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Notable Alumni and Historical Figures

We are proud of our rich and interesting history, just as we are proud of the Hebron Academy students who went on to make a significant mark in the world.

Notable Alumni

Hannibal Hamlin

Vice President under Abraham Lincoln; U.S. Senator from Maine; President of Colby College Board.

Hamlin’s law desk from his Hampden, Maine office, and several items from his personal library remain at Hebron.

John Brown Russwurm

One of the first African-Americans to graduate from college in the U.S. (Bowdoin, 1826) and an early spokesman against slavery. He helped establish and edit the Freedom's Journal, the first newspaper in the United States owned, operated, published, and edited by African-Americans. He later migrated to Liberia where he was the first Superintendent of Schools, Editor of the Liberia Herald, Governor of the Maryland section of Liberia, and where he recruited African-Americans to settle. 

Portrait by artist Eurnice Harris

John D. Long

Attended Hebron Academy, Harvard University, and Harvard Law School. He was a lawyer, Massachusetts legislator, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, a Congressman, and then Secretary of the Navy under President McKinley. He was the President of Hebron’s Board of Trustees from 1912-1914. Long Cottage, which still houses two Academy families today, was built with funds received from Long’s estate. Long was the principal speaker at Hebron’s Centennial and at the dedication of Atwood Hall.

Freelan O. Stanley 1873

Graduate, member of the Board of Trustees for 29 years, 26 as President. With his identical twin brother, F.E. Stanley, invented a photographic process sold to George Eastman (Kodak), invented and manufactured the famous Stanley Steamer automobile, and set a world land speed record in 1906.

He also designed and built the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. He oversaw the establishment of the Estes Park Protective and Improvement Association, which eventually played an important role in establishing Rocky Mountain National Park.

Honorable Eugene Hale

U.S. Congressman and then Senator from Maine. He was a senior member of the legal firm Hale & Emery. He was also U.S. Congressman from California.

Nellie Whitman 1876

From South Paris, ME. Graduated in 1876 and began teaching at the school. Taught mathematics until 1915. She is the longest-tenured female faculty member in the school’s history. She worked with Head of School William Sargent for 30 years. Her devoted correspondence with alumni helped establish the alumni association in the 1920s.

Bessie Fenn 1907

Bessie Fenn was a great player and competed on the national level for several years, winning championships in the 1920s in Maine and Florida. She became the first female golf professional to be in charge of a club in the United States when she took over for her father at Poland Spring in Maine and also Palm Beach in Florida.

Danny MacFayden 1925

Danny MacFayden was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Boston Braves.

After graduating from Hebron in 1925, he returned in the 1931–32 offseason to serve as the school's hockey coach. MacFayden continued to work as the Hebron Academy hockey and baseball coach into the early 1940s.

Sam Stafford '68

Judicial magistrate for the Eighth Judicial Circuit In Florida (1989 - present)  and professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law (1988 - present).

He and his wife, Harriet, were awarded the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Award in 2018 for their fighting for equality in education and working to improve the quality of life for all citizens.

Suzanne Smrekar '80

Suzanne works for NASA in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1992 - present). Since 2010 she has been the Deputy Principal Investigator for the Mars Insight project. She has authored/co-authored 34 publications.

Among her awards:
2012 – NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
2015 – Elected to the International Academy of Astronautics.  

Brown University - graduated 1984
Southern Methodist University - PhD 1990

Historical Figures