Frederick William Plaisted (1865 - 1943)

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About Frederick William Plaisted

Frederick William Plaisted (July 26, 1865 - March 4, 1943) was an American politician and the 48th Governor of Maine.

Early life

Plaisted was born in Bangor, Maine on July 26, 1865. He studied at local schools and at the St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. He established a career in publishing. He owned and edited The New Age in Augusta from 1889-1914.

Plaisted was the son of Harris Plaisted, Civil War general and Governor of Maine. The Plaisteds were Democrats in a majority Republican state. His father won the gubanatorial election by only 200 votes.


Plaisted served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896. He held that position again in 1900. He became the mayor of Augusta in 1906, and held that position until 1910. He was also the Kennebec County sheriff from 1907-1908.

He was nominated by the Democratic party for the governorship of Maine in 1910 and he went on to win the general election. He held the governor's office from January 4, 1911 to January 1, 1913. He was unsuccessful in his re-election bid.

The last Democratic governor of Maine, 28 years before, had been his father.

Personal life

Plaisted married Frances Gullifer. He was a Congregationalist.

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Frederick W. Plaisted, Governor's Timeline

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