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DUNLAP, Robert Pinekney, governor of Maine, born in Brunswick, Maine, 15 August 1796; died there, 20 October 1859. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1815, admitted to the bar in 1818 and began practice in his native town, but soon abandoned it, having inherited a fortune. He was a member of the lower house of the legislature in 1821'2, of the senate in 1823, and its president in 1827'9 and 1831'3. He was chosen to the executive council in 1833, was governor of the state in 1834'8, and was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1842, and served two terms, in 1843'7. He was for many years president of the board of overseers of Bowdoin College, collector of Portland in 1848'9, and postmaster of Brunswick in 1853'7. Governor Dunlap was a prominent freemason, being the head of the order in the United States for nine consecutive years. An address delivered by him at the triennial meeting of the general grand chapter of the United States at Hartford was published (1856).
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