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--the first Maine Poet
Enoch Lincoln served as Maine's third governor from 1827-1829. He was the fourth son of Levi Lincoln of Massachusetts and was born at Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated at Cambridge in 1807, studied law, and pursued his profession in Salem. Returning to Worcester, he practiced law and then moved to Fryeburg, Maine, and later to Paris, Maine. Lincoln was elected to Congress and then Governor in 1827. [Source: George Bancroft Griffith (ed.), The Poets of Maine 30 (Portland, Maine: Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888)]
It was Governor Lincoln who signed the bill, February 24, 1827, that established Augusta as the official state capitol. Charles Bullfinch, a noted Boston architect, was commissioned to design the new State House. [Today's Augusta, Maine]. Enoch Lincoln has sometimes been called "Maine's First Poet."
Enoch Lincoln, The Village a poem, with an appendix (Portland, Maine: Edward Little and Co., 1816) [online text]
Enoch Lincoln, An Oration (Worcester, Massachusetts: Henry Rogers, 1812), (pronounced at Worcester, in Commemoration of American Independence, July 4th, 1812)
"Enoch Lincoln," in Henry E. Dunnack, The Maine Book 135-138 (Augusta, Maine: Henry E. Dunnack, 1920)