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Edward Kavanagh

Born: Apr 27, 1795

Death: Jan 22, 1844

Birthplace: Lincoln County

Nationality: United States

Edward Kavanagh

Date of Birth : Apr 27, 1795
Date of Death : Jan 22, 1844
Birth Place : Lincoln County

Edward Kavanagh was a United States Representative and the 17th Governor of Maine. Born in Newcastle, Maine, he attended Montreal Seminary and Georgetown College, He graduated from St. Mary's College in 1813. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Damariscotta, Maine. He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1826 to 1828, and was secretary of the State senate in 1830. Kavanagh's public career began with a plea to the framers of the Maine Constitution to include an article for official religious toleration. His first elected role was on the school committee, followed by roles as Selectman, State Representative, and State Senator. In 1829 the legislature elected him as Secretary of State. Kavanagh was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses, serving from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1835. He was nationally noticed as the first Catholic elected from New England. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress, and was appointed Charge d'Affaires to Portugal on March 3, 1835, and served until his resignation in June 1841.

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