Joseph Sewall

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Joseph Sewall
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 27 district
In office
Preceded by Michael Pearson
Personal details
Born (1921-12-17)December 17, 1921
Old Town, Maine
Died November 23, 2011(2011-11-23) (aged 89)
Bangor, Maine
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Hilda Thoreau Wheelwright
Residence Old Town, Maine
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Profession CEO of one of the oldest consulting forestry engineering firms in the U.S.
Religion Episcopalian

Joseph Sewall (December 17, 1921 – November 23, 2011) was an American politician and businessperson.[1] He served four terms as President of the Maine Senate (1975–1982), which made him the longest serving President in Maine history.[2]

Sewall was born in Old Town, Maine, son of James Wingate Sewall and Louise Gray Sewall in the home that his great grandfather and Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, George P. Sewall, built between c.1835 and 1851. His maternal grandfather, George Gray, founded Old Town Canoe Company.[3] He attended local schools and Bowdoin College.[3] He was also President of James W. Sewall Co., an international forest engineering firm in Old Town, where he had also been a City Councillor and Mayor. Sewall served as President of the Maine Senate from 1975 to 1982.[3] He was defeated in 1982 by Democrat Michael Pearson.[4] Upon leaving the legislature, Sewall was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Maine Maritime Academy by Governor Brennan. Soon after his appointment, he was elected Chairman, a post he held for 20 years. He was also appointed by President George H.W. Bush to be a U.S. Commissioner of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Joint Commission and a Member of the Commission on Merchant Marine and Defense by President Reagan and re-appointments by President G.H.W. Bush. He was a Trustee of Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and a Director of Merchants National Bank, later Merrill Bank, now People's United Bank, both also in Bangor. Sewall was a moderate Republican.[3]

On November 23, 2011, Sewall died at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.[1]


  1. ^ a b McRea, Nick (23 November 2011). "Sewall, former Maine Senate president and Old Town businessman, dies at 89". Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Presidents of the Maine Senate : Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library". Retrieved 2010-02-04 
  3. ^ a b c d "PAST PRESIDENT Joseph Sewall Republican 1975 - 1982". Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Rawson, Davis (November 4, 1982). "Democrats Capture the Maine Senate". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 

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