William G. Crosby

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William G. Crosby
William G. Crosby (Maine Governor).jpg
23rd Governor of Maine
In office
January 5, 1853 – January 3, 1855
Preceded by John Hubbard
Succeeded by Anson Morrill
Personal details
Born (1805-09-10)September 10, 1805
Belfast, Massachusetts
(now Maine)
Died March 21, 1881(1881-03-21) (aged 75)
Belfast, Maine
Political party Whig
Profession Attorney

William George Crosby (September 10, 1805 – March 21, 1881) was an American politician and the 23rd Governor of Maine. A Whig, Crosby served two single-year terms as governor from 1853 to 1855.

Early life[edit]

Crosby was born in Belfast (in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts) on September 10, 1805. He studied at Belfast Academy. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1823. He then studied law. He had a successful career as a lawyer.


Crosby served as delegate to the Whig National Convention that nominated Henry Clay for President of the United States. He was elected to two one year terms as Governor of Maine in 1852 and 1853, both times finishing second to the Democratic candidate in the popular vote. A majority requirement being in effect, he was selected by the legislature. During his term, Maine continued to grow. He left office on January 3, 1855.

Later years[edit]

After leaving the office, he served as a trustee for Bowdoin College. He also served as a member of the Maine Historical Society.

He died in Belfast on March 21, 1881, and was buried at Grove Cemetery in Belfast.


Political offices
Preceded by
John Hubbard
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Anson Morrill