JOSEPH H. MANLEY was born in Bangor, Me., October 13, 1842, where his parents
were living temporarily. In his early boyhood he spent four years in the "Little Blue" School at Farmington,
but owing to ill health was obliged to abandon a well-formed purpose to secure a collegiate education, and when
nineteen years old began the study of law in Boston. In 1863 he graduated from the Albany Law School, taking the
degree of Bachelor of Laws, and was at once admitted to the Bar. Returning to Augusta the same year, he formed
a law partnership with H. W. True, which continued for some years.
In 1865 he was admitted to practice in the United States Courts and received the appointment of Commissioner of
the District Court of Maine. During that and the following year he was in the City Council of Augusta, the latter
year serving as President.
In 1869 he was appointed a special agent of the Internal Revenue Departinent, and later was in Washington as agent
of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In 1878 he purchased of Joseph H. Homan one-half interest in the Maine Farmer
and continued in control of the editorial columns for several years.
President Garfield appointed Mr. Manley Postmaster at Augusta in May, 1881, and he held that office four years.
During his term of service he instituted many improvements in the postal service, and was untiring in his efforts
to secure the erection of the fine post-office building which now adorns that city. Mr. Harrison also appointed
Mr. Manley to the same position, which he filled until his resignation, in August. 1892, to assume responsible
duties as member of the Republican National Executive Committee during the campaign of that year.
Mr. Manley has, for the last fifteen years, taken a great interest in politics, and is to-day regarded as the Republican
leader in this State, while abroad his great executive ability is fully recognized. He was a delegate to the Republican
National Convention in 1880, also to the Conventions of 1888 and 1892. He has been a member of the Republican State
Committee since 1881. and chairman for the past eight years, succeeding the Hon. James G. Blame in that capacity.
He represented Augusta in the Legislature in 1887-8 and again in 1889-90. He is largely identified with the business
interests of Augusta, being a Director in the Edwards Manufacturing Company, Treasurer of the Augusta Water Company
and also of the Electric Light Company. Many large enterprises have been planned and carried out by his aid and
Mr. Manley married Susan H. Cony, daughter of the late Governor Cony, in 1866. They have four children, Samuel
Cony, Lucy Cony, Harriet, and Sydney Sewall Manley.