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|Fogler Library has recently acquired the papers of Judge Harriet P. Henry, the first woman judge in Maine, who has had a long and distinguished career in public service.|
|A Maine native, Henry moved to Washington D.C. after graduating from college in 1945. During the 1940s and 1950s, she was employed at the Office of the Quarter Master General and the National Security Agency, while she studied at the George Washington Law School at night. Returning to Maine in 1958, she became involved in environmental law and legislation, directing a research study entitled Maine Law Affecting Marine Resources, working as a consultant to the State Planning Office, and drafting an Aqua Culture Lease Law. She also served on the Board of the Portland Housing Authority and was active in the League of Women Voters.|
In 1973, Harriet Henry was appointed Judge at Large for
the Maine District Court, a position she held until 1990. During her
judicial career she has served on numerous commissions and committees,
including the Children in the Courts Committee (1983), Commission to
Study the Future of Maine's Courts (1990), and the Ethics and Election
Practices Commission (1997).
Judge Henry's papers will provide an important resource for research in a number of disciplines, including women's history, judicial history, and environmental history.
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