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Rufus McIntire (December 19, 1784 – April 28, 1866) was a United States lawyer, captain of artillery in the War of 1812, congressman, land surveyor and prisoner of war.

Rufus McIntire
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st district
In office
September 10, 1827 – July 2, 1835
Preceded byWilliam Burleigh
Succeeded byJohn Fairfield
Personal details
BornDecember 19, 1784
York, York County, Maine
DiedApril 28, 1866(1866-04-28) (aged 81)
Parsonsfield, Maine
Resting placeTown House Cemetery, Parsonsfield, Maine
Political partyJacksonian Party
ResidenceParsonsfield, Maine
Alma materDartmouth College, 1809
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, captain, land surveyor
Known forWar of 1812, Congressional Service, Aroostook War



Early lifeEdit

Rufus McIntire was born on December 19, 1784 at York in York County, Maine. He attended South Berwick Academy and was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1809.


Rufus McIntire was admitted to the York County Bar Association in 1812, but when the war with Great Britain intervened, he was commissioned as a captain of a United States Army artillery company (3rd Regiment) during the War of 1812. McIntire's troops were deployed in northern New York State and Canada and were engaged in significant battles at Sackets Harbor and Crysler's Farm.[1]

He was a voting member in the Brunswick Convention of 1816. In 1820, the year Maine acquired statehood, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives. He was appointed as a boundary commissioner in 1826 and elected as a United States congressman to replace the deceased William Burleigh in the Twentieth United States Congress serving in the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third U.S. Congresses from September 10, 1827 through 1835. He ran for governor of Maine in 1837. He served as the State Land Agent in 1839 and 1840 and was captured by the British during the Aroostook War. He was appointed as United States Marshall for Maine in 1845 by President James K. Polk and was appointed Surveyor of Customs in Portland, Maine by President Franklin Pierce from 1853 through 1857. He died in Parsonsfield, Maine on April 28, 1866 and is buried in Middleroad Cemetery.

Philosophical and/or political viewsEdit

Rufus McIntire was a member of the Jacksonian Party.

Marriage and familyEdit

Rufus McIntire married Nancy Rolfe Hannaford in 1819. They had eight children, three of whom died in infancy. After Nancy’s death on February 2, 1830, Rufus married her sister, Mary B. Hannaford in 1832. They had two children.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Finding Aid to the Rufus McIntire Letters, 1813-1815". New York State Library web site. New York State Library. Retrieved 9 July 2015.


  • McIntire, Rufus. The War of Northern New York : The Observations of Captain Rufus McIntire. Edited by John C. Fredriksen. New York History, 68 (July 1987), pp. 297–324.

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