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