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Governor Joseph E. Brennan Archives


These archives contain personal and professional items from the life and career of Joseph Edward Brennan, the 70th Governor of Maine, serving from 1979 to 1987. Born in 1934 in Portland, Maine, Brennan graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, and became Cumberland County District Attorney before winning election to the Maine House of Representatives (1965–1971) and the Maine Senate (1973–1975). As State Attorney General in 1975, Brennan ran for governor in 1978 and served two terms. In 1986 he was elected to the U.S. House in Maine's First Congressional District for two terms. He served under Presidents Clinton and Bush as a commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission.