James Phinney Baxter, Portland, 1908

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


James Phinney Baxter (1831-1921) was mayor of Portland for six terms between 1893 and 1905.

Baxter, who began the Baxter Canning Co., was a founder of the Portland Society of Art, the Portland Public Library, and served as president of the Maine Historical Society from 1890-1921.

Artist Frederic Vinton, a native of Bangor, painted Baxter's portrait in 1883. Later, Baxter commissioned Joseph B. Kahill (1882-1957) to copy the Vinton portrait. This portrait was painted in 1908.

The back of the canvas says "Portrait of Hon./James P. Baxter 1883". A label/tag on the front of the frame says "James Phinney Baxter,/Portand, Maine./1831 - 1921/President of Maine historical Society/1890-1921/President to the Society by/Percival P. Baxter, Governr of Maine."

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About This Item

  • Title: James Phinney Baxter, Portland, 1908
  • Creator: Kahill, Joseph B.
  • Creation Date: 1908
  • Subject Date: 1883
  • Town: Gorham, Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Oil
  • Local Code: A86-991
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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