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Last modified: 12/19/07

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Maine Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Mainers

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Maine or spent some important time in Maine.

John Baldacci, Maine governor

Percival Baxter, Maine governor

L. L. Bean, cataloger

James G. Blaine, U.S. speaker of the house, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate

Ralph O. Brewster, U.S. senator

Barbara Bush, first lady

George H. W. Bush, CIA director and U.S. president

George W. Bush, Texas governor and U.S. president

Jeb Bush, Florida governor

Rachel Carson, environmentalist

Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero

John Chandler, U.S. senator

Tom Clair, painter and actor

Walter Van Tilburg Clark, writer

Glenn Close, actress

William S. Cohen, U.S. senator and U.S. secretary of state

Susan Collins, U.S. senator

Barbara Cooney, children's book author

Cyrus Curtis, publisher

Patrick Dempsey, actor

Pierre du Guast Sieur de Monts, explorer

Dorothea Dix, civil rights reformer

John Fairfield, Maine governor. The only U.S. governor to declare war on a foreign power.

Philo Farnsworth, inventor of television

Dustin Farnum, actor

William Pitt Fessenden, U.S. senator

Dan Fogelberg, singer and songwriter

John Ford, film director

Richard Ford, novelist

William P. Frye, U.S. senator

Melville Fuller, chief justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Tess Gerritsen, novelist

Ferdinando Gorges, explorer

Chester Greenwood, inventor of earmuffs

Eugene Hale, U.S. senator

Frederick Hale, U.S. senator

Hannibal Hamlin, Maine governor, U.S. senator, and U.S. vice president

Marsden Hartley, painter

John Holmes, U.S. senator

Sarah Orne Jewett, novelist

Angus S. King Jr., Maine governor

Stephen King, horror novelist

Tabitha King, novelist

William King, Maine governor

Linda Lavin, actress

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

James Longley, Maine governor. First popularly elected independent governor in the U.S.

John Mason, explorer

Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor

John McKernan Jr., Maine governor

Robert McCloskey, children's book author

Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet

George J. Mitchell, U.S. senator

Lot M. Morrill, Maine governor and U.S. senator

Marston Morse, mathematician

Clarence Mulford, novelist

Frank Munsey, publisher

Edmund Muskie, Maine governor, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate

George Palmer Putnam, publisher

Thomas B. Reed, U.S. speaker of the house

Kenneth Roberts, historical author

Edwin Arlington Robinson, poet

Lewis Robinson, novelist

Richard Russo, novelist

Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic runner. First gold medal winner in the women's marathon event.

Margaret Chase Smith, U.S. senator. First woman to be elected a U.S. senator.

Olympia Snowe, U.S. senator

Percy Lebaron Spencer, inventor

Francis & Freelan Stanley, inventors

Harriet Beecher Stowe, novelist, Uncle Tom's Cabin

Wallace H. White Jr., U.S. senator

John Hay Whitney, publisher

Monica Wood, novelist

Marguerite Yourcenar, novelist

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