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Gov. Israel V Washburn, Jr.

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Livermore, Androscoggin, ME, USA
Death: Died in PA, USA
Place of Burial: Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Israel Washburne and Martha Washburne
Husband of Robina Napier Washburne and Mary Maud Washburn
Father of Charles Ames Washburn; Israel H Washburn; Anna Maude Washburn; Ada Washburn and Charles F Washburn
Brother of Isreal Washburn, Jr.; Elihu B. Washburne, U.S. Secretary of State; Major Gen. Cadwallader C. Washburn, US Congress; William D. Washburn, U.S. Senator; Charles A. Washburn and 6 others

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About Israel Washburn, Jr., Governor,_Jr.

Israel Washburn, Jr. (June 16, 1813 – May 12, 1883) was a United States political figure. Originally a member of the Whig Party, he later became a founding member of the Republican Party.

In 1854, angry over the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Washburn called a meeting of 30 members of the US House of Representatives to discuss forming what became the Republican Party. Republican gatherings had taken place in Wisconsin and Michigan earlier in the year, but Washburn's meeting was the first in the U.S. Capital, and among U.S. Congressmen. He was probably also the first politician of his rank to use the term "Republican", in a speech at Bangor, Maine on June 2, 1854.[1] Washburn represented the district which included Bangor and the neighboring town of Orono, Maine, where he had his home and law office.

Born in 1813 in Livermore, Maine to a prominent political family, Washburn organized the Maine Republican Party from 1854 onward. He was the 29th Governor of Maine from 1861 to 1863. During the American Civil War, he helped recruit Federal troops from Maine. In 1862, he attended the Loyal War Governors' Conference in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which ultimately gave Abraham Lincoln support for his Emancipation Proclamation.

Washburn had been an unsuccessful candidate for the Thirty-first Congress in 1848; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses, as a Republican to the Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1851, to January 1, 1861, when he resigned, having been elected Governor. He was Chairman of the Committee on Elections (Thirty-fourth Congress).

Washburn was the brother of Elihu B. Washburne. He died in 1883 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor, Maine.

The town of Washburn, Maine is named in his honor.

Representative from Maine (1851-1861), Governor of Maine (1861-1862), Involved in founding the Republican party.

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Israel Washburn, Jr., Governor's Timeline

June 6, 1813
Livermore, Androscoggin, ME, USA
March 16, 1822
Age 8
Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine, United States
Age 29
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May 12, 1883
Age 69
Lawyer; MC; Collector