Keywords: Maine's First Governor
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Contributed by: Islesboro Historical Society
Date: circa 1940
Title: Governor King monument, Bath
Contributed by: Patten Free Library
Date: circa 1903
Media: Photographic print
Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.
2009 marked the bicentennials of the births of Abraham Lincoln and his first vice president, Hannibal Hamlin of Maine. To observe the anniversary, Paris Hill, where Hamlin was born and raised, honored the native statesman and recalled both his early life in the community and the mark he made on Maine and the nation.