John Chandler, Monmouth, 1820

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General John Chandler (1762-1841), who had joined the Continental Army at age 15, became a protege of Henry Dearborn from whom he borrowed money to buy 200 acres in Monmouth in 1780.

In addition to holding most of the patronage positions in Kennebec County, Chandler represented Monmouth in the General Court of Massachusetts and as a member of the first Maine Senate. The first president of the Maine Senate, he held office for only a few months before resigning to become United States Senator, a post he held from 1820 to 1829.

He is credited with establishing the arsenal at Augusta and in initiating the military road from Bangor to Houlton. In 1829 he resigned his Senate seat to become the Collector of Customs for Portland, a post which he held for eight years.

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  • Title: John Chandler, Monmouth, 1820
  • Creation Date: circa 1820
  • Subject Date: circa 1820
  • Locations:
    • Augusta, Kennebec County, ME
    • Monmouth, Kennebec County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Object Type: Image

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