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Historical Items

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Item 27869

U.S. Treasury Department letter to the Bath Collector of Customs, 1884

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: 1790–1884 Location: Bath Media: Ink on paper

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Item 17296

John P. Donworth, Houlton, c. 1880

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1880 Location: Houlton Media: Photographic print

Item 14142

Citizenship Certificate for Amos F. Barter, 1918

Contributed by: National Archives at Boston Date: 1918-05-02 Location: Bath Media: Paper

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Online Exhibits

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.


Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.


William King

Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

That was also the last year that the Customs Collector was in the Customs House. Govenor William KingPatten Free Library Many people…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Lincoln Block

One of those customs collectors was William King, also the first governor of Maine. A customs collector has an office at a frontier where the customs

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Shipbuilding in Biddeford: Lore, Leaders, and Legacy

… Cape Porpoise, as ports of delivery only; and a collector for the district shall be appointed, to reside at Biddeford.” In 1807 the district was…