FLYE, Edwin, (1817 - 1886)


”Washington, D.C. - Sketches of Our Statesmen at the National Capital” (detail), Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1877, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

FLYE, Edwin, a Representative from Maine; born in Newcastle, Lincoln County, Maine, March 4, 1817; attended the common schools and Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine; engaged in mercantile pursuits and shipbuilding; member of the State house of representatives in 1858; served for many years as president of the First National Bank of Damariscotta, Maine; during the Civil War served as paymaster with the rank of major in the Union Army; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Cincinnati in 1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James G. Blaine and served from December 4, 1876, to March 3, 1877; was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; resumed shipbuilding and also engaged in banking; died while on a visit to the home of his daughter at Ashland, Ky., July 12, 1886; interment in Congregational Cemetery, Newcastle, Maine.