Rufus McIntire

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Rufus McIntire
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st district
In office
September 10, 1827 – July 2, 1835
Preceded by William Burleigh
Succeeded by John Fairfield
Personal details
Born December 19, 1784
York, York County, Maine
Died April 28, 1866(1866-04-28) (aged 81)
Parsonsfield, Maine
Resting place Town House Cemetery, Parsonsfield, Maine
Political party Jacksonian Party
Residence Parsonsfield, Maine
Alma mater Dartmouth College, 1809
Profession Politician, Lawyer, captain, land surveyor
Known for War of 1812, Congressional Service, Aroostook War

Rufus McIntire (December 19, 1784 – April 28, 1866) was a United States lawyer, captain of artillery in the War of 1812, congressman, land surveyor and prisoner of war.


Early life[edit]

Rufus McIntire was born on December 19, 1784 at York in York County, Maine. He attended South Berwick Academy and was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1809.


Rufus McIntire was admitted to the York County Bar Association in 1812, but when the war with Great Britain intervened, he was commissioned as a captain of a United States Army artillery company (3rd Regiment) during the War of 1812. McIntire's troops were deployed in northern New York State and Canada and were engaged in significant battles at Sackets Harbor and Crysler's Farm.[1]

He was a voting member in the Brunswick Convention of 1816. In 1820, the year Maine acquired statehood, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives. He was appointed as a boundary commissioner in 1826 and elected as a United States congressman to replace the deceased William Burleigh in the Twentieth United States Congress serving in the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third U.S. Congresses from September 10, 1827 through 1835. He ran for governor of Maine in 1837. He served as the State Land Agent in 1839 and 1840 and was captured by the British during the Aroostook War. He was appointed as United States Marshall for Maine in 1845 by President James K. Polk and was appointed Surveyor of Customs in Portland, Maine by President Franklin Pierce from 1853 through 1857. He died in Parsonsfield, Maine on April 28, 1866 and is buried in Middleroad Cemetery.

Philosophical and/or political views[edit]

Rufus McIntire was a member of the Jacksonian Party.

Marriage and family[edit]

Rufus McIntire married Nancy Rolfe Hannaford in 1819. They had eight children, three of whom died in infancy. After Nancy’s death on February 2, 1830, Rufus married her sister, Mary B. Hannaford in 1832. They had two children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Finding Aid to the Rufus McIntire Letters, 1813-1815". New York State Library web site. New York State Library. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 


  • McIntire, Rufus. The War of Northern New York : The Observations of Captain Rufus McIntire. Edited by John C. Fredriksen. New York History, 68 (July 1987), pp. 297–324.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Burleigh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st congressional district

September 10, 1827 - March 3, 1835
Succeeded by
John Fairfield