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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown


Since its founding, Farmington has been the home to strong, creative, and talented citizens who have shaped the history of the area, the state, the nation, and the world.

Inventors, Designers, Musicians, and Artists

  • Supply Belcher 1751-1836 American composer, singer, and compiler of "tune books"; dubbed the "Handel of Maine."
  • Chester Greenwood 1858-1937 Inventor of earmuffs and other items
  • Lillian Nordica 1857-1914 Internationally famous opera singer
  • John Frank Stevens 1853-1943 UMF graduate who was chief engineer of the Panama Canal
  • Daniel Stewart 1786-1827 Joiner, cabinet maker, and furniture maker

Educators, Authors, and Historians

  • Edward Abbott 1841–1908 American clergyman, journalist, and author, son of Jacob Abbott
  • Jacob Abbott 1803-1879 Founder of The Abbott School and author of children's books, brief histories, biographies, and more
  • Elizabeth Chase Allen 1832-1911 Author, journalist and poet
  • Carolyn Stone 1876-1965 UMF graduate and first physical training instructor at the school, specializing in calisthenics and kinesiology

Business and Political Leaders

  • Leonard Atwood
  • Stephen Titcomb 1752-1847 One of Farmington's first settlers


  • Dan Simoneau born 1959 Olympic cross-country skier
  • Seth Wescott born 1976 Olympic and professional snowboarder