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William King

Honorable William King1768 - 1852. A marine shipper by trade, this Bath resident pushed himself into the forefront of the Maine political scene by becoming one of the most outspoken advocates for the state's independence from Massachusetts. In 1820, King's hard work came to fruition when legislators in Boston granted Maine the right to secede and become its own state. The people of Maine rewarded King's efforts by electing him the first governor of Maine. He would later go on to lead a rather distinguished career in public service at both the federal and state level. For more information visit : http://www.aoc.gov/cc/art/nsh/king_w.cfm

 

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