Bio of Fred Atwood
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher

MR. ATWOOD was born in Frankfort, now Winterport, Nov. 12, 1838. His father was Capt. John Atwood, born in Frankfort, July 11, 1804, in which town he resided until his death, in Oct., 1859. His mother, Mahitable Stubbs, was born in Frankfort, Feb. 2, 1806; died Aug. 3, 1863. Seven brothers were the result of this union, five now living. Joshua Atwood, maternal grandfather, was born at Provincetown, Mass., July 2, 1767, and died, October 12, 1846. He was, like most of the Cape Cod Atwoods, a navigator by profession, which science he successfully taught for several years. His wife, Betsey Dyer, was born in Truro, Mass., and died Jan. 14, 1853, aged eighty-eight.

Mr. Atwood was early in life inclined to mercantile pursuits. He was with John N. Gennin, the hatter, in New York; then in Boston and later in Providence, It. I., from whence he was called by the death of his brother, Byron, a chemist, who died suddenly in 1857. Mr. Atwood took the position thus made vacant, with his brother John, a druggist at Frankfort, and devoted his time to the study of medicine, aided by the late Dr. Abbott. Illness of his father required his services to manage his business as dealer in masts, spars, and ship stock, and at his father's death, in accordance with his wishes, he became his successor. It was a departure from a profession he always had, and still has, a great love for, that of medical science.

The war changed business, and Mr. Atwood, after supplying to a large extent materials for several government vessels, among them the new Ironsides, entered largely into furnishing forage, etc., for government contractors, adding later the sale of agricultural implements, which business he continues, as also insurance to quite an extent. Mr. Atwood has a love for agricultural pursuits and believes in farming in Maine. He became early interested in the development of Aroostook County, and created quite an interest throughout New England by inducing exhibits at the Maine and New England Fairs, and later, by a personally conducted excursion of capitalists and writers to that county in 1886, and later still by a large meeting at Boston, the result of which, in part, is the successful building of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad.

Mr. Atwood was member of the Senate of 1875, was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and took active part in the doings of the Senate; is now, and has been for nearly a quarter of a century, a Trustee of the New England Agricultural Society, among whom at one time, were Dr. Geo. B. Loring, General Burnside, William Barrett, of Rhode Island, Governor Head, of New Hampshire, Governor Hyde, of Connecticut, Colonel Needham and Colonel Rowell, of Massachusetts, and Governor Bodwell, of Maine. He has also served on the Board of 'rrustees of Maine State College, at Orono, and the East Maine Conference Seminary at Bucksport.

Mr. Atwood is now and always has been a staunch Republican. He is positive in his opinions, and is known as being true to his conviction, yet never offensive, conceding to others a right to their opinions; is charitable, of a pushing nature, and always mindful of the happiness of others. He believes that America is for Americans, and in protection of labor and capital; in intelligent immigration and the building up of our State, and in the elevation of men.

Mr. Atwood married Susan Jane Coifren, of Winterport, Nov. 23, 1860. They had two children, a son, Edmund Souder, born Sept. 23, 1861, and a daughter, Lizzie Coifren, born Oct. 28, 1863. The daughter died in childhood. The son married Bertha Frances Larrabee, daughter of the late Captain Isaiah Larrabee, of Winterport, Sept. 14, 1885. He died suddenly, May 30, 1886. To this union was born, Nov. 23, 1886, a daughter, Lizzie Gregg Atwood, the only lineal descendant living.

Mr. Atwood was a member of Governor Bodwell's Staff, as Assistant Quartermaster with rank of Colonel, and also held a similar position on the Staff of Governor Marble With both he was for many years a close friend. He has held other positions of honor and is now a member of Governor Cleaves' Executive Council for 1893-4.

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