Governor Frederick Plaisted

Frederick William Plaisted was born in Bangor, Maine on July 26, 1865. His father was also the former governor of Maine named Harris Merrill Plaisted. Frederick got his early education in Maine but went to the Saint Johnsbury Academy in the state of Vermont. His first job was a publisher, and had a long career as owner for the newspaper called "The New Age" in Augusta. He decided to go into the field of politics and following his fathers footsteps in 1896. He stepped into the role of mayor of Augusta in 1906 to 1910. He was also a county sheriff but finally in 1911 he got elected to be the 48th governor of Maine. In the summer of 1911 he made the shameful and now famous address to the malagaites that led to the deaths of the 12 African American islanders in the Pineland home for the feeble minded and fully supported them being put away. In 1913 he retired from politics and died of heart failure in 1943. During the Malaga incident he was never contradicted and the local newspapers were behind him to put away the mentally ill (perfectly sane African Americans) away.


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