A Rich Part of Portland Maine History

History

Portland Club member Cliff Gallant wrote a number of articles about Portland, Maine's history, a selection of which are listed below:

Neal Dow - Neal Dow was the father of Fred Dow, the founder and first president of The Portland Club. Known as the Father of National Prohibition, Neal Dow, born in Portland in 1804, was responsible for fundamental changes in American society that are still very evident today.

John Neal – John Neal was a contemporary of The Portland Club’s first president, Fred Dow, and lived just off Longfellow Square, almost straight across from The Portland Club.

Portland Street Names – A map of Portland contains a great deal of history simply in the names of its streets.

John Ford – This story is about six-time Academy Award winner and Portland, Maine native John Ford, a statue of whom is located in Gorham’s Corner, in the neighborhood of Brian Boru’s, owned by club member Laurence Kelley.

The Longfellow Statue – This story about the Longfellow statue’s dedication in 1888 references to State Street when it was lined by a double row of Elm trees, at a time when Longfellow Square, named "State Street Square" before the erection of the statue, was the most sedate area of the city. Located on State Street were the still existing homes of William Pitt Fessenden, John Neal, and the stately Hunnewell-Shepley House dating back to the the year 1805.


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