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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Mainers have played distinctive roles.

Born in Maine

Famous Mainers
Name Born / Died Place
Leon Leonwood "L.L." Bean
Hunter, Fisherman, Entreprenuer
Born: February 13, 1873 Greenwood
Died: February 5, 1967 Pompano Beach, Fla.
Milton Bradley
Game pioneer, Businessman, Printer
Born: November 5, 1836 Vienna
Died: May 30, 1911 Springfield, Mass.
Dorothy Wear Walker Bush
Mother & Grandmother to presidents
Born: July 1, 1901 near Walker's Point
Died: November 19, 1992 Greenwich, Conn.
Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Born: August 3, 1909 East Orland
Died: November 10, 1971 Reno, Nev.
Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis
Newspaper/Magazine publisher
Born: June 18, 1850 Portland
Died: June 7, 1933 Wyncote, Penn.
Dorothea Lynde Dix
Social activist
Born: April 4, 1802 Hampden
Died: July 17, 1887 Trenton, N.J.
John Ford
(born John Martin Feeney)
Film director
Born: February 1, 1894 Cape Elizabeth
Died: August 31, 1973 Palm Desert, Calif.
Melville Weston Fuller
Supreme Court Chief Justice
Born: February 11, 1833 Augusta
Died: July 4, 1910 Washington, D.C.
Hannibal Hamlin
Vice President of the United States, Politician
Born: August 27, 1809 Paris
Died: July 04, 1891 Bangor
Marsden Hartley
Painter, Poet
Born: January 4, 1877 Lewiston
Died: September 2, 1943 Ellsworth
Sarah Orne Jewett
Born: September 3, 1849 South Berwick
Died: June 24, 1909 South Berwick
Stephen Edwin King
Writer, Screenwriter
Born: September 21, 1947 Portland
Linda Lavin
Singer, Actress
Born: October 15, 1937 Portland
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poet, Educator, Linguist
Born: February 27, 1807 Portland
Died: March 24, 1882 Cambridge, Mass.
Hiram Stevens Maxim
Born: February 5, 1840 Sangerville
Died: November 24, 1916 London, England
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet, Dramatist
Born: February 22, 1892 Rockland
Died: October 19, 1950 Austerlitz, N.Y.
Harold Calvin Marston Morse
Born: March 24, 1892 Waterville
Died: June 11, 1977 Princeton, N.J.
Frank Andrew Munsey
Newspaper/Magazine publisher, Author
Born: August 21, 1854 Mercer
Died: December 22, 1925 New York, N.Y.
Edmund Sixtus "Ed" Muskie
Politician, Lawyer
Born: March 28, 1914 Rumford
Died: March 26, 1996 Washington, D.C.
Lillian Nordica
(born Lillan Norton)
Born: May 12, 1857 Farmington
Died: May 10, 1914 Batavia, Java, Dutch East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia)
John Knowles Paine
Orchestral composer, Organist, Professor
Born: January 9, 1839 Portland
Died: April 25, 1906 Cambridge, Mass.
Sir William Phips
Governor, Carpenter, Shepard
Born: February 2, 1651 Woolrich
Died: February 18, 1695 London, England
Walter Hamer Piston, Jr.
Composer, Theorist
Born: January 20, 1894 Rockland
Died: November 12, 1976 Belmont, Mass.
George Palmer Putnam
Publisher, Librarian of Congress
Born: February 7, 1814 Brunswick
Died: December 20, 1872 New York, N.Y.
Thomas Brackett Reed
Born: October 18, 1839 Portland
Died: December 7, 1902 Washington, D.C.
Kenneth Lewis Roberts
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, Military officer, Journalist
Born: December 8, 1885 Kennebunk
Died: July 21, 1957 Kennebunkport
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Born: December 22, 1869 Head Tide
Died: April 6, 1935 New York, N.Y.
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
Vice President of the United States, Politician, Philanthropist, Businessman
Born: July 8, 1908 Bar Harbor
Died: January 26, 1979 New York, N.Y.
Victoria Rowell
Dancer, Actress
Born: May 10, 1960 Portland
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Gold Medal-winning Olympic Marathoner
Born: May 16, 1957 Cape Elizabeth
Margaret Chase Smith
Politician, Businesswoman, Teacher
Born: December 14, 1897 Skowhegan
Died: May 29, 1995 Skowhegan
Percy Lebaron Spencer
Engineer, Inventor
Born: July 9, 1894 Howland
Died: September 8, 1970  
Francis Edgar Stanley
Inventor, Photographer, Painter
Born: June 1, 1849 Kingfield
Died: July 31, 1918 Ipswich, Mass.
Freelan Oscar Stanley
Born: June 1, 1849 Kingfield
Died: October 2, 1940 Boston, Mass.
John Hay "Jock" Whitney
Businessman, Publisher, Financier, Sportman, Ambassador, Philanthropist
Born: August 27, 1904 Ellsworth
Died: February 8, 1982 Manhasset, N.Y.
Nathaniel Parker Willis
Journalist, Editor, Author
Born: January 20, 1806 Portland
Died: January 20, 1867 Tarrytown, N.Y.

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