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CROSBY, William George, lawyer, born in Belfast, Maine, in 1806; died there in 1881. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1823, and studied and practiced law in his native town. Governor Crosby was one of the two Whigs that held the office of governor, Edward Kent being the other. In 1853 the Maine law and the pro-slavery tendencies of the democracy lost that party the control of both branches of the legislature, which elected Mr. Crosby governor, and he was re-elected by the legislature in 1854. After the close of his term he took no active part in politics. During the civil war his sympathies were with the Union, but at its close he affiliated with Andrew Johnson and was a democratic candidate for congress, but was defeated. He was prominent in promoting the public-school system of Maine. While in College he published a small volume of poems. He was a contributor to the "Token," a Boston annual, edited by N. P. Willis; "The Legendary," which illustrated the scenes, romances, and legends of our own country; and the "Bowdoin Poets," and was the author of "Poetical Illustrations of the Athenaeum Gallery."
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