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Ira Greenlief Hersey (March 31, 1858 – May 6, 1943) was a politician from Hodgdon, Maine, who served in the Maine House of Representatives, the Maine State Senate, and most notably in the United States Congress as a Representative for the U.S. State of Maine.

Ira Greenlief Hersey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1929
Preceded byFrank E. Guernsey
Succeeded byDonald F. Snow
President of the
Maine Senate
In office
Member of the
Maine Senate
In office
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1858-03-31)March 31, 1858
Hodgdon, Maine
DiedMay 6, 1943(1943-05-06) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican


Hersey was born on March 31, 1858 in Hodgdon, Maine. He attended the public schools and Ricker Classical Institute. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1880 and commenced practice in Houlton.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maine in 1886. He was elected a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1909 to 1912. He served in the Maine Senate from 1913 to 1916 and was president of that body in 1915 and 1916. He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1917 to March 3, 1929. He was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings in the Sixty-sixth Congress, and was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1926 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against George W. English, judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress.

He became judge of probate for Aroostook County, Maine, serving from 1934 until 1942, when he retired and moved to Washington, D.C.. He died on May 6, 1943 in Washington and he was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Houlton, Maine.


  • United States Congress. "Ira G. Hersey (id: H000544)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank E. Guernsey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1929
Succeeded by
Donald F. Snow
Political offices
Preceded by
Carl E. Milliken
President of the Maine Senate
Succeeded by
Taber D. Bailey
Legal offices
Preceded by
Judge of Probate for Aroostook County, Maine
Succeeded by