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Abner Coburn

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Abner Coburn March 22, 1803 – January 4, 1885 was the 30th Governor of Maine from 1863 to 1864 and a prominent individual in Skowhegan, Maine until his death

Early yearsedit

Coburn was born on a farm in Old Canaan later renamed to Skowhegan


Sailing Vessel Abner Coburn

Coburn served three years in the Maine House of Representatives before being elected Governor in 1863 He became prominent in Skowhegan society, serving as the president of Skowhegan Savings Bank and becoming president and director of the Maine Central Railroad He served as the Chair of the Colby College Board of Trustees from 1874 until his death in 18851 He was the uncle of the writer Louise Helen Coburn Many of his historical items can be seen in a museum she began, the Skowhegan History House

Upon his death in 1885, Coburn left 12 acres 49,000 m2 to the town of Skowhegan to make a public park Coburn Park was opened in 1907 Abner Coburn's life and achievements as governor were honored with the naming of a sailing ship2


  1. ^ "Mayflower Hill, A History of Colby College" Appendix C Earl H Smith University Press of New England 2006
  2. ^ Abner Coburn: Narrative, Dyal 2008
  • The Interesting History of Skowhegan and Abner Coburn
  • Abner Coburn: Narrative, Dyal 2008
Political offices
Preceded by
Israel Washburn, Jr
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Samuel Cony

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