till his death, in 1790.
It was said of him that he was a man of piety, integrity, and honor, and that his favorite reading was history and poetry.
He had married Tabitha, daughter of Samuel Bragdon
, of York
Their eldest son, Stephen (3), was born in 1750, inheriting the name and the farm; and in 1773 he married Patience Young, of York
He represented his town in the Massachusetts legislature for eight years, and his county for several years after as senator.
For fourteen years (1797-1811) he was judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and is remembered as a man of sterling qualities, great integrity, and sound common-sense.
His second child, Stephen (4), born in Gorham
in 1776, graduated at Harvard College in 1798, studied law in Portland
, and in 1801 was admitted to the Cumberland Bar
, at which he soon attained and kept a distinguished position.
In 1814, as a member of the Federalist party, to whose principles he was strongly attached, he was sent as a representative to the Massachusetts legislature.
In 1822 he was elected representative to Congress, which office he held for one term.
In 1828 he received the degree of Ll. D. from Bowdoin College, of which he was a Trustee for nineteen years. In 1834 he was elected President
of the Maine Historical Society.
He died in 1849, highly respected for his integrity, public spirit, hospitality, and generosity.
In 1804 he had married Zilpah, daughter of General Peleg Wadsworth
, of Portland
Of their eight children, Henry Wadsworth
was the second.
He was named for his mother's brother, a gallant young lieutenant