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Bowdoin College

Massachusetts Hall (2002)

is a liberal arts institution located in Brunswick. In June 1794 Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams signed an act to establish Bowdoin College promoted by James Bowdoin III, who gave financial support to its formation and named it in honor of … 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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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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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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