AUGUSTUS RUFUS BIXBY was born in Norridgewock, Me., December 17, 1832. His father
was Dea. Rufus Bixby, a prominent farmer and fruit grower, and an active and staunch supporter of the Congregational
Church. He served in the Militia during the War of 1812. His mother was Betsey Weston, daughter of l)ea. Benjamin
Weston, a pioneer settler of Madison, Me.
From his father, Augustus R. Bixby inherits his extraordinary executive abilities, clear, unshaken judgment, and
love of horticulture: from his mother, strong intellect and vitality, and a generous, sensitive nature; from both,
sterling principles, industrious, irreproachable habits, godly reverence, and hearty zealousness in the good of
His boyhood years were spent working on his father's farm and attending the town schools and Bloomfield Academy.
From earliest boyhood years he had taste for mercantile pursuits, and formed the intention of following such in
his business career.
After leaving the farm he successfully taught school two years, and then was clerk in a store until 1856 In 1856
he went to California, engaging in business there for six years. and then returned to Maine for a short time. The
same year he went to Minnesota, and was in business there two years. January 1, 1865. he opened a large mercantile
business in Skowhegan, with which he has ever since been connected.
in person Mr. Bixby is of medium stature, with clear-cut, expressive features, large, hazel eyes, dark brown hair.
Roman nose, and has a genial, social nature.
Through the years 1885 and 1886 he was a member of the Executive Council of Maine. In May, 1890, he was appointed
by President Harrison as Commissioner of the World's Columbian Exposition, to be held in Chicago in 1893.
In politics he has always been a Republican and an active worker. At a Gubernatorial Convention, held in Portland
in i888, the press said of Mr. J3ixby: "He is a man with a wonderful amount of energy and a great deal of
public spirit. He makes everything that he takes hold of boom, and is always good-natured about it." Throughout
his life he has been a valued man to his town and the public.