Franklin Muzzy, Bangor, 1855
Franklin Muzzy (1806-1873), a wealthy partner in the Muzzy and Wing Iron Foundary of Bangor, was part of the political coalition that became the Maine Republican Party. Born in Massachusetts, he worked at a Gardiner cotton factory and saved enough from his meager wages to study drafting for a year at the Gardiner Lyceum. He became a director of railroads, owner of insurance companies and benefactor of educational and temperance causes. A Representative for two years and a State Senator for three, he served in the Maine House in 1841 and 1842 and was elected President of the Senate in 1855.