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Eminent Mainers

Succinct biographies of thousands of amazing Mainers

Eminent Mainers

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Eminent Mainers

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In EMINENT MAINERS, by Arthor Douglas Stover, you’ll meet Hiram Abrams, born in Portland in 1878 the son of a Russian immigrant real estate broker, who attended public schools, left school at age sixteen, sold newspapers, bought a cow and started a dairy—and eventually became the founder and president of United Artists. Or Aurelia Gay Mace, born in 1835 in Strong, a Shaker from an early age, credited with the invention of the wire coat hanger. Aurelia achieved national fame in 1890 when she mistook Charles Lewis Tiffany for a tramp, gave him lemonade, brushed his clothes, insisted that he sit down for the noon meal, and sent him off with a box lunch. Tiffany responded by sending her a set of engraved silver. Meet Milton Bradley was born in Vienna (Maine) in 1836, educated at Harvard, worked as a mechanical engineer andpatent solicitor, became interested in lithography, developed a board game, “The Checkered Game of Life,” and founded the Milton Bradley Company. Or Louise Bogan, who was born in Livermore Falls in 1897, moved to Greenwich Village as a young woman, took up the bohemian life and occasionally drove the get-away car for a fur thief, and ended up as the poetry critic for The New Yorker magazine. Maine boring? Never!

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In EMINENT MAINERS, by Arthor Douglas Stover, you’ll meet Hiram Abrams, born in Portland in 1878 the son of a Russian immigrant real estate broker, who attended public schools, left school at age sixteen, sold newspapers, bought a cow and started a dairy—and eventually became the founder and president of United Artists. Or Aurelia Gay Mace, born in 1835 in Strong, a Shaker from an early age, credited with the invention of the wire coat hanger. Aurelia achieved national fame in 1890 when she mistook Charles Lewis Tiffany for a tramp, gave him lemonade, brushed his clothes, insisted that he sit down for the noon meal, and sent him off with a box lunch. Tiffany responded by sending her a set of engraved silver. Meet Milton Bradley was born in Vienna (Maine) in 1836, educated at Harvard, worked as a mechanical engineer andpatent solicitor, became interested in lithography, developed a board game, “The Checkered Game of Life,” and founded the Milton Bradley Company. Or Louise Bogan, who was born in Livermore Falls in 1897, moved to Greenwich Village as a young woman, took up the bohemian life and occasionally drove the get-away car for a fur thief, and ended up as the poetry critic for The New Yorker magazine. Hiram Maxim was born in Sangerville in 1840, demonstrated remarkable ability at whittling at a very early age, and went on to invent the machine gun, cordite, a steam powered airplane, a twin-rotor helicopter, and much more. And then there’s Princess Salm-Salm, born Agnes Elisabeth Winona Leclerque Joy in 1840 in Madawaska, who first achieved notoriety as a circus performer on a galloping horse (while playing an accordion), but then served as a nurse during the Civil War, married a Prussian cavalry officer, journeyed to Mexico to plead for her husband’s life after he was captured during the Battle of Querretare, and was later awarded the Prussian Iron Cross for her nursing work after the Franco-Prussian War. Maine boring? Never!

Reviews:

“…a book to use, peruse and take with several grains of salt and Moxie…a treasure to have on your own shelf…” -The Courier-Gazette, March 15, 2007

“…deserves to be on the shelf of anyone… interested in this state and the people who have made it what it is…” -Camden Herald, January 2007

“…fascinating, funny, and very interesting biographical history of a thousand Mainers…each bio a treasure of enlightened facts…” -Kennebec Journal, July 8, 2007

“…more than 500 pages…over 1,000 mini-portrayals…a compendium that unwittingly becomes a profoundly alluring page-turner.” -Maine Sunday Telegram, January 7, 2007

About the Author:

Arthur Douglas Stover is a diligent compiler and researcher with a lifelong interest in history. He is the seasonal docent at the historic Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, where he may be found giving tours, mowing the lawn, and taking an occasional nap in the back room.

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Weight1.4 lbs
Dimensions6 x 9.00 x 2.794 in
Author

Arthur Douglas Stover

Format

Paperback

ISBN

978-0-88448-285-7

Pages

384

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