Paris, Maine History

Hannibal Hamlin

Hannibal Hamlin

Paris was the home of one Vice President of the United States, Hannibal Hamlin who served with President Abraham Lincoln in his first term. Paris has also been home to four Governors of the State of Maine, Albion Parris, Enoch Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin and Sidney Perham.

Pegmatite

Pegmatite

Paris is located on top of a Paleozoic bed of quartz crystallization called Pegmatite, in which many semi-precious gems and rare minerals can be found. Beryl, Garnet, Tourmaline, Amethyst and Smokey Quartz have been found here.

Originally the township was large enough for two towns. This became a reality in 1957 when West Paris incorporated and held their first town meeting on January 2, 1958. North Paris was included under West Paris while the Town of Paris was comprised of South Paris, the commercial center, and Paris Hill, a residential community.

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Drawing of Paris, Maine