Legendary Locals of Bangor
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Since its settlement in 1769, Bangor's greatest resource has been its people. Long before 1834, when the town on the Penobscot became a city, future legends were born who transformed it into a world-class community. Hannibal Hamlin served as Abraham Lincoln's first vice president. Timber tycoon Sam Hersey financed urban development while less affluent folk such as Molly Molasses also made their mark. When philanthropists Stephen and Tabitha King are not writing best-selling novels, they are spreading their wealth throughout the community. Bangor's melting pot includes the Italian Baldacci family and the Jewish baker Reuben Cohen, who, with his wife Clara, raised their son Bill, a US senator and defense secretary. More infamous but equally legendary is brothel keeper Fanny Jones. Paul Bunyan earned a statue on Main Street. Airport troop greeters Kay Lebowitz and Bill Knight round out the list of notables. They are all jewels in Bangor's crown, and each in their own way is a bona fide legend.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467100731
: Arcadia Publishing
: 06/08/2015
: Maine
: Legendary Locals
: 177 Duotone
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Bangor native Richard R. Shaw is a 30-year veteran of the Bangor Daily News, where he enjoyed answering arcane questions as the city's unofficial historian and photograph archivist. His freelance features have appeared in magazines and newspapers, and he has served as a History Channel commentator. This is his fourth Arcadia Publishing book about Bangor. Author and photographer Brian F. Swartz is a 27-year veteran of the Bangor Daily News, where he edited special sections and The Weekly, a community broadsheet. An avid Civil War historian, he also writes the popular Maine at War weekly blog.
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