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Harris Merrill Plaisted

Harris Merrill Plaisted, American governor of Maine, congressman. member Maine Legislature, 1867-1868; member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from Maine, 44th Congress, 1875-1876.

Background

  • Plaisted, Harris Merrill was born on November 2, 1828 in Jefferson, New Hampshire, United States. Son of William and Nancy (Merrill) Plaisted.

  • Education

    • Graduate Waterville (now Colby) College, 1853, Albany (New York) Law School, 1855.

    Career

    • Superintendent schools, Waterville, Maine, 1850-1853. Admitted to Maine bar, 1856. Appointed by Governor Washburn to raise military company in Bangor for United States Army.

      Became lieutenant colonel 11th Maine Regiment, 1861, promoted colonel, 1862. Brevetted brigadier general Maine Volunteers, 1865, major general, 1865. Member Maine Legislature, 1867-1868.

      Delegate at large Republican National Convention, 1868. Elected attorney general Maine, 1873. Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from Maine, 44th Congress, 1875-1876.

      Governor Maine, 1880-1882. Editor The New Age, 1883-1898. Supporter of William Jennings Bryan.

    Membership

    Member Maine Legislature, 1867-1868. Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from Maine, 44th Congress, 1875-1876.

    Connections

    • Married Sarah Mason, September 21, 1858. Married second, Mabel Hill, September 27, 1881.
    • father: William Plaisted
    • mother: Nancy (Merrill) Plaisted
    • spouses: Sarah Mason
    • Mabel Hill
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    Died January 31, 1898
    (aged 69)
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