Maine Bicentennial


Jeremiah Perley



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The office of Sheriff is of the highest nature, from the importance of the trusts confided to it and the great power with which it is invested. The officer himself is supposed to possess a respectable character, corresponding to the importance of his trust and powers. All judicial processes, whether civil or criminal, must be served by him, both at their commencement and final execution; and he is the principal keeper of the peace within the county. An accurate knowledge of the laws conferring and defining these extensive powers and duties, as well as the mode prescribed for their exercise, is therefore necessary, as a guide to the Officer, and for the security of the citizen.

The powers and duties of Coroners and Constables, in the service of precepts, being generally the same as those of Sheriffs, may be learned by consulting the laws contained under that title. The principles of common law, as collected from the decisions of the courts, are applicable alike to all Civil Officers.

The signature of George F. B. Leighton, dated 1841, appears on the first and final pages of the book. George Frost Blunt Leighton was born in July 1816 in York County and died in April 1905.

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Glazier, Masters and Smith


Hallowell, Maine


Maine history, Early American law enforcement, Civil government


Law Enforcement and Corrections | United States History


2nd ed., revised and corrected
Deering JK2829 .M2 P4

The Maine Civil Officer, or, The Powers and Duties of Sheriffs, Coroners, Constables, and Collectors of Taxes; with an Appendix, Containing the Necessary Forms and an Abridgment of the Law Relative to the Duties of Civil Officers



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