The First Mayor

The First Mayor (HM14F4)

Location: Belfast, ME 04915 Waldo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 25.649', W 69° 0.632'

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— The Museum in the Streets —

Ralph Cross Johnson built this house just as the War of 1812 was beginning. He and his brother, Judge Alfred Johnson, were active in all manner of Belfast's businesses and politics. Ralph Johnson was a representative in Maine's first legislature and later served as Belfast's first mayor in 1853. Alfred Johnson's granddaughter, Louise, married Belfast native Admiral William V. Pratt, who served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1930-1933. The family used the house as a summer retreat, well into the 20th century (photo c. 1900).

The Bohan P. Field house, across the street from the Johnson house, was built in 1807 from timbers cut on the property. Bohan Field was Belfast's first lawyer and the house remained in the Field family for 170 years. The house still retains its early 19th century charm.
HM NumberHM14F4
Marker Number19
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 11:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 499161 N 4919354
Decimal Degrees44.42748333, -69.01053333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 25.649', W 69° 0.632'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 25' 38.94" N, 69° 0' 37.92" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 80-222 High St, Belfast ME 04915, US
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