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William Pierce Frye

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William Pierce Frye was an American senator. Member of Maine legislature, 1861, 1862, 1867; member 42d to 46th Congresses (1871-1881); Member of Republican National Executive Committee, 1872-1880.

Background

Frye, William Pierce was born on September 2, 1831 in Lewiston, Maine, United States. Son of Colonel John M. and Alice M. (Davis) Frye.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College, 1850, A.M., 1853. (Doctor of Laws, Bates, 1881, Bowdoin, 1889). Studied and practiced law.

Career

Member of Maine legislature, 1861, 1862, 1867. Mayor of Lewiston, 1866-1867. Attorney general Maine, 1867-1869.

Presidential elector, 1864. Member 42d to 46th Congresses (1871-1881). Elected United States senator, March 15, 1881, succeeding James G. Blaine.

Reëlected, 1883, 1888, 1895, 1901, 1907. Present term expires, 1913. Elected president pro tem. of the Senate, February 7, 1896, reëlected December 4, 1899, serving until March 4, 1900 and reëlected March 7, 1901.

Membership

Member of 42d to 46th Congresses (1871-1881). Member of Republican National Executive Committee, 1872-1880.

Connections

Married Caroline Spear (died, 1900).

father:
Colonel John M. Frye

mother:
Alice M. (Davis) Frye

spouse:
Caroline Spear