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"Prentiss Mellen, LL.D., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Maine, and the father of Grenville and Frederick Mellen . . . was born at Sterling, Mass., Oct., 1764. He graduated at Harvard, 1784, and was admitted to the bar in Tauton, beginning practice in his native town. In 1792 he removed to Biddeford. He practiced in every county in the District of Maine, and at the head of its highest judicial tribunal. In 1817 he was chosen a senator in Congress from Massachusetts; in 1820, Maine having become a separate State, he was appointed Chief Justice of its Supreme Court. Judge Mellen died in 1840. He is remembered as a gentleman of eminent social qualities, of a cheerful, gay temperament, abounding in wit and anecdote, and an ornament to society."
[George Bancroft Griffith (ed.), The Poets of Maine 12 (Portland, Maine: Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888)][For a biographical sketch of Prentis Mellen, see "Prentis Mellen," in William Willis, A History of the Law, the Courts, and the Lawyers of Maine 163-173 (Portland, Maine: Bailey & Noyes, 1863)]