Samuel H. Blake, Bangor, 1842

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Samuel Harwood Blake, a native of Hartford and graduate of Bowdoin College, opened a law office in Bangor in 1831.

An ardent Democrat, he was elected to the Maine Senate in 1840 and 1842, when he served as president. He was Maine Attorney General in 1848.

He ran for Congress against Israel Washburn, one of the founders of the infant Republican Party, in 1854 and lost over the issue of slavery in the territories.

Following the outbreak of the Civil War, he, like many other Maine Democrats, joined the Republican Party in support of the preservation of the Union.

Following the death of his brother, William A. Blake, he assumed the presidency of the Merchants National Bank of Bangor, spending most of his time managing a rather substantial fortune that he and his brother had built up in a lifetime of shrewd investments.

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  • Title: Samuel H. Blake, Bangor, 1842
  • Creation Date: 1842
  • Subject Date: 1842
  • Town: Bangor, Hartford
  • County: Oxford, Penobscot
  • State: ME
  • Media: Carte de visite
  • Dimensions: 7.6 cm x 5 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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