MR. McGILLICUDDY is a native of Lewiston, Me., where he was born thirty-four years
ago. His early education was obtained in the public schools of his native city, and his collegiate education in
Bowdoin College, from which institution he graduated in 1881.
Deciding upon the law as his profession, he immediately after graduation entered the law office of Frye, Cotton
& White, of Lewiston, to prepare himself for the duties of his life work. Here he remained two years, devoting
himself unremittingly to his studies, and in September, 1883, he was, after passing a most creditable examination,
admitted to the Androscoggin County Bar.
Mr. McGillicuddy at once entered actively upon the practice of his profession in his own city and where he was
best known, and soon built up a large and most lucrative practice and a reputation as a lawyer second to none in
his section of the State.
While he has devoted himself with zeal to his profession, political honors have come to him most frequently. He
became a member of the Democratic party in his early days, and has always been a strong advocate of its principles.
In one year after he had begun business on his own account, he was, 1884, elected to represent his city in the
Maine Legislature. Here he gained a wide reputation for the able manner in which he discussed the important measures
that came up in the House during that session. Although there were many Democrats in that body who were his seniors
in years, there were none who could excel him in debate, and he easily became the leader of his party at that session
on all questions that required thorough and logical discussion.
In 1887 he was elected Mayor of Lewiston, and again elected in 1890. His administration of the city affairs during
his two terms was such as to gain for him the approval and commendation of many of the best men of both parties.
Mr. McGillicuddy was Democratic candidate for Congress in the Second Congressional 1)istrict of Maine in 1892.
He made an excellent run in an overwhelmingly Republican district. To the last Democratic National Convention at
Chicago, 1892, he was a delegate-at-large from Maine. He was a strong advocate of the nomination of Grover Cleveland,
and an active and influential member of the delegation.
Mr. McGillicuddy is an eloquent and able orator, and his voice is heard in almost every campaign in support of
his party principles, both in this and other States. As a party leader he has the confidence of his co-workers,
while his counsels are always sought and always heeded. He is usually positive in his opinions and frank and outspoken
in his manners, and there cannot be much doubt where he stands on any questions in which he is interested. He is
a man of keen perceptions, of good judgment. and takes a broad and liberal view of subjects he is called upon to
consider. His socical and companionable nature and cultivated tastes have endeared him to a wide circle of friends
and made him popular with all who know him.
At the Bar Mr. McGillicuddy takes high rank. In his ten years' practice he has gained an enviable position and
secured a clientage of which any man might well be proud, having been connected, as counsel, with some of the most
important cases on the docket of his county. Being of fine address and a pleasant and convincing speaker, he is
justly regarded as a strong jury lawyer, while his oratorical powers and high standing in the community make him
much sought for on public occasions, where he always acquits himself with credit.