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BAXTER, James Phinney, author, born in Gorham, Maine, 23 March, 1831. He was educated in Portland, Maine, and Lynn, Massachusetts, and became a merchant and manufacturer. He organized the associated charities in Portland, and was instrumental in founding the Maine industrial school for girls. Mr. Baxter in 1887 presented to the Portland public library, the Portland society of art, and the Maine historical society conjointly, a lot of land, and is erecting upon it, at a cost of $100-000, a building for these societies. He is the author of a volume of poems entitled "Idyls of the Year" (Portland, 1884) ; "The Trelawney Papers," published as the 3d volume of the "Documentary History of Maine" (1884); "George Cleeve, of Casco Bay, 1630-1667" (1885); and "Sir Ferdinando Gorges and his Province of Maine" (1889). He has also edited "Digby's Journal," the writer of which served under Burgoyne, under the title of "The British Invasion from the North" (Albany, 1887), and the 4th volume of the "Documentary History of Maine," containing documents from American and foreign archives (Portland, 1889).
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