Bio of Parker Spofford
As found in REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF MAINE
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
The Lakeside Press, Publisher
PARKER SPOFFORD of Bucksport was born in that town in the year 1842. His elementary
education was acquired in the town schools and the Bucksport Seminary. He received his scientific training at Dartmouth
College, Scientific I)epartment, of which he is a graduate.
In the autumn of 1865 he went West, and engaged in railroad engineering in Iowa and Missouri for about seven years.
During four years of this time he was employed in the location and construction of the Burlington & Missouri
River Railroad, now a part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad System.
Returning to Maine in the latter part of 1872, he was Engineer of the Bucksport & Bangor Railroad, devoting
two years to this work, 1873 and 1874. Since then Mr. Spofford has been engaged a large part of the time upon surveys
and construction of various railroads in Maine. Among these may be named the Bangor & Katahdin Iron Works Railway,
the Somerset Railroad, the Canadian Pacific Railroad, the Lime Rock Railroad, and the Portland & Rumford Falls
Railroad. Upon the two latter roads he was a contractor to quite a large extent. During the last part of the present
year he has been engaged in constructing a fine bridge across the Androscoggin River at Mexico and Rumford Falls.
Mr. Spofford is not an idle man when not engaged in his profession, having various business interests and being
an officer in several business organizations.
Mr. Spofford was an active member of the Superintending School Committee of the town of Bucksport for nine years.
He was a member of the Legislature of Maine in the years 1883 and 1889, and was elected a member of the Executive
Council of Governor Burleigh for 189! and 1892.
He has taken considerable interest in fraternal organizations and has been a member of several. He has been especially
interested in the Ancient Order of United Workmen, of which organization he was at the head in New England during
the year 1889.
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