Bio of Samuel Dean Leavitt
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher

SAMUEL DEAN LEAVITT was born in Eastport, Washington County, Me., in 1837. He was educated in the common schools of his native town and at Hampton, Franklin, and Dummer Academies.

In 1859 he entered the law office of Bion Bradbury as a student, and was admitted to the Bar in October, 1861. He at once enlisted in the army and raised part of a company for the Fifteenth Maine Regiment, receiving a commission as First Lieutenant December 6, 1861. His regiment served in the Department of the Gulf, under General Butler, but he resigned at New Orleans, La., in 1862.

Returning to Maine, he commenced the business of law and insurance in 1863, in which he has continued most successfully to the present time. Mr. Leavitt was elected a member of the Legislature in 1873, and re-elected in 1874. He was elected Adjutant-General of the State and he served in that capacity in 1879. In 1886 he was appointed Collector of Customs for the District of Passamaquoddy by President Cleveland and served until August, 1890. General Leavitt run as Democratic candidate for Congress in the Fourth Congressional I)istrict in 1892. In 1893 he was appointed one of the commission to revise the militia laws of Maine. In 1893 he was elected first mayor of his native city, Eastport.

His acknowledged business ability has commended him wherever known. He has been a Director in the Frontier National Bank of Eastport for more than twenty years.

In politics General Leavitt is always a Democrat, a "Cleveland Democrat." He has long been considered one of the successful men of Eastern Maine, and has demonstrated his ability to manage large interests well. He is considered a credit to his city and State, and enjoys, to a high degree, the conlidence of the conununity in which he resides and the people everywhere with whom he associates.

General Leavitt is always most cordial and genial in his manners, which qualities have made for him a very large number of friends. It is not too much to say that there are but very few in the State who have been longer or more favorably known, or who have a wider circle of warm friends, than Mr. Leavitt. He is progressive, enterprising, and liberal in all his dealings, and prominently ranks among the Representative Men of Maine.

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