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Information Regarding The Maine State Prison, Thomaston, Maine 1824-1953, Allan L. Robbins Jan 1953

Information Regarding The Maine State Prison, Thomaston, Maine 1824-1953, Allan L. Robbins

Maine Bicentennial

Prior to the start of World War II, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI declared dead the criminal networks established by violent career gangsters during the Prohibition Era. By 1950, America’s attention was focused on the Cold War, Communism, and suspected Soviet subversion plots.

As the FBI continually denied the existence of organized crime, a new American mafia was establishing legitimate businesses as covers for racketeering, drug trafficking, and loansharking. Bribes to local police and politicians bought protection from investigation.

In 1949 the American Municipal Association pushed for the U.S. Congress to investigate. Despite Hoover’s continued denials, the ...


Maine Patriot & State Gazette...Extra. Doctor Rose's Vindication, Daniel Rose Sep 1830

Maine Patriot & State Gazette...Extra. Doctor Rose's Vindication, Daniel Rose

Maine Bicentennial

The broadsheet publication includes text of Dr. Daniel Rose's defense in response to charges of misappropriated funds in the process of constructing the Maine State Prison at Thomaston.

In February 1822, Dr. Daniel Rose, John Chandler, and William Pitt Preble were appointed by the Maine State Legislature to begin researching the construction of the new state prison. In February 1823, Dr. Rose was appointed the agent to oversee construction of the prison.

Among controversies discussed in the newspaper extra, was purchase of the 10 acre tract of land on which the prison was built from former Governor William King ...