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William D. Williamson

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William Durkee Williamson July 31, 1779 – May 27, 1846 was the second Governor of the US state of Maine, and one of the first congressmen from Maine in the United States House of Representatives He was a member of the Democratic-Republican Party Williamson was also an early historian of Maine


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Family life
  • 4 Death and legacy
  • 5 Books
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Williamson was born in 1779 in Canterbury, Connecticut and graduated from Williams College and Brown University He moved to Bangor, then part of Massachusetts, in the first decade of the 19th century and established a law practice there in 1807 He became Bangor's postmaster among other offices in 1810 During the War of 1812 he was present at the capture and sacking of Bangor by the British following the Battle of Hampden and, like all male residents of the town, was made to sign an oath declaring he would not take up arms for the remainder of the war


Following the war, in 1816, Williamson was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate representing the District of Maine, but became a force behind the movement for Maine statehood

In 1820, Maine separated from Massachusetts to become a state, and Williamson became the third President of the Maine State Senate In 1821, when the first governor, William King resigned, Williamson automatically succeeded him as he was president of the Senate Williamson served as governor from May 29, 1821 to December 5, 18211

That same year he ran for and won a congressional seat in the seventeenth Congress Williamson resigned as governor to serve in the US House of Representatives, serving until 1823

Williamson returned to his law practice in Bangor, also serving as Judge of Probate for Penobscot County till 1840

Family lifeedit

His younger brother, Joseph Williamson, also served as Senate President

Death and legacyedit

Williamson died in 1846 in Bangor He is buried at Mt Hope Cemetery

Williamson was one of Maine's first historians, writing a 2-volume History of the State of Maine in the late 1830s2 This stood as the standard reference on early Maine history for the rest of the 19th century

Williamson was an original member of the Maine Historical Society3


  • William D Williamson, The History of the State of Maine,Vol 1 1839
  • United States Congress "William D Williamson id: W000554" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • William Williamson History of Maine 'Vol 2


  1. ^ "Maine Governor William Durkee Williamson" National Governors Association Retrieved August 18, 2012 
  2. ^ "Governor William D Williamson" Representative Men of Maine Retrieved August 18, 2012 
  3. ^ The Maine Historical Magazine 1886 p 124 

External linksedit

  • Representative Men of Maine
  • National Governors Association
  • Governors of Maine, accessed September 13, 2005
Political offices
Preceded by
William King
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Benjamin Ames
Preceded by
William Moody
President of the Maine Senate
Succeeded by
Daniel Rose
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Succeeded by
Joshua Cushman

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