Dana Childs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Dana Childs (December 15, 1922 – April 23, 1999[1]) was a Maine politician, lawyer and jurist. Childs, who served as both a Democrat and Republican, represented Portland in the Maine House of Representatives. He served a two-year stint as Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives as a Democrat from 1965 to 1966. In 1966, Childs ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Maine, but lost to eventual Governor Kenneth M. Curtis.[2]

In 1973, Childs was nominated and later confirmed for the position of probate judge for Cumberland County largely because of his friendship with Republican leader David J. Kennedy.[3] Childs also served as a lobbyist for the Maine Central Railroad alongside Kennedy after their political careers ended.[3] He continued that position until the 1990s. Besides his political and law careers, Child was an avid horse enthusiast, serving as President of the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association.[4] He died at his home in Westbrook on April 23, 1999 from a heart attack.[5]


  1. ^ "Dana W. Childs". genealogybank. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Reed leads in Maine race for Governor". St. Petersburg Times. June 21, 1966. pp. 7–A. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "David Kennedy, ex-Maine House speaker, dies". Bangor Daily News. July 13, 1995. pp. B–8. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Ward, Ken (August 20, 1981). "Cumberland releases assigned race dates". Bangor Daily News. p. 21. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Weinstein, Joshua L. (April 24, 1999). "FORMER JUDGE DANA CHILDS DIES AT 76 CHILDS, WHO SERVED IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR BOTH PARTIES, IS REMEMBERED AS GENEROUS, KIND AND ABLE.". Portland Press Herald. p. 1B. Retrieved 11 November 2011.