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Enoch Lincoln

Gov. Enoch Lincoln

  • January 3, 1827 - October 8, 1829
  • Democratic-Republican
  • December 28, 1788
  • October 8, 1829
  • Massachusetts
  • Harvard University
  • Died in office, NGA Chair
  • Representative


ENOCH LINCOLN, the sixth governor of Maine, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on December 28, 1788. His education was attained at Harvard University; however, he left before earning a degree. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1811, and then established a successful legal career, serving as the assistant U.S. district attorney from 1815 to 1818. Lincoln entered politics in 1818, serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he held until 1826. He was elected to the governor’s office in 1826 and won reelection in 1827 and 1828. During his tenure, Augusta was chosen as the site for the state capitol, educational improvements were endorsed, a charter for the new town of Lincoln was authorized, and the state’s northeastern boundary dispute continued to be problematic. Before his term was completed, Governor Enoch Lincoln passed away. He died on October 8, 1829 and was buried in a mausoleum at the State Park in Augusta, Maine.


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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