Biography of John O. Shaw
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John O. Shaw was born, in Bath, in 1838. He was educated in the city schools. In 1854 he went to sea, but coming home during the war he entered the United States Navy, as ensign, and served in the East Gulf Squadron under Admiral Bailey. After the war Mr. Shaw engaged in the book and stationery business in Bath in 1865. He has been a member, for several years, of both branches of the City Government, and was president of the Common Council four years. In 1890 and 1892 he was elected representative to the Legislature, and in 1893 was elected mayor of Bath.

Having been made a Mason in 1864, he has held the higher offices in Solar Lodge, was High Priest of Montgomery Chapter five years, has been Eminent Commander of Dunlap Commandery, has filled several offices in the Grand Masonic Bodies of Maine, and was Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar, of Maine, for 1886-87.

In August, 1864, he married Mary E. Macloon, daughter of Capt. E. C. Macloon, of this city. They have had seven children, four boys and three girls, of whom three boys and one girl are now living.

The ancestors of Mr. Shaw were notable pioneers in the settlement of Bath, were of stalwart character, and the name of Shaw is indelibly identified with the history of the town, both in private and public capacities. Of these characteristics Bath's present mayor is a worthy representative. Inheriting patriotic impulses he joined the Union forces in the late war, cheerfully serving the country in its time of need. Since his return from the front he has taken a prominent part in the affairs of the city, serving several years in the city government, and president of the Common Council many years, until his almost unanimous election to the office of mayor, in the performance of the duties of which the city feels certain of ability, honesty, and economy. As senior warden of Grace Church he has ever been one of its chief pillars, and superintendent of its Sunday School. His children living are: Wallace E., Fred P., John, and Rachel L. Wallace E. is with him in his business. Fred P. carries on a bookstore in Brunswick. John is employed at the Bath Iron Works.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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