Some of Neal Dow's accomplishments:
firefighter and elected chief engineer of the Portland Fire Department in 1839,
a position he held for many years
- Mayor of Portland in 1851 and 1855, and a member of Maine House of
Representatives, 1858-1859. He was a
very successful lobbyist and a great force in politics of his day.
- 1830-1860 –Supporter of the abolition of slavery and provided
refuge for African-Americans who were fleeing slavery.
- 1861-1864 – Commander of the Thirteenth Maine Regiment of Volunteers for service in the Civil War first
as Colonel. Later, he was elevated to
the rank of Brigadier General. He was
captured while recovering from two bullet wounds and spent nine months in Libby
Prison, Richmond, Virginia.
Lectured widely in US and abroad about prohibition and also supported prison
reform, women’s rights and crime prevention
- 1880 - Candidate
for President of the United States on the Prohibition ticket