Bio of James W. Wakefield As found in REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF MAINE
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
The Lakeside Press, Publisher
MR. WAKEFIELD is a native of Bath, Me., where he has always resided, and is sixty
years old. He was educated in the common schools of his native city. I)uring the war he was Regimental Quartermaster
of the Nineteenth Regiment, Maine Volunteers.
Mr. Wakefield has, in later years. held many places of public trust. He has been in the Common Council of his city.
and in the Board of Aldermen. He was Mayor of the city four years, from 1885 to 1888 inclusive. He has served several
terms in the Legislature. the last being in 1889-90. He was Postmaster of his city for twelve years.
As Collector of the Port of Bath Mr. Wakefield has served seven years. and his administration has been creditable
and acceptable. He was Collector at the time of President Clevelands inauguration. just prior to the accession
of the Democracy to power he publicly announced his intention of resigning, as he refused to hold office under
an administration which had acceded to power by suppression of the rights of a large proportion of the Southern
people. and his fellow-citizens promptly nominated him for Mayor, and he was elected by the largest majority ever
given a party candidate. Immediately on the inauguration of President Cleveland Mr. Wakefield tendered his resignation
He was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention at Cincinnati in 1876. and a delegate to the
Republican National Convention at Chicago. 1880. He served as a member of the Republican State Committee for ten
His republicanism has never been questioned. He believes in protecting American industries and American labor:
would have a high protective tariff on every article imported that enters into competition with American manufactures,
and admit all other importations free of duty.