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Augusta in Kennebec County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Blaine Mansion

 
 
Blaine Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2017
1. Blaine Mansion Marker
Inscription.

Blaine Mansion
Home of Maine Governors

Given to the
State of Maine
by the heirs of
James G. Blaine

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 44° 18.472′ N, 69° 46.885′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Capitol Street east of State Street (U.S. 201), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is a metal tablet mounted on a concrete pedestal, beside the sidewalk and just inside the fence, near the Blaine House Capitol Street entry gate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 192 State Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samantha Reed Smith (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Conservation Corps (about 800 feet away); NAS Brunswick Tribute to State of Maine (about 800 feet away); Vietnam Veterans Pine Grove (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. mile away); Augusta's Vietnam War Dead Memorial (approx. mile away); Civil War Memorial (approx. mile away); World War II and Korean War Memorial (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Regarding Blaine Mansion.
Blaine Mansion (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2017
2. Blaine Mansion (view from near marker)
National Historic Landmark (1964), National Register of Historic Places, and Maine Capitol Complex Historic District
 
Also see . . .
1. Blaine House History.
The Blaine House was donated to the State of Maine for a Governor's residence by Harriet Blaine Beale in 1919. The house dates back to 1833 and was built by James Hall, a retired ship's captain. James G. Blaine purchased it in 1862 as a present for his wife, the former Harriet Stanwood, daughter of a prominent Augusta family. It was in memory of their grandson, Walker Blaine Beale, killed in action in World War I, that their daughter made her gift of this magnificent structure to the People of Maine. (Submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Blaine House.
The many famous people who have been guests of governors at the Blaine House have included President Ulysses S. Grant, advocate for the blind Helen Keller, actors Bette Davis and Gary Merrill, comedians Fred Allen, Ed Wynn and Groucho Marx, aviators Amelia Earhart and Wiley Post, and former heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey, among others. (Submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Biographies of the Secretaries of State: James Gillespie Blaine (1830–1893).
James G. Blaine served two terms as Secretary of State. He was first appointed by U.S. President James A. Garfield, serving from March 7, 1881,
Blaine Mansion (<i>State Street entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2017
3. Blaine Mansion (State Street entrance)
until December 18, 1881, and was again appointed by U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, serving from March 5, 1889, until his resignation on June 4, 1892.
After his first tenure as Secretary of State, Blaine was the Republican candidate for President in 1884, but lost to Grover Cleveland by less than 2000 votes, when he failed to carry the state of New York by that small margin. (Submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Blaine Mansion (<i>State Street corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2017
4. Blaine Mansion (State Street corner view)
Blaine House National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2017
5. Blaine House National Historic Landmark Plaque

Blaine House

Has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark

Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
this site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States


U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service

1964
Blaine House National Historic Landmark Plaque (<i>mounted beside front door at main entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 30, 2017
6. Blaine House National Historic Landmark Plaque (mounted beside front door at main entrance)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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