Maine’s first governor, William King of Scarborough, was born in 1768.
As a youth, William attend local schools which at the time were limited. He pushed to self-educate himself and at the age of 13, left school and began work at a local sawmill.
His career grew as he began delving into business ownership. King successfully started up several businesses, including a large merchant shipping company, the first cotton mill in Maine and the first bank in Bath.
In 1795, long before the familiar modern political parties that we recognize today, King was an active member of the Democratic-Republican party.
For several years King pushed for Maine’s separation from Massachusetts and finally, as part of the Missouri Compromise, that push paid off. In 1820, Maine gained its statehood and William King was elected our first governor.