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BARNES, Phinehas, politician, born in Orland, Maine, 11 January 1811; died in Portland, Maine, 21 August 1871. He studied first at Phillips Andover Academy and then at Bowdoin, where he was graduated in 1829. For some time after leaving College he was employed in a book-store, and then he edited a paper in Bangor; but these occupations not being to his taste, he became, in 1834, professor of Greek and Latin in Waterville (Maine) College, where he remained for five years. In 1839 he took up the study of law, and, after his admission to the bar, established himself in Portland. He was at various times solicitor for the Grand Trunk railroad, director of the Portland savings bank, trustee of the Atlantic and St. Lawrence railroad sinking fund, of the Maine General Hospital, of the State Agricultural College, and a member of the board of overseers of Bowdoin College. For six years he edited the Portland "Advertiser," and was largely interested in the political movements of the day. He was one of the leaders of the Whig party, and a candidate for governor of the state on the Bell and Everett (or Constitutional-Union) ticket in 1860.*His son, Phineas, engineer, born in Portland, Maine, 10 January 1842. He studied at the Lawrence Scientific School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (1865), and at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York (1866). Mr. Barnes has made a specialty of the construction of iron and steel works, and for some time has been associated with the American Iron and Steel Works in Pittsburghh, Pennsylvania He is a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, to whose transactions he has frequently contributed papers of technical value.
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