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Arthur Sewall

Birthplace: Bath, ME, USA
Death: Died in Small Point, Maine
Immediate Family:

Son of William Dummer/Dunning Sewall and Rachel Anne Trufant
Husband of Emma Duncan Crooker
Father of Harold Marsh Sewall and William Dunning Sewall
Brother of Alice Worcester Sewall; Samuel Moody Sewall; Harriet H Cutler; William Dummer Sewall,Jr.; Edward Sewall and 2 others

Managed by: David Arthur Trufant
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About Arthur Sewall

William J. Bryan's running mate of the Presidency in 1896.

Politician. Served as a Member of the Democratic National Committee from Maine from 1888-1896, and Democratic Candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1896.

Upon his brother's death the company became Arthur Sewall & Co (shipbuilders) built largest wooden ship Roanoke in 1894 launched the Dirigo first steel sailing ship built in America. President of the Eastern railway,Director of the Boston &Maine,New York & New England,and Mexican Centrail railroads.

Arthur Sewall (November 25, 1835 – September 5, 1900) was a U.S. Democratic politician from Maine most notable as William Jennings Bryan's first running mate in 1896. As the Populist Party nominee, Bryan had another running mate as well, Thomas E. Watson. Sewall never held elective office, although he was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1888 to 1896.

Arthur Sewall's main claim to fame had been as an exceptionally successful, wealthy shipbuilder and New England industrialist. He was a director of the Maine Central railroad and President of the Bath National Bank for years. His selection is believed to have been an effort to win votes among conservative and New England members of the party who were disturbed by the populist aspects of William Jennings Bryan. Arthur Sewall is also one of the few politicians to be an adherent of Swedenborgianism, a religion based on the writings of Swedish theologian Emanuel Swedenborg.

His main vice-presidential opponent, Garret A. Hobart (Rep), was also an Eastern banker and industrialist who had served on his party's national committee.

Sewall was Bryan's running mate for the first of Bryan's three times as the Democratic presidential nominee. He died not long after Bryan was nominated for the second time in 1900.

Sewall's grandson, Sumner Sewall, served as Governor of Maine from 1941 to 1945, as a Republican.


In 2008, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch referenced Sewall in an article criticizing Senator John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate in the 2008 presidential election, saying he had picked "the least qualified running mate since the Swedenborgian shipbuilder Arthur Sewall ran as William Jennings Bryan's No. 2 in 1896."

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Arthur Sewall's Timeline

November 25, 1835
Bath, ME, USA
Age 23
Age 24
Age 25
September 5, 1900
Age 64
Small Point, Maine