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 F. Hill

John F. Hill

DATE OF BIRTH:  October 29, 1855
DATE OF DEATH:  March 16, 1912
PROFESSION:  Physician, Publisher, Banker
TERM IN OFFICE:  January 3, 1901 – January 5, 1905
FIRST LADY:  Laura Colman Ligget

QUOTE: Our State has become the summer home of thousands of well-to-do people of other sections of the country, and the pleasure-resort of many more, who appreciate the health-giving qualities of our invigorating atmosphere, and delight in the rugged beauties of our seashore and mountain scenery.

Inaugural Address, January 3, 1901

OTHER ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICES: State Representative, State Senator


Cobb, William T.  John Fremont Hill.

Kennebec Journal, Augusta, March 18, 1912.

McIntyre, Philip W. and Blanding, William F.  Men of Progress.  Boston: New England Magazine, 1897, pp. 260-261.

New York Times, March 17, 1912.



Home of Maine's Governors since 1919.
Visit Us

PO Box 68
Augusta, ME 04332