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William D. Williamson was Maine's second Governor (1821) and one of its first congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives (1821-1823). Born in 1779, Williamson moved to Bangor, then part of Massachusetts, to practice law in the early 1800s and became Bangor's postmaster in 1810. During the War of 1812 he was present during the capture and sacking of Bangor by the British after the Battle of Hampden. After the war, and upon his election in 1816 to the Massachusetts State Senate, Williamson advocated for Maine's statehood, which came to fruition in 1820. Elected to President of the Maine Senate, he automatically succeeded as Governor when Maine's first Governor, William King, resigned. Williamson died on May 27, 1846. (Source: Wikipedia, William D. Wlliamson)


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