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.