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Francis A. Cloudman in his touring car



Westbrook 5th Mayor was Francis A. Cloudman. He was born in Westbrook on June 16, 1839, in the so-called old Fitch house which stood on the site of Jordan's Foundry at 907 Main Street.

Mr. Cloudman was married to the former Annie Bodge, who was born in 1843.  Their children were Frank and Andrew Cloudman and Mrs. Felix Barrett.  Their grandson, Francis Harold Cloudman, son of Andrew, lived at Newcomb Place and operated a hardware store in downtown Westbrook. His great grandson, Francis Harold Cloudman, Jr., a graduate of Westbrook High School in 1938 and of West Point in 1943, was killed in an accident in 1945 while serving in Czechoslovakia during World War II.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Cloudman joined the 5th Maine Volunteers and played in the regimental band.  It was in honor of his older brother, Capt. Andrew C. Cloudman, born October 4, 1834, that the Cloudman Post #100 of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Cloudman Relief Corps were formed.  Captain Cloudman enlisted as a private in 1861, served in the First and the Tenth Maine Regiments, and was killed at Cedar Mountain in August 1862.

Mayor Cloudman was elected to serve two years on the City Council, and he was appointed a member of the Committee on Streets.  He played a large part in laying out new streets to accommodate a growing population which stood at 7,000 in 1897.

Francis Cloudman was employed as a millwright and superintendent of the pulp mill by S. D. Warren Co. and worked there for 33 years.  He lived a long and active life and died on April 15, 1926, at the age of 87. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.  He had lived in Westbrook all his life, first on Cumberland Street in his younger years and later at 582 Main Street near the Warren School.

[A footnote to Westbrook history:  The old Westbrook Hospital at 537 Main Street in Cumberland Mills was established by Dr. Felix Barrett, the son-in-law of Mayor Cloudman.  This hospital, commonly referred to as "Dr. Barrett's Hospital", is now an apartment house. Mrs. Barrett was the former Cora I. Cloudman.]

Mayor Cloudman - 1897


Copied from WESTBROOK MAYORS: A Brief History of the Village, the Town and the City of Westbrook
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