Born on a farm in Old Canaan (later renamed to Skowhegan), Maine, Coburn served three years in the Maine House of Representatives before being elected Governor in 1863.
He became prominent in Skowhegan society, serving as the president of Skowhegan Savings Bank and becoming president and director of the Maine Central Railroad.
He was the uncle of the writer Louise Helen Coburn. Many of his historical items can be seen in a museum she began, the Skowhegan History House.
Upon his death in 1885, Coburn left 12 acres (49,000 m2) to the town of Skowhegan to make a public park. Coburn Park was opened in 1907.
Abner Coburn's life and achievements were honored with the naming of a sailing ship after the governor.
In Popular Culture 
Rapper V.G. Varun references Colburn in his song "Watts" in the 3rd verse.
- Abner Coburn: Narrative, Dyal 2008
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