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David Dunn

Gov. David Dunn

  • January 1, 1844 - January 3, 1844
  • Democratic
  • January 17, 1811
  • February 17, 1894
  • Maine
  • Succeeded;Resigned, NGA Chair


DAVID DUNN, the eighteenth governor of Maine, was born in Cornish, Maine on January 17, 1811. His early education was attained in the common schools of his native state. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1833, and established a legal practice in Poland Corner. Dunn entered politics in 1840, serving as a member of the Maine House of Representatives, a position he held four years, the last two of which he served as speaker. On January 1, 1844, Acting Governor Edward Kavanagh resigned from office, and Dunn, who was speaker of the house at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He served in this capacity until January 3, 1844, when he then resigned as speaker, consequently ending his duties as governor. Dunn returned to his legal career, retiring from public service for a short time. In 1857, he secured an appointment as clerk of the post office in Washington, D.C., a position he held until 1861. Governor David Dunn passed away on February 17, 1894.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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