Governor James B. Longley

James B. Longley

DATE OF BIRTH:  April 22, 1924
PLACE OF BIRTH:  Lewiston
DATE OF DEATH:  August 16, 1980
PLACE OF DEATH:  Lewiston
PROFESSION:  Insurance
POLITICAL AFFILIATION:  Independent
TERM IN OFFICE:  January 2, 1975 – January 4, 1979
FIRST LADY:  Helen Walsh

QUOTE: We are embarking on a new experiment in government and the prospect is an exciting one. No other state in the nation has an Independent Governor, a Democratic House of Representatives, and a Republican Senate. The eyes of the nation will be on Maine to see what can be accomplished. I am confident the nation will see that much can be accomplished… because I believe the Maine people, when the chips are down, will be fair and will set aside all other considerations to work together for the good of the entire state.

Inaugural Address, January 2, 1975

OTHER ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICES: Chairman of the Maine Management and Cost Survey Commission

FURTHER READING:

Johnson, Willis.  The Year of the Longley.  Stonington: Penobscot Bay Press, 1978.

Kennebec Journal, Augusta, August 18, 1980.

Methuin, Eugene H.  “The Governor Who Kept His Word,” The Reader’s Digest, December, 1979, pp. 2-6.

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