PAYNE, Frederick George, (1904 - 1978)

Senate Years of Service: 1953-1959
Party: Republican

PAYNE, Frederick George, a Senator from Maine; born in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine, July 24, 1904; attended the public schools of Lewiston, Maine, and the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, Boston, Mass.; during early school days worked as a newsboy, usher and doorman in a theater, and as a reporter for a weekly newspaper; engaged in automobile and farm machinery sales and theater auditing and managing 1925-1935; industrial consultant 1936-1940; mayor of Augusta, Maine, 1935-1941; unsuccessful Republican candidate for nomination for governor of Maine 1940; Maine commissioner of finance and director of budget 1940-1942; during the Second World War entered the United States Air Force in 1942 as a captain and served until inactivated to the Reserves in 1945 as a lieutenant colonel; business manager, Waldoboro Garage Co. 1945-1949; Governor of Maine 1949-1953; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1952, and served from January 3, 1953, to January 3, 1959; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958; trustee of Bentley School of Accounting and Finance; industrial consultant and district manager of Walsh Engineers, Inc.; resided in Waldoboro, Maine, where he died June 15, 1978; interment in German Lutheran Cemetery.