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Spotlight: James North — Augusta, Kennebec Co, ME

James North
In 1856, James North built Meonian Hall, named for Maeonia in Asia Minor. The Italianate building stood on the site of the Burton House, Augusta's first post office in 1789. During the Civil War, patriotic rallies and civic meetings were held, and soldiers and civilians alike enjoyed theatrical productions like The Brides of Garryowen and Mazeppa with R. E. J. Miles and Min-ne-ha-ha, the "highly trained horse." Noted African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass spoke at Meonian Hall on April 1, 1864, a year before the Civil War ended. Burned in the Great Fire of 1865, Meonian was soon rebuilt. It burned again in 1904, but like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it was rebuilt immediately, making the current structure the third Meonian Hall.
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Frederick Augustus Pike

Frederick Augustus Pike

9 DEC 1816born in Calais, Washington Co, ME
1837ME, Brunswick, Bowdoin College
1852ME, Calais, Mayor
1858-1860ME, State Representative
1861-1869ME, US Representative
1870-1871ME, State Representative
2 DEC 1886died in Calais, Washington Co, ME, about age 70.
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