The Baxters of Maine: Downeast Visionaries

By Neil Rolde

This is a double biography of two men—father and son—who left a vivid imprint on the State of Maine.

James Phinney Baxter, the father, was six times mayor of Portland, creator of its modern park system, and one of Maine’s foremost historians. His wealth, which he made in the canning business, was left to Percival, the youngest of his six sons, who achieved immortality by using it to buy Maine’s highest and most beautiful mountain, Katahdin, and 200,000 surrounding acres.

As a legislator and governor, Percival had tried to persuade the government to preserve this gem of the north, and when he failed, he did it himself, leaving it to the people of Maine as a magnificent state park. This is a fascinating look at Maine in an era stretching from before the Civil War to the end of the 1960s.<a

“Great book about Maine.The book was very interesting to read about the Baxter’s of Maine. Made me proud to have the same name,” said David Baxter on March 23, 2014

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers; 1st edition (November 1997) Available on Amazon
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0884481905
ISBN-13: 978-0884481904

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