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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Location: Portland; Norridgewock; Chicago
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Biddeford Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
When she announced her candidacy for President in January 1964, three-term Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman to seek the nomination of one of the two major political parties.
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.