SEVERANCE, Luther, (1797 - 1855)

SEVERANCE, Luther, a Representative from Maine; born in Montague, Mass., October 26, 1797; moved with his parents to Cazenovia, N.Y., in 1799; attended the common schools; learned the printer’s trade in Peterboro, N.Y.; established the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine, in 1825; member of the State house of representatives in 1829, 1839, 1840, 1842, and 1848; served in the State senate in 1835 and 1836; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); vice president of the Whig National Convention in 1848; United States commissioner to the Sandwich Islands 1850-1854; died in Augusta, Maine, January 25, 1855; interment in Forest Grove Cemetery.