“Ex-Gov. Israel Washburn, Jr.,” New York Times, May 13, 1883, p. 9: 2.
A private dispatch received in Portland, Me., yesterday, announced the death of ex-Gov. Israel Washburn, Jr., in Philadelphia, to which city he had gone for medical treatment. Ex-Gov. Washburn was born June 6, 1813, at Livermore, (now Androscoggin County,) Me. He received a classical education and then studied law, being admitted to the Bar in October, 1834. Two months later he opened an office Orono, Me., and made that place his home. Having taken an active interest in politics, Mr. Washburn was elected to the Legislature in 1842. From the Legislature he was sent to Washington, where he served in the Thirty-second, Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congress. During his last term he was a member of the Committee on Ways and Means. In 1860 Mr. Washburn was elected Governor of his native State and in 1863 President Lincoln appointed him Collector of the Port at Portland. He had been in Philadelphia since April 20, and was under the care of Dr. D. Weir Mitchell and Dr. John M. Brinton. He was afflicted with pleurisy and inflammation of the lungs, but was not confined to his bed. On Friday he was about the hotel in which he was staying, and spent some time in the office, appearing in excellent spirits. His wife and his youngest brother, William Drew Washburn, were with him when he died.