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HERRICK, Joshua, politician, born in Beverly, Massachusetts, 18 March, 1793; died in Alfred, Maine, 30 August, 1874. He received a common school education, removed to the district of Maine in 1811, settled in Brunswick, engaged in lumbering on the Androscoggin, and was interested in the first cotton-mill in Maine. In 1829 he was appointed by President Jackson deputy collector and inspector of customs at Kennebunkport, which post he retained until 1841. He was a Democratic representative in congress in 1843-'5, deputy collector at Kennebunkport again in 1847-'9, and register of probate in York county from 1849 till 1855. He was a friend of Professor Samuel F. B. Morse, and one of the promoters of the first line of telegraph built between Washington and Baltimore in 1844.
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