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Arthur Sewall

Arthur Sewall
Sewall in 1896
Personal details
Born November 25, 1835
Bath, Maine
Died September 5, 1900 (aged 64)
Small Point, Maine
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Emma Duncan Crocker
Children Harold Marsh Sewall and William Dunning Sewall
Residence Bath, Maine
Occupation Shipbuilder, railroad president and director, bank president
Religion Swedenborgian

Arthur Sewall (November 25, 1835 – September 5, 1900) was a U.S. Democratic politician from Maine most notable as William Jennings Bryan's first running mate in 1896.[1] As the Populist Party nominee, Bryan had another running mate as well, Thomas E. Watson. Sewall never held elective office, although he was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1888 to 1896.

Arthur Sewall's main claim to fame had been as an exceptionally successful, wealthy shipbuilder and New England industrialist. He was a director of the [3]


  1. ^ The First Battle: A Story of the Campaign of 1896 By William Jennings Bryan see Chapter 12, page 221
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Party political offices
Preceded by
Adlai Stevenson
Democratic vice presidential nominee
Succeeded by
Adlai Stevenson
In 2008, the


Sewall's grandson, Sumner Sewall, served as Governor of Maine from 1941 to 1945, as a Republican.

Sewall was Bryan's running mate for the first of Bryan's three times as the Democratic presidential nominee. He died not long after Bryan was nominated for the second time in 1900.

His main vice-presidential opponent, Garret A. Hobart (Rep), was also an Eastern banker and industrialist who had served on his party's national committee.


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