WILLlAM COLBURN MARSHALL, the second son of Hon. Thomas and Susan (Colburn) Marshall,
was born in Belfast, August 17, 1827. Upon completing his elementary education at Belfast Academy, under the charge
of the Rev. George W. Field D., D., now of Bangor. he entered Bowdoin College, where he graduated in 1847 with
the highest honors of his class, having the Latin salutatory oration at Commencement.
During the three following years he pursued the study of law with the late Hon. Solyrnan Heath and the Hon. Woodbury
Davis, subsequently one of the Justices of the Supreme Court, and was admitted to the Bar of Waldo County. In 1850
he emigrated to the West. and became established in his profession at Racine. Wis. Upon the death of his brother,
Col. Thomas H. Marshall, of the Seventh Regiment of Maine Volunteers, which occurred in October. 1861 he returned
to his native city, where he has since resided, engaged in mercantile and other business.
Although Mr. Marshall has never been ambitious of public life, his well-known integrity and sound judgment have
repeatedly made him the recipient of both political and civil distinctions. In 1871 he was chosen Mayor of Belfast,
with hardly an opposing vote, and was re-elected in 1872 and 1873. During the administration of President Hayes
he was appointed Collector of the Customs for the District of Belfast, an appointment which was renewed by President
Arthur. A zealous member of the old Whig party until its disruption, he has since been identified with the Republicans.
Mr. Marshall has always been devoted to the interests of his Alma Mater. In 1870 he became a member of the Board
of Overseers, which position he continues to occupy. He is a careful observer of whatever concerns the college
and a faithful counselor among his associates.
In personal attributes Mr. Marshall is thoughtful, reflecting, and of scrupulous uprightness. As a citizen he is
always prominent in whatever conduces to the public welfare, and several important municipal measures were originated
and carried into effect by him. The causes of good morals, of education, and of liberal religion have always found
in him a firm advocate. As a public speaker he is logical and convincing, and whatever words come from his lips
or from his pen are received with attention. respect. and confidence.
He married, in 1859. Miss Lois Rhodes of Cleveland. Ohio. Two of their three children died in early life. The survivor,
William R., is the business partner of his father.