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Governor Abner Coburn

Governor Abner Coburn
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Skowhegan History House

This is mighty Abner Coburn. He helped Skowhegan in many ways. The Skowhegan Free Public Library was built in 1889 with money donated by Mr. Coburn. He looks sad here, but he must have been a happy man because he did so much good in his life. He was born on a farm in Old Canaan(now Skowhegan) in 1803 and died in 1885. He was Governor in 1862, and was also a State House Representative. He gave nearly 1,000,000. dollars to charitable causes. It is said that he was kind, and never wasted money, but gladly gave thousands to a good cause.

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