Daniel E. Wathen was born November 4, 1939 in Easton, Maine to Wilda Persis and Joseph Jackson Wathen. He graduated from Easton High School and Ricker College in Houlton, Maine (1962), University of Maine School of Law (1965), and the University of Virginia School of Law (1988). He was appointed to the Maine Superior Court by Governor James Longley and served in that capacity for four years. He was then appointed Justice to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court by Governor John McKernan. He was a Justice for ten years, then Chief Justice for ten more years. Justice Wathen retired from the bench in 2001, and joined Pierce-Atwood law firm in Portland, Maine.
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