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Llewellyn Powers

Born: Oct 14, 1836

Death: Jul 28, 1908

Birthplace: Pittsfield

Nationality: United States

Llewellyn Powers

Date of Birth : Oct 14, 1836
Date of Death : Jul 28, 1908
Birth Place : Pittsfield

Llewellyn Powers was a U.S. Representative from Maine and the 44th Governor of Maine. Born in Pittsfield, Maine, Powers attended the common schools of Pittsfield and St. Albans Academy. He graduated from the Colburn Classical Institute. He attended Colby University, Waterville, Maine, and graduated from the law department of Union University, Albany, New York, in 1860. He was admitted to the bar in Albany, New York, and Somerset, Maine, in 1860 and commenced practice in Houlton, Maine, in January 1861. He served as prosecuting attorney for Aroostook County from 1864 to 1871. He also served as collector of customs for the district of Aroostook from 1868 to 1872. He served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives, 1873–1876, 1883, 1892, and 1895; during the last term, he served as speaker. While in the Maine House, his bill abolishing capital punishment was considered by the House in 1876 and passed by a vote of 75 to 68, making Maine the third state to abolish the death penalty. Powers was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress. He served as Governor of Maine from 1897 to 1901.

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