June 19, 2019

Bill would name post office after Joshua Chamberlain

BREWER — Brewer soon may have yet another memorial honoring Civil War hero and native son, Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. William Cohen and Olympia Snowe to name the Brewer Post Office after former governor and Civil War hero Chamberlain has been passed by Congress and is on its way to President Clinton for his signature.

“He was a man inspired by the greatness of the cause he served, and this action by Congress is a well-deserved tribute to one of Maine’s great heroes,” Cohen and Snowe said in a joint statement.

Chamberlain already has a bridge linking Bangor and Brewer named after him. The city of Brewer is planning to create a park dedicated to him at the Brewer end of the bridge now under construction.

The former four-term governor was born in Brewer in 1828 and attended school there before enrolling in Bowdoin College, graduating in 1852. He later served the college as a professor before enlisting in the Union Army in 1862.

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