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Maine State Roster, 1889; The Lakeside Press, Publishers


GEN. JOHN HARPER, INSPECTOR GENERAL, was born in St. Andrews, N. B, May 23, 1844. When a child he moved with his parents to Calais, Me., where he lived till he was seventeen years of age. Enlisting September 4, 1861, in Company A, Ninth Maine Regiment, he served his country throughout the war, participating in all the engagements, which were many, of this famous old regiment, whose brilliant record and services reflect honor upon its individual members. Since 1865, Gen. Harper has resided in Lewiston, where he has for several years been engaged in the manufacture of short lumber. At the present time he has a large coal and wood business, and is one of the most popular men in Androscoggin County always running ahead of his ticket when nominated for office. He was a member of the Legislature in 1887, and was chairman of committee on pensions, also serving on military and labor committees. He was re-elected in 1888, and filled with distinction his former position on pension committee. Gen. Harper has taken a great interest in Grand Army affairs, and is president of the Ninth Maine Association.

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