Benjamin Ames

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Benjamin Ames
3rd Governor of Maine
In office
December 5, 1821 – January 2, 1822
Preceded by William D. Williamson
Succeeded by Daniel Rose
Personal details
Born (1778-10-30)October 30, 1778
Andover, Massachusetts
Died September 28, 1835(1835-09-28) (aged 56)
Houlton, Maine
Political party Democratic-Republican Party
Residence Bath, Maine
Alma mater Harvard University

Benjamin Ames (October 30, 1778 – September 28, 1835) was the third Governor of the U.S. state of Maine, who served from December 5, 1821 to January 2, 1822. He was born in Andover, Massachusetts, and attended Harvard University. He died in 1835 in Houlton, Maine. He was a resident of Bath, Maine while in the Legislature.

Ames served as a County Attorney from 1807 to 1811 and then Common Pleas Court judge until 1814. He was the first Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, having been elected to the House in 1820. Upon the resignation of William D. Williamson, Ames served as governor for about a month until Daniel Rose took office. Ames was elected to the Maine Senate in 1824, serving as the fourth President of the Senate. With the elections of 1827, he returned to the state Maine House of Representatives.


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Political offices
Preceded by
William D. Williamson
3rd Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Daniel Rose