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BOURNE, Edward Emerson, jurist, born in Kennebunk, Maine, 19 March 1797 ; died there, 23 September 1873. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1816, and, after studying law at home and in Philadelphia, was admitted to the bar in 1819. He first practiced his profession in Albion, but returned to Kennebunk, where, with the exception of a brief residence in York, he continued to the close of his life. He was first selectman of the town from 1828 till 1833, and represented it in the legislature from 1826 till 1831, when, dissatisfied with the policy of his party, he declined a renomination and devoted himself to his profession, delivering an occasional lecture. He was state's attorney for York County in 1838 and 1841, and judge of the probate court from 1857 till 1872. He was also for several years president of the Maine historical society, and from 1866 till his death was a trustee of Bowdoin College, which gave him the degree of LL. died in 1872. Judge Bourne was the father of Lizzie Bourne, whose death in an attempt to ascend Mount Washington with him on 14 September 1855, has made her name familiar. Besides contributing to the transactions of the state historical society, and to various periodicals, he published an historical discourse, delivered at Bath, Maine, on the 257th anniversary of the Topsham settlement, and wrote an extensive history of the towns of Wells and Kennebunk, which was published by his son (1875). See a sketch of his life by E. born Smith in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" (vol. xxviii.
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