David Dunn (politician)
|Dunn in 1846|
|18th Governor of Maine|
January 1, 1844 – January 3, 1844
|Preceded by||Edward Kavanagh|
|Succeeded by||Hugh J. Anderson|
January 17, 1811|
|Died||February 17, 1894
Mechanic Falls, Maine
|Religion||Roman Catholic|
David Dunn was born in Cornish, Maine on January 17, 1811.
He represented the town of Poland in the Maine House of Representatives from 1840 to 1844 and was Speaker in 1843 and 1844. In that capacity Dunn served for three days as acting Governor in 1844 when President of the Senate, Edward Kavanagh, resigned as acting Governor.
The game of political musical chairs continued with Dunn resigning and the new President of the Senate, John W. Dana, acting as Governor until newly elected Hugh J. Anderson was sworn in.
A nineteenth century writer compiling short biographies of the leading citizens of Poland referred to Dunn as: "an ardent Democrat, to which party he still adheres with a tenacity seldom witnessed."[who?] Dunn was rewarded for his tenacity by the Buchanan administration which appointed him to a Clerkship in the Post Office in Washington, D.C., which he held from 1857 to 1861.
Following his return to Maine he practiced law in Mechanic Falls. He died on February 17, 1894 at the age of eighty-three.
- Past Presidents - David Dunn Democrat 1846. Maine Senate. Retrieved on 2008-02-14.
|Governor of Maine
Hugh J. Anderson
|Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives