William Widgery Thomas, 1839-1927

  • Known For: Ambassador to Sweden; founder of New Sweden, ME
  • Maine Connection: Lawyer, politician and last U.S. Ambassador to the united kingdoms of Sweden and Norway responsible for encouraging Swedes to emigrate to the U.S., especially Maine. Founder of New Sweden, ME, Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth was donated by and named for him.


Selected Books by William Widgery Thomas

  • Sweden and the Swedes (1891)
  • The Story of New Sweden (1896)