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George Pottle

The youngest of fourteen children, George Pottle was born in Salem, Mass., January 6, 1848. He came to Lewiston in 1866 and worked for W.K. Hilton in the grocery business. Later, he founded the grocery firm of Pottle and Hoyt, which later became Pottle and Cloutier.

He maried Judith Ham in 1877 and they had four children of whom only one, Philip, survived him. They resided at 51 Howe Street.

A life long Democrat, he served the city as Coun­cilman, Assessor, Auditor, Purchasing Agent, member of the Board of Registration and of the Water Commission. He became mayor in 1899; the notable event in his term was the extension of the city water system to Lake Auburn.

The county also benefitted from his service of six years in the County Commission and two years on the Court House Committee.

As a member of the Board of State Assessors from 1893-1911, he became known as one of the best informed men in the state on matters of taxation. He was a fine public speaker, very persistent and powerful in debate, but also a considerate, gentle and courteous character.

His death occurred on June 4, 1928 in Lewiston.  He was buried at Riverside Cemetary in Lewiston.

Phillip Lowell Pottle, Judith Ham Pottle (Wife), Mary Elizabeth Pottle, George Pottle


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