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From the Political Graveyard
Plaisted, Harris Merrill (1828-1898) of Bangor, Penobscot  County, Maine. Father of Frederick William  Plaisted. Born in Jefferson, Coos County, N.H., November 2, 1828. Republican. Member of Maine state house of representatives, 1867; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1868; Maine state attorney general, 1873-75; U.S. Representative from Maine 4th District, 1875-77; Governor of Maine, 1881-83. Died January 31, 1898. Interment  at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Maine.

From the Congressional Biographical Directory
PLAISTED, Harris Merrill, a Representative from Maine; born in Jefferson, Coos County, N.H., November 2, 1828; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Waterville (Maine) College in 1853 and from the Albany (N.Y.) Law School in 1856; was admitted to the bar and commenced  practice in Bangor, Maine, in 1856; during the Civil War served in the Union  Army and was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Eleventh Regiment, Maine  Infantry, October 30, 1861, and colonel May 12, 1862; brevetted brigadier  general of Volunteers February 21, 1865, and major general March 13, 1865;  member of the State house of representatives in 1867 and 1868; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868; attorney general of Maine 1873-1875; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel F. Hersey and served from September 13, 1875, to March 3, 1877; was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; author of “Digest of Maine Reports from 1820 to 1880”; Governor of Maine 1881-1883; editor and publisher of  the New Age, Augusta, from 1883 until his death in Bangor, Maine, January 31, 1898; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

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