Partmon Houghton House - 24 Middle

Partmon Houghton House, 2012
Partmon Houghton House, 2012
Partmon Houghton House, c. 1895.
Partmon Houghton House, c. 1895.
Map of Eastport, 1855, showing location of Partmon Houghton House (highlighted in yellow).
Map of Eastport, 1855, showing location of Partmon Houghton House (highlighted in yellow).
Partmon Houghton House, 2013. Photograph by Thaddeus Holownia. PHOTO#: Middle-24_EastportJuly2013_10(72).jpg
Partmon Houghton House, 2013. Photograph by Thaddeus Holownia. PHOTO#: Middle-24_EastportJuly2013_10(72).jpg
Address:
24 Middle Street
Eastport, Maine

• From Kilby's Eastport and Passamaquoddy (1888):

Honorable Partmon Houghton, Republican, was chosen
the thirtieth representative in 1865. He was born at Bolton,
Mass., May 3, 1806, son of Eleazar and Becke (Barrett)
Houghton. He began mercantile life with the cotton manu-
facturing house of Parker, Wilder & Co. of Boston, and
came to Eastport in 1827. First as junior partner of the
firm of Gleason & Houghton, and then by himself, he con-
tinued in active business until, in the fire of '64, his store
in Parallel Block was destroyed. After serving one year
as representative, he was in 1866 chosen one of the sen-
ators for Washington County, and re-elected for a second
term in 1867. In 1870, he was appointed a member of the
commission for establishing the valuation of the State. He
died at Eastport, Dec. 12, 1887; and among the public be-
quests in his will were $2,000 to the town for the care of the
cemetery and a much larger sum for the benefit of deserving
and needy aged women of Eastport.

• From Eastport Sentinel, December 14, 1887, p.2,c.5: Obituary for Partmon Houghton.

• From Eastport Sentinel, September 19, 1894, p.2,c.2-3:
“Some Notes about the Residences of
Eastport’s Former Legislators.

As people scan the morning papers to see what sort of weather is to be expected for the coming day, so in times of political emergency, Maine is looked to for the key note of public sentiment. This time she has done her work thoroughly, and there is no mistaking the trend of popular impulse which in due time will show its effects in other states as well. There is temptation to follow further an this line, but such is not my present purpose. I wish to congratulate my friend Mr. Shea upon his election to the House of Representatives, and to remind him that he is the fourth occupant gf his home who has been chosen to similar positions.
Here is the list: Daniel Kilby, representative, 1827; Joseph M. Livermore,(Senator, 1858 and 59; W.H. Kilby, represtative, 1863 and 64, anl now Wilbor A. Shea, representative, 1894. It also seems be a fgcus surrounded by residences, the homes of men who at one time gr toehr have been in legislative service. ... at the corner of Green and Dana streets, lives Everard E. Newcomb, representative 1888 and 90. At about the same distance on Middle street, stand the old homes of Partmon Houghton, representative 1865 and Senatore 1866 and 67, and opposite that of Lorenzo Sabine, who lived in what is now knowf as the Peabody house, on Key street, when chosen representative in 1833 and 34, and after removal to Massachusetts, was elected representative to Congress from the Middlesex district. ...."

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