Abner Coburn

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Abner Coburn
Abner Coburn.png
30th Governor of Maine
In office
January 7, 1863 – January 6, 1864
Preceded by Israel Washburn, Jr.
Succeeded by Samuel Cony
Personal details
Born (1803-03-22)March 22, 1803
Skowhegan, Maine
Died January 4, 1885(1885-01-04) (aged 81)
Skowhegan, Maine

Abner Coburn (March 22, 1803 – January 4, 1885) was the 30th Governor of Maine from 1863 to 1864 and a prominent individual in Skowhegan, Maine until his death.

Early Years[edit]

Coburn was born on a farm in Old Canaan (later renamed to Skowhegan), Maine.

Career[edit]

Sailing Vessel Abner Coburn
Sailing Vessel Abner Coburn

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 as governor were honored with the naming of a sailing ship.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abner Coburn: Narrative, Dyal 2008