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Governor Kenneth Merwin Curtis

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Office Dates:  Jan 05, 1967 - Jan 02, 1975

Born:  Feb 08, 1931

Birth State:  Maine

Party:  Democrat

Family:  Married Polly Curtis; one child

School(s):  Maine Maritime Academy, Portland University

National Office(s) Served:  Ambassador

Military Service:  Navy


KENNETH M. CURTIS was born in Curtis Corner, Maine, on February 8, 1931. He received a B.S. in 1952 from the Maine Maritime Academy, and an LL.B. from Portland University in 1959.  Curtis is a veteran of the Korean War, where he served as a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Naval Reserve.  Previous public offices include Maine Coordinator for Area Redevelopment Administration, and Secretary of State of Maine. He was elected Governor of Maine in 1966 and reelected in 1970. During his tenure, Governor Curtis chaired the New England Governors' conference from 1969 to 1970. He also chaired the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1978 and was president of the Maine Maritime Academy from 1986 to 1994. Governor Curtis also served as U.S. Ambassador to Canada from 1979 to 1981 and he was a delegate from Maine at the Democratic National Convention in 2000.