April 05, 2020

Judge Read subject of slide talk

BELFAST – The Belfast Historical Society will present Some Family History of Judge Nathan Read – a slide talk by Malcolm Young at the Belfast Free Library.

The slide show will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. The program is free and open to the public.

Nathan Read was born in Warren, Mass., in 1759 and graduated from Harvard College in 1781. He was a linguist, merchant, educator, inventor and statesman. He is credited with several steam-related inventions – the engine, the twin cylinder, the steam carriage and the paddleboat. When Read and his family moved to a large farm in Belfast in 1807, he became instrumental in the establishment of the Belfast Academy and served as judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

Speaker Malcolm Young grew up in Belfast and graduated from Crosby High School with top honors in science. He graduated from the University of Maine with a major in electrical engineering. He is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, outgoing president of the local Wawenoc Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, and has given a number of presentations over the past six years. The program is the last of the monthly historical program series for 2006. Programs will resume in February 2007.

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