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Henry Dearborn

Name That Town Dept.: There are a number of theories explaining how Maine's capital got its name, but the most popular is that it was to honor the daughter of Gen. Henry Dearborn, a hero of the Revolutionary War and secretary of war under Thomas Jefferson. Augusta was Pamela Dearborn's middle name. (Sources: Maine Place Names and the Peopling of its Towns, by Ava Harriet Chadbourne. Portland: The Bond Wheelwright Company, 1955; Wikipedia, Henry Dearborn)


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