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William Bartlett Sewall

Massachusetts & Maine

"'No name . . . was more honored at the bar and in the courts of Massachusetts and Maine for more than a century than that of Sewall.' [Sewall] was born in York, Dec. 19, 1782, and entered Harvard in 1799, where he was a classmate of Rev. Dr. Payson of Portland. After admission to the bar, he opened an office in Portland, was admitted to the Supreme Court in Cumberland County, and soon became a partner with Chief Justice Mellen. On the 26th of Nov., 1816, he married Betsy Cross of Portland, and at her death, three years later, removed to Kennebunk. In 1824, he returned to Portland and took charge of the editorial department of the Advertiser, which he continued to conduct several years, adding in the meantime a semi-weekly edition. In 1837 he returned to Kennebunk, re-married, and died in that place on the 4th of March, 1869. In connection with Judge Bourne, Mr. Sewall prepared the 'Register of Maine' for 1820. He was a ripe scholar, of cultivated taste and fine thought, and devoted much time to poetry and prose composition."

[George Bancroft Griffith (ed.), The Poets of Maine 19 (Portland, Maine, Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888)]