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Linus Seely


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: May 9, 1848

Date of Death: October 9, 1923

Birth Place: Richibucto, N.B., Canada

Death Place: Portland, ME

SEELY, Linus, building contractor and temperance advocate, was born at Richibucto, N.B., Canada, May 9, 1848, son of Charles H. Seely. At the age of twenty he went to Portland, Me., and engaged in lighthouse and fortification construction work for the government in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Subsequently he removed to Buffalo, N.Y., and was employed in similar work, chiefly on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. He resided in Buffalo for twelve years, and then became inspector of buildings for the police department of New York city under Commissioner Theodore Bingham. Returning to Portland he was associated for six years with Frank A. Rumery in general construction work, and then entered the building business on his own account, his work including contracts for important government structures. Mr. Seely was identified from his youth with the temperance movement, and became a prohibition advocate of national prominence. When a young man he was candidate for mayor of Buffalo and in 1916 for governor of Maine on the Prohibition ticket. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Knights of Pythias. He was a member of the Congregational church for more than forty years, serving as a deacon and a teacher of a large class of young men in the Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland. Mr. Seely was a man of high standards and firm convictions, and possessed a wide range of information upon economic and industrial subjects. He was married in 1878 to Ellen Barker, of Portland, Me., and they had one daughter, deceased. Mr. Seeley died in Portland, Me., Oct. 9, 1923.

Page 357, “National Cyclopaedia of American Biography” . (NY: J.T. White, 1898-1984), vol. 19.

[Linus is son of SGS# 3249 – Linus; Charles H. (#3249); Linus; Seth; Obadiah; Obadiah; Obadiah; Obadiah]

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