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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 1819 Waldoboro votes to replace its wooden cattle … 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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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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Political Parties

in Maine followed national trends and identities from the very beginning of statehood. Party alignments of national consequence began to form before the end of Washington’s first term. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was the master politician of the … 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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Wells, Samuel

Samuel Wells (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1801-1868) was born in Durham, New Hampshire on August 15, 1801. He was a lawyer and began his practice in Waterville in 1816, moved to Hallowell in 1835 and to Portland in 1844. On September 28, 1847 Wells was appointed … Continue reading

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