The Treasurer of the State of Maine is elected at the start of the first session of the Maine Legislature for a two year term; concurrent with the State’s other constitutional officers. The basis of the office is Article V, part third of the Maine Constitution. At present the Maine Treasurer’s core duties are debt management, cash management, trust fund administration and unclaimed property administration.
The Maine State Archives has in its holdings a pictorial record of the State Treasurers going back to Maine’s admission to the Union in 1820. Presented here are thirty nine portraits of Maine’s Treasurers from 1820 through 1946. Due to the quality of materials the decision was made to remove the portraits from their frames in order to preserve the images, some of which are badly degraded. Once removed, it was evident that many of these portraits had been re-framed several times. The images presented here are unenhanced digital reproductions of the entire piece pulled from each frame.