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William King (1768-1852) is best known as the father of Maine Statehood and the new state's first governor, elected in 1820.Born in Scarborough, this son of a merchant falsely accused of being a Loyalist, made his own way in the world becoming a shipbuilder and merchant in Bath before turning to populist politics. In the Massachusetts Legislature he championed "The Betterment Act" (1808) which aided squatters and the "Toleration Act" which abolished town support of the standing order church.

William King (1768-1852) is best known as the father of Maine Statehood and the new state's first governor, elected in 1820.Born in Scarborough, this son of a merchant falsely accused of being a Loyalist, made his own way in the world becoming a shipbuilder and merchant in Bath before turning to populist politics. In the Massachusetts Legislature he championed "The Betterment Act" (1808) which aided squatters and the "Toleration Act" which abolished town support of the standing order church.

John Mead Gould, ca. 1860. John Mead Gould (1839-1930), a native of Portland, was an author and historian. He is shown at about age 21. He wrote a history of the First-Tenth-Twenty-ninth Maine Regiments of the Civil War, in which he served. Item # 61960 on Maine Memory Network

John Mead Gould, ca. John Mead Gould a native of Portland, was an author and historian. He is shown at about age He wrote a history of the First-Tenth-Twenty-ninth Maine Regiments of the Civil War, in which he served. Item # 61960 on Maine Memory Network

Erskine Caldwell..

Erskine Caldwell..

"Under a government such as ours, a government of laws and not of men, it ought to be one of its first principles that the laws should be simple and plain and easy to understand." From Maine's first Governor William King’s Inaugural Address, June 2, 1820

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"Under a government such as ours, a government of laws and not of men, it ought to be one of its first principles that the laws should be simple and plain and easy to understand." From Maine's first Governor William King’s Inaugural Address, June 1820

Chester Greenwood at age 15 invented earmuffs. Applauded by Andrea Beaty author of Rosie Revere Engineer.

Chester Greenwood, of Farmington Me. Invented ear muffs in

Col. Asa Wildes of Skowhegan was the first commander of the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment. (Maine State Archives)

Asa Wildes of Skowhegan was the first commander of the Maine Infantry Regiment.

Artemus Ward (Charles F. Brown), ca. 1865. Born in Waterford, ME, Ward was a favorite of Abraham Lincoln and influenced Mark Twain’s approach to satire. Item # 8756 on Maine Memory Network

Artemus Ward (Charles F. Born in Waterford, ME, Ward was a favorite of Abraham Lincoln and influenced Mark Twain’s approach to satire. Item # 8756 on Maine Memory Network

Judith Saulis-Bernard (the wife of Noel Bernard) from Madawaska, Maine - Maliseet - circa 1898

Judith Saulis-Bernard (the wife of Noel Bernard) from Madawaska, Maine - Maliseet - circa 1898

Edwin Arlington Robinson, 1888. (One of America's greatest POETS!)

Edwin Arlington Robinson, (One of America's greatest POETS!

Judd Nelson (born 1959), actor, Breakfast Club, Suddenly Susan; born in Portland, Maine Judd Nelson  Actor, Judd Asher Nelson is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his roles as Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbary in St. Elmo's Fire, Hot Rod and× Prime in The... wikipedia.org      Born: November 28, 1959 (age 54), Portland, Maine, USA     Nationality: United States of America     Height: 5' 10" (1.78m)     Parents: Merle Nelson, Leonard Nelson

I always thought that the badge a cop has was more like the shield that Captain America has.

This portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was commissioned by Bowdoin College where Longfellow studied and taught.  This is one of the last portraits done of Longfellow for which he sat in person done in 1881. Item # 16467 on Maine Memory Network

This portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was commissioned by Bowdoin College where Longfellow studied and taught. This is one of the last portraits done of Longfellow for which he sat in person done in Item # 16467 on Maine Memory Network

Portrait Drawing of Harriet Beecher Stowe | Stowe lived with her family in Brunswick, Maine, from 1850 to 1852 while her husband Calvin taught at Bowdoin College. While living in Brunswick, Stowe wrote her famous novel Uncle Tom's Cabin | [Item # 16520 on Maine Memory Network]

Portrait drawing of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Stowe lived with her family in Brunswick from 1850 to 1852 while her husband Calvin taught at Bowdoin College. While living in Brunswick, Stowe wrote her famous novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Author Ben Ames Williams out hunting with his #dogs Mac and Buster. Williams (1889-1953), a graduate of Dartmouth, married Florence Tafton Talpey of York in 1912. Many of his short stories and novels are set in Maine, where he summered. Item #1501 on Maine Memory Network

Author Ben Ames Williams out hunting with his Mac and Buster. Williams a graduate of Dartmouth, married Florence Tafton Talpey of York in Many of his short stories and novels are set in Maine, where he summered. Item on Maine Memory Network

Isabel, Charlotte and Alice Whittier...Dr. Alice Whittier would go on to be the first female pediatrician in Maine.  She also kept the contents of the Skolfield-Whittier House in Brunswick Maine intact which in turn offered an excellent historical look a life, particularly for women in the early 1900's...

Isabel, Charlotte and Alice Whittier...Dr. Alice Whittier would go on to be the first female pediatrician in Maine. She also kept the contents of the Skolfield-Whittier House in Brunswick Maine intact which in turn offered an excellent historical look a life, particularly for women in the early 1900's...

Fanny Hardy Eckstorm, ca. 1900. Fanny Hardy Eckstorm (1865-1946), a Maine folklorist and writer, collected Indian stories and legends and wrote about the Maine woods and woodsmen. Item # 16611 on Maine Memory Network

Fanny Hardy Eckstorm, ca. Fanny Hardy Eckstorm a Maine folklorist and writer, collected Indian stories and legends and wrote about the Maine woods and woodsmen. Item # 16611 on Maine Memory Network, via Maine Historical Society.

These bathers enjoying the waves at Ocean Park, Maine in August of 1906 wear a variety of bathing costumes, all of which clung to the body when wet.

These bathers enjoying the waves at Ocean Park, Maine in August of 1906 wear a variety of bathing costumes, all of which clung to the body when wet.

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