Before we moved here, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith had been the “longest serving Republican woman in the Senate.” She was “placed in nomination” at the republican national convention, the first for a woman. Today Senator Susan Collins would tie the longest serving record on finishing her current term. She is declining to support or vote for Donald Trump. She has said she may go the write-in route.
Margaret Chase Smith was another senator who stood for what she believed–during the trying times of the McCarthy era, in which the House Un-American Activities Committee was engaging in un-American activities.
Note that the emblem bearers have never been attired in suits and ties. Even today they would not wear their jeans with t-shirts and ties; or opaque goggles showing fantastic images over their eyes while plying their trades.
The Great Seal of the State of Maine was adopted in June 1820. There have been variations in the details of the seal, but the overall design and images remain true to the original. The center of the seal is a shield adorned with a tranquil scene of a moose resting in a field bordered by water and woods; a pine tree stands tall directly behind the moose. On either side of the shield, a farmer rests on his scythe, and a sailor leans on an anchor. Above the shield is the motto “Dirigo” (I lead), and a stylized North Star. Below the shield is a banner that reads “Maine”. The legislature of 1919 decided that the design of the seal should no longer vary, and the design is still used today.
Dīrigō (Latin “I direct” or “I lead”) is the state motto of Maine, having once been the only state to hold its elections in September. (Politicians kept their eyes on these elections for evidence of a trend. Prior to the New Deal, Republicans claimed “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”)