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The Blaine House

John Fairfield

DATE OF BIRTH:  Jan. 30, 1797



DATE OF DEATH:  Dec. 24, 1847

PLACE OF DEATH:  Washington, DC






TERM IN OFFICE:  1) January 4, 1839 – January 12, 1841
2) January 4, 1842 – March 7, 1843


FIRST LADY:  Anna Paine


QUOTE: [Government] is not a power adverse to that of the people… It is in fact a part of the people themselves; having, with them, identical interests and common objects. The enjoyment of equal rights, a common participation in the choice of public officers, the sentiment of patriotism, a general diffusion of intelligence…are far better guarantees for the stability of government, than any that merely mercenary interests can afford.

Inaugural Address, January 4, 1842


OTHER ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICES: Reporter of Decisions of the Maine Supreme Court, Congressman, U.S. Senator

Governor John Fairfield


Arndt, J. Chris.  “John Fairfield,” American National Biography.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, Vol. 7, pp. 686-687.

Chase, Henry.  Representative Men of Maine.  Portland: The Lakeside Press, 1893, p. XXI

“Death of Mr. Fairfield,” Eastern Argus, Portland, December 27, 1847.

Hamilton, Harry Fairfield.  “Gov. John Fairfield,” Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Bangor, 1887, pp. 1-7.

Robinson, William A.  “John Fairfield,” Dictionary of American Biography.  New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1933, Vol. VI, pp. 257-258.

Staples, Arthur G., Editor.  “The Letters of John Fairfield.”  Lewiston: Lewiston Journal Company, 1922.



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