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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The First Mayor

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
The First Mayor Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
1. The First Mayor Marker
Inscription. Ralph Cross Johnson built this house just as the War of 1812 was beginning. He and his brother, Judge Alfred Johnson, were active in all manner of Belfast's businesses and politics. Ralph Johnson was a representative in Maine's first legislature and later served as Belfast's first mayor in 1853. Alfred Johnson's granddaughter, Louise, married Belfast native Admiral William V. Pratt, who served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1930-1933. The family used the house as a summer retreat, well into the 20th century (photo c. 1900).

Inset:
The Bohan P. Field house, across the street from the Johnson house, was built in 1807 from timbers cut on the property. Bohan Field was Belfast's first lawyer and the house remained in the Field family for 170 years. The house still retains its early 19th century charm.
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Location. 44° 25.649′ N, 69° 0.632′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on High Street just south of Primrose Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The First Mayor Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 30, 2012
2. The First Mayor Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stylish Lodging (within shouting distance of this marker); The Belfast Historical Society Museum (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Silver Screen (about 800 feet away); Belfast City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main and High (approx. 0.2 miles away); Post Office Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Downtown Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Circus Comes to Town (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belfast.
 
More about this marker. Marker #19 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The First Mayor Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 30, 2012
3. The First Mayor Marker
The Johnson House image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
4. The Johnson House
The Johnson House image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 30, 2012
5. The Johnson House
The Bohan P. Field House image. Click for full size.
By James True, August 30, 3012
6. The Bohan P. Field House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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