Maine's Governors

Since William King was inaugurated as Maine’s first governor on June 2, 1820, the state has been led by 70 men and one woman. The position held today by Janet Trafton Mills 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. 

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
Maine State Historian


Governor John Hubbard

John Hubbard

DATE OF BIRTH:  March 22, 1794
PLACE OF BIRTH:  Readfield
DATE OF DEATH:  February 6, 1869
PLACE OF DEATH:  Hallowell
PROFESSION:  Physician
TERM IN OFFICE:  May 13, 1850 – January 8, 1853
FIRST LADY:  Sarah H. Barrett

QUOTE: We establish our own forms of government; we enact our own laws. If we pervert or abuse this high prerogative, we are criminal and foolish; if we do not transmit such blessings to posterity, we are ungrateful to our fathers and unjust to our children.

Inaugural Address, May 14, 1850

OTHER ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICES: State Senator, Commissioner of the Reciprocity Treaty between the United States and Great Britain


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

“Death of Ex-Gov. Hubbard,” Daily Kennebec Journal, Augusta, February 6, 1869.

“Hon. John Hubbard, Governor of Maine,” Boston Museum, March 20, 1852, pp. 321, 326.

Hubbard, Col. Thomas H.  “Governor John Hubbard,” Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder.  Bangor, 1888, pp. 185-192.

Mayo, Bernard.  “John Hubbard,” Dictionary of American Biography.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1933, Vol. 9, pp. 328-329.





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