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Historical Items

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Mystery Corner Item

Item 103973

Governor's Convention, Poland, 1925

Mystery Corner Item Do you know who these people are?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925 Location: Poland Media: Glass Negative

Mystery Corner Item

Item 103975

Governor's Convention, Poland, 1925

Mystery Corner Item Do you know who these people are?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925 Location: Poland Media: Glass Negative

Item 103974

Governor's Convention, Poland, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925 Location: Poland Media: Glass Negative

Exhibits

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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.

Exhibit

George F. Shepley: Lawyer, Soldier, Administrator

George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.

Exhibit

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.

Site Pages

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Missouri Compromise: A Moral Dilemma

… more on the process and matters discussed in the convention, see Banks, Maine Becomes a State, 148-183 and Webb, Lee, “Maine’s Constitution: A…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - History Overview

… statehood, eventually chairing the constitutional convention in 1819 and becoming the State’s first governor in 1820 (see King exhibit at…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote

… For several months after the heated Brunswick Convention, separation was only a whisper. Yet by February 1818, the issue was brought up again—and…