FREDERICK W. PLAISTED, son of former Maine governor Harris Merrill Plaisted, was born in Bangor, Maine on July 26, 1865. His education was attained in the common schools of his native state, and at the St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. Plaisted had a successful publishing career, owning and editing The New Age in Augusta, Maine from 1889 to 1914. He entered politics in 1896, serving as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a position he held again in 1900. He also served as the mayor of Augusta from 1906 to 1910, and was the Kennebec County sheriff from 1907 to 1908. In 1910, he won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and then went on to win the general election, becoming the forty-eighth governor of Maine. During his tenure, a state constitutional prohibitory amendment was proposed that would have negated the 1883 prohibition amendment. However, in a popular vote it was voted down. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Plaisted left office on January 1, 1913, and retired from political life. Governor Frederick W. Plaisted passed away on March 4, 1943, and was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor, 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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