Maine Memory Network
Maine's Online Museum

Login · My Account · Show Album



Prentiss Mellen miniature

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Prentiss Mellen miniature

Item 6887 enlarge zoom send e-card Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter add to album

Purchase a reproduction of this item on

This bust of Prentiss Mellen was created about 1800, probably by John Brewster Jr.

Mellen (1764-1840) pursued a law career in Massachusetts before moving to Maine in 1792.

In 1820, when Maine became a state, Mellen became the Chief Justice of the state's Supreme Court, a position he held until he was constitutionally disqualified in 1834 at the age of 70. Mellen then headed the commission that revised and codified the public statutes of Maine, which became the first volume of the Revised Statutes of Maine.

View/Add Comments

Other Information

  • Title: Prentiss Mellen miniature
  • Creator: Brewster, John
  • Creation Date: circa 1800
  • Subject Date: circa 1800
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Watercolor on ivory, gold
  • Dimensions: 7 cm x 6 cm
  • Local Code: 1851*1
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

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

Print This Record

Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.