Barn (2002)

Maine’s oldest educational institution, Berwick Academy, was established here in 1791 when the town was part of Berwick. See photos. South Berwick is the birthplace of Sarah Orne Jewett, who attended Berwick Academy for four years — her only formal education. The town is accessible to the coastal communities of York and Kittery via Maine Routes 91 and 236. 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

Location Map for Stetson

Just 20 miles northwest of Bangor and adjacent to Newport, the town is a growing, but still rural community. Settled in 1800, it was soon organized as a plantation for election purposes. The post office opened in 1829. In the 1880’s Stetson was home to three sawmills, a grist mill, Stetson Cheese Factory, and a carriage factory. 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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Van Buren

Location Map for Van Buren

Located across the St. John River from St. Leonard, New Brunswick, the town is at the junction of U.S. Routes 1 and 1A. See photos. Its economic development message is “Gateway to the St. John Valley.” Named for the eighth U.S. President, Martin Van Buren, the area was a haven for Acadians escaping the British oppression of 1755. In 1791 they settled near Keegan, a village just north of the main settlement. A model “Acadian Village” is near Keegan village. 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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Williams, Reuel

(1783-1862) a U.S. Senator, was born in Hallowell on June 2, 1783 and attended Hallowell Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1804, and began his practice in Augusta. Wiliams was a member of the State legislature … 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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