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Nelson Dingley Jr.

Genealogy is about the memories we give, as well
The presentation is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted to benefit Orono Historical Society. For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at

$10000 grant will help renovate old train depot
The 1851 depot is the oldest rail-related structure in Maine, and among the oldest in the US, according to a press release from the society. The restoration is a component of the society’s ongoing initiative to restore its historic village…

Presque Isle trolley offering trips back in time
“There used to be electric trolleys all over the state,” said historical society president Craig Green. “But this is the first-ever trolley in northern Maine.” Vintage trolleys and replicas like the Presque Isle vehicle are common tourist attractions…

Misery Gore. China. Meddybemps. Bangor. Poland. Amity. Cornville. Maine names: Behind the state’s unusual place names are our hopes, ancestors, religion, colorful characters and imaginations.

Have you ever driven down a Maine road and seen a sign that made you wonder just where on Earth our names come from? Meddybemps. Mars Hill. Argyle. Misery Gore. That last one might have made you want to turn back. There are some pretty odd place names in Maine and…

In death, Portland woman reunited with long-lost love

Teresa Getchell spent decades seeking the truth about her husband’s wartime death in 1969.

Cultivating Younger Buyers a Must for Antique Dealers
As an antique dealer and collector, as well as a business owner, Michelle Staley is always looking for new ways to reinvent her business, her brand and her product line. Right now, Michelle says, she sees the need to make her inventory attractive to the Twentysomething consumer. Many Baby Boomers are downsizing and, while they are still spending money on antiques and collectibles, Michelle argues that antiques and collectibles dealers need to cultivate a younger generation of shoppers to keep their businesses afloat. So, how do you go about making your antique store front or website attractive to the young consumer? Michelle has some tips. Read “Cultivating Younger Buyers a Must for Antique Dealers”

More Events, Exhibits and Presentations

Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection: Exhibit of photography from the museum’s archives. Free. At Camden Public Library. April 1-30.

Selections from the Elmer Montgomery and Atlantic Fisherman Collections: Exhibits of photography from the museum’s archives. Free. At Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Through April 30.

Digging Deeper into the Elmer Montgomery Collection: Illustrated talk by Curator Ben Fuller. Free. At Hutchinson Center, Belfast. April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Greetings from Stockton Springs: Illustrated talk by Photo Archivist Kevin Johnson, with historic photos from the Eastern Illustrating collection. Free. At Stockton Springs Community Library. April 29, 2 p.m.

Maine Agriculture: Views from the Past: Historic photo exhibit. Donation requested. At Page Farm and Home Museum, University of Maine-Orono. May 10 – Nov. 10.

The following is excerpted from Representative Men of Maine, ed. by Henry Chase, pub. 1893 by the Lakeside Press:

Journalist, Legislator, Ex-Governor, and Congressman, Nelson Dingley, Jr., stands in the front rank of the sons of Maine and is in very many respects a most excellent type of New England character. Ability, industry, courage, and a capacity for work are the great causes of his success. It is these, coupled with honesty and perseverance, that have made his pathway straight from the country schoolhouse to the national capitol.

Mr. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine, February 15, 1832, being the eldest son of Nelson and Jane L. Dingley. The following year the parents removed to Parkman, this state, where they kept a country store in connection with the village hotel. The son was distinguished in the district school for his studious habits and good scholarship. At twelve years of age, he attended the high school, three miles distant, walking each morning and night and carrying his dinner pail. When sixteen years of age he organized a temperance society in his town, and from that time to the present he has always taken a deep interest, and been an able and faithful worker, in the great cause of temperance. When seventeen years of age he taught school in the town of China, and continued to teach every win1er but one for the next five years. In 1851, he entered Colby University, then Waterville College, where he remained one year and a half, and then took a course at Dartmouth, from which he graduated in 1855 with high rank in scholarship.

After leaving college, Mr. Dingley studied law with Morrill & Fessenden at Auburn, and was admitted to the Bar in 1856. In September of that year he purchased one-half of the Lewiston Journal, and the year following he became the sole proprietor and editor. At this time, the Journal
was a weekly paper. A daily edition was added in 1861, and Frank L., a younger brother of Nelson, became associated with the paper, which has continued under their management to the present time. It supported the first Republican nominee in this State, and has since that time been an able Republican journal

In 1861 Mr. Dingley received his first election to public office, being only twenty-nine years of age. He was re-elected a member of the Legislature in 1862, 1863, 1864, 1868, and 1873; was speaker in 1863 and 1864. In 1867-8 he was at the head of the State Lodge of Good Templars, and was justly regarded as the leader in the temperance and prohibitory movement in Maine. Mr. Dingley was elected Governor of the State in 1873, and re-elected by an increased majority in 1874, but declined a re-election the following year.

In 1881 he was elected by the Republicans in the second district to fill the vacancy in Congress caused by the election to the Senate of Hon. William P. Frye, and took his seat in the House at the opening of the Forty-seventh Congress, in December of that year. He was re-elected to the Forty-eighth, Forty ninth, Fiftieth, Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses, and always by good majorities.

Mr. Dingley’s first speech in Congress was made April 25, 1882, on “Protection to American Shipping.” This speech commanded attention both in Congress and throughout the country, especially in commercial circles. It was pronounced by the Washington Star “a speech of much ability and force, giving promise of a successful career in Congress,” and by the Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune ” one of the best speeches ever made by a new member.” He has taken an active part in the discussions of many of the leading measures before the House during his congressional career. Among those may be mentioned the various shipping bills the silver question, reduction of taxation, compulsory pilotage, the tariff, the fishery question, the French spoliation claims, the anti-Chinese bill, etc. Perhaps his greatest efforts in Congress have been devoted to relieving American shipping of many of the burdens resting upon it and to the promotion of that great industry in which many of his constituents have large interests.

Mr. Dingley has served on some of the important committees of the House, notably the Ways and Means, the Appropriations, the Banking and Currency Committee, the Committee on Merchant Marine and Eisheries, and the Select Committee on American Ship-building and Ship-owning Interests In 1884 he reported from the Shipping Committee a bill to remove certain burdens on American shipping, and a bill to “Constitute a Bureau of Navigation” in the Treasury Department, and largely through his labor and influence these bills passed both houses of Congress the same year and became laws.

As a legislator Congressman Dingley is industrious and painstaking, and as a debater he is vigorous and logical. He is thoroughly conscientious and honest in all he does and says, and to these qualities may be attributed largely his success in Congress and throughout his whole public career.

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Representative Men of Maine: Henry B. Cleaves

The Honorable Henry B. Cleaves

The present Governor of Maine comes of a good, solid family. His father was Thomas Cleaves, a native of Bridgton, Maine, a man of great energy and of the strictest integrity. His mother, Sophia Bradstreet Cleaves, a most worthy woman, was a daughter of Daniel Bradstreet, who, in the early days of Bridgton, came from Rowley, Massachusetts. They had five children, Robert A. Cleaves, Nathan Cleaves, Thomas P. Cleaves, Henry B. Cleaves, and Mary S. Cleaves, wife of William W. Mason. Judge Nathan Cleaves, the senior member of the firm of Nathan & Henry B. Cleaves, died September 5, 1892. Judge Cleaves had been a resident of Portland for nearly thirty years, and was closely identified with her interests. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1858; he had attained eminence in his profession as a lawyer, and had occupied many positions of honor and public trust. He was held in the highest esteem and the expressions of sorrow at his death were universal throughout the State.

Henry B. Cleaves was born in Bridgton in 1840, and educated in the common schools of his native town and at Bridgton Academy. He enlisted in the summer of 1862, as a private soldier in Co. B, 23d Maine Volunteers, under Col. William Wirt Virgin, late a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of the State of Maine. He served during his first enlistment at Poolsville on the Potomac and at Harper’s Ferry, and was promoted to the position of Orderly Sergeant of Co. B. The regiment was mustered out at the expiration of its term of service. Sergeant Cleaves immediately re-enlisted for three years under General Francis Fessenden, who was recruiting a veteran regiment for active service in the South. Young Cleaves was appointed 1st Lieutenant of Co. F, and a portion of the time during his service was in command of Co. E, the officers of the latter company having been either killed or disabled in action. Lieutenant Cleaves, during his latter enlistment, served a portion of the time in the Department of the Gulf. He participated in various engagements under General Banks on the Red River expedition, and was with General Fessenden at Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Cane River Crossing. After the close of the campaign in Louisiana, the regiment was ordered to Virginia and Lieutenant Cleaves served during the remainder of the war in the Army of the Potomac and under General Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley. When mustered out of service at the close of the war, he was offered, but declined, a commission in the regular army by Secretary of War Stanton.

At the close of the war he returned to his home in Bridgton, and was employed on the farm and in the lumber business. In January, 1868, he began the study of law, and was admitted to the Bar the following September. He removed to Portland and formed a law partnership with his brother, the late Judge Nathan Cleaves. They always enjoyed a large and lucrative practice, the firm being extensively known throughout the State and New England. The surviving members of the firm are Governor Cleaves and Stephen C. Perry, of Portland.

Governor Cleaves was a member of the Legislature from Portland in 1876 and 1877, and was appointed chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He was elected City Solicitor of Portland in 1877, and during his two years of office tried many important cases for the city. He was made Attorney-General of the State in 1880, and was twice re-elected. During his term of office as Attorney-General, he was engaged in the prosecution of a large number of prominent criminal cases, and in prosecution of the State tax cases against the railroads.

Governor Cleaves is a prominent member of the Grand Army and the Maine State Veteran Association. In the practice of his profession, and in matters of charity, he has always shown a great friendship for the old soldier. His successful defence of William T. Best, a disabled veteran, in the extradition proceedings brought against him a few years ago by the Province of New Brunswick, will be readily recalled, as it excited great interest at the time.

Governor Cleaves’s first vote for President was cast for Abraham Lincoln, while he was still in active service in Virginia, in the fall of 1864. He has always been a Republican, and was unanimously nominated as the Republican candidate for Governor at the Republican State Convention held in Portland, June, 1892. He was elected in September, and inaugurated as Governor of the State on the 5th day of January last. He came to the position with a large experience in public affairs and is giving the people of the State a most excellent administration.

About the book Representative Men of Maine;


A Collection Of Portraits With Biographical Sketches Of Residents Of The State Who Have Achieved Success And Are Prominent in Commercial, Industrial, Professional And Political Life, To Which Is Added.

Since The Formation Of The State. The Men Who Have Helped Make And Who Are Making The History Of The State.

Prepared Under The Direction Of HENRY CHASE.

PORTLAND, ME, The Lakeside Press, Publishers. 1893

The Representative Men of Maine was published in 1893 and shares the biographies of important and influential men of Maine that works to create one of the greatest states in the nation. I will be listing the portraits and biographies directly from this book here over the next few weeks.

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