Oakley C. Curtis
|Oakley Chester Curtis|
|50th Governor of Maine|
January 6, 1915 – January 3, 1917
|Preceded by||William T. Haines|
|Succeeded by||Carl E. Milliken|
March 29, 1865|
|Died||February 22, 1924
|Spouse(s)||Edith L. Hamilton|
Curtis was born in Portland, Maine on March 29, 1865. He studied at the local schools. He worked in the banking industry. He served as president of the Casco Mercantile Trust Company and as the director of the United States Trust Company and the Merchants Trust Company.
Curtis became alderman of Portland in 1901 and served for one term. He became a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1903. He held that position until 1904. He became a member of the Maine State Senate in 1905, and held that position until 1908. He then served as the mayor of Portland from 1911–1914.
Governor of Maine
Curtis was nominated for the governorship of Maine by the Democratic Party in 1914. He won the general election by a popular vote. He held the governor's office from January 6, 1915 to January 3, 1917. During his administration, the labor laws for women and children were improved and the Komoos Sieur de Montes National Monument was established. Curtis was unsuccessful in his re-election bid.
Curtis married Edith L. Hamilton and they had five children. He was a Congregationalist.
- Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2