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Politicians in Railroading in Maine

  Ebenezer Allen (1804-1863) — of Orono, Penobscot County, Maine; Galveston, Galveston County, Tex. Born in Newport, Sullivan County, N.H., April 8, 1804. Lawyer; Texas Republic Secretary of State, 1844-45, 1845-46; Attorney General of the Texas Republic, 1844-45; Texas state attorney general, 1850-52; railroad promoter; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Died in the Civil War in Richmond, Va., 1863 (age about 59 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Allen and Hannah (Wilcox) Allen; married 1833 to Sylvina Morse.
  The city of Allen, Texas, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Esreff Hill Banks (1821-1903) — also known as Esreff H. Banks — of Biddeford, York County, Maine. Born May 26, 1821. Republican. Mayor of Biddeford, Maine, 1860; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1868; Maine state treasurer, 1877-79; postmaster at Biddeford, Maine, 1883-85; chairman, Biddeford and Saco Railway, 1889. Died November 27, 1903 (age 82 years, 185 days). Interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco, Maine.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Norman Leslie Bassett (b. 1869) — also known as Norman L. Bassett — of Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. Born in Winslow, Kennebec County, Maine, June 23, 1869. Republican. Lawyer; president, Augusta Savings Bank; director, Boston and Maine Railroad, 1915-25; justice of Maine state supreme court, 1925-32. Unitarian. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Rotary; American Bar Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Josiah W. Bassett and Susan (Cornish) Bassett; married, June 24, 1903, to Lula J. Holden.
  Flavius Orlando Beal (1841-1922) — also known as Flavius O. Beal — of Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine. Born in Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine, June 2, 1841. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; worked in Maine Central Railway, 1862-74; hotelier; mayor of Bangor, Maine, 1892-94, 1896-98, 1903-04, 1913; member of Maine state house of representatives, 1899-1903; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1900. Unitarian. Died in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, January 13, 1922 (age 80 years, 225 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Beal and Maria A. (Warren) Beal; married, December 7, 1865, to Lucy Jane Randall.
  Frederic Eleazer Boothby (1845-1923) — also known as Frederic E. Boothby — of Portland, Cumberland County, Maine; Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine. Born in Norway, Oxford County, Maine, December 3, 1845. Republican. Official in various capacities for Maine Central Railroad; general passenger agent for the Portland, Mt. Desert and Machias Steamboat Company; mayor of Portland, Maine, 1901-03; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1904 (delegation chair); mayor of Waterville, Maine, 1916-17. Episcopalian. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died, from heart disease, in Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine, January 7, 1923 (age 77 years, 35 days). Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Levi Thompson Boothby and Sophia Packard (Brett) Boothby; married, October 25, 1871, to Adelaide Endora Smith.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Wingate Franklin Cram (1877-1952) — also known as Wingate F. Cram — of Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine. Born in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, December 4, 1877. Republican. President, Bangor & Aroostook Railroad; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1932. Died in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, October 4, 1952 (age 74 years, 305 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Franklin Webster Cram and Martha Cook (Wingate) Cram; married, June 20, 1905, to Anna E. Sabin.
  Frederic Danforth (b. 1848) — of Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine. Born in Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine, February 8, 1848. Republican. Civil engineer; worked on many railroads; member, Maine Board of Railway Commissioners, 1894-1900; mayor of Gardiner, Maine, 1901-02. Congregationalist. Member, Ancient Order of United Workmen. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Danforth and Julia S. Danforth; married, December 6, 1880, to Caroline A. Stevens.
  William L. Doige (b. 1887) — of Chateaugay, Franklin County, N.Y. Born in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine, March 9, 1887. Republican. Railroad work; real estate business; merchant; member of New York state assembly from Franklin County, 1939-50. Burial location unknown.
  Frederick Neal Dow (1840-1934) — also known as Fred N. Dow — of Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. Born in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, December 23, 1840. Republican. Newspaper publisher; president, Portland Gas Light Company; president, Portland Railroad Company; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1880, 1916, 1928 (speaker), 1932; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1883-85, 1890-95; member of Maine state house of representatives, 1887-90; Speaker of the Maine State House of Representatives, 1889-90. Died November 27, 1934 (age 93 years, 339 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Neal Dow; married, October 22, 1864, to Julia Dana Hammond.
  John Henry Farrington (1863-1909) — also known as John H. Farrington — of Punta Gorda, De Soto County (now Charlotte County), Fla. Born in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine, November 7, 1863. Private secretary to Sherman Conant, general manager, Florida Southern Railway; orange grower; banker; Vice-Consul for Great Britain in Punta Gorda, Fla., 1896-98; deputy collector of customs. Died in Punta Gorda, De Soto County (now Charlotte County), Fla., January 8, 1909 (age 45 years, 62 days). Interment at Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Ga.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Farrington and Susan (Heyer) Farrington; married, June 1, 1893, to Sadie Rogers.
  Political family: Libby-Felt family of Maine (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ernest Edwin Finnimore (b. 1875) — also known as Ernest E. Finnimore — of Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine. Born in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, November 1, 1875. Democrat. Supervisor, blacksmith department, Maine Central Railroad; mayor of Waterville, Maine, 1920-21. Episcopalian. Member, Kiwanis; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Finnimore and Margaret (Morris) Finnimore.
  Louis Bertrand Goodall (1851-1935) — also known as Louis B. Goodall — of Sanford, York County, Maine. Born in Winchester, Cheshire County, N.H., September 23, 1851. Republican. Woollen manufacturer; officer of railroads and power companies; president, Sanford National Bank; U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1917-21. Unitarian. Died in Sanford, York County, Maine, June 26, 1935 (age 83 years, 276 days). Interment at Oakdale Cemetery, Sanford, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Goodall and Ruth (Waterhouse) Goodall; married, July 21, 1877, to Rose V. Goodwin.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arthur Robinson Gould (1857-1946) — also known as Arthur R. Gould — of Presque Isle, Aroostook County, Maine. Born in East Corinth, Penobscot County, Maine, March 16, 1857. Republican. President of the Aroostook Valley Railroad, 1902-46; member of Maine state senate 16th District, 1921-22; U.S. Senator from Maine, 1926-31. Died in Presque Isle, Aroostook County, Maine, July 24, 1946 (age 89 years, 130 days). Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor, Maine.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Horace Wesley Greeley (b. 1857) — also known as Horace W. Greeley — of Oakland, Kennebec County, Maine. Born in Mt. Vernon, Kennebec County, Maine, December 30, 1857. Republican. Auditor and paymaster of Somerset Railroad; merchant; banker; member of Maine state house of representatives from Kennebec County, 1919-20. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John W. Greeley and Martha (Bartlett) Greeley; married, January 27, 1885, to Nellie E. Otis.
  James Henry Howe (1827-1893) — also known as James H. Howe — of Green Bay, Brown County, Wis. Born in Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine, December 5, 1827. Republican. Lawyer; Wisconsin state attorney general, 1860-62; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; General Solicitor and General Manager, North Western Railroad; U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1873. Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., January 4, 1893 (age 65 years, 30 days). Interment somewhere in Kenosha, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Addison Goodale Howe and Mary Turner (Torrey) Howe; married, December 12, 1850, to Priscilla Jackson Cotton; married, January 17, 1857, to Mary Gordon Cotton; third cousin thrice removed of Jonah Howe and Gardner Howe.
  Political family: Howe family of Massachusetts.
  Wyman Bradbury Seavy Moor (1811-1869) — also known as Wyman B. S. Moor — of Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine; Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine. Born in Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine, November 11, 1811. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Maine state house of representatives, 1839; Maine state attorney general, 1844-47; U.S. Senator from Maine, 1848; railroad construction superintendent; U.S. Consul General in Toronto, 1857-61. Died in Lynchburg, Va., March 10, 1869 (age 57 years, 119 days). Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Maine.
  Relatives: Married 1834 to Clara Ann Neil Cook.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jonathan Norcross (1808-1898) — of Atlanta, DeKalb County (now Fulton County), Ga. Born in Orono, Penobscot County, Maine, 1808. Republican. Dry goods merchant; sawmill operator; mayor of Atlanta, Ga., 1851-52; president, Georgia Air Line Railway; candidate for Governor of Georgia, 1876. Died in 1898 (age about 90 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
Arthur Sewall Arthur Sewall (1835-1900) — of Bath, Sagadahoc County, Maine. Born in Bath, Sagadahoc County, Maine, November 25, 1835. Democrat. Shipbuilder; part owner of the Bath Iron Works; president, Maine Central Railroad; director for other railroads; president, Bath National Bank; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1876, 1880 (member, Credentials Committee), 1888; member of Democratic National Committee from Maine, 1888-96; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1896. Swedenborgian. Suffered a stroke of apoplexy and died three days later, in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County, Maine, September 5, 1900 (age 64 years, 284 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of William Dunning Sewall and Rachel Allen (Trufant) Sewall; married to Emma Duncan Crooker; father of Harold Marsh Sewall; grandfather of Arthur Sewall (1887-1961), Loyall Farragut Sewall, Sumner Sewall and Arthur Sewall II; first cousin of Daniel Albert Cony; first cousin twice removed of Chase Mellen Jr.; third cousin twice removed of Samuel Sewall; fourth cousin once removed of Joseph Homan Manley.
  Political family: Sewall-Adams-Quincy family of Maine (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Public Library
  William Bertram Skelton (1871-1964) — also known as William B. Skelton — of Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine. Born in Bowdoin, Sagadahoc County, Maine, August 9, 1871. Republican. Lawyer; Androscoggin County Attorney, 1901-05; mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1903-05; Maine banking commissioner, 1906-11; candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 1912; member, Maine Public Utilities Commission, 1913-19; president, First National Bank of Lewiston, and Androscoggin County Savings Bank; president or director of several power companies; director of two railroads; trustee, Central Main General Hospital. Congregationalist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons. Died February 1, 1964 (age 92 years, 176 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Lewiston, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas W. Skelton and Mary Luella (Holbrook) Skelton; married, May 21, 1894, to Florence Larrabee; father of Harold Newell Skelton.
  Sumner Wallace (1856-1920) — of Rochester, Strafford County, N.H. Born in Berwick, York County, Maine, March 7, 1856. Republican. Shoe manufacturer; director of banks, railroads, and electric utilities; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1885; member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1899-1900; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1904; candidate for Presidential Elector for New Hampshire. Member, Theta Delta Chi; Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died, of a cerebral hemorrhage, in Lake Wales, Polk County, Fla., January 11, 1920 (age 63 years, 310 days). Interment at Rochester Cemetery, Rochester, N.H.
  Relatives: Son of Ebenezer Gowell Wallace and Sarah Esther (Greenfield) Wallace; brother of Albert Wallace; married, January 30, 1884, to Harriet Zerega Curtis; married, July 27, 1910, to Alice Frost (Coffin) Forbes; nephew of Edwin Wallace.
  Political family: Wallace family of Rochester, New Hampshire.
  William Drew Washburn (1831-1912) — also known as William D. Washburn — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine, January 14, 1831. Republican. Surveyor General of Minnesota, 1861; miller; lumber business; railroad promoter; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 5, 1871; U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1879-85 (3rd District 1879-83, 4th District 1883-85); U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1889-95. Universalist. Died in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., July 29, 1912 (age 81 years, 197 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Israel Washburn and Martha (Benjamin) Washburn; brother of Israel Washburn Jr., Elihu Benjamin Washburne, Cadwallader Colden Washburn and Charles Ames Washburn; married, April 19, 1859, to Elizabeth M. Muzzy; father of William Drew Washburn Jr. and Stanley Washburn; nephew of Reuel Washburn; uncle of Charles Fox Washburn, Hempstead Washburne and Robert Charles Washburn; fourth cousin once removed of Charles Sumner and Dwight May Sabin.
  Political families: Washburn family of Massachusetts; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  Daniel Wells Jr. (1808-1902) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in West Waterville (now Oakland), Kennebec County, Maine, July 16, 1808. Democrat. Probate judge in Wisconsin, 1838; member Wisconsin territorial council, 1838-40; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 1st District, 1853-57. President of three railroads. Died in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., March 18, 1902 (age 93 years, 245 days). Interment at Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward Warren Wheeler (b. 1876) — also known as Edward W. Wheeler — of Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine. Born in Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, April 12, 1876. Republican. Lawyer; director, Maine Central Railroad Co. and Bridgeton & Saco River Railroad Co.; director, Ricker Hotel Co.; president, Pejepscot National Bank; trustee, Topsham & Brunswick Savings Bank; member of Maine state senate, 1909-10; member of Maine Governor's Council, 1913-14; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1920. Unitarian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry W. Wheeler and Mary D. (Adams) Wheeler.
  Pearl Wight (1843-1920) — also known as Albert Pearl Wight — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in Penobscot, Hancock County, Maine, March 22, 1843. Republican. Ship chandler; wholesale grocer; receiver, Texas and Pacific Railway; Vice-Consul for Sweden & Norway in New Orleans, La., 1894-1903; delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1908; member of Republican National Committee from Louisiana, 1908. Died in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., July 4, 1920 (age 77 years, 104 days). Entombed at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, La.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Wight and Theodosia (Wescott) Wight; brother-in-law of Thomas J. Woodward; married, November 19, 1867, to Helen Lauretta Ellems.
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