Maine Governor. He graduated from Harvard University in 1803, attained admission to the bar in 1806, and moved to Bath, Maine. In 1807 he was appointed Lincoln County Attorney, and in 1811 he was named Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, serving until 1814. From 1818 to 1828 he served on Bowdoin College's Board of Overseers. In 1819 he was a Delegate to the constitutional convention that led to Maine's separation from Massachusetts. In 1820 Ames won election to the state House of Representatives as a Democratic-Republican and was chosen its first Speaker. In December, 1821 Governor William Williamson resigned, and Ames became Governor, serving until January, 1822. In 1824 he was elected to the Maine Senate and served as Senate President. In 1827 he returned to the Maine House of Representatives. The same year Ames became involved in a dispute with former Governor William King over appointment as the Collector of Customs for the Port of Bath. In debt after his law practice failed, he then moved to Cincinnati. In 1829, while returning to Maine, he suffered a debilitating stroke. Ames never fully recovered and died at his brother in law's home.
Bio by: Bill McKern