Josiah H. Drummond

Partner

Before Josiah Drummond founded this firm with his son in 1881, he was already a distinguished Maine attorney, statesman, mathematician, and geneaologist.

Josiah was well known as a “man of mark-gifted mentally and physically” with a career “of great activity and usefulness.” As an attorney, he was a “comprehensive writer and an eloquent speaker, his own earnestness an inspiration,” “whose counsel and assistance are never sought in vain.”

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate and Contract Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Torts

Experience

Before founding Drummond & Drummond in 1881, Josiah maintained a vibrant private legal practice.

He was a member of the Maine Legislature, serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1858 and 1869 and as State Senator in 1859. He was Attorney General for the State of Maine from 1860 to 1864. In the 1850s and ‘60s, he served as the Speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives and then as a state senator.

As a politician, he believed that “slavery was a local evil to be remedied by equitable measures, but not allowed to extend, that moral suasion and mild laws were not sufficient restraint to the criminal use of stimulants.”

In the years leading up to the Civil War, he was the Attorney General for the State of Maine. It was said that his “political opponents respect him, for they know he is always above duplicity.”

About Josiah

Josiah Drummond was born in Winslow, Maine on August 30, 1827. His father’s family hailed from a colony of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who settled near the mouth of the Kennebec River in 1729. His mother was Cynthia Blackwell, an estimable woman, from whom he inherited many of his most admirable traits. He was named for his great-grandfather Col. Josiah Hayden, who was a major in the Revolutionary Army.

Mr. Drummond graduated from Waterville College (now Colby College) in 1846. He began his career as an educator, serving as principal of both the China and Vasslaboro Academies.

He read law in Waterville, and, after his admission to the Bar, went to California in 1850. After a brief stay there he returned to Maine to practice law.

Josiah and his wife Elzada raised three daughters and one son in Portland.

Community Involvement

  • Maine Historical Society (member and donor)
  • Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (Co-founder)
  • Supreme Council 33°of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (Sovereign Grand Commander, 1867-79)
  • Maine Central

Education

  • Colby College (f/k/a Waterville College) (1846)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine (1850)
  • California (1850)
  • Professional Offices
  • Maine Central Railroad (Director, 1865-1902)
  • Union Mutual Life Insurance Company (Director)

Noteworthy Cases

  • Gray v. Kimball, 42 Me 299 (1856). Mr. Drummond successfully defended one Franklin Kimball in a trespass action, who was wrongfully accused of carrying away with force and arms five barrels of New England rum and one barrel of Holland gin, in the value of $163.