Keywords: Fort St. George
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Ink on linen
Contributed by: Maine State Museum
Date: circa 1607
George Popham and a group of fellow Englishmen arrived at the mouth of the Kennebec River, hoping to trade with Native Americans, find gold and other valuable minerals, and discover a Northwest passage. In 18 months, the fledgling colony was gone.
George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.
The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.
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George (the area later known as Fort Wharf), the fort was located at the southeastern side of lower Knox Street, currently the site of the Lyman…
George River along with his wife, Lucy, and their five children. At the time they took up residence in Montpelier, Knox was 45 years and his wife 39.