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Horace Hildreth

Born: Dec 2, 1902

Death: Jun 2, 1988

Birthplace: Gardiner

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Horace Hildreth

Date of Birth : Dec 2, 1902
Date of Death : Jun 2, 1988
Birth Place : Gardiner

Horace Augustus Hildreth was born in Gardiner, Maine, the son of an attorney. Hildreth attended local schools before graduating from Bowdoin College in the class of 1925 and receiving his LL.B. from Harvard University in 1928. In Boston he joined the prestigious law firm of Ropes, Gray, Best, Coolidge and Rugg before returning to Maine with the desire for a political career. Elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1940 and the Maine Senate in 1942, he served as 109th President of the Maine Senate for the 1943-1944 term. He won the Republican gubernatorial primary in 1944 and was elected the 59th Governor of Maine by a landslide margin. Reelected in 1946 by another large margin he was a supporter of the University of Maine and education for veterans. In 1947 to 1948 he chaired the National Governors Conference and proposed that the retail sales tax be the exclusive province of the federal government as a trade-off for the elimination of federal gas, inheritance and alcohol taxes. In 1948 he lost the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator to Margaret Chase Smith thus ending his political career.


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