List of Presidents of the Maine Senate

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The position of President of the Maine Senate was created when Maine separated from Massachusetts and achieved statehood in 1820.

The Maine Legislature had one year terms until 1880, when an amendment to the Maine Constitution took effect to provide for two year terms. Joseph A. Locke was the first Senate President to serve a two year term, starting in 1881.[1]

As Maine has no Lieutenant Governor, the President of the Senate is first in line to become Governor of Maine in the event of a vacancy.

Name Took Office Left Office Party Hometown
John Chandler 1820 1820 Democratic-Republican Monmouth
William Moody 1820 1820 Democratic-Republican Saco
William D. Williamson 1820 1821 Democratic-Republican Bangor
Daniel Rose 1822 1823 Democratic-Republican Thomaston
Benjamin Ames 1824 1824 Democratic-Republican Bath
Jonas Wheeler 1825 1826 Democratic-Republican Camden
Robert P. Dunlap 1827 1828 Democratic-Republican Brunswick
Nathan Cutler 1829 1829 Democratic-Republican Farmington
Joshua Hall 1830 1830 Democratic-Republican Frankfort
Robert P. Dunlap 1831 1831 Democratic-Republican Brunswick
F.O.J. Smith 1832 1832 Democratic Portland
Joseph Williamson 1833 1834 Democratic Belfast
Josiah Pierce 1835 1836 Democratic Gorham
John C. Talbot 1837 1837 Democratic East Machias
Nathaniel Littlefield 1838 1838 Democratic Bridgton
Job Prince 1839 1839 Democratic Turner
Stephen C. Foster 1840 1840 Democratic Pembroke
Richard H. Vose 1841 1841 Democratic Augusta
Samuel Blake 1842 1842 Democratic Bangor
Edward Kavanagh 1843 1843 Democratic Damariscotta
Virgil D. Parris 1843 1843 Democratic Buckfield
John W. Dana 1844 1844 Democratic Fryeburg
Manly B. Townsend 1845 1845 Democratic Alexander
Stephen Chase 1846 1846 Democratic Fryeburg
David Dunn 1846 1846 Democratic Poland
John Hodgdon 1847 1847 Democratic Houlton
Caleb R. Ayer 1848 1848 Democratic Cornish
William Tripp 1849 1849 Democratic Wilton
Paulinus Foster 1850 1850 Democratic Anson
Samuel Butman 1851 1852 Democratic Dixmont
Luther Moore 1854 1854 Democratic Limerick
Franklin Muzzy 1855 1855 Whig Bangor
Lot M. Morrill 1856 1856 Republican Augusta
Joseph H. Williams 1857 1857 Republican Augusta
Hiram Chapman 1857 1857 Republican Damariscotta
Seth Scamman 1858 1858 Republican Saco
Charles Goddard 1859 1859 Republican Auburn
Thomas H. Marshall 1860 1860 Republican Belfast
John H. Goodenow 1861 1862 Republican Alfred
Nathan Farwell 1863 1863 Republican Rockland
George Barrows 1864 1864 Republican Fryeburg
David D. Stewart 1865 1865 Republican St. Albans
William Wirt Virgin 1866 1866 Republican Norway
Nathanial A. Burpee 1867 1867 Republican Rockland
Josiah Crosby 1868 1868 Republican Dexter
Stephen Lindsey 1869 1869 Republican Norridgewock
William W. Bolster 1870 1870 Republican Dixfield
Charles Buffum 1871 1871 Republican Orono
Reuben Foster 1872 1872 Republican Waterville
John B. Foster 1873 1873 Republican Bangor
John E. Butler 1874 1874 Republican Biddeford
Edmund F. Webb 1875 1875 Republican Waterville
Thomas W. Hyde 1876 1877 Republican Bath
Warren H. Vinton 1878 1878 Republican Gray
J. Manchester Haynes 1879 1879 Republican Augusta
Joseph A. Locke 1880 1882 Republican Portland
John L. Cutler 1883 1884 Republican Bangor
William Pennell 1885 1886 Republican Lewiston
Sebastian Marble 1887 1888 Republican Waldoboro
Henry Lord 1889 1890 Republican Bangor
Charles Libby 1891 1892 Republican Portland
Albert Spear 1893 1894 Republican Gardiner
George M. Seiders 1895 1896 Republican Portland
Albert R. Day 1897 1898 Republican Corinna
Oliver B. Clason 1899 1900 Republican Gardiner
Hannibal E. Hamlin 1901 1902 Republican Ellsworth
Harry R. Virgin 1903 1904 Republican Portland
Forrest Goodwin 1905 1906 Republican Skowhegan
Fred J. Allen 1907 1908 Republican Sanford
Luere B. Deasy 1909 1910 Republican Bar Harbor
Nathan Clifford 1911 1912 Democratic Cape Elizabeth
Carl E. Milliken 1913 1914 Republican Island Falls
Ira G. Hersey 1915 1916 Republican Houlton
Taber D. Bailey 1917 1918 Republican Bangor
Leon F. Higgins 1919 1920 Republican Brewer
Percival Baxter 1921 1921 Republican Portland
Charles E. Gurney 1921 1922 Republican Portland
Frank G. Farrington 1923 1924 Republican Augusta
Hodgdon C. Buzzell 1925 1926 Republican Belfast
Frank H. Holley 1927 1928 Republican North Anson
J. Blaine Morrison 1929 1930 Republican Phillips
Burleigh Martin 1931 1932 Republican Augusta
Harold H. Murchie 1933 1934 Republican Calais
Harold E. Weeks 1935 1936 Republican Fairfield
Frederick J. Burns 1937 1938 Republican Houlton
Sumner Sewall 1939 1940 Republican Bath
Nathaniel Thompkins 1941 1941 Republican Houlton
Francis H. Friend 1942 1942 Republican Skowhegan
Horace A. Hildreth 1943 1944 Republican Cumberland
George D. Varney 1945 1948 Republican Kittery
Burton M. Cross 1949 1952 Republican Augusta
Nathaniel M. Haskell 1953 1953 Republican Portland
John F. Ward 1954 1954 Republican Millinocket
Robert Haskell 1955 1958 Republican Bangor
John H. Reed 1959 1959 Republican Fort Fairfield
Earle M. Hillman 1960 1962 Republican Bangor
Robert A. Marden 1963 1964 Republican Waterville
Carlton Day Reed, Jr. 1965 1966 Democratic Woolwich
Joseph Campbell 1967 1968 Republican Augusta
Kenneth P. MacLeod 1969 1974 Republican Brewer
Joseph Sewall 1975 1982 Republican Old Town
Gerard Conley 1983 1984 Democratic Portland
Charles P. Pray 1985 1992 Democratic Millinocket
Dennis L. Dutremble 1993 1994 Democratic Biddeford
Jeffrey Butland 1995 1996 Democratic Cumberland
Mark Lawrence 1997 2000 Democratic Kittery
Mike Michaud 2000 2001 Democratic East Millinocket
Richard A. Bennett 2001 2002 Republican Norway [2]
Beverly Daggett 2002 2004 Democratic Augusta
Beth Edmonds 2004 2008 Democratic Freeport
Libby Mitchell 2008 2010 Democratic Vassalboro
Kevin Raye 2010 2012 Republican Perry
Justin Alfond 2012 present Democratic Portland

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Living former senate presidents[edit]

As of October 2013, ten former senate presidents were alive. The most recent death of a former senate president was that of Joseph Sewall (1975–1982), on November 23, 2011.

Senate president Senate president term Date of birth
Gerard Conley 1983–1984 (1930-01-03) January 3, 1930 (age 84)
Charles P. Pray 1985–1992 (1945-08-15) August 15, 1945 (age 68)
Dennis L. Dutremble 1993–1994 (1947-04-28) April 28, 1947 (age 66)
Mark Lawrence 1997–2000 (1958-06-27) June 27, 1958 (age 55)
Mike Michaud 2000–2001 (1955-01-18) January 18, 1955 (age 59)
Richard A. Bennett 2001–2002 (1963-05-24) May 24, 1963 (age 50)
Beverly Daggett 2002–2004 1945 (age 68–69)
Beth Edmonds 2004–2008 (1950-10-27) October 27, 1950 (age 63)
Libby Mitchell 2008–2010 (1940-06-22) June 22, 1940 (age 73)
Kevin Raye 2010–2012 (1961-02-07) February 7, 1961 (age 53)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.maine.gov/legis/senate/history/past/prespast/1880jl.htm
  2. ^ The Maine Senate had an equal number of Democrats and Republicans 2000-2002, plus one Independent Senator; as such each party chose the President for a year.
  3. ^ http://www.maine.gov/legis/senate/Past-Presidents.html