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George Foster Talbot


"Born in East Machias, January, 1819; after graduating at Bowdoin he became assistant teacher in Washington Academy, in his native town, at the same time pursuing legal studies with Hon. Joshua A. Lowell, completing the same in the office of Hon. J.W. Bradbury, of Augusta. He began practice in Skowhegan in 1840, and, the year following, he removed to East Machias, where and in Machias, the county seat, with the exception of a year in Columbia, he continued practice until in 1864 he removed to Portland, where he has since resided, excepting the interval of a year when he was Solicitor of the Treasury in Washington. Among other offices ably filled, Mr. Talbot was United States Attorney for Maine several years, commissioner to investigate what were known as the 'paper credits,' 1870 and 1871, and to revise the constitution of the State in 1875. He has also contributed quite largely to magazines and newspapers, especially to the New York Tribune. All of his articles, whether on literary or economic subjects, are keen and vigorous. Mr. Talbot, since retiring from the practice of his profession, has written and published a work entitled: 'Jesus, his Opinions and Character'—being a critical study of the tradition of the origin of Christianity, as embodied in the New Testament. The views advanced are original and striking and not quite in accord with the popular convictions."

[George Bancroft Griffith (ed.), The Poets of Maine 239 (Portland, Maine: Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888)]

George F. Talbot


George Foster Talbot, Resolutions of the Cumberland Bar and address of U.S. District Attorney George F. Talbot on the retirement of Judge Ware from the bench of the District Court of the United States, with his reply (Portland: Stephen Berry, 1866)

_________________, The Financial Situation ([n.p., 1868?)

_________________, Jesus, His Opinions and Character: The New Testament Studies of a Layman (Boston: G. H. Ellis, 1883)