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William Titcomb Cobb

Gov. William Titcomb Cobb

  • January 4, 1905 - January 6, 1909
  • Republican
  • July 23, 1857
  • July 24, 1937
  • Maine
  • Bowdoin College, University of Leipzig, University of Berlin, Harvard Law School
  • Married Lucy C. Banks; two children


WILLIAM T.COBB, the forty-sixth governor of Maine, was born in Rockland, Maine on July 23, 1857. His education was attained at Bowdoin College, where he graduated in 1877, and at the University of Leipzig and the University of Berlin, where he worked on an advanced degree. He studied law at Harvard University, was admitted to the bar in 1880, and established a successful legal career. Cobb entered politics in 1904, winning the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He went on to win the general election, and was reelected to a second term in 1906. During his tenure, harsher prohibition laws were supported, economic restructuring was endorsed, railroad growth was promoted, and a meat inspection law was advocated for, as well as a pure food and drug law. After completing his term, Cobb left office on January 6, 1909, and retired from political life. Governor William T. Cobb passed away on July 24, 1937 in Rockland, 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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