DAVID ROBINSON HASTINGS, son of John Hastings, was born in Bethel, August 25,
1823. He fitted for college largely at Gould's Academy, and entered Bowdoin College in the class of 1844. Among
his classmates were the late Judge W. W. Virgin, the late Judge C. W. Goddard, Samuel J. Anderson, Henry P. Deane,
and Horace Williams.
On leaving college he taught in Gould's Academy for a year, then studied law in the offices of Hon. William Frye,
of Bethel, David R. Straw, of Guillord, and Appleton & Allen, of Bangor, and was admitted to the Penobscot
Bar in 1847. He settled at Lovell, as the partner of Hon. David Hammons, and was long a successful practitioner
at the Oxford Bar. He was County Attorney from 1853 to 1855; was Reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Judicial
Court and published Volumes LXIX and LXX of the Maine Reports.
He was for many years one of the Overseers of Bowdoin College. In 1861 he enlisted in the Twelfth Maine Regiment,
and was commissioned Major, to rank from October 5, 1861. He was among the first to enter the captured city of
New Orleans. He resigned July 12, 1862, returned home and removed to Fryeburg, where he has since resided.
Aside from his large legal practice he has been engaged largely in outside business, especially in timber lands
and lumbering. Few men have led a more active life, and few Oxford County men have met with more marked success.
He has always been a leading Democrat, and has been a member of the State Committee and a candidate for Congress.
In 1850 he married Miss Mary J. Ellis, and has one daughter and a son.