Severin Beliveau

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Severin Beliveau (born March 15, 1938) is an American attorney, political activist and lobbyist in Maine. Beliveau was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1966 after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center and was influential in the rise of the Maine Democratic Party in state politics after a century of Republican dominance. He later served in the Maine Senate and, in 1986, unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party's nomination for Governor. Considered a moderate Democrat, Beliveau lost to more liberal Maine Attorney General James Tierney.[1]

He is a founding partner at Preti Flaherty, a major law firm in Maine. He also served as Chair of the Maine Democratic Party in the late 1960s.[1]

In December 2011, Beliveau was ranked as the 12th most influential person in Maine politics.[2]

Family and education[edit]

Beliveau was born on March 15, 1938 in Rumford, Maine. His Irish mother was Margaret McCarthy and his French-American father, Albert J. Beliveau, Sr.,[3] was a justice of the Maine Supreme Court. His maternal grandfather, Matthew McCarthy, was the first municipal court judge in Rumford; and his uncle, William E. McCarthy, was a Superior Court judge. Beliveau's brother, Albert J. Beliveau, Jr., was Oxford County Judge of Probate.[4]

At the age of 16, Beliveau went to study at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts.[5] He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1960 and a J.D. in 1963 from Georgetown University Law Center.[4]

His wife, Cynthia Murray Beliveau, was born in 1947 in Bangor, Maine. They have four sons. [3]


  1. ^ a b L'Hommedieu, Andrew (September 2, 1999). "Interview with Severin Beliveau". Bates College Muskie Oral History Project. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Gagnon, Matt (December 29, 2011). "The 25 Most Influential People In Maine Politics". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b L'Heureux:, Juliana (December 15, 2010). "Cynthia Murray-Beliveau receives Claddagh Award". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Biography: Severin M. Beliveau". Preti Flaherty. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Hastings, Mike (September 5, 2008). "Interview with Severin Beliveau". Bowdoin College, George J. Mitchell Oral History Project. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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