Notable People With a Connection to Maine

Native Mainers

“As Maine goes, so goes the nation” this famous quote establishes Maine at the forefront of our national identity. This state which is the first one to see the sun rise in morning has given birth to some of the most creative people the United States has ever seen. The long cold winters have brought forth a wonderful fruit of many famous people in a variety of occupations.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poet known for Evangeline and The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Longfellow  was born in Portland, Maine. He was the first American poet to write about American themes. He immortalized Miles Standish and Hiawatha.

Dorothea Dix

This famous activist and social worker was born in Hampden, Maine. Her early life spent in an abusive home setting the stage for her to fight for the rights of the insane and women in jails. She was way ahead of her time with her views of social reform. Thanks to her efforts, conditions improved for those confined.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

This poet was born in Rockland, Maine. Among her credits is that she was the first woman to win a poetry Pulitzer Prize.

Stephen King

The “king of the macabre” is one of the most famous people from Maine. Writer Stephen King is a native son who still chooses to make his home in Maine. He was born in Portland, Maine and has lived all over the state and attended the University of Maine.

Patrick Dempsey

The Grey’s Anatomy super hunk was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine and comes back to take part in charitable events.

Margaret Chase Smith

The only woman ever elected to both the House of Representatives and to the Senate was born, raised and taught school in Skowhegan, Maine.

John Ford

Film maker director of the Quiet Man and The Grapes of Wrath was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Milton Bradley

Game inventor was born in Vienna, Maine. Where would we be without the man who gave us the Gam of Life and so many other wonderful games? He certainly changed the way that America spends its spare time.

Samantha Smith

(Manchester, Maine) At the height of the cold war this young Maine native sent a letter to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov that not only touched his heart but made the world take notice of the fears of the children who had to live in the shadow of the threat of nuclear war. Her universal message was well received and she was invited to meet with the premier in Moscow. Her life was cut tragically short when she was killed at the age of 13 in a plane crash with her father.

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller

The millionaire was born in Bar Harbor. His political career included governor of New York and Vice President of the United States.

People with a Maine connection

George Bush

Walkers Point in Kennebunkport is the location of the six acres Bush family compound. This has belonged to the Bush family for over 100 years. George W. is not as enthusiastic about it as his parents were and still are. nathaniel hawthorne

Nathanial Hawthorne

Spent some of his happiest times during his childhood vacationing in Maine. He also attended boarding school here and later attended Bowdoin University in Brunswick, Maine.

Andrew Wyeth

Began his painting career in Maine. The family vacationed there when he was a child and the beauty of the coastline inspired him.

Jamie Wyeth

This artist has made his home in Maine since the 1970’s. He is the third generation of this very talented family. One of his most famous paintings is a monumental pig.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Lived in Brunswick, Maine while her husband taught at Bowdoin College. It was while she was living in Maine between 1850 and 1852 that she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Liv Tyler

Shortly after her birth her mother moved with Liv who had the last name Rundgren at the time to Portland Maine. She lived there and attended school until she was 14. At age nine she discovered that Steven Tyler was her father and at age twelve she changed her name to Tyler.

There are many famous people who were lucky enough to be born in Maine and those who chose to make Maine their home.

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