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A Place of Prominence for Bowdoin Alum

Story posted February 05, 2007

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has selected a portrait of Governor John Albion Andrew, Bowdoin class of 1837 and the 25th governor of Massachusetts, to hang behind his desk in the governor's office.

Three Bowdoin graduates work in the governor's office. (L. to r.) Sydney Asbury '03, Nisha Ajmani '06, Gov. Deval Patrick, Tom Ryan '01.

Gov. Andrew, a Republican who served from 1861 to 1866, was an abolitionist who helped create some of the first U.S. Army units comprising black men during the Civil War, including the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry.

Gov. Patrick in front of the portrait of Gov. John Albion Andrew.

"Gov. Andrew was a well-respected and courageous leader who displayed bold leadership during his tenure in office," Gov. Patrick said. "At a time of great divide in America, he demonstrated a willingness to change the status quo and encouraged others to do the same. I am proud to display his portrait in my office, and I hope that I may govern with the same compassion and foresight that he demonstrated."

It is customary for Massachusetts governors to select the portrait of another governor whom they admire to hang in the governor's office.

Gov. Patrick has another connection to Bowdoin; his niece, Bianca Sigh, is a 2006 graduate.

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