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Letter announcing Maine statehood, 1820

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Prentiss Mellen (1764-1840) of Portland was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, representing the district of Maine from 1818-20 when he wrote to William King of Bath, a major supporter of Maine statehood, to announce that the Senate has passed the amended statehood bill and the president had signed it.

King (1768-1852) became the state's first governor and Mellen became the first chief justice of Maine state supreme court in 1820.

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  • Title: Letter announcing Maine statehood, 1820
  • Creator: Mellen, Prentiss
  • Creation Date: 1820-03-03
  • Subject Date: 1820
  • State: MA, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 20
  • Local Code: Coll. 165, Box 17
  • Collection: William King Papers
  • Object Type: Text

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
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