Samuel Collins (politician)

Samuel Wilson Collins (September 17, 1923 – March 22, 2012) was an American lawyer, jurist and politician from Maine. A Republican, Collins was first elected to the Maine Senate in 1974. He was served for 10 years until 1984, when he did not seek re-election. Collins served for 6 years (1988 to 1994) as an associate justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He also served on his local school board from 1952 to 1960.[1]

Collins chose to return in Maine following law school graduation and took a position with Alan Bird's law firm in Rockland, where he was later named a managing partner. The law firm was later renamed Collins, Crandall, Hanscom and Pease.[1]

A Republican, Collins served in the state senate with his brother, Donald Collins of Caribou. Collins' tenure included terms as the state senate's majority leader.[2]

Samuel Collins
Member of the Maine Senate
from the district
In office
Personal details
BornSamuel Wilson Collins
September 17, 1923
Caribou, Maine
DiedMarch 22, 2012 (aged 88)
Rockland, Maine
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dorothy Collins
RelationsDonald Collins (brother)
Susan Collins (niece)


Collins was born and raised in Caribou, Maine and worked as a youth on a potato farm. He was the oldest of four sons to Samuel Wilson Collins and Elizabeth Black Collins. Collins graduated from Caribou High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono. He graduated in three years and worked during World War II in the War Department in Arlington, Virginia doing army intelligence work.

After the war ended, Collins attended and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1947. An active Unitarian-Universalist, Collins served as president of the Universalist Churches of Maine and president of the Northeast District of the Universalist/Unitarian Association.[1] He was the uncle of the U.S. Senator of Maine Susan Collins.


  1. ^ a b c "SAMUEL WILSON COLLINS JR. — Obituaries". Bangor Daily News. March 23, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Betts, Stephen (March 22, 2012). "Retired jurist, legislative leader Samuel Collins dies". The Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 30 December 2012.

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