ARCHIE L. TALBOT comes of a good family of English descent, for five generations
identified with the history of Maine. He is the eldest son of Charles Johnson and Deiphinia Shaw (Robbins) Talbot.
A sketch of his father, the late Hon. Charles J. Talbot of Wilton, appears on another page of this book. His mother
was an amiable Christian woman of ability and patriotic ancestry, daughter of Asa Robbins, Jr., Esq., a soldier
in the War of 1812, who was for twenty consecutive years Selectman and Town Clerk of Phillips, and a member of
the Legislature in 1838, when Franklin County was formed. Her grandfather, Asa Robbins, Esq., of Winthrop, was
a Massachusetts soldier from Walpole in the Continental Army, and her maternal grandfather, Capt. Abraham Shaw,
of Winthrop, then of Middleborough, Mass., was in the battle of Bunker Hill, and afterwards commander of a company
in the War of the Revolution.
Archie Lee Talbot was born in Phillips, Me., September 14, 1846, and had the wholesome life of the farm until attaining
the age of twenty-one years, receiving his early education in the district and high schools, Wilton Academy, and
Maine Wesleyan Seminary.
In 1869 he was appointed United States Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue and clerk in his father's office, holding
this position eight years, during which time, in addition to official duties, he read law and became very proficient
in writing legal instruments. In 1877 he was, by Collector Rollins, of Portland, appointed United States Deputy
Collector for the Counties of Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, and Sagadahoc, with headquarters at Lewiston, which
he held seven years, discharging the duties of this difficult and important public office with ability and integrity,
often receiving the commendation and approval of the United States inspecting officers.
Mr. Talbot has lived in Lewiston since 1877, and in 1884 engaged in business in that city as a life and fire insurance
agent. In 1888 he accepted the general agency for the State of Maine for the Provident Life and Trust Company of
Philadelphia, Pa., in which he is now engaged. As an intelligent, trusty investment life insurance agent he has
had marked success, and enjoys the work in this ever enlarging field.
Although earnestly engaged in business, he takes an active interest in public affairs. In 1883 he was elected a
member of the Board of Aldermen and re-elected in 1884, serving as chairman of important committees in the Lewiston
City Government. He is a member of the Lewiston School Hoard, having been elected in 1886 for two years, and continuously
re-elected in 1888, 1890, and 1892, serving on the leading committee, "Teachers and Instruction," a part
of the time chairman.
He was one of the original corporators and promoters of the Central Maine General Hospital in Lewiston, and has
been a member of the Lewiston Board of Trade from its formation. He has always been a Republican, and served a
long period on both the Town and County Committees in Franklin County, and on the City Committee in Lewiston.
Mr. Talbot is a member of Ashlar Lodge, No. 105, F. and A. M., Lewiston. He early became interested in this ancient
fraternity, and at the age of twenty-one years was initiated in Maine Lodge, No. 20, Farmington, has taken the
degrees of the York and Scottish Rites to and including the 320. He is Past Master of Maine Lodge, No. 20, and
of Wilton Lodge, No. 156, Wilton, a charter member and Past High Priest of Franklin Royal Arch Chapter, No. 44,
Farmington, Past T. I. Master of Dunlap Council, No. 8. Royal and Select Masters, Lewiston, and a charter member
and Past Commander of Pilgrim Commandery, No. 19, Knights Templar, Farmington. In 1878 and 1879 he was District
Deputy Grand Master of the Fifteenth Masonic District. He is a Permanent (life) Member of the Grand Lodge and Grand
Royal Arch Chapter of Maine, being Past Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge and Past Deputy Grand High Priest
of the Grand Chapter. He is also a Permanent Member of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters and of the
Grand Cornmandery of Knights Templar of Maine. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Charity Fund of the
Grand Lodge. having been elected by the Grand Lodge in 1882 for three years, and continuously re-elected in 1885,
1888, and 1891. He was chairman of the delegation from the Grand Lodge of Maine in the Fraternal Congress of Masonic
Grand Lodges held in Chicago, August 14-18, 1893.
Mr. Talbot is a life member of the Maine Society of the "Sons of the American Revolution," and takes
much interest in the historical research fostered and stimulated by this patriotic National Society. He has an
active mind and is a studious reader, having a valuable and carefully selected library, giving diversion in his
labors and bringing him into intellectual touch with the ablest writers of the age.
Mr. Talbot, in 1869, married Miss Nina Victoria Adams, only daughter of Jewett P. and Soviah (Baker) Adams, late
of Georgetown, Mass., formerly of Wilton, Me. Four sons have blessed this union: Harlan Adams Talbot, deceased,
William Wiggin Talbot, Carlton Baker Talbot, and Ralph Lee Talbot.
Mrs. Talbot is deeply interested in both Christian and literary work, being an active member of the Woman's Board
of Missions, a teacher in the Sunday School, and President of the Dirigo Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle
in Lewiston. Mr. and Mrs. Talbot are members of the Pine Street Congregational Church, and always ready to extend
a helping hand in all good works.