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This Day in Maine History
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    January 4, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Jan. 4

    Jan. 4, 1832: The Maine Legislature convenes in the newly completed Maine State House for the first time. The building, located on Weston’s Hill in Augusta, took three years to erect and is built of Hallowell granite. Despite its completion, Portland officials try for decades to convince the Legislature to move the state capital to […]

  • Published
    January 3, 2020
    George Mitchell gives the commencement address during the University of Maine at Augusta graduation on May 12, 2018.

    On this date in Maine history: Jan. 3

    Jan. 3, 1787: A fourth convention about a proposal to separate Maine from Massachusetts is held. An “Address to the People” about Maine residents’ grievances had drawn a 645-349 vote in favor of separation, but the total vote count was a tiny minority of those citizens eligible to vote, and they came from only 32 […]

  • Published
    January 2, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Jan. 2

  • Published
    January 5, 2019

    On this date in Maine history: Jan. 5

    Jan. 5, 1786: A report issued by the second convention to discuss the possibility of Maine separating from Massachusetts, held the previous day, asserts that Boston merchants benefit unfairly at Maine’s expense because of trade regulations involving lumber. It also says Boston officials didn’t represent Maine interests well and Maine residents are at a disadvantage […]