George F. Talbot

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George Foster Talbot (January 16, 1819—August 17, 1907) was a Maine attorney who served as Solicitor of the United States Treasury.


Talbot was born in East Machias, Maine on January 16, 1819.[1] He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1837, taught school while studying law, and in 1840 became an attorney in East Machias and Skowhegan.[2][3]

In 1840 Talbot received a master of arts degree from Bowdoin.[4]

While practicing in East Machias Talbot served in local offices, including Superintendent of Schools and County Attorney for Washington County.[5]

In 1849 and 1850 Talbot was the Free Soil Party's nominee for Governor of Maine, losing three way races to John Hubbard.[6]

A Republican after that party was founded, Talbot attended numerous conventions at the local, county, state and national levels, including the 1860 convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.[7][8]

He relocated to Portland when he was appointed United States Attorney for Maine in 1861. Talbot served in this position until 1870.[9]

From 1876 to 1877 Talbot served as Solicitor of the Treasury.[10]

Talbot was an author, and his most prominent work was 1883's Jesus His Opinions and Character: The New Testament Studies of a Layman.[11]

Talbot was also a poet, and some of his work was published.[12]

Talbot died in Portland on August 17, 1907.[13][14]


  1. ^ U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, entry for George F. Talbot, dated April 17, 1872, accessed December 7, 2011
  2. ^ General Catalogue of Bowdoin College and the Medical School of Maine, 1794-1912, published by the college, 1912, page 101
  3. ^ The Letters of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, edited by Andrew R. Hilen, 1982 Volume 5, page 157
  4. ^ Catalogue of the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of Maine, Bowdoin College, published by Smith & Sale, Portland, 1908, page 32
  5. ^ History of Bowdoin College: With Biographical Sketches of its Graduates, From 1806 to 1879, Inclusive, by Nehemiah Cleaveland, 1882, pages 512 to 513
  6. ^ Maine State Yearbook and Legislative Manual for the Year 1871, published by Hoyt, Fogg & Breed, Portland, 1870, page 109
  7. ^ Maine: A History, published by Maine Historical Society, Volume 2, 1919, page 420
  8. ^ Proceedings of the First Three Republican National Conventions of 1856, 1860, and 1864, published by Charles W. Johnson, Minneapolis, `893, page 170
  9. ^ Obituary Record of the Graduates of Bowdoin College and the Medical School, published by the college, 1911, pages 423 to 424
  10. ^ The Political Register and Congressional Directory, published by Houghton, Osgood and Company, Boston, 1878, page 230
  11. ^ Jesus, His Opinions and Character: The New Testament Studies of a Layman, by George Foster Talbot, 1883, title page
  12. ^ The poets of Maine: a collection of specimen poems from over four hundred, compiled by George Bancroft Griffith, 1888, pages 239 to 242
  13. ^ Newspaper column, State and Nation, Bath Independent and Enterprise, August 21, 1907
  14. ^ Maine Death Records, 1617-1922, entry for George F. Talbot, dated August 17, 1907, accessed December 7, 2011
Legal offices
Preceded by
Bluford Wilson
Solicitor of the United States Treasury
Succeeded by
Kenneth Rayner