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The Rev. Samuel F. Pearson (1841-1902), a native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, served with the 40th Massachusetts Regiment for three years during the Civil War and came to Portland in 1872.
He became a strong temperance supporter and was president of the state temperance organization in the 1870s.
In 1878 he began work with others to establish a mission in Portland.
He was ordained in 1879 and became the pastor of Christ's Faith Church at 402 1/2 Congress Street.
In 1900 he was elected sheriff of Portland; he died in the middle of his term.
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