Who was one of Maine’s most influential nineteenth-century political figures?
James G. Blaine. From the mid-1860s to the end of the century, Blaine held the posts of speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. senator, and U.S. secretary of state. He was defeated in his quest for the presidency in 1884 by Grover Cleveland.
And, of course, The Blaine House, is the Maine governor’s residence.