View of the Whig Pavilion, Mount Joy, Portland, 1837

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View of the Whig Pavilion, Mount Joy, Portland, 1837

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On September 27, 1837 amidst a rough and tumble political campaign, Maine Whigs held a monster rally on the slopes of Munjoy Hill (also called Mount Joy) below the Portland Observatory.

Memorialized in this engraving by local bookseller Samuel Hodeson Colesworthy (1808-1899) are visitors who watched a parade, heard speeches and witnessed a 26-gun salute.

During the cannonade a young artilleryman, George Richardson, was killed by an exploding cartridge.

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  • Title: View of the Whig Pavilion, Mount Joy, Portland, 1837
  • Creator: Samuel Hodeson Colesworthy
  • Creation Date: 1837
  • Subject Date: 1837-09-27
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Hand colored engraving, phototransparency
  • Local Code: MS-71-81-2
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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