|Ambassador to Pakistan|
March 13, 1953 – May 1, 1957
|Preceded by||John M. Cabot|
|Succeeded by||James M. Langley|
|59th Governor of Maine|
January 3, 1945 – January 5, 1949
|Preceded by||Sumner Sewall|
|Succeeded by||Frederick G. Payne|
|Preceded by||Francis H. Friend|
|Succeeded by||George D. Varney|
|Born||Horace Augustus Hildreth
December 2, 1902
Gardiner, Maine, U.S.
|Died||June 2, 1988 (aged 85)|
|Alma mater||Bowdoin College
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 Senate President 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 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.
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