Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910

Books by Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer and the Sea; A Weekend with Winslow Homer

  • Known For: American artist, painter
  • Maine Connection: Settled in Prout’s Neck, Maine in 1883


Selected Books

  • Winslow Homer: an American Vision by Randall C. Griffin, 2006.
  • Winslow Homer and the Sea by Carl Little, c1995.
  • A Weekend with Winslow Homer by Ann Keay Beneduce, 1993.
  • Winslow Homer Watercolors by Nicolai Cikovsky, 1991.
  • Winslow Homer by Nicolai Cikovsky, 1990.
  • The World of Winslow Homer, 1836-1910 by James Thomas Flexner, 1966.
  • Winslow Homer, a Portrait by Jean Gould, 1962.

Selected Websites

Rockwell Kent, 1882 - 1971

Rockwell Kent
  • Known For: Artist, illustrator and author
  • Maine Connection: Lived on Monhegan Island, Maine from 1905 to 1914


Selected Books by Rockwell Kent

  • It’s Me O Lord: the Autobiography of Rockwell Kent, 1955.

Selected Books about Rockwell Kent

  • Rockwell Kent: the Mythic and the Modern by Jake Wien, 2005.
  • Distant Shores: the Odyssey of Rockwell Kent by Constance Martin, 2000.
  • A Northern Christmas, c1998.
  • An American Saga: the Life and Times of Rockwell Kent by David Traxel, c1980.
  • The Prints of Rockwell Kent: a Catalogue Raisonne by Dan Burne Jones, 1975.

Selected Websites

Andrew Wyeth, 1917 - 2009

Andrew Wyeth

Photo credit: Joyce Tenneson,
Andrew Wyeth, 2004,
Giclee print, "14 x 11",
Farnsworth Art Museum, museum purchase, 2005; 2005.3.1

  • Known For: Artist
  • Maine Connection: Summered in Maine since about 1927, later residing in Cushing, Maine and painting the land and people nearby. (Famous Christina's World painting)


Selected Books

  • Andrew Wyeth: a Secret Life by Richard Merriman, c1996.
  • Andrew Wyeth, Autobiography: Introduction by Thomas Hoving; with commentaries by Andrew Wyeth as told to Thomas Hoving, c1995.
  • Wyeth People: a Portrait of Andrew Wyeth as Seen by His Friends and Neighbors by Gene Logsdon, c1988.
  • The Art of Andrew Wyeth by Wanda M. Corn, 1973.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Andrew Wyeth by Richard Meryman, 1991.

Selected Websites

Jamie Wyeth, 1946 -

Jamie Wyeth

Photo credit to Bill Lyons [2002]

  • Known For: Artist
  • Maine Connection: Summered in Maine all his life: Cushing, Monhegan Island ( many paintings of this island and its people) and since 1990's on Southern Island, Tenants Harbor, Maine.


Selected Books by Jaime Wyeth

  • Monhegan, by Jamie Wyeth, c2000.
  • Jamie Wyeth: Islands, by Jamie Wyeth, c1993.
  • Jamie Wyeth, by Jamie Wyeth, 1980.

Selected Books about Jaime Wyeth

  • Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer, edited by Pamela J. Belanger, c2002.
  • A Closer Look: Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth by Joyce Hill Stoner, c1998.

Selected Websites

Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1957 -

Books by Joan Benoit-Samuelson

Joan Benoit Samuelson,
May 2009

  • Known For: Marathon runner, Olympic Gold Medal winner
  • Maine Connection: Born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine; graduated from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine); resides in Freeport, Maine.


Selected Books by Joan Benoit Samuelson

  • Joan Samuelson’s Running for Women by Joan Benoit Samuelson and Gloria Averbuch, c1995.

Selected books about Joan Benoit Samuelson

  • Running with the Legends by Michael Sandrock, c1996.
  • Champions: Stories of Ten Remarkable Athletes by Bill Littlefield, c1993.
  • Great Women Athletes of the 20th Century by Robert J.Condon, c1991.
  • Running Tide by Joan Benoit with Sally Baker, 1987.

Selected Websites

Ricky Craven, 1966 -

  • Known For: NASCAR driver
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in Newburgh, Maine


Selected Websites

Ian Crocker, 1982 -

Ian Crocker's 2004 Olympic photo

Thanks to the Official Site for the U.S. Olympic Team for the photo.

  • Known For: Swimmer, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in Portland, Maine


Selected Websites

Louis Francis Sockalexis, 1871 - 1913

Louis Francis Sockalexis

Courtesy of Ed Rice, Author of Louis Francis Sockalexis: Life-Story of a Penobscot Indian; Baseball’s First Indian

  • Known For: Professional baseball player, Penobscot Indian
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised on Indian Island, Old Town, Maine


Selected Books

  • Baseball’s First Indian: Louis Sockalexis: Penobscot Legend, Cleveland Indian by Ed Rice, 2003.
  • Indian Summer: the Forgotten Story of Louis Sockalexis, the First Native American in Major League Baseball by Brian McDonald, c2003.
  • Louis Francis Sockalexis: the Life-Story of a Penobscot Indian by Trina Wellman, 1975.

Selected Websites

Martha Ballard, 1734/35 – 1812

  • Known For: Midwife, diarist
  • Maine Connection: Resided in Hallowell, Maine from 1785 (started her diary) until her death in 1812.


Selected Books

  • The Diary of Martha Ballard 1785-1812, c1992.
  • A Midwife's Tale: the Life of Martha Ballard, based on her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Ulrich, 1990.

Selected Websites

Rachel Carson, 1907 - 1964

Cover of Rachel Carson's books

Rachel Carson by the Sea, Summer 1954. Photo courtesy of Freeman Family Collection

  • Known For: Biologist, author, ecologist
  • Maine Connection: From 1952, Rachel Carson spent her summers at Southport Island, Maine, where she studied the coast. A Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge (Wells, Maine) was renamed the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in 1969.


Selected Books by Rachel Carson

  • The Sense of Wonder, 1965.
  • Silent Spring, 1962.
  • The Edge of the Sea, 1955.
  • The Sea Around Us, 1951.

Selected Books about Rachel Carson

  • The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement by Mark Lytle, 2007.
  • Rachel Carson: a twentieth-century life by Ellen Levine, 2007.
  • Rachel Carson: a biography by Arlene Rodda Quaratiello, 2004.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Rachel Carson: a Twentieth-Century Live by Ellen Levine, 2007.
  • Rachel Carson: Ecologist and Activist by Mary Gow, c2005.
  • Rachel Carson: Writer and Biologist by Melissa Stewart, c2001.

Selected Websites

Tess Gerritsen, 1953 -

Thanks to Tess Gerritsen for the photo; credit to Jacob Gerritsen

  • Known For: Author, screenwriter
  • Maine Connection: Resides in Camden, Maine


Selected Books by Tess Gerritsen

  • In Their Footsteps, 2010.
  • Ice Cold, 2010.
  • The Bone Garden, 2007.
  • The Mephisto club: a Novel, 2006.
  • Body Double: a Novel, 2004.
  • The Sinner, 2003.
  • The Apprentice: a Novel, 2002.
  • The Surgeon, 2001.
  • Gravity, 1999.
  • Bloodstream, 1998.
  • Life Support, 1997.
  • Harvest, 1996.

Selected Websites

Linda Greenlaw, 1960 -

Linda Greenlaw

Thanks to Linda Greenlaw, Portland Public Library Booktalk, July, 2008

  • Known For: Commercial fisherman, lobster fisherman, author
  • Maine Connection: Raised in Maine; graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Maine; resides on Isle au Haut, Maine


Selected Books

  • Seaworthy:A Swordfish Captain Returns to the Seas, (2010).
  • Fisherman's Bend, c2008.
  • Slipknot: A Mystery, c2007.
  • Recipes from a Very Small Island, c2005.
  • All Fishermen are Liars: True Tales from the Dry Dock Bar, c2004.
  • The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island, c2002.
  • The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey, 1999.

Selected Websites

Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804 – 1864

Books about and by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Photo credit; Nathaniel Hawthorne Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library

  • Known For: Author
  • Maine Connection: Raised in Maine some of his life; graduated from Bowdoin College (Maine) in 1825


Selected Books by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851.
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850.

Selected Books about Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne: a Literary Reference to his Life and Work by Sarah Bird Wright, c2007.
  • Bloom's Modern Critical Views: Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Harold Bloom, c2007.
  • Hawthorne: a Life by Brenda Wineapple, 2003.

Selected Websites

Sarah Orne Jewett, 1849 – 1909

Books by Sarah Orne Jewett

The Country of the Pointed Firs; A Country Doctor

  • Known For: Author
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in South Berwick, Maine. She used Maine settings in her writings.


Selected Books by Sarah Orne Jewett

  • The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, 1896.
  • A White Heron: and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett, 1886
  • A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett, 1884.

Selected Books about Sarah Orne Jewett

  • Sarah Orne Jewett: her World and her Work by Paula Blanchard, c1994.
  • Sarah Orne Jewett: a Writer’s Life by Elizabeth Silverthorne, 1993.

Selected Websites

Benedict Arnold, 1741 - 1801

Books about Bendict Arnold

Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor; Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero

  • Known For: Revolutionary War general, infamous traitor to the Revolutionary cause
  • Maine Connection: Arnold’s March to Quebec via the Kennebec and Dead Rivers, 1775


Selected Books

  • Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec, 1775 by Thomas A. Desjardin, 2006.
  • Benedict Arnold’s Navy: the Ragtag Fleet that Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution by James L. Nelson, c2006.
  • Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary hero:an American Warrior Reconsidered by James Kirby Martin, c1997.
  • Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor by Willard Sterne Randall, c1990.
  • March to Quebec: Journals of the Members of Arnold’s Expedition by Kenneth Roberts, 1953.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Benedict Arnold: Patriot of Traitor? by Ann Graham Gaines, c2001.

Selected Websites

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 1828 – 1914

Books about Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Photo Credit: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library

  • Known For: General, Union Army – Hero of Little Round Top, Gettysburg; Governor of Maine
  • Maine Connection: Bowdoin College professor; Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry; Governor of Maine, 1866-1870; President, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 1871-1883


Selected Books by Chamberlain

  • “Bayonet! Forward”: My Civil War Reminiscences [by] Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 1994.

Selected Books about Chamberlain

  • Joshua Chamberlain: the Soldier and the Man by Edward G. Longacre, 1999.
  • Fanny and Joshua: the Enigmatic Lives of Frances Caroline Adams and Joshua by Diane Monroe Smith, 1999
  • Lawrence Chamberlain by Diane Monroe Smith, 1999.
  • Joshua Chamberlain: a Hero’s Life and Legacy by John J. Pullen, c1999.

Selected Websites

Chester Greenwood, 1858 - 1937

Patented for ear-mufflers, March 13, 1877

United State Patent Office, Chester Greenwood, of Farmington, Maine for earmuffs, 1877

  • Known For: Inventor – earmuffs, steel-toothed rake, whistling teakettle, automobile shock absorbers, etc.; Named by the Smithsonian Institution as one of America’s top 15 inventors
  • Maine Connection: Born in Farmington, Maine, now the "Earmuff Capital of the World" because of Greenwood's invention


Selected Books

  • Chester, More than Earmuffs: a Brief History of Chester Greenwood by Nancy Porter, 2007.
  • Brainstorm!: the Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors by Tom Tucker, 1995.
  • Chester Greenwood and the Invention of the Earmuff (collection of photocopies of news articles) by the Maine State Library.

Selected Websites

Christiane Northrup, 1949 -

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Photo credit to Barbara Peacock

  • Known For: Women’s Health Specialist; Author
  • Maine Connection: Resides in Yarmouth, Maine


Selected Books by Christiane Northrup

  • The secret pleasures of menopause, (c2008).
  • The secret pleasures of menopause playbook : a guide to creating vibrant health through pleasure, (c2009).
  • The Wisdom of Menopause Journal: Your Guide to Creating Vibrant Health and Happiness in the Second Half of Your Life, 2007.
  • Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health, c2005.
  • The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change, 2001.
  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, c1998.

Selected Websites

Cornelia Crosby, 1854 – 1946


Courtesy of the Maine State Museum

  • Known For: Sportswoman, Maine’s First Licensed Guide, Newswriter
  • Maine Connection: Born in Phillips, Maine; Maine’s First Licensed Guide


Selected Books

  • Fly Rod Crosby: the Woman Who Marketed Maine by Julia A. Hunter and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr, 2000.

Selected Websites

Dorothea Dix, 1802 – 1887

Dorothea Dix

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-9797

  • Known For: Advocate for the mentally ill; Civil War nurse
  • Maine Connection: Born in Hampden, Maine and spent early years there


Selected Books

  • Dorothea Dix: Advocate for Mental Health Care by Margaret Muckenhoupt, c2003.
  • Dorothea Dix: New England Reformer, by Thomas J. Brown, 1998.
  • Voice for the Mad: the Life of Dorothea Dix by David Gollaher, c1995.
  • Life of Dorothea Lynde Dix by Francis Tiffany, 1992.
  • The Lady and the President: the Letters of Dorothea Dix & Millard Fillmore by Charles M. Snyder, c1975.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Dorothea Dix: Advocate for Mental Health Care by Margaret Muckenhoupt, c2003. -Dorothea Dix: Crusader for the Mentally Ill by Amy Paulson Herstek, c2001.

Selected Websites

E.B. White, 1899 - 1985

Books by and about E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web; E.B. White: beyond Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little

  • Known For: Author
  • Maine Connection: From 1939 White lived on a farm in North Brooklin, Maine


Selected Books by E.B. White

  • The Trumpet of the Swan, c1970.
  • The Elements of Style, c1959.
  • Charlotte’s Web, c1952.
  • Stuart Little, c1945 .

Selected Books about E.B. White

  • E. B. White by Aimee LaBrie, 2004.
  • E.B. White: beyond Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little by Laura Baskes Litwin, c2003.
  • Critical Essays on E. B. White, Robert L. Root, Jr. ed., 1994.
  • E. B. White: a Biography by Scott Elledge, c1984.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • E. B. White: Beyond Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little by Laura Baskes Litwin, c2003.
  • E. B. White: Some Writer! by Beverly Gherman, 1992.

Selected Websites

Edmund S. Muskie, 1914 - 1996

Senator Edmund S. Muskie

Muskie Archives & Special Collections, Bates College; Muskie on a September 1971 campaign/fund raising trip to California

  • Known For: Governor, Senator, Vice-President candidate
  • Maine Connection: Governor of Maine (1955-59), Maine's U.S. Senator (1959-1980), born in Rumford, ME


Selected Books by Edmund Muskie

  • The U.S. in Space: Issues and Policy Choices for a New Era by Edmund S. Muskie, editor, 1988.
  • What Price Defense? by Edmund S. Muskie and Bill Brock, 1974.
  • Journeys, 1972.

Selected Books about Edmund Muskie

  • The Senate Nobody Knows by Bernard Asbell, c1978
  • Muskie of Maine by David Nevin, c1972.
  • Muskie by Theo Lippman, c1971.

Selected Websites

Edna St Vincent Millay, 1892 – 1950

Edna St Vincent Millay

Photo Credit: Marcia Stein; property of The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop

  • Known For: Poet, playwright, first women to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Maine Connection: Born in Rockland then raised in Camden, Maine. Graduated from Camden High School.


Selected Books by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Collected Poems, 1975.
  • Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1941.
  • Renascence, and other Poems, c1917.

Selected Books about Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: the Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Daniel Mark Epstein, 2001.
  • Savage Beauty: the Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Mitford, c2001.
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay: Selected Poems: the Centenary Edition, edited by Colin Falck, c1991.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Edna St. Vincent Millay, by Carolyn Daffron, c1989.

Selected Websites

Edwin Arlington Robinson, 1869 – 1935

Edwin Arlington Robinson, 1923

Edwin Arlington Robinson, 1923; Credit: Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

  • Known For: Poet, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Maine Connection: Born in Head Tide, Maine; grew up in Gardiner, Maine


Selected Books by Edwin Arlington Robinson

  • Amaranth, 1934.
  • The Glory of the Nightingales, 1930.
  • Cavender’s House, 1929.
  • Tristram, 1927. (1928 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)
  • The Man Who Died Twice, 1924. (1925 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)
  • Collected Poems, 1921. (1922 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)
  • The Children of the Night: A Book of Poems, c1897.

Selected Books about Edwin Arlington Robinson

  • Edwin Arlington Robinson: a poet's life by Scott Donaldson, 2007.
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson; the life of poetry by Louis Coxe, 1969.

Selected Websites

Elisabeth Ogilvie, 1917 – 2006

Books by and about Elisabeth Ogilvie
  • Known For: Author, children’s author
  • Maine Connection: Summered as a child on the island of Criehaven in Maine. Later lived in a farmhouse on 33 acres on Gay Island, off Friendship, Maine


Selected Books by Elisabeth Ogilvie

  • The Road to Nowhere, 1983.
  • The Silent Ones, 1981.
  • The Devil in Tartan, 1980.
  • An Answer in the Tide, 1978.
  • The Dreaming Swimmer, 1976.
  • Where the Lost Aprils Are, 1975.
  • Strawberries in the Sea, 1973.
  • The Dawning of the Day, 1973.
  • Weep & Know Why, 1972.
  • The Face of Innocence, 1970.
  • Waters on a Starry Night, 1968.
  • There may be Heaven, 1964.
  • Call Home the Heart, 1962.
  • My World is an Island, 1950.
  • High Tide at Noon, 1944.

Selected Books about Elisabeth Ogilvie

  • A Mug-Up with Elisabeth: a Companion for Readers of Elisabeth Ogilvie by Melissa Hayes and Marilyn Westervelt, 2001

Selected Links

George Herbert Walker Bush, 1924 -

President George H. W.Bush

Thanks to the George Bush Presidential Library.

  • Known For: 41st President of the United States (1989 – 1993)
  • Maine Connection: Summers in Kennebunkport, Maine


Selected Books by George H. W. Bush

  • Heartbeat: George Bush in His Own Words by George H. W. Bush, 2001.
  • All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings by George H. W. Bush, c1999.

Selected Books about George H. W. Bush

  • My Father, My President: a Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. by Doro Bush Koch, 2006.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • George Bush: a Lifetime of Service by Ken Anderson, c2002.

Selected Websites

George J. Mitchell, 1933 -

Senator George J. Mitchell, celebrating Mitchell Scholarship recipients

Thanks to the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute for the photo, August 2000.

  • Known For: Senator, Presidental Medal of Freedom winner, 1999
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in Waterville, Maine; graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine; served as Maine's U.S. Senator from May 19, 1980 to January 3, 1995


Selected Books by George Mitchell

  • Making Peace by George J. Mitchell, c1999.
  • Not for America Alone: the Triumph of Democracy and the Fall of Communism by George J. Mitchell, 1997.
  • World on Fire: Saving an Endangered Earth by George J. Mitchell, c1991.

Selected Books about George Mitchell

  • George Mitchell: In Search of Peace by Alberta Gould, c1996.

Selected Websites

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811 – 1896

Books by and about Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Harriet Beecher Stowe: a Life

  • Known For: Author, abolitionist
  • Maine Connection: Lived in Brunswick, Maine from 1850 until 1853


Selected Books by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • The Pearl of Orr’s Island: a Story of the Coast of Maine by Harriet Beecher Stowe, c1896.
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852.

Selected Books about Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • The Beecher Sisters by Barbara Anne White, c2003.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe: a Life by Joan D. Hedrick, 1994.
  • Life and Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe (Annie Fields, ed.), 1992.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe by John R. Adams, c1989.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe by Robert E. Jakoubek, c1989.

Selected Websites

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Credit: From Collections of Maine Historical Society

  • Known For: Poet
  • Maine Connection: Born in Portland, Maine; graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine; taught at Bowdoin College


Selected Books by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, c1847.
  • The Courtship of Miles Standish and other Poems, 1858.
  • Tales of a Wayside Inn, 1863.
  • The Song of Hiawatha, 1855.
  • Paul Revere’s Ride, 1860.

Selected Books about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • American Genius: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Libby Hughes, 2006.
  • Longfellow Redux by Christoph Irmscher, 2006.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his Portland Home, by Joyce Butler, c2004.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: America's Beloved Poet by Bonnie L. Lukes, 2003.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: His Life by Catherine Owens Peare, c1953.

Selected Websites

James G. Blaine, 1830 – 1893

Books about James Blaine

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-BH826-1406

  • Known For: Governor of Maine, U. S. Secretary of State, U. S. Senator, Speaker of the U.S. House
  • Maine Connection: Governor of Maine, Maine's U.S. Senator and Representative


Selected Books by James G. Blaine

  • The Words of James G. Blaine on the Issues of the Day: Embracing Selections from his Speeches, Letters, and Public Writings: Also an Account of his Nomination to the Presidency, His Letter of Acceptance, a List of the Delegates to the National Republican Convention of 1884, etc., with a Biographical Sketch: Together with the Life and Public Service of John A. Logan, 1884.

Selected Books about James G. Blaine

  • Continental Liar From the State of Maine: James G. Blaine by Neil Rolde, 2006.
  • James G. Blaine and Latin America by David Healy, c2001
  • James G. Blaine: Architect of Empire by Edward P. Crapol, 2000.
  • James Gillespie Blaine by Edward Stanwood, 1972.

Selected Websites

John Ford, 1894 – 1973

10 foot bronze statue of John Ford in dowtown Portland, Maine. By New York artist George Kelly, the staue shows Ford in his director's chair, holding a pipe and wearing a wide-brim hat.

10 foot bronze statue of John Ford in dowtown Portland, Maine. Artist: George Kelly. Winter shot

  • Known For: Filmmaker, Academy Award winner
  • Maine Connection: Born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine


Selected Books

  • Searching for John Ford: a Life by Joseph McBride, c2001.
  • John Ford: Interviews Gerald Peary, ed., c2001.
  • Print the Legend: the Life and Times of John Ford by Scott Eyman, c. 1999.

Selected Films

  • The Informer, 1935.
  • Stagecoach, 1939.
  • The Grapes of Wrath, 1940.
  • How Green was my Valley, 1941.
  • The Quiet Man, 1952.

Selected Websites

Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1856 – 1923

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Kate Douglas Wiggin Collection, Photo Credit: George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library

  • Known For: Author, educator
  • Maine Connection: Lived in Hollis, Maine at one point


Selected Books by Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • My Garden of Memory: an Autobiography, 1923.
  • The Story of Waitstill Baxter, c1913.
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, 1903.
  • The Diary of a Goose Girl, 1902.
  • Kindergarten Principles and Practice, c1896.

Selected Websites

Kenneth Roberts, 1885 – 1957

Books by Robert Kenneth
  • Known For: Author, reporter
  • Maine Connection: Born in Kennebunkport, Maine; resident of Maine for most of his life


Selected Books by Kenneth Roberts

  • The Battle of Cowpens: the Great Morale-Builder, c1957.
  • Boon Island, c1955.
  • Rabble in Arms, c1947.
  • March to Quebec: Journals of the Members of Arnold’s Expedition, 1938.
  • Northwest Passage, c1937.
  • Arundel, c1933.

Selected Books about Kenneth Roberts

  • Kenneth Roberts by Jack Bales, 1993.

Selected Websites

Leon Leonwood Bean, 1872 – 1967

Leon Leonwood Bean

Thanks to L.L.Bean, Inc., Corporate Archive Collection

  • Known For: Entrepreneur, retailer, businessman
  • Maine Connection: Founded the L.L. Bean Company in 1912; headquarters in Freeport, Maine


Selected Books by Leon Leonwood Bean

  • My Story: the Autobiography of a Down-East Merchant by Leon Leonwood Bean, c1962.
  • Hunting, Fishing and Camping by Leon Leonwood Bean, c1942.

Selected Books about Leon Leonwood Bean

  • Spillin' the Beans: Behind the Scenes at L. L. Bean by Carlene Griffin, c1992.
  • In Search of L. L. Bean by M. R. Montgomery, 1984.

Selected Websites

Margaret Chase Smith, 1897 – 1995

Margaret Chase Smith

Senator Smith's Chairmanship of the Senate Republican Conference, 1969; Courtesy of the Margaret Chase Smith Library

  • Known For: U.S. Senator 1949 – 1973; Medal of Freedom Winner, 1989; U.S. Air Force American Spirit Award Winner
  • Maine Connection: Maine Representative and Senator; born in Skowhegan, Maine


Selected Books by Margaret Chase Smith

  • Declaration of Conscience by Margaret Chase Smith, 1972.

Selected Books about Margaret Chase Smith

  • No Place for a Woman: a Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith by Janann Sherman, c2000.
  • Margaret Chase Smith: Model Public Servant by Marlene Boyd Vallin, 1998.
  • Margaret Chase Smith: Beyond Convention by Patricia Schmidt, 1996.

Selected Books for Young Adults & Children

  • First Lady of the Senate: a Life of Margaret Chase Smith by Alberta Gould, 1990.

Selected Websites

May Sarton, 1912 – 1995

Books by and about May Sarton

Collected Poems (1930-1973); May Sarton: A Self-Portait

  • Known For: Poet, author
  • Maine Connection: Resided in York; Maine later in life


Selected Books by May Sarton

  • The House by the Sea: a Journal, c1977.
  • A Walk Through the Woods, c1976.
  • Collected Poems (1930-1973), c1974.
  • Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing: a Novel, c1965.
  • I Knew a Phoenix: Sketches for an Autobiography, c1959.
  • A Shower of Summer Days, c1952.

Selected Books about May Sarton

  • May Sarton: a Biography by Margot Peters, 1997.
  • May Sarton: A Self-Portait, [edited] by Marita Simpson and Martha Wheelock, 1986.

Selected Websites

Noel Paul Stookey, 1937 -

Noel Paul Stookey playing the guitar

Photo credit: Tom Jones; Thanks to Noel Paul

  • Known For: Singer, songwriter, "Paul" of the group Peter, Paul & Mary, wrote "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"
  • Maine Connection: Lives in Blue Hill, Maine


Selected Recordings by Noel Paul Stookey

  • Virtual Party, 2004.
  • The Wedding Song (There is Love), 1971.
  • 10 Years Together, 1970.
  • Peter, Paul and Mary, 1962.

Selected Websites

Oliver Otis Howard, 1830 – 1909

Oliver Otis Howard's autobiography

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-100785

  • Known For: Major General, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor Winner
  • Maine Connection: Born in Leeds, Maine; graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine


Selected Books by O.O. Howard

  • Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, Major General, United States Army
    Fighting for Humanity, or, Camp and Quarter-Deck
    , c1907.
  • My Life and Experiences Among Our Hostile Indians: a Record of Personal Observations, c1907.

Selected Books about O.O. Howard

  • Sword and Olive Branch: Oliver Otis Howard by John A. Carpenter, 1999.
  • Yankee Stepfather: General O. O. Howard and the Freedmen by William S. McFeely, c1994.

Selected Websites

Olympia J. Snowe, 1947 -

Senator Olympia J. Snowe

Courtesy of the Office of U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe

  • Known For: U.S. Senator 1995 -
  • Maine Connection: Maine's Representative (1979-1995) and U.S.Senator (1995-2012); Chair, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (108th & 109th Congress)


Selected books By

  • Fighting for common ground : how we can fix the stalemate in Congress (2013)

Selected Books About

  • Nine and Counting: the Women of the Senate; Barbara Mikulski, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Mary Landrieu, and Blanche L. Lincoln, written with Catherine Whitney, c2000.

Selected Websites

Richard Russo, 1949 -

Richard Russo

Photo credit to Elena Seibert

  • Known For: Author, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Maine Connection: Lives on Coastal Maine


Selected Books by Richard Russo

  • That Old Cape Magic, 2009.
  • Bridge of Sighs, 2007.
  • The Whore’s Child and Other Stories, 2002.
  • Empire Falls, 2001. (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Maine:  the Seasons, c2001.
  • Straight Man, c1997.
  • Nobody’s Fool, c1993.
  • Mohawk, 1989.
  • The Risk Pool, c1986.

Selected Websites

Robert E. Peary, 1856 – 1920

Robert E. Peary

Courtesy of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College

  • Known For: Explorer; Claimed to be first to reach geographic North Pole
  • Maine Connection: Raised in Portland, Maine; graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine


Selected Books by Robert E. Peary

  • The North Pole, Its Discovery in 1909 Under the Auspices of the Peary Arctic Club by Robert E. Peary, 1910.
  • Northward Over the “Great Ice”: a Narrative of Live and Work Along the Shores and Upon the Interior Ice-Cap of Northern Greenland in the Years 1886 and 1891-1897 by Robert E. Peary, c1898.

Selected books about Robert E. Peary

  • True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole by Bruce Henderson, c2005.
  • Icemen by Mick Conefrey, c1998.
  • Cook & Peary: the Polar Controversy, Resolved by Robert M. Bryce, c1997.
  • Robert E. Peary and the fight for the North Pole by Madelyn Klein Anderson, c1992.
  • Peary: The Explorer and the Man; Based on his Personal Papers by John Edwards Weems, 1967.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • The Race for the North Pole and Robert Peary in World History by Karen Clemens Warrick, c2003.
  • Robert Peary and the Quest for the North Pole by Christopher Dwyer, c2000.

Selected Websites

Robert McCloskey, 1914 – 2003

Robert McCloskey

Thanks to McCloskey's heirs and Emporia State University, Kansas, for use of the copyrighted photo

  • Known For: Children’s book author and Illustrator, Winner of the Caldecott Medal
  • Maine Connection: Summered in Maine then, later in life, lived on Deer Isle, Maine


Selected Books by Robert McCloskey

  • Burt Dow, Deep-water Man: a Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition, 1963.
  • Time of Wonder, 1957.
  • One Morning in Maine, 1952.
  • Centerburg Tales, 1951.
  • Blueberries for Sal, 1948.
  • Homer Price, c1943.
  • Make Way for Ducklings, c1941.

Selected Websites

Rudy Vallee, 1901 – 1986

Rudy Vallee

Photo Credit: Eleanor Vallee, wife of Rudy Vallee

  • Known For: Recording artist, bandleader, actor
  • Maine Connection: Grew up in Westbrook, Maine


Selected Recordings by Rudy Vallee

  • The Stein Song, 1930.
    (University of Maine Fighting Song)
  • As Time Goes By, 1932.
  • Nola, 1921.
  • A Dream, 1921.

Selected Books by Rudy Vallee

  • Let the Chips Fall by Rudy Vallee, 1975.
  • My Time is Your Time by Rudy Vallee with Gil McKean, c1962.

Selected Books about Rudy Vallee

  • My Vagabond Lover: an Intimate Biography of Rudy Vallee by Eleanor Vallee, c1996.

Selected Radio

  • The Fleischmann Hour (The Rudy Vallee Hour), 1928.

Selected Websites

Samantha Smith, 1972-1985

Smantha Smith in 1982

Thanks to Jane Smith, Samantha Smith's mother, for Samantha's photo with her famous letter from Soviet President Yuri Andropov, 1982

  • Known For: Goodwill ambassador, Actress
  • Maine Connection: Resided in Manchester, Maine


Selected Books

  • Journey to the Soviet Union by Samantha Smith, c1985.
  • Samantha Smith: Young Ambassador by Patricia Stone Martin, c1987.
  • Samantha Smith: Newspaper Stories from the Kennebec Journal, 1988.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Samantha Smith: a Journey for Peace by Anne Galicich, c1987.

Selected Websites

Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, 1840 – 1916

Books about Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim

Blood Brothers: Hiram and Hudson Maxim; The Amazing Hiram Maxim

  • Known For: Inventor, first fully automatic machine gun
  • Maine Connection: Born in Sangerville, Maine


Selected Books

  • The Amazing Hiram Maxim: An Intimate Biography by Arthur Hawkey, 2001.
  • Blood Brothers: Hiram and Hudson Maxim: Pioneers of Modern Warfare by Iain McCallum, 1999.
  • A Genius in the Family: Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim Through a Small Son’s Eyes by Hiram Percy Maxim, 1936.
  • The Life and Work of Sir Hiram Maxim, Knight, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, etc., by Paul Fleury Mottelay, 1920.

Selected Websites

Francis Edgar Stanley, 1849 - 1918 and Freelan Oscar Stanley, 1849 - 1940

Stanley Brothers

Stanley Brothers in their first motor carriage, taken on Hunt Street in Watertown, Mass., circa September 1897; Courtesy of Stanley Museum, Kingfield, Maine

  • Known For: Inventors and manufacturers, the Stanley Steamer automobile
  • Maine Connection: Born in Kingfield, Maine


Selected Books

  • The Stanley Steamer: America’s Legendary Steam Car by Kit Foster, 2004.
  • Mr.Stanley of Estes Park by James H. Pickering, 2000.
  • The Remarkable Stanley Brothers and Their Amazing Cars by Nancy Griffin, c1987.
  • The Steam Cars of the Stanley Twins by Robert B. Jackson, [1969].

Selected Websites

Stephen King, 1947 -

Stephen King

Press photograph from the website

  • Known For: Author
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in Maine; graduated from University of Maine; currently resides in Bangor and Central Lovell, Maine; winters in Florida.


Selected Books by Stephen King

  • Joyland, 2013
  • Danse Macabre, 2010.
  • Blockade Billy, 2010.
  • Under the Dome, 2009.
  • Duma Key, 2008.
  • Lisey’s Story, 2006.
  • Bag of Bones, 1998.
  • It, 1986.
  • Pet Sematary, 1983.
  • The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger, 1982. (Series through The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, 2004)
  • Cujo. 1981.
  • The Dead Zone, 1979.
  • The Stand, 1978.
  • The Shining, 1977.
  • Salem’s Lot, 1975.
  • Carrie, 1974.

Selected Books about Stephen King

  • Creepshows: the Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide by Stephen Jones, c2001.
  • The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia: the Definitive Guide to the Works of America’s Master of Horror by Stephen J. Spignesi, c1991.
  • Bare Bones: Conversations on Terror with Stephen King by Tim Underwood & Chuck Miller, c1988.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • Stephen King: King of Thrillers and Horror by Suzan Wilson, c2000.
  • Stephen King by John F. Wukovits, c1999.
  • Stephen King by Amy Keyishian and Marjorie Keyishian, c1998.

Selected Websites

Tabitha King, 1949 -

Tabitha King

Photo credit: Sigrid Estrada

  • Known For: Author
  • Maine Connection: Born in Old Town, Maine; resides in Bangor and Center Lovell, Maine; winters in Florida


Selected Books by Tabitha King

  • Candles Burning: a Novel, 2006.
  • Survivor, c1998.
  • The Book of Reuben, 1994.
  • Mid-life Confidential: the Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude by Dave Barry, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Barbara Kingsolver and Amy Tan, 1994.
  • Playing Like a Grl: Cindy Blodgett and the Lawrence Bulldogs Season of ’93-94, 1994.
  • One on One, 1993.
  • Pearl, c1988.
  • The Trap, c1985.
  • Caretakers, c1983.
  • Small World, c1981.

Selected Websites

Tim Sample, 1951 -

Tim Sample

Thanks to Tim Sample Online for the photo

  • Known For: Humorist
  • Maine Connection: Born in Fort Fairfield, Maine; resides in Brunswick, Maine, famous for "Postcards from Maine" TV segments for the CBS News Sunday Morning.


Selected Books

  • Postcards from Maine: Stories and Drawings by Tim Sample, 1988.
  • Saturday Night at Moody’s Diner and Other Stories by Tim Sample, c1985.

Selected Television

  • Out of Season
  • Maine Humor Behind the Barn

Selected Recordings

  • How to Talk Yankee

Selected Websites

Victoria Rowell, 1960 -

Thanks to Days Ferry Productions for the photo.

  • Known For: Actress, model, author, her work with foster children
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in Portland, Maine


Selected Books

  • The Women who Raised Me: a Memoir by Victoria Rowell, 2007.

Selected Television

  • The Young and the Restless
  • Diagnosis: Murder

Selected Websites

Ralph Leavitt, 1917 - 1994


Photo credit: Bangor Daily NEWS Library, 1984

  • Known For: Outdoor columnist for the Bangor Daily News from 1948 - 1994, Star of the TV show - the "Bud Leavitt Show", an outdoor sports program, from 1953 - 1973
  • Maine Connection: Born in Old Town, Maine, wrote for the Bangor Daily News, starred on the Bud Leavitt Show



  • Twelve Months in Maine by Bud Leavitt and Tom Hennessey, 1977.

Related Websites

Susan M. Collins, 1952 -

Senator Susan Collins

Courtesy of the Office of U.S. Senator Susan Collins

  • Known For: U.S. Senator 1997 -
  • Maine Connection: Maine U.S.Senator (1995- ); chair, Committee on Governmental Affairs (One Hundred Eighth Congress), Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (One Hundred Ninth Congress).


Selected Books

  • Nine and Counting: the Women of the Senate; Barbara Mikulski, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Mary Landrieu, and Blanche L. Lincoln, written with Catherine Whitney, c2000.

Selected Websites

John Gould, 1908 - 2003

John Gould

Photo credit: Melanie Stetson-Freeman of the Christian Science Monitor, 2002

  • Known For: Maine humorist; columnist; author.
  • Maine Connection: Born in Brighton MA; moved to Freeport,ME as a child. Lived in Brunswick most of his life. Columnist for the Christian Science Monitor for over 60 years. Wrote 30 books as well as columns for various magazines.


Books written by John Gould

  • Tales From Rhapsody Home, or, What They Don't Tell You About Senior Living, 2000.
  • Dispatches from Maine, 1942-1992, 1994.
  • Farmer Takes a Wife, c1945.

Related Websites

Patrick Dempsey, 1966 -

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey, weekend of the Demspey Challenge, 2010

  • Known For: Actor; philanthropist
  • Maine Connection: Lewiston-native; actor; philanthropist.


Related Websites

  • Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing and Central Maine Medical Center
  • Dempsey Challenge is a non-competitive fundraising event for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center.

Bernard Lown, 1921 -

Bernard Lown

Photo credit: Mark Ostow, Ostow Photography; Thanks to The Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation

  • Known For: Cardiologist; inventor; humanitarian
  • Maine Connection: Born Lithuania, 1921; emigrated to Lewiston, ME 1933; alumnus UMO; cardiologist; inventor of the cardiac defibrillator; co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility; winner of 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace (as member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Inc.).


Books Written by Dr. Bernard Lown

  • Prescription for Survival: a Doctor’s Journey to End Nuclear Madness, 2008.
  • The Lost Art of Healing, 1996

Related Websites

Robert Skoglund, 1936 -

Robert Skoglund

Thanks to the Humble Farmer!

  • Known For: Humorist; Radio Personality
  • Maine Connection: Native Mainer


Recordings by The Humble Farmer

  • Art & Artists, c1992
  • The Art Park, c1992
  • The Awards Banquet, c1992
  • Conflict, c1992
  • Maine Speech, c1992
  • Mutual Suffering, c1992
  • The Real Meaning of Christmas, c1992
  • Why the Upper Class Can’t Sleep, c1992

Related Websites

Marsden Hartley, 1877 – 1943

Hartley sitting by a Maine body of water, inspired its scenery.

Photo credit to the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection & Archive, Bates College Museum of Art

  • Known For: Artist; painter.
  • Maine Connection: Born in Lewiston, ME (as Edmund Hartley).


Books by Marsden Hartley

  • Somehow a Past: the Autobiography of Marsden Hartley, c1997

Books about Marsden Hartley

  • Four Artists of the Stieglitz Circle: a Sourcebook on Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Max Weber, by R. Scott Harnsberger, 2002

  • Marsden Hartley: the Biography of an American Artist, by Townsend Ludington, c1998

  • Marsden Hartley, by Bruce Robertson, 1995

Related Websites

Lenny Breau, 1941 – 1984

Lenny Breau

Photo credit: Courtesy of Art of Life Records, LLC

  • Known For: Guitarist; father of finger-style jazz guitar
  • Maine Connection: Born in Auburn ME.


Recordings by Lenny Breau

  • Guitar Sounds From Lenny Breau, 1969
  • The Velvet Touch of L. Breau – Live! 1969
  • The Legendary Lenny Breau…Now!, 1979
  • Lenny Breau , 1979
  • Five O’Clock Bells, 1979
  • Mo’ Breau, 1981
  • When Lightn’ Strikes, 1984
  • Legacy, 1983
  • Quietude, 1985
  • Last Sessions, 1988

Books About Lenny Breau

  • One Long Tune: the Life and Music of Lenny Breau by Ron Forbes-Roberts, c2006

Related Websites

Hannibal Hamlin, 1809 – 1891

A book about Hannibal Hamlin
  • Known For: Congressman; Senator; 15th Vice President of the United States (1861-1865) under President Abraham Lincoln.
  • Maine Connection: Born in Paris Hill, ME; politician;


Books About Hannibal Hamlin

  • Hannibal: the Life of Abraham Lincoln’s First Vice President, by Mark Scroggins, c1994
  • The Life and Times of Hannibal Hamlin, by Charles Eugene Hamlin, 1971

Related Websites

David Mallett, 1951 -

David Mallett

Photo credit: Joe Muir

  • Known For: Musician; songwriter.
  • Maine Connection: Lives in Sebec, ME.


Works by David Mallett

  • The Fable True: A Musical Tribute and Presentation of Stories from the Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau, music and narration by David Mallett (audio CD), c2007
  • Inch by Inch: the Garden Song , (children’s book), 1997
  • David Mallett (sound recording), 1978.

Related Websites

Gladys Hasty Carroll, 1904-1999

Books by Gladys Hasty Carroll
  • Known For: author; nominated for Pulitzer Prize.
  • Maine Connection: Born in South Berwick, ME.


Books by Gladys Hasty Carroll

  • As the Earth Turns, c1933
  • Neighbor to the Sky, 1937
  • Dunnybrook, 1943
  • The Book that Came Alive, [1979?]

Related Websites

Dorothy Clark Wilson, 1904-2003

Books by Dorothy Clark Wilson
  • Known For: Author
  • Maine Connection: Born Gardiner, ME; author


Books by Dorothy Clark Wilson

  • Leaves in the wind : a lifetime in verse, 1995(?)
  • Alice and Edith : the two wives of Teddy Roosevelt : a biographical novel, c1989
  • Lone woman : the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor, c1970
  • Prince of Egypt, c1949

Related Websites

Molly Spotted Elk, 1903 - 1977

Molly Spotted Elk, 1928

Molly Spotted Elk; Courtesy of Molly’s daughter, Jean Archambaud Moore

  • Known For: Dancer; actress
  • Maine Connection: Born on Penobscot Reservation; dancer; actress;


Books by Molly Spotted Elk

  • Katahdin: Wigwam's Tales of the Abnaki Tribe, by Molly Spotted Elk,c2003.

Books About Molly Spotted Elk

  • Molly Spotted Elk : a Penobscot in Paris, by Bunny McBride, c1995.

William S. Cohen, 1940 –

Courtesy of Fogler Library, University of Maine

  • Known For: Politician; Secretary of State
  • Maine Connection: Born in Bangor, ME; mayor of Bangor; state representative; U.S. Senator; Secretary of Defense under Pres. William J. Clinton.


Books by William S. Cohen

  • Love in Black and White: a Memoir of Race, Religion, and Romance, c2007
  • Dragon Fire, 2006
  • A Baker’s Nickel: Poetry, 1986
  • The Double Man, 1985

Books about William S. Cohen

  • Senator Bill Cohen: Summary of News Coverage, 1973-1996, 1997(?)

Related Websites

Joe Hill, 1972 -

Joe Hill

Joe Hill from his website,

  • Known For: Award-winning author.
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in Maine.


Books by Joe Hill

  • 20th Century Ghosts, c2007
  • Heart-Shaped Box, c2007
  • Better Than Home, c1999

Related Websites

John Calvin Stevens, 1855-1940

John Calvin Stevens

Credit: From Collections of Maine Historical Society

  • Known For: Architect
  • Maine Connection: Born in Boston, MA; moved to Portland ME at age 2; architect; originator of the Shingle Style


Books about John Calvin Stevens

  • John Calvin Stevens: domestic architecture, 1890-1930 by John Calvin Stevens II, Earle G. Shettleworth; 1990.
  • John Calvin Stevens on the Portland peninsula, 1880-1940 : a listing of his work by address, client, and chronology by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.; 2003.

Books by John Calvin Stevens

  • American domestic architecture : a late Victorian stylebook by John Calvin Stevens & Albert Winslow Cobb ; with a new introduction by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. and William David Barry; c1979.
  • John Calvin Stevens: domestic architecture, 1890-1930 by John Calvin Stevens II, Earle G. Shettleworth; 1990.

Related Websites

Fairfield Porter, 1907-1975

Fairfield Porter

Fairfield Porter in Maine, ca. 1946 / 1 photographic print: b&w; 15 x 09 cm. Courtesy of the Fairfield Porter papers, 1888-2001, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

  • Known For: Artist.
  • Maine Connection: Artist; lived and worked on Great Spruce Island, ME


Books about Fairfield Porter

  • Fairfield Porter: a life in art by Justin Spring; c2000.
  • Fairfield Porter: a catalogue raisonn? of the paintings, watercolors, and pastels by Joan Ludman; with essays by Rackstraw Downes, William C. Agee, John T. Spike; c2001.
  • Fairfield Porter, an American painter by William C. Agee, with Malama Maron-Bersin, Michele White, and Peter Blank; c1993.
  • Fairfield Porter, an American classic by John T. Spike; checklist of the paintings of Fairfield Porter by Joan Ludman; 1992.
  • Fairfield Porter (1907-1975): realist painter in an age of abstraction essays by John Ashbery and Kenworth Moffett; contributions by John Bernard Myers ... [et al.]; c1982. Books by Fairfield Porter
  • Material witness: the selected letters of Fairfield Porter edited by Ted Leigh ; introduction by David Lehman; with additional notes by Justin Spring; c2005.
  • Art in its own terms: selected criticism 1935-1975; edited and with an introduction by Rackstraw Downes; 1993.
  • Fairfield Porter: the collected poems with selected drawings introduction by John Ashbery; edited by John Yau with David Kermani; 1985.

Harold Alfond, 1914 – 2007

Harold Alfond

Courtesy of the Harold Alfond Foundation

  • Known For: Philanthropy; Businessman; Entrepreneur.
  • Maine Connection: Entrepreneur; businessman; philanthropist. Founder of Dexter Shoe co.; inventor of the factory outlet; Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care; Harold Alfond Foundation College Challenge (grants for Maine Newborns); Alfond Arena at the University of Maine.


Related Websites

Helen and Scott Nearing, 1904-1995; 1883-1983

Helen and Scott Nearing

Helen and Scott Nearing, from the website

  • Known For: Back-to-the land movement
  • Maine Connection: Back-to-the-Land proponents; authors; activists.


Books by Helen Nearing

  • Light on Aging and Dying: Wise Words, c1995
  • Loving and Leaving the Good Life, 1992
  • Our Home Made of Stone: Building in Our Seventies and Nineties, c1983
  • Simple Food for the Good Life: an Alternative Cookbook, c1980
  • Living The Good Life; How To Live Sanely And Simply In A Troubled World, 1970

Books by Scott Nearing

  • A Scott Nearing Reader : The Good Life In Bad Times, 1988
  • The Conscience Of A Radical, 1984
  • Man's Search For The Good Life, 1974
  • The Making Of A Radical: A Political Autobiography, c1972

Related Websites

Victor A. McKusick, 1921- 2008

Victor A. McKusick, 1999

Courtsey of Media Relations and Public Affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine

  • Known For: medical genetics; mapping the human genome
  • Maine Connection: Born in Parkman, ME.


Selected Books by Victor A. McKusick

  • Mendelian Inheritance in Man: A Catalog of Human Genes and Genetic Disorders, 1994.
  • Mendelian Inheritance in Maine: Catalogs of Autosomal Dominant, Autosomal Recessive, and X-Linked Phenotypes, 1992.
  • Medical Genetics, 1973.
  • Human Genetics, c1964.

Selected Websites

Bernard Osher, 1927(?) -

Bernard Osher

Photo credit: Craig Morey, Courtsey of the Bernard Osher Foundation

  • Known For: philanthropist; Osher Foundation
  • Maine Connection: native of Biddeford ME; graduate of Bowdoin College; philanthropist; entrepreneur


Selected Websites

Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, 1858-1937

Chansonetta Stanley Emmons

Self Portrait circa 1904; Courtesy Stanley Museum, Kingfield, Maine

  • Known For: Photographer
  • Maine Connection: Member of the Stanley Family of Kingfield, ME -- inventors and innovators.


Books about Chansonetta Stanley Emmons

  • Documenting a myth: the South as seen by three women photographers, Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, Doris Ulmann, Bayard Wootten, 1910-1940, Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, 1998.
  • The Stanleys: Renaissance Yankees: innovation in industry and the arts, by Susan S. Davis, 1997.
  • Chansonetta: the life and photographs of Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, 1858-1937 by Marius B. Peladeau, 1977.

Books by Chansonetta Stanley Emmons

  • The Stanley Family, c1993

Related Websites

Anna Goodale, 1983 -

Anna Goodale holding her 2008 Gold Olympic medal

Courtesy of the Goodale family

  • Known For: 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medal - Rowing
  • Maine Connection: Camden native; Olympic athlete.


Eleanor Logan, 1987 -

Elle Logan

Thanks to the U.S. Olympic Committee

  • Known For: Gold medal winner 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics - Rowing
  • Maine Connection: Boothbay Harbor ME native; Olympic athlete


Related Websites

Andrew Sockalexis, 1891 - 1919

Andrew Sockalexis

Copyright 1913 by H. Ellison Gray; Courtsey of Ed Rice

  • Known For: Marathon Runner
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised on Indian Island, Old Town, Maine


Books About Andrew Sockalexis

  • Native trailblazer: Andrew Sockalexis: Penobscot Indian who followed the Maine running path to glory and tragedy, by Ed Rice, c2008.

Selected Web Resources

Barbara Pierce Bush, 1925 -

Barbara Pierce Bush

1999 Postpresidential Portrait; Thanks to the George Bush Presidential Library.

  • Known For: Former First Lady; Author; Philanthropist
  • Maine Connection: Summer resident, Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, ME


Books by Barbara Bush

  • Reflections: life after the White House, c2003
  • Barbara Bush: a memoir, c.1994.
  • Millie's Book, c1990
  • C. Fred's Story, c1984

Books about Barbara Bush

  • Barbara Bush: matriarch of a dynasty by Pamela Kilian, 2002.
  • Barbara Bush: a biography by Pamela Kilian, 1992.
  • Simply Barbara Bush: a portrait of America's candid First Lady by Donnie Radcliffe, c1989.

Related Websites

Ashley Bryan, 1923 -

Ashley Bryan

Courtesy of Bangor Daily News. Photo by Linda Coan O'Kresik, June 2003

  • Known For: Artist; award-winning children's book illustrator/author; educator; speaker
  • Maine Connection: Lives on Islesford, one of the Cranberry Islands, ME


Selected Books by Ashley Bryan

  • Ashley Bryan's ABC's of African American Poetry, (Coretta Scott King Honor Book), c1997
  • What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals, (Coretta Scott King Honor Book), c1987
  • Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folks Tales, (Coretta Scott King Honor Book), 1986
  • Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum, (winner of the Coretta Scott King Award), c1980

Related Websites

Dennis C. Blair, 1947 -

  • Known For: Admiral, U.S. Navy; nominee for President Obama's Director of Intelligence
  • Maine Connection: Born in Kittery, ME


Books by Dennis C. Blair

  • U.S.-China relations : an affirmative agenda, a responsible course : report of an independent task force / Carla A. Hills and Dennis C. Blair, chairs ; Frank Sampson Jannuzi, project director; New York : Council on Foreign Relations, c2007.
  • Indonesia commission : peace and progress in Papua : report of an independent commission sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Preventive Action Dennis C. Blair, chair, David L. Phillips, project director; New York : Council on Foreign Relations, c2003.

Related Websites

Alan Taylor, 1955 -

Alan Taylor

Thanks to Alan Taylor, History Department, U.C. Davis [University of California]

  • Known For: Author; Winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Maine Connection: Maine native.


Books by Alan Taylor

  • Liberty-Men and White Indians: Frontier Migration, Popular Protest, and the Pursuit of Property in the Wake of the American Revolution, 1985.
  • Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: the Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820, c1995.
  • William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic, 1995 (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
  • American Colonies, 2001.
  • The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution, 2006.
  • The Civil War of 1812 : American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies, 2010.

Related Websites

Myron Avery, 1899 - 1952

Myron Avery

Courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

  • Known For: Appalachian Trail creation and promotion
  • Maine Connection: Born in Lubec, ME; graduated from Bowdoin College.


Selected Books by Myron Avery

  • The Traveler: Two Decades: Random Notes, 1949
  • Maine's Second Mountain, 1945
  • Artists and Katahdin, 1940
  • Guide to the Appalachian Trail in Maine: Katadhin to Mt. Bigelow 173.5 Miles, c1934
  • Climbing Mt. Katahdin in Maine, 1933
  • To Keep Path and its Successors: the History of Katahdin from the East and North, 1929
  • A Bibliography for Mount Kataadn, 1923

Related Websites

James Phinney Baxter, 1831 - 1921

James Phinney Baxter
  • Known For: Businessman, philanthropist
  • Maine Connection: Born in Gorham, ME; entrepreneur - canning and packing business pioneer; 6 times mayor of Portland, ME; Baxter Boulevard, Portland named for him; donated Baxter Memorial Library to Gorham, ME


Selected Books by James Phinney Baxter

  • The Pioneers of New France in New England, with contemporary letters and documents, 1999
  • George Cleeve of Casco Bay 1630-1667: with collateral documents, c1998
  • Christoper Levett of York: the Pioneer Colonist in Casco Bay, 1998
  • Sir Fernando Gorges and his Province of Maine. Including the brief relation, the brief narration, his defence, the charter granted to him, his will and his letters, 1967.
  • Historical Addresses, 1926.

Related Websites

Percival Proctor Baxter, 1876 - 1969

Percival Proctor Baxter

Maine State Library Baxter Collection

  • Known For: Governor of Maine; donated Baxter State Park
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in Portland, ME; graduated from Bowdoin College; governor of Maine; philanthropist - donated Baxter State Park, Mackworth Island for Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf


Selected Books by Percival Proctor Baxter

  • Greatest Mountain--Katahdin's Wilderness: excerpts from the writings of Percival Proctor Baxter, 1999
  • Communication of Percival Proctor Baxter addressed to Honorable Burton H. Cross, Governor..., 1953
  • Addresses 1921 to 1925, 1925
  • My Irish Setter Dogs, 1923?

Related Websites

James Phinney Baxter III, 1893 - 1975

James Phinney Baxter III

James Phinney Baxter, 3rd (1893-1975),Williams College Archives and Special Collections

  • Known For: Winner of 1947 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Maine Connection: Born in Portland ME; Author; historian; winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for History


Selected Books by James Phinney Baxter III

  • Scientists Against Time, 1946 (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Introduction of the Ironclad Warship, 1933
  • The Greatest of Literary Problems: the Authorship of Shakespeare Works: an exposition of all the points at issue, from their inception to the present moment, 1915

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Tracy Kidder, 1945 -

Tracy Kidder

Courtesy of Random House and Gabriel Amadeus Cooney

  • Known For: Award Winning Author
  • Maine Connection: Resides in Maine and Massachusetts.


Selected Books by Tracy Kidder

  • Strength in What Remains, c2009
  • My Detachment: a Memoir, c2005
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains, c2003
  • Home Town, c1999
  • Among Schoolchildren, c1989
  • Soul of a New Machine, c1981


  • 1989 Robert F. Kennedy Award Winner for Among School Children
  • 1982 National Book Award Winner for Soul of a New Machine
  • 1982 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Soul of a New Machine

Selected Websites

Phillip Hoose, 1947 -

Phillip Hoose

Thanks to Phil Hoose.

  • Known For: Author
  • Maine Connection: Lives in Portland, ME


Books by Phillip Hoose

  • Perfect, Once Removed: When Baseball was All the World to Me, 2006
  • The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, 2004

Children's Books by Phillip Hoose

  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, c2009 National Book Award Winner, Newbery Honor Book
  • It's Our World Too: Young People Who are Making a Difference: How They Do It--How YOU Can, Too!, 2002
  • Hey Little Ant, c1998

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Seth Wescott, 1976 -

Seth Wescott, Olympic Gold Medal Snowboard Winner

Seth Wescott, Olympic Gold Medal Snowboard Winner

  • Known For: Snowboard champion
  • Maine Connection: Lives in Skowhegan ME; Olympic Gold Medal winning snowboarder


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Benjamin Vaughan, 1751-1835

  • Known For: Medical Doctor, Diplomat, merchant.
  • Maine Connection: Medical doctor, diplomat, political economist, merchant and British commissioner whose role was to smooth negotiations between Britain and U.S. during the drafting of the Treaty of Paris; friend to Benjamin Franklin. Moved to Hallowell, ME in 1797.


Written by Benjamin Vaughan

  • Letters, on the subject of the concert of princes, and the dismemberment of Poland and France : (first published in the Morning chronicle between July 20, 1792, and June 25, 1793) ; with corrections and additions / by a calm observer (1793)
  • Two papers by the Calm Observer : not printed in the collection of his letters / extracted from the Morning Chronicle (1795)

Books About Benjamin Vaughan

  • *Reminiscences of the Vaughan family, and more particularly of Benjamin Vaughan, LL.D. Read before the New England Historic-Genealogical Society By John H. Sheppard (1865)

  • Benjamin Vaughan 1751-1835 by Mary Vaughan Marvin (1979)

Selected Websites

Thomas Bird Mosher, 1852-1923

  • Known For: Publisher
  • Maine Connection: Born in Biddeford ME; Portland, ME publisher for 33 years.


Born in Biddeford ME in 1852; publisher in Portland ME for 33 years; published over 700 books as well as a periodical The Bibelot.

Books by Mosher

  • The Mosher books : a list of books in belles lettres issued in choice and limited editions (1909-)
  • Amphora : a second collection of prose and verse / chosen by the editor of The Bibelot (1926)

Books about Mosher

  • Thomas Bird Mosher : pirate prince of publishers by Philip R. Bishop (1998)
  • Thomas Bird Mosher and the art of the book by Jean-Francois Vilain, Philip R. Bishop (1992)
  • A check list of the publications of Thomas Bird Mosher of Portland, Maine, MDCCCXCI [to] MDCCCCXXIII compiled & edited by Benton L. Hatch and with a biographical essay by Ray Nash (1966)

Bob Marley, 1967?

  • Known For: Comedian
  • Maine Connection: Stand-up comedian born in Bangor, ME and lives in Portland, ME. Holds the record (Guinness Book of World Records) for longest continuous stand-up routine at 40 hours, the first 18 of which were non-repetitive.



  • 3000 Shows Later (1997)
  • All New Stuff (1998)
  • Up Against the Brick Wall (1999)
  • Sold Out! (2000)
  • Live at Merrill Auditorium (2001)
  • Comedian Bob Marley Live (Previously Released Material) (2002)
  • I'm Tellin' You (2002)
  • Dude...Don't Be Such a Dink! (2003)
  • Greatest Hits Vol.1 (DVD) (2003)
  • Put the Boots to 'Er (2004)
  • Greatest Hits Vol.2 (DVD) (2004)
  • Upta Camp (2005)
  • Greatest Hits Vol.3 (DVD) (2005)
  • Naughty Pine aka Worldwide (CD/DVD Combo) (2006)
  • Don't Feed The Native (Previously Released Material) (2006)
  • Goin' Up the Faya (2007)
  • Big Mouth Bob (CD/DVD Combo) (2008)
  • Runamuck (2008)
  • Maine-iac on the Loose (2008)
  • Drop It Haahd (CD/DVD Combo) (2009)
  • 15 Years In Comedy (Box Set) (2009)
  • Weirdo (2010)

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Elizabeth Strout, 1956 -

Elizabeth Strout

Credit: Miriam Berkley. Thanks to Elizabeth Strout for permission.

  • Known For: Pulitzer Prize (2009) for fiction
  • Maine Connection: Born and raised in Portland, ME and New Hampshire; graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.


Selected Books by Elizabeth Strout

  • Amy and Isabelle: A Novel (1998)
  • Abide With Me: A Novel (2006)
  • Olive Kitteridge (2008) (Pulitzer Prize)

Selected Websites

Alvin O. Lombard, 1856-1937

  • Known For: Inventor of the first track vehicle
  • Maine Connection: Entrepreneur; inventor; invented the first track wheeled vehicle; patented in 1901, Lombard Steam Log Hauler revolutionized the movement of harvested logs through the woods and paved the way for every track-propelled vehicle -- tank, bulldozer, etc.


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Julia Clukey, 1985

  • Known For: Luge
  • Maine Connection: Julia Clukey was born and raised in Augusta, ME and attended Cony High School. She is a world champion luge competitor and was on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team in Vancouver where she finished 17th.


William Widgery Thomas, 1839-1927

  • Known For: Ambassador to Sweden; founder of New Sweden, ME
  • Maine Connection: Lawyer, politician and last U.S. Ambassador to the united kingdoms of Sweden and Norway responsible for encouraging Swedes to emigrate to the U.S., especially Maine. Founder of New Sweden, ME, Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth was donated by and named for him.


Selected Books by William Widgery Thomas

  • Sweden and the Swedes (1891)
  • The Story of New Sweden (1896)