While numerous Mainers worked for and against woman suffrage in the state in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some also worked on the national level, seeking a federal amendment to allow women the right to vote
The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.
Although not everyone in town supported the war effort, more than 200 Pittsfield men served in Civil War regiments. Several reminders of their service remain in the town.
Only Biddeford residents retained voting power; however, if a woman moved out of town she could become an Honorary Member to maintain her affiliation…
… term as mayor, this ongoing strife finally had taken its toll; he was defeated (though only by 29 votes) in the primary by Albert C. Lambert.