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,
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.