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Bingham, William

(1752-1804) was a wealthy and influential Philadelphia banker and a financier during the Revolutionary War, a United States Senator, and an owner of great tracts of land in Maine, once totaling two million acres. He was also the founder of … 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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Bradbury, James Ware

James Ware Bradbury

(1802-1901) a U. S. Senator from Maine was born in Parsonsfield, June 10, 1802, attended the common schools and Gorham Academy. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825. Bradbury was principal of Hallowell Academy and founder of the first … 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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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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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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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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Collins, Susan M.

(1952- ) Susan Margaret Collins, a U.S. Senator from Maine, was born in Caribou December 7, 1952, and graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York in 1975.  A native of Aroostook County , her family has run a lumber … 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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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King, Angus S. Jr.

Governor King and his wife, Mary Hermon (2002)

(1944- ) was born on March 31st, 1944, in Alexandria, Virginia, was president of two of his classes at the local high school, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1969. While in … Continue reading

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Mitchell, George J.

Mitchell and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, October 2010

(1933-  ) was born on August 20, 1933 in Waterville, where he spent his youth. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1954, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps until 1956. In … 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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The Selectmen

November 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 1790 James Bowdoin II, after whom Bowdoin College is … 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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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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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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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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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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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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