William T. Cobb

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William T. Cobb
William T. Cobb (Maine Governor).jpg
46th Governor of Maine
In office
January 4, 1905 – January 6, 1909
Preceded by Edwin C. Burleigh
Succeeded by Bert M. Fernald
Personal details
Born July 23, 1857
Rockland, Maine, USA
Died July 24, 1937(1937-07-24) (aged 80)
Rockland, Maine, USA
Political party Republican
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Harvard Law School
Profession Lawyer

William Titcomb Cobb (July 23, 1857 - July 24, 1937) was an American politician and the 46th Governor of Maine.


William Titcomb Cobb was born in Rockland, Maine on July 23, 1857. He graduated in 1877 from Bowdoin College, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity.[1] After completing his graduation, he went to study in Germany. He studied at the Leipzig University and the University of Berlin. After his education in Germany, he returned to the United States and studied law at Harvard Law School. In 1880, he was admitted to the bar. He had a successful legal career.

He was nominated for the governorship of Maine by the Republican party in 1904. He won the general election. He was sworn into governor's office on January 4, 1905. He won the re-election in 1906. During his administration, harsher prohibition laws and economic restructuring was endorsed. Railroad growth was promoted. A meat inspection law and a pure food and drug law were advocated.

Cobb left office on January 6, 1909. He died on July 24, 1937 in Rockland, Maine.


  1. ^ Baird, William Raymond (1915). Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities, pp.349-355


  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
Political offices
Preceded by
John F. Hill
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Bert M. Fernald