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Edward Kavanagh

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Edward Kavanagh April 27, 1795 – January 22, 1844 was a United States Representative and the 17th Governor of Maine Born in Newcastle in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts, he attended Montreal Seminary in Quebec, Canada and Georgetown College, Georgetown, DC He graduated from St Mary's College Baltimore in 18131 He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Damariscotta, Maine He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1826 to 1828, and was secretary of the State senate in 18302

Kavanagh's public career began with a plea to the framers of the Maine Constitution to include an article for official religious toleration His first elected role was on the school committee, followed by roles as Selectman, State Representative, and State Senator In 1829 the legislature elected him as Secretary of State

Kavanagh was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses, serving from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1835 He was nationally noticed as the first Catholic elected from New England3 He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress, and was appointed Chargé d'Affaires to Portugal on March 3, 1835, and served until his resignation in June 1841 He was one of the four Maine commissioners on the northeastern boundary in 1842 in the negotiations that led to the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, and was a member of the Maine Senate in 1842 and 1843 and served as the President of the Maine Senate

Governor of Maineedit

Kavanagh became Governor of Maine upon the election of Governor Fairfield on March 7, 1843 to replace US Senator Reuel Williams upon William's resignation, and served until the end of the term in 1844 Less than four weeks later, Kavanagh died in Newcastle; interment was in St Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Damariscotta Mills

Kavanagh's house in Newcastle has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places


  1. ^  Herbermann, Charles, ed 1913 "Edward Kavanagh" Catholic Encyclopedia New York: Robert Appleton Company 
  2. ^ United States Congress "Edward Kavanagh id: K000022" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  3. ^ Rolde, Neal 1990 Maine: A Narrative History Gardiner, ME: Harpswell Press pp 172–173 ISBN 0-88448-069-0 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Edward Kavanagh at Find a Grave
  • Edward Kavanagh biography at National Governors Association
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph F Wingate
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Maine's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1835
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Bailey
Political offices
Preceded by
John Fairfield
Governor of Maine
March 7, 1843–1844
Succeeded by
David Dunn
Preceded by
Samuel Blake
President of the Maine Senate
Succeeded by
Virgil D Parris
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas LL Brent
Chargé d'Affaires to Portugal
March 3, 1835 – June 1841
Succeeded by
Washington Barrow

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