Maine A History
by Louis Clinton Hatch 1919
The book is opened to pages on Chamberlain as Governor,
pages 531 - 564 and 560. - 564.
The letter mentioned on page 533 can be seen in Gubernatorial Race Clippings
The footnote on page 533 mentions that Chamberlain voted for Hamlin in 1856. Hamlin, who was originally a Democrat left the
Democratic party after they supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise.
Democratic President James K. Polk wrote in his diary, "Mr. Hamlin professes to be a democrat, but has given indications during the present session that he is dissatisfied, and is pursuing a mischievous course . . . on the slavery question."
After leaving his old party Hamlin would become the first Republican Governor of Maine.1
For Chamberlain being considered by the Democratic party for governor see 565 - 567
"Before his first nomination for Governor there was considerable doubt whether he would support President Johnson or Congress.
Now, notwithstanding the declaration in his address in January that he would not go over to the enemy, many Democrats
felt that it might be possible to form an alliance with him and his followers."
E. W. Farley believing, "General Chamberlain and the Democratic party have nothing in common except on the question of prohibition."
The address referenced was Chamberlain's Inaugural address also seen here on 563. As a Christian he was a strong supporter of temperance,
but as a statesman he did not believe in using the police to invade people's homes and enforce the law.
Some wondered if this meant he might switch to the Democratic party, but Chamberlain remarked he would not join "the enemy"
"Let them not think that the record of a lifelong loyalty is so easily reversed. I shall not seek safety in the lines of the enemy,
to escape the mutinies of the discontented, more anxious for their own way than for the victory; nor turn back to camp because
some raw recruit on picket, with the impetuosity of terror, unable to discern front from rear, or friend from foe, shrieks at me for the countersign"
Inaugural Address 1870
In spite of the fact that the Republicans decided to not put him up for reelection, on page 567 the Democrats discover that Chamberlain "will not accept any nomination from us; that it will embarrass him. He is a candidate within the Republican party for
For background on James G. Blane who the author refers to as, "the most widely known, the best loved and the most hated man in
Maine history." see pages 548 - 560.
For Chamberlain's support of President Hayes see page 587
For notes on the Civil War see pages, 479, 486, 488 - 489.
For the Senate race page 569.
For the Count out Crisis of 1880 see pages 593 - 619.
For a brief blurb on Bowdoin Presidency see volume 3
For a biography on Doctor Shaw see Doctor Abner O. Shaw