Inaugural Address 1868
Always looking out for his soldiers, Chamberlain asks that he be allowed to write out a
certificate of service for soldiers or widows who lacked evidence to claim their rewards.
He also reports on the creation of a Pension Law for wounded soldiers, he himself applied for and
was receiving 30 dollars a month for disability.*
This address shows Chamberlain to be a bit of an environmentalist, urging for
legislation to put a stop to dumping in the Penobscot River. He also calls
for protection of the fisheries of the state stating, "The complaint is still made that the
mechanical operations for the production of fish oil have been reckless, and the slaughter thus
occasioned has caused a dearth of small and even of large fish along our shores."