Maine Bicentennial



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January 1823 State of the State address by Albion Keith Parris, Maine's 5th Governor (1822-1827), to the state Legislature:

“IN entering upon the duties of the several stations to which we have been respectively elected, we cannot be unmindful of our dependence upon that source of wisdom, to which all men, more especially those entrusted with the exercise of important political powers, should look for direction and support. To that Being we have abundant reason to be grateful, which the transactions of this occasion cannot fail of bringing distinctly to our consideration. Our State has been blessed with the enjoyment of more than common health ; our populous towns have been preserved from that distressing sickness with which several of the cities of other States have been severely afflicted ;— the honest industry of the people, in their various employments, has been rewarded with success ;—the restrictions upon one of the important branches of our commerce have been removed ; our fisheries have been unusually prosperous ;—our farms have produced their common abundance ; and our citizens exhibit generally, the appearance of contentment and prosperity.”

Parris was born in Hebron, Maine in 1788, the son of Samuel, who served as an officer during the American Revolution and was among the first settlers of Hebron. Parris held a number of political offices during his career as a member of the Democratic-Republican Party.

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State of Maine


Portland, ME


Maine History, Early American Politics


United States History


Pamp 1407 Vickery. Original document bears the handwritten name: Benjamin H. Mace, Lisbon Maine's member of the House of Representatives.

Governor's message : Gentlemen of the Senate and the House of Representatives



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