Matinicus Rock Light, Maine
The First Keeper appointed to Matinicus Rock was John A. Shaw who was chosen over 6 other applicants. Shaw, who was age 65 at the time of his appointment, and his wife moved into the Keepers dwelling and lit the lamps on July 15, 1827. Shaw served at Matinicus until March 1831 when he was taken to the mainland due to illness. He died in a Portland hospital a month later at age 69.
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