Dec. 26, 1888: The Central Maine General Hospital – known today as Central Maine Medical Center – is incorporated in Lewiston. D.J. Callahan is sworn in at an afternoon meeting as secretary of the board of corporators.

The institution is qualified under the law to hold property of a value up to $100,000 – equal to about $2.9 million in 2019.

Six men are appointed to a committee that will recommend a site for the new hospital. A five-member committee is appointed to draft bylaws for the organization.

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