KAVANAGH, Edward, a Representative from Maine; born in Newcastle, Lincoln County,
Maine, April 27, 1795; attended Montreal Seminary, Montreal, Canada, and
Georgetown College, Georgetown, D.C.; was graduated from St. Marys College,
Baltimore, Md., in 1813; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced
practice in Damariscotta, Maine; member of the State house of representatives
1826-1828; secretary of the State senate in 1830; elected as a Jacksonian to
the Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1835);
unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress;
appointed Chargé dAffaires to Portugal on March 3, 1835, and served
until his resignation in June 1841; one of the joint commission on the
northeastern boundary in 1842; member of the State senate in 1842 and 1843 and
served as president of that body; became Governor of Maine upon the resignation
of Governor Fairfield on March 7, 1843, and served until the end of the term in
1844; died in Newcastle, Maine, January 22, 1844; interment in St. Patricks
Catholic Cemetery, Damariscotta Mills, Maine.
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Edward Kavanagh, Catholic, Statesman, Diplomat, from Maine,
1795-1844. Francestown, N.H.: Marshall Jones, 1947.