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Government of Maine

From The History of the State of Maine From Its First Discovery, A.D. 1602, to the Separation, A.D. 1820, Inclusive, Vol. 2, William D. Williamson, published by Glazier, Masters and Company, Hallowell, Maine, 1832. Appendix No. 4, pp. 710-711.

Province of Maine

Accessitus.

1635-6   William Gorges, Dep'y Governor.
1639     Charter of Sir F. Gorges.
1640     Tho's Gorges, Dep'y Gov.
1644     Richard Vines, Dep'y Gov.
1646     Divided by Kennebunk river.
1646     Edw. Godfrey, elected Gov. of the west Division, or Gorges' part.
 "       George Cleaves, Deputy President of the East Division, or Lygonia, 
         under Alexander Rigby, to 1658.
1652-3   Massachusetts assumes the government of western Maine.
1658     She extends her government of Lygonia, also.
1665     The King's Commissioners assume the government of both.
1668     Massachusetts resumes the administration of Gorges' orginal and 
         entire Province.
1677     She purchases it.
1679-80  Provincial government of Maine established.
1680-8   Interrupted by Joseph Dudley, and Edmond Andros.
1689     President Danforth's administration resumed.

Sagadahock, Western and Eastern;-[as divided by Penobscot River.]

Accessitus
Western Sagadahock
1631       Pemaquid Proprietors
1664       Patent to the Duke of York.
1665       King's Commissioners assume the administration.
1674       Devonshire County, established by Massachusetts.
1680-87    Ed. Andros, and Tho's Dungan, ducal governors.
1688       Andros, Governor of New-England.
1689       Government assumed by Massachusetts.

Eastern Sagadahock
1635      M. d'Aulney, [French,] Lt. Governor, and commander at Penobscot.
1651      M. de LaTour, [French]
1654      Subdued by the English.
  "       Confirmed to them by treaty.
1655      Sir Thomas Temple, [English] Governor.
1668      Resigned to France, under the treaty of Breda.
1670      Rulers, [French] viz. M. Denys; - De Bourg
1674      Duke's Patent, [English.].
1688      Gov. Andros.
1690      Subdued by Sir W. Phips.

1691      Province Charter of William and Mary, embraces Maine and Sagadahock.

Royal Governors

Exitus. 1692 Sir Wm. Phips. He retires to England, 1694, - died 1695. 1694 William Stoughton, Lieut. Governor. 1699 Richard Earl Bellamont, Gov. Died, March 5, 1701. 1701 Lieut. Governor Stoughton, " July 7, 1701. " The Council 1702 June Joseph Dudley, Governor Removed 1715. 1715 Nov. 9 William Tailer, Lieut. Governor. 1716 Oct Samuel Shute, Governor. Left for Eng. Dec. 27, 1722. 1723 Jan. 1, William Dummer, Lieut. Governor. [p. 711 1728 July. William Burnet, Governor Died, Sept. 7, 1729. 1729 Lieutenant-Governor Dummer. 1730 August. Jonathan Belcher, Governor Displaced 1740. 1740 July, William Shirley, Governor. Comm'r to Paris, 1749. 1749 Spencer Phips, Lieut. Governor 1753 August 7, Gov Shirley returns. Goes to England, 1756. 1756 Sept. Lieut. Governor Phips Died, April 4, 1757. 1757 The Council. " Aug. 3, Thomas Pownal, Governor. Left, June 3d, 1760. 1760 Aug. 4, Sir Francis Bernard, Governor. Aug. 2, 1769. 1769 Thomas Hutchinson, Governor. Left, May, 1774. 1774 Thomas Gage, Governor-General Denounced, Oct. 1774. " Oct. 7, Provincial Congresses to July 19, 1775. 1775 July, The Council, to Oct. 1780.

Governors under the Constitution of the Commonwealth.

Elected. 1780 Oct. 25, John Hancock, Governor 4 years and 7 months. 1785 May, James Bowdoin, Gov. 2 years. 1787 John Hancock, Governor 5 years and 4 months. Died, Oct. 1793. 1793 Oct. Samuel Adams, Lieut. Governor 8 months. 1794 " Gov. 3 years. 1797 Increase Sumner, Gov 2 years. Died, June, 1799. 1799 June, Moses Gill, Lieut. Governor 11 months. 1800 Caleb Strong, Governor 7 years. 1807 James Sullivan, Governor Died, Dec. 10, 1808. 1808 Levi Lincoln, Lieut. Governor. 1809 Christopher Gore, Governor 1 year. 1810 Elbridge Gerry, Governor 2 years. 1812 Caleb Strong, Governor 4 years. 1816 John Brooks, Governor till Separation- 4 years. 1820 March 15, Maine Separated from Massachusetts.

Governors of Maine

From another list compiled by the staff of the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library. Elected. 1820 William King, Governor. Resigned, May, 1821 1821 May, William. D. Williamson, President of Senate acting as Governor, December, 1821. 1821 Benjamin Ames 1822 Daniel Rose 1822 Albion K. Parris, Governor 5 years. 1827 Enoch Lincoln, Governor Died Aug. 1829. 1829 Nathan Cutler, President of the Senate and acting Governor, to January, 1830. 1830 Joshua Hall 1830 Jonathan G. Hunton, Governor 1 year. 1831 Samuel E. Smith, Governor. 1834 Robert P. Dunlap 1838 Edward Kent 1839 John Fairfield 1841 Richard H. Vose 1841 Edward Kent 1842 John Fairfield 1843 Edward Kavanaugh 1844 David Dunn 1844 John W. Dana 1844 Hugh J. Anderson 1847 John W. Dana 1850 John Hubbard 1853 William G. Crosby 1855 Anson P. Morrill 1856 Samuel E. Wells 1857 Hannibal Hamlin 1857 Joseph H. Williams 1858 Lot M. Morrill 1861 Israel Washburn, Jr. 1863 Abner Coburn 1864 Samuel Cony 1867 Joshua L. Chamberlain 1871 Sidney Perham 1874 Nelson Dingley, Jr. 1876 Seldon Connor 1879 Alonzo Garcelon 1880 Daniel F. Davis 1881 Harris M. Plaisted 1883 Frederick Robie 1887 Joseph R. Bodwell, died 1887. 1887 Sabastian S. Marble 1889 Edwin C. Burleigh 1893 Henry B. Cleaves 1897 Llewellyn Powers 1901 John Fremont Hill 1905 William T. Cobb 1909 Bert M. Fernald 1911 Frederick W. Plaisted 1913 William T. Haines 1915 Oakley C. Curtis 1917 Carl E. Milliken 1921 Frederic H. Parkhurst, died 1/31/1921 1921 Percival P. Baxter 1925 Ralph Owen Brewster 1929 William Tudor Gardiner 1933 Louis J. Brann 1937 Lewis O. Barrows 1941 Sumner Sewall 1945 Horace A. Hildreth 1949 Frederick G. Payne 1952 Burton M. Cross 1953 Nathaniel M. Haskell 1953 Burton M. Cross 1955 Edmund S. Muskie 1959 Robert M. Haskell 1959 Clinton A. Clauson, died 12/30/1959 1959 John H. Reed 1967 Kenneth M. Curtis 1975 James B. Longley 1979 Joseph E. Brennan 1987 John R. McKernan, Jr. 1995 Angus S. King, Jr. 2003 John Elias Baldacci

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