Horace Hildreth

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Horace Hildreth
United States Ambassador to Pakistan
In office
May 19, 1953 – May 1, 1957
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by John M. Cabot
Succeeded by James M. Langley
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 13, 1947 – June 13, 1948
Preceded by Millard F. Caldwell
Succeeded by Lester C. Hunt
59th Governor of Maine
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 5, 1949
Preceded by Sumner Sewall
Succeeded by Frederick G. Payne
109th President of the Maine Senate
In office
1943–1945
Preceded by Francis H. Friend
Succeeded by George D. Varney
Personal details
Born Horace Augustus Hildreth
(1902-12-02)December 2, 1902
Gardiner, Maine, U.S.
Died June 2, 1988(1988-06-02) (aged 85)
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katherine
Children Hoddy
Education Bowdoin College (BA)
Harvard University (LLB)

Horace Augustus Hildreth (December 2, 1902 – June 2, 1988) was born in Gardiner, Maine, the son of an attorney. Hildreth attended local schools before graduating from Bowdoin College in the class of 1925 and receiving his LL.B. from Harvard University in 1928.

In Boston he joined the prestigious law firm of Ropes, Gray, Best, Coolidge and Rugg before returning to Maine with the desire for a political career. Elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1940 and the Maine Senate in 1942, he served as 109th President of the Maine Senate for the 1943-1944 term.

He won the Republican gubernatorial primary in 1944 and was elected the 59th Governor of Maine by a landslide margin. Reelected in 1946 by another large margin he was a supporter of the University of Maine and education for veterans.

In 1947 to 1948 he chaired the National Governors Conference and proposed that the retail sales tax be the exclusive province of the federal government as a trade-off for the elimination of federal gas, inheritance and alcohol taxes.

In 1948 he lost the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator to Margaret Chase Smith thus ending his political career. In 1949 he founded Community Broadcasting Service, a company which in 1953 would establish Maine's first television station, WABI-TV. Community Broadcasting Service later became known as Diversified Communications, a company which is still in existence today and still controlled by the Hildreth family.

From the time of his loss of the senatorial nomination until his appointment as Ambassador to Pakistan, Hildreth served as President of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

From 1953 to 1957, Hildreth served the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration as United States Ambassador to Pakistan. In 1967 he bought a controlling share of a Portland radio station, but withdrew from active participation in its operation in 1974.

Hildreth died on June 2, 1988 of a heart attack.[1]

Hildreth's son, Hoddy Hildreth, later became a member of the Maine House of Representatives and a leading conservationist.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Horace Hildreth, 85, Ex-Governor of Maine". The New York Times. June 4, 1988. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis H. Friend
President of the Maine Senate
1943–1945
Succeeded by
George D. Varney
Preceded by
Sumner Sewall
Governor of Maine
1945–1949
Succeeded by
Frederick G. Payne
Preceded by
Millard F. Caldwell
Chair of the National Governors Association
1947–1948
Succeeded by
Lester C. Hunt
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sumner Sewall
Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
1944, 1946
Succeeded by
Frederick G. Payne
Preceded by
Willis Trafton
Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
1958
Succeeded by
John H. Reed
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John M. Cabot
United States Ambassador to Pakistan
1953–1957
Succeeded by
James M. Langley