Percival Proctor Baxter

Percival Proctor Baxter

Birth
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Death 12 Jun 1969 (aged 92)
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered throughout Baxter State Park, across the land that he loved so much.
Memorial ID 11016900 · View Source
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Percival Proctor Baxter (November 22, 1876 – June 12, 1969) was a Republican governor of the U.S. state of Maine who served from 1921 to 1925.

He was born in Portland and was a member of the Maine House of Representatives during 1905 and during 1917–1920. He served in the Maine State Senate during 1909–1910. He also served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1920, 1924, and 1928.

Perhaps his most well-known contribution to the state was in the form of Baxter State Park, the crown jewel of the Maine State Park system and home to Maine's tallest mountain: Mt. Katahdin. He pushed for many years for the state to buy the land, and eventually through a combination of his own personal resources and fundraising was able to purchase most of what is now Baxter State Park and cede it to the state. He also deeded his summer home in Falmouth to create the Governor Baxter School For The Deaf (founded 1957 from what was Maine School For The Deaf), which still operates today. There is an elaborate stone graveyard where Baxter's beloved Irish setters are buried -- all 14 of them.


Other contributions to the state included reforming Maine’s public education system, fighting with some success for conservation and built a new State prison as well as initiating penal reform.


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  • Created by: Marni
  • Added: 24 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11016900
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Percival Proctor Baxter (22 Nov 1876–12 Jun 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11016900, ; Maintained by Marni (contributor 46788743) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered throughout Baxter State Park, across the land that he loved so much..