Bio of Everett R. Drummond
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher

EVERETT R. DRUMMOND, for many years one of the best-known and most-respected citizens of Waterville, Me., was born in Winslow, Me., September 14, 1834. He was one of several sons of Clark Drummond, a solid farmer of the town, whose great-great-grandfather, Alexander, of good Scotch-Irish blood, came to this country from the north of Ireland when America was but a child among the nations. Clark Drummondís mother was the daughter of Col. Josiah Hayden, a soldier of the American Revolution, who moved to Winslow from Bridgewater, Mass., soon after the close of the war.

Mr. Drummond received his early education in the common schools of his native town. He also spent one term each at the Winslow High School, Waterville Academy, and Maine Wesleyan Seminary at Kentís Hill, besides two or three terms at the Vassalboro Academy. He taught school three termsóin Benton, Augusta, and FairfieId He left the farm a few months before he attained his majority, and went to Waterville, where he commenced reading law with his brother, Josiah H. Drummond. He was admitted to the Kennebec Bar in 1858, together with Hon. Reuben Foster and Larkin Dunton, LLD., and soon afterwards formed a partnership with Josiah H., under the firm name of Drummonci & Drummond. In the spring of 1860, his brother moved to Portland and the partnership was dissolved. In the fall of the same year Hon. E. F. Webb became Mr. Drummondís partner, with the firm name of Drummond & Webb. This partnership continued until 1863.

Mr. Drumnioud continued in the practice of law, doing an extensive business as a claim agent, and was Secretary, for several years of the time, of the Waterville Mutual Fire Insurance Company, until 1874, when, without any solicitation on his part, he was oflered and accepted the position of Treasurer of the Waterville Savings Bank, which he has held to the present time. He still carries on a considerable amount of law business, particularly in the line of conveyancing and Probate Court practice, and as executor and administrator has settled many estates. In 1867 he was admitted to practice in the United States Circuit Court for the District of Maine.

He was married, December 26, 1859, to Miss Aubigne M. Bean, daughter of Benjamin W. Bean of New York. the inventor of the first sewing machine that was patented in the United States. Four children, two sons and two daughters, have been born to the union and are still living.

He was converted in 1854 and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Winslow, and of the fact that he has been a Merhodist since that time, no doubt has ever been expressed. When the Methodist Episcopal Church in Waterville was organized in 1867, he was active in its organization. He was appointed a Steward, and soon afterwards one of the Trustees of the church property, both of which offices he has held to the present time. He was also chosen the first Superintendent of the Sunday School and held the office for fifteen years, uninterruptecily. He is now Church Treasurer and has held that position, together with that of Class Leader, for the greater part of the time since the church was organized, and is greatly interested in the departments of church work, including the Sunday School, the Epworth League, and kindred organizations. He has been for several years a member of the Executive Committee of the Maine State Sunday-School Association and has held various other offices in difierent religious bodies. For about twenty-five years he has been one of the Trustees of the Maine Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Kentís Hill.

He is a staunch Republican. He was born a Democrat but was taught and believed that the prosperity of the country depends upon remunerated labor, and that slave labor was a constant menace to free labor by cheapening its price and degrading the condition of the laborer; naturally he was ardently opposed to the extension of slavery into free territory, or beyond the limits recognized in the Constitution. The disruption of parties upon that issue came just as he attained his majority and he necessarily went with his party associates, holding the same views, into the Republican party, and cast his first gubernatorial vote for Hannibal Hamlin.

Another cause led him in the same direction. He believed in the supression of the indiscriminate sale of intoxicating liquor. He had given his voice and his influence in favor of the Prohibitory Law; when, therefore, the I Dmocratic party of Maine, in !855, in its platform demanded the repeal of that law, he was not disposed to acquiesce; and the enactment of a license law, which seemed to him an utter failure, as under it liquors were sold openly and freely, without license and without a single prosecution in the whole State, confirmed him in his position. He has ever since been active in the temperance cause and is now a member of the Executive Committee of the Peopleís Prohibitory Enforcement League of Maine.

In 1862 he was chosen Town Clerk of Waterville and was re-elected eleven consecutive years, hut later his duties as Treasurer of the Savings Bank have confined him so closely that he has been shut out from political activity; but in 1890 he was elected a member of the Common Council of the City of Waterville, and since 1892 has been a member of the Board of Aldermen. He is chairman of the present Board, which is Democratic, but which elected him to the position in recognition of his integrity and wide acquaintance with the public affairs of the city. His knowledge of law and of financial matters has made his services in the City Council especially valuable.

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