Bio of Joseph H. Manley
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher

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 influence.

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.

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