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Peter A. Garland, public servant was ex-congressman; 81

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Peter A. Garland, a longtime public servant and one-term congressman, died Jan. 26 at Mid Coast Hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Garland was mayor of Saco in the 1950s before being elected to the US House of Representatives in Maine's First District as a Republican in 1960. After serving one term in Congress, he returned to Maine to work in the family business, Garland Manufacturing.

His daughter, Nancy, said her father was a dedicated public servant who always tried to listen and put others first, even at his own expense.

Mr. Garland was born in Boston. He graduated from Thornton Academy in Saco, then attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and Bowdoin College. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps.

From the late 1960s until the 1980s, he was the town manager in several communities. After working in Gorham for two years, he became city manager in Claremont, N.H., then went on to Searsport and Bath, where he was town manager for eight years until he retired in 1989.

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