And Manipulating Tabular Data
- The database
includes the legislator's name, years of service, legislative body,
political party affiliations, town of residence, some birth and
death dates, and incidental additional notes about Maine legislators
primarily from 1820 forward. If a Maine legislator also served in
the Massachusetts General Court from 1780-1819 that information will
be found in the Notes field on the person's earliest service record.
Mainers who served only in the Massachusetts General Court are not
yet included in the database but are recorded in a card index in the
database is maintained regularly and updated
for each session. Older information was taken from a card index
maintained over a very long period of time by library staff.
Especially for the earlier years, verification of some data is
difficult. If you discover any errors or problems we'd
certainly appreciate you emailing us about them.
Things to keep
in mind when searching the database by town :
towns noted on the cards are assumed to predominantly be that of the
legislator's residence, as opposed to the towns served.
records do have multiple towns listed and in that case the
first town is usually the residence, and the subsequent names are
towns included in his/her district.
names can vary in spelling over time, such as: Eliot and
Elliot; Islesboro and Islesborough; Gouldsboro and Gouldsborough,
etc. Check the index listing for nearby variations.
early records for Senators may not have any towns listed at all, and
have county names instead. The source for this early
material was legislative pay roll lists in the Laws of Maine set.
Representatives were listed by residence town but senators by
- Things to keep in mind when searching the database by name:
we have tried to verify spelling when possible, variations may
exist. It's a good idea to scan nearby names for any related
records exist for each term served. Any general notes about the
person, including known birth and death dates or pre-1820 service in
the Massachusetts General Court, are entered on the
person's earliest record.
Notes pertaining only to a specific
legislative session, such as change in party affiliation, are
entered on the record for that session.
AND MANIPULATING TABULAR DATA
Search results can be highlighted
(click and drag to select desired data), copied (CTL + C) to the clipboard
and then pasted into a spreadsheet or word processor table for further
manipulation to suit your needs. If CTL + C does not work try CTL + A to
copy all of the results table and paste that into another document. Additional questions, not easily
answered with a straight name or town search may be answered this way,
using spreadsheet sorting functions.
General, Governors, Secretaries of State, State Treasurers,
Governors, Senate Presidents, House
Speakers and Supreme Court Judges, from 1820 onwards, are also maintained by the Library and
are accessible from the People
and Organizations webpage.