Frederic Hale Parkhurst
|Percival Proctor Baxter
Percival Proctor Baxter was born on 22 November 1876 in Portland, Maine. His parents were James Phinney Baxter and Mehitable (Proctor) Baxter. Percival's father, James Phinney Baxter, was a six-time mayor of Portland and a prominent businessman in the city. Author Neil Rolde stated that Percival inherited not only his father's wealth "but also his father's sense of public duty, philanthropic munificence, historic perspective, love of nature, and intellectual curiosity."
Percival graduated from Portland High School in 1898. He studied first at Bowdoin College, where he founded the school's literary magazine, "The Quill;" he then earned his law degree at Harvard University in 1901. He served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1905-1906 and 1917-1920, and in the state Senate from 1909-1910 and in 1921. On 31 January 1921, as the President of the Maine State Senate, he became Governor after the death of Frederick Hale Parkhurst, who had only been in office for twenty-five days. He was then re-elected to serve a second term.
In a letter written in November 1924 and placed in a time capsule to be opened in 2001, he wrote.:
Percival Baxter's most significant legacy is one of environmental advocacy. After his last term as Governor, he purchased 6,000 acres of land around Mount Katahdin in Millinocket from the Great Northern Paper Company, which was suffering in the aftermath of the Crash of 1929. He then deeded the land to the state on the condition that it be used as a public park. Baxter State Park was established in 1931 and named in his honor.
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