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Richard Hampton Vose

Massachusetts & Maine

"Born in Northfield, Mass., 1803, and graduated at Bowdoin College, spending the next year after graduation in teaching at Augusta, in this State. He studied law in the office of Governor Lincoln, and afterward formed a co-partnership with Pliny (now Judge) Merrick, of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. After two years' practice in Worcester, Mr. Vose returned to Augusta, and between 1834 and 1839, he was four times elected to the House of Representatives of the Maine Legislature. In 1840 and 1941 he was Senator for Kennebec, and president of the Senate in the year last named. After that time, until his death, which occurred in 1864, Mr. Vose adhered to his profession.

[George Bancroft Griffith (ed.), The Poets of Maine 71 (Portland, Maine, Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888)]


Richard Hampton Vose, A Poem delivered on the anniversary of the Literary Fraternity of Waterville College, July 26, 1831 (Augusta [Maine]: Eaton & Severance, printers, 1831) [online text]


Richard Hampton Vose, Oration delivered at East Wilton, on the anniversary of American independence, July 4, 1840 (Augusta [Maine]: Severance & Dorr, 1840)