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Few executive mansions in the United States have such rich historical associations as the Blaine House, the official residence of Maine's governors. From 1862 until his death in 1893, it was home to James Gillespie Blaine and his family. Blaine bestrode the political world like a colossus in the post-Civil War "Gilded Age." Dazzling, charismatic, worshiped by his friends, loathed by his enemies, ( contemporaries called him variously the ''Plumed Knight of the Republican Party" and the "continental liar from the State of Maine"), he dominated the Maine Republican party for a generation, served brilliantly as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; United States Senator; trail-blazing Secretary of State for the two Presidents, and in 1884 came within a whisker of winning the Presidency of the United States himself.

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Maine Historic Preservation Commission

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H 69.5:Bl 627/987

The Blaine House: A Brief History and Guide