William Pierce Frye Papers
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Letters and portraits of a U.S. Senator from Maine. Included are a letter dated April 8, 1872 in which William Pierce Frye wrote: "My brief experience here in Washington justifies the belief that promises are cheap and performance rare"; a letter to Betsey Jackson in Jay, Maine dated July 1, 1884 in which he discusses legislation to increase pensions by $4 per month; a letter to J.A. Pike of Androscoggin Pomona Grange, Auburn, Maine dated April 22, 1910 in which he discusses the repeal of the tax on oleomargarine; a letter to Moses King, Jr. of Lewiston, Maine dated February 7, 1911 in which he discusses the Sulloway bill; a letter to the Lewiston Journal with date Aug. 11, 1900 in which he clarifies his words about the appointment of a postmaster in Sabattus, Maine. All of the letters are signed and two are in typescript. Also included are two portraits of Frye and a short outline of his career.
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William Pierce Frye was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1831. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1850 and practiced law in Lewiston. He was mayor of Lewiston from 1866 to 1867 and attorney general of the state of Maine from 1867 to 1869. He was elected (as a Republican) to six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1871 to 1881. He was elected U.S. Senator (replacing Blaine) and served from 1881 until his death in 1911.
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