Friends Of The Blaine House

The Blaine House

Governors of the State of Maine

Since William King was inaugurated as Maine’s first governor on June 2, 1820, the state has been led by 70 men.  The position held today by Paul R. LePage has been occupied by such notable figures in our history as Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln’s first vice president; Abner Coburn, generous benefactor to Maine educational institutions; Joshua L. Chamberlain, Civil War hero at the Battle of Gettysburg; Percival P. Baxter, donor of Mount Katahdin to the state; and Edmund S. Muskie, champion of Federal environmental protection legislation.

Only two governors are not represented by pictures.  Of the balance, four are shown in portraits and the rest in photographs.  Photographic images dating back to the 1840s enable us to study with complete clarity the faces of the men who governed Maine during the first decades of statehood before the Civil War as well as their more recent successors.  These pictures come from three sources, the Maine State Archives, the Maine Historical Society, and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

These pages are based upon research which I initially undertook in 2001 assisted by the Commission’s summer intern Adam M. Crowley of the University of Maine at Orono, now an Assistant Professor of English at Husson College in Bangor.  At that point, the project was envisioned as a publication, but the ever expanding use of the internet during the last decade has led me to offer this information to a broader online audience.  I want to thank the Friends of the Blaine House for hosting this information.  As a new governor and his family move into the Blaine House in 2011, we can learn from the accomplishments of those men who have led the State for more than 190 years.

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
Maine State Historian

Governor William King
1820-1821
Governor Frederick Robie
1883-1887
Governor William D. Williamson
1821
Governor Joseph R. Bodwell
1887
1821-1822
Governor Sebastian S. Marble
1887-1889
1822
Governor Edwin C. Burleigh
1889-1893
Governor Albion K. Parris
1822-1827
Governor Henry B. Cleaves
1893-1897
Governor Enoch Lincoln
1827-1829
Governor Llewellyn Powers
1897-1901
Governor Nathan Cutler
1829-1830
Governor John F. Hill
1901-1905
Governor Joshua Hall
1830
Governor William T. Cobb
1905-1909
Governor Jonathan G. Hunton
1830-1831
Governor Bert M. Fernald
1909-1911
Governor Samuel E. Smith
1831-1834
Governor Frederick W. Plaisted
1911-1913
Governor Robert P. Dunlap
1834-1838
Governor William T. Haines
1913-1915
Governor Edward Kent
1838-1839, 1841-1842
Governor Oakley C. Curtis
1915-1917
Governor John Fairfield
1839-1841, 1842-1843
Governor Carl E. Miliken
1917-1921
Governor Richard H. Vose
1841
Governor Frederick H. Parkhurst
1921
Governor Edward Kavanagh
1843-1844
Governor Percival P. Baxter
1921-1925
Governor David Dunn
1844
Governor Ralph Owen Brewster
1925-1929
Governor John W. Dana
1844, 1847-1850
Governor William Tudor Gardiner
1929-1933
Governor Hugh J. Anderson
1844-1847
Governor Louis J. Brann
1933-1937
Governor John Hubbard
1850-1853
Governor Lewis O. Barrows
1937-1941
Governor William G. Crosby
1853-1855
Governor Sumner Sewall
1941-1945
Governor Anson P. Morrill
1855-1856
Governor Horace A. Hildreth
1945-1949
Governor Samuel Wells
1856-1857
Governor Frederick G. Payne
1949-1952
Governor Hannibal Hamlin
1857
Governor Burton M. Cross
1952-1953, 1953-1955
Governor Joseph H. Williams
1857-1858
Governor Nathaniel M. Haskell
1953
Governor Lot M. Morrill
1858-1861
Governor Edmund S. Muskie
1955-1959
Governor Israel Washburn, Jr.
1861-1863
Governor Robert N. Haskell
1959
Governor Abner Coburn
1863-1864
Governor Clinton A. Clauson
1959
Governor Samuel Cony
1864-1867
Governor John H. Reed
1959-1967
Governor Joshua L. Chamberlain
1867-1871
Governor Kenneth M. Curtis
1967-1975
Governor Sidney Perham
1871-1874
Governor James B. Longley
1975-1979
Governor Nelson Dingley, Jr.
1874-1876
Governor Joseph E. Brennan
1979-1987
Governor Seldon Connor
1876-1879
Governor John R. McKernan, Jr.
1987-1995
Governor Alonzo Garcelon
1879-1880
Governor Angus S. King, Jr.
1995-2003
Governor Daniel F. Davis
1880-1881
Governor John E. Baldacci
2003 - 2011
Governor Harris M. Plaisted
1881-1883
Governor Paul R. LePage
2011- Present

 

 



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