Oakley C. Curtis

Oakley Chester Curtis (March 29, 1865 – February 22, 1924) was an American politician and the 50th Governor of Maine.

Oakley Chester Curtis
Oakley curtis.jpg
50th Governor of Maine
In office
January 6, 1915 – January 3, 1917
Preceded byWilliam T. Haines
Succeeded byCarl E. Milliken
Member of the Maine Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1865-03-29)March 29, 1865
Portland, Maine
DiedFebruary 22, 1924(1924-02-22) (aged 58)
Falmouth, Maine
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Edith L. Hamilton

Early lifeEdit

Curtis was born in Portland, Maine on March 29, 1865. He studied at the local schools. He worked in the banking industry. He served as president of the Casco Mercantile Trust Company and as the director of the United States Trust Company and the Merchants Trust Company.


Curtis became alderman of Portland in 1901 and served for one term. He became a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1903. He held that position until 1904. He became a member of the Maine State Senate in 1905, and held that position until 1908. He then served as the mayor of Portland from 1911–1914.

Governor of MaineEdit

Curtis was nominated for the governorship of Maine by the Democratic Party in 1914. He won the general election by a popular vote. He held the governor's office from January 6, 1915 to January 3, 1917. During his administration, the labor laws for women and children were improved and the Komoos Sieur de Montes National Monument was established. Curtis was unsuccessful in his re-election bid.

Personal lifeEdit

Curtis married Edith L. Hamilton and they had five children. He was a Congregationalist.


  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 978-0-313-28093-1
Party political offices
Preceded by
Frederick W. Plaisted
Democratic nominee for Governor of Maine
1914, 1916
Succeeded by
Bertrand G. McIntire
Preceded by
Charles Fletcher Johnson
Democratic nominee for U.S. senator from Maine
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Herbert E. Holmes
Political offices
Preceded by
William T. Haines
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Carl E. Milliken