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Maine Famous

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within a state for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the state in their personal endeavors.

A - B

  • Myron Avery appalachian trail creator
  • Christopher Daniel Barnes actor
  • Percival Proctor Baxter state governor
  • Leon Leonwood Bean founder ll bean, inc. retail
  • Anna Belknap actress
  • Joan Benoit olympic medalist
  • James Gillespie Blaine politician
  • Cindy Blodgett basketball player
  • Milton Bradley board game pioneer
  • David Brancaccio journalist, PBS host
  • Owen Brewster politician
  • Amanda Buckner martial artist
  • Joshua Chamberlain army officer, governor
  • Walter Van Tilburg Clark author, poet
  • William Cohen author, politician
  • Reuben Colburn shipbuilder
  • Ernest "Ernie" Coombs entertainer
  • Ricky Craven race car driver
  • Ian Crocker olympic medalist
  • Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby writer, hunter
  • Cyrus Curtis publisher
D - F
  • Marcus Davis martial artist
  • Howie Day singer, songwriter
  • Patrick Dempsey actor
  • Dorothea Dix human rights activist
  • Leland Dysart actor
  • Kevin Eastman comic book artist
  • Chansonetta Stanley Emmons photographer
  • Greg Finley II actor
  • James Flavin actor
  • Lynn Flewelling author
  • John Ford film director
  • Joseph Frye major general revolutionary war
  • Melville Fuller u.s. chief justice
  • John B. Gagnon strongman performer
  • Joey Gamache boxer
  • Scott Garland wrestler
  • Gary Gordon medal of honor recipient
  • Moses Greenleaf author, cartographer
  • Chester Greenwood inventor earmuff
  • Patty Griffin singer, songwriter
  • Robert Browne Hall composer
  • Hannibal Hamlin vice president
  • Marsden Hartley artist, poet
  • Juliana Hatfield singer, songwriter
  • James "Chico" Hernandez athlete, wrestler
  • Oliver Otis Howard union general, founder howard university
J - L
  • Sarah Orne Jewett novelist, writer
  • David E. Kelley writer, producer
  • Stephen King author
  • William King first governor
  • Matt Kinney baseball player
  • Henry Knox first u.s. secretary of war
  • Linda Lavin singer, actress
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poet
  • Elijah P. Lovejoy journalist, editor, abolitionist


  • Dick MacPherson football coach
  • Bob Marley comedian
  • Andrea Martin actress, comedienne
  • Hiram Stevens Maxim inventor automatic machine gun, mousetrap
  • Vaughn Meader comedian, impersonator
  • Carl "Stump" Merrill baseball manager
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay poet, playwright, nobel prize laureate
  • George J. Mitchell politician
  • Ruth Moore author
  • Marston Morse mathematician
  • Frank Munsey creator pulp magazines
  • Edward Muskie politician
N - Q
  • Judd Nelson actor, writer
  • Rachel Nichols actress
  • Lillian Nordica operatic soprano
  • George Lorenzo Noyes writer, artist, naturalist
  • William Phips colonial governor
  • Walter Piston composer
  • Shirley Povich sports writer, reporter
  • Phineas Quimby philosopher, healer, scientist
  • Thomas Brackett Reed politician
  • Kenneth Roberts author
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson pulitzer prize winner
  • Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller u. s. vice president
  • Victoria Rowell actress, dancer
  • Tim Sample humorist
  • Margaret Chase Smith politician
  • Samantha Smith youngest ambassador
  • Olympia Snowe politician
  • Louis Sockalexis baseball player
  • Percy Spencer inventor microwave oven
  • Frances Edgar and Freelan O. Stanley inventors stanley steamer automobile
  • Robert Stanley baseball player
  • Andrew St. John actor
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe author, abolitionist
  • Bill Swift baseball player
  • Tim Sylvia martial artist
T - W
  • Phyllis Thaxter actress
  • Gary Thorne sports announcer
  • Artemus Ward writer
  • Sam Webb politician
  • John Hay Whitney publisher, u.s. ambassador

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Maine Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Lewiston Androscoggin 207
Houlton Aroostook 207
Portland Cumberland 207
Farmington Franklin 207
Ellsworth Hancock 207
Waterville Kennebec 207
Rockland Knox 207
Waldoboro Lincoln 207
Oxford Oxford 207
Bangor Penobscot 207
Dover Foxcroft Piscataquis 207
Bath Sagadahoc 207
Skowhegan Somerset 207
Belfast Waldo 207
Machias Washington 207
Biddeford York 207

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