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About Enoch Lincoln
Lincoln's most important contribution came as governor, when he sought to assert Maine's claim to territory under dispute with Great Britain. His aggressive stance on his state's right to the territory and his proclamation that the federal government could not relinquish the territory without Maine's consent captured the defiant mood of the young state but only served to prolong settlement of the boundary.
Enoch Lincoln (December 28, 1788 – October 8, 1829) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and from Maine, son of Levi Lincoln, Sr. and brother of Levi Lincoln, Jr. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Lincoln graduated from Harvard College in 1807. He also served as Governor of Maine from 1827 until his death in October 1829.
He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of his profession in Salem in 1811. He served as United States district attorney 1815-1818, and moved to Paris, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts), in 1819 and continued the practice of law.
In November 1818 Lincoln was elected as a Democratic-Republican, representing the Maine district, to the Fifteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Albion K. Parris. He was reelected to the Sixteenth Congress and served from November 4, 1818, to March 3, 1821. Upon the admission of Maine as a state, he was again elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Seventeenth Congress, and reelected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress and served from March 4, 1821, until his resignation in 1826. He served as Governor of Maine from 1827 until his death. He died in Augusta, Maine, on October 8, 1829, and was interred in a mausoleum in Capitol Park, directly opposite the Maine State House.
The town of Lincoln, Maine is named for him.
Lincoln was distantly related to Abraham Lincoln, sharing a common ancestor with the sixteenth U.S. President in Samuel Lincoln, who had settled in Hingham, Massachusetts, in the 17th century.