Israel Washburn Jr., New York, ca. 1850

Contributed by Washburn Norlands Living History Center

This record was added to Maine Memory Network through the efforts of a student at Spruce Mountain High School. More info about student projects.


The eldest of 11 children born to Israel Washburn Sr. and Martha "Patty" Benjamin of Livermore, Israel Washburn Jr. (1813-1883) established a law practice in Orono after being admitted to the Bar in 1834. In Orono he met and married his first wife, Mary Maud Webster, in 1841. They had four children: Israel Henry, Charles Fox, Ada, and Anna Maud.

After serving in the state legislature from 1842 to 1851, Israel was elected to Congress and represented the 6th district of Maine from 1851 to 1853, and the 5th district from 1853 to 1861. Israel was a founding member of the Republican Party.

Israel served as the Civil War governor of Maine from 1861 to 1863. Afterward, President Lincoln appointed him as the Collector of the Port of Portland, a position he held until 1877.

After retirement, Israel pursued literary pursuits and became President of the Rumford Falls Railroad in 1878. He was an active member of the Board of Trustees for Tufts University (1852-1883).

View/Add Comments

About This Item

  • Title: Israel Washburn Jr., New York, ca. 1850
  • Creator: E. Anthony
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Location: New York, New York County, NY
  • Media: Carte de visite
  • Dimensions: 10 cm x 6 cm
  • Local Code: P219
  • Collection: Washburn-Norlands Photo Collection
  • Object Type: Image

Cross Reference Searches

Standardized Subject Headings


Other Keywords

For more information about this item, contact:

Washburn Norlands Living History Center
290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253
(207) 897-4366

Use of this Item is not restricted by copyright and/or related rights, but the holding organization is contractually obligated to limit use. For more information, please contact the contributing organization. However, watermarked Maine Memory Network images may be used for educational purposes.

How to cite content on this site

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.