|United States Senator
June 5, 1818 – May 15, 1820
|Preceded by||Eli P. Ashmun|
|Succeeded by||Elijah H. Mills|
|First Chief Justice
of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court
July 1, 1820–October 11, 1834
|Succeeded by||Nathan Weston|
October 11, 1764|
|Died||December 31, 1840
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Prentiss Mellen (October 11, 1764 – December 31, 1840) was a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Sterling, Massachusetts to Rev. John and Rebecca (Prentiss) Mellen. Mellen graduated from Harvard University in 1784; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1788 and commenced practice in Sterling and Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and in Dover, New Hampshire; moved to Biddeford, Massachusetts (later a part of the State of Maine in 1820), around 1791 and practiced law; settled in Portland, Maine, around 1806; member of the Massachusetts Executive Council 1808-1809, 1817; presidential elector in 1817; trustee of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine from 1817 to 1836; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Eli P. Ashmun and served from June 5, 1818, to May 15, 1820, when he resigned; upon the admission of the State of Maine into the Union in 1820 became chief justice of the supreme court of that State and served until his resignation in 1834, when age disqualified him; member and chairman of the commission to revise and codify the public statutes of Maine in 1838; died in Portland, Maine, December 31, 1840; interment in Western Cemetery.
- Greenleaf, LL.D., S. Herbert (1841), Reports of cases determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of the State of Maine, Volume 17; Memoir of the Life and Character of the Late Chief Justice Mellen, Augusta, ME.: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, p. 471.
- Lancey, S. Herbert (1856), The gift book of gems, Bangor, ME.: David Bugbee & Co., p. 103.
- Griffith, George Bancroft (1888), The poets of Maine: a collection of specimen poems from over four hundred Verse Makers of the Pine Tree State, Augusta, ME.: Elwell Pickard & Co., p. 107.
- Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume II, Boston, MA.: The Boston History Company, p. 544.
- "Senators From the Bay State". Boston Post (Boston). July 25, 1910. p. 10.
- The Abolitionist, Volume 1 Page 95
Dictionary of American Biography; Greenleaf, Simon. “Memoir of the Life and Character of the Late Chief Justice Mellen.” Maine Reports 17 (1841): 467-76.
- United States Congress. "Prentiss Mellen (id: M000636)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Prentiss Mellen at Find a Grave
|United States Senate|
Eli P. Ashmun
|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Massachusetts
Served alongside: Harrison Gray Otis
Elijah H. Mills
|Chief Justice of the
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
July 1, 1820 – October 11, 1834