- Item 5584 - Alonzo Garcelon, Lewiston, ca. 1890
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- Item 5584
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Alonzo Garcelon (1813-1906), a well-respected physician in Lewiston, became active in local politics, served as Lewiston mayor from 1871 through 1872, and as governor of Maine from 1879 to 1880.Show Details
Born in Lewiston, Garcelon was a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Medical College of Ohio. He worked as a physician but was also a businessman. He and his brother-in-law William Waldron founded the Lewiston Journal in 1847.
Garcelon's efforts were the primary reason the Maine State Seminary (later, Bates College), was located in Lewiston in 1855. He served as an instructor and longtime trustee at the college. During the Civil War, Garcelon served as Maine's Surgeon General.