List of people from Lowell, Massachusetts
As one of the largest cities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lowell has produced many notable people in various fields:
Academics, science, and engineering
- George Bassett Clark, Astronomer (reflective telescope)
- Samuel Luther Dana, Chemist and consultant to the Merrimack Manufacturing Company
- Helen Sawyer Hogg, Astronomer
- Louis Olney, Professor of Chemistry at the Lowell Technological Institute; founder and first president of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
- Reverend Frederick Foley, President of Providence College 1945–1947
- Roger Boisjoly, Mechanical engineer, fluid dynamicist, and an aerodynamicist. Winner of the AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility in 1988 for raising concerns about material defects which were ignored by Morton Thiokol that resulted in the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.
- Stanley Elroy Qua, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
- Barbara Savitt Pearson, Justice of the Lowell District Court
- Frederick Aiken, lawyer and Civil War veteran, defense attorney for Mary Surratt
- Alice Parker Lesser, 1880s-1900 lawyer who published many articles, and procured legislation for the property-owning rights of women
- Loren W. Collins, Minnesota jurist and legislator
- Charles Herbert Allen, Representative to U.S. Congress, 4 March 1885 – 3 March 1889, Secretary of the Navy 1898–1900, Governor of Puerto Rico 1900–1902
- Adelbert Ames, Governor 1868–1870,1874–1876 and Senator from Mississippi 1870–1874, Union general in the Civil War and the Spanish–American War, son-in-law of Benjamin Franklin Butler
- Benjamin Franklin Butler, Congressman 1867–1879, Union general in the Civil War, Governor of Massachusetts 1883–1884, and Greenback Party presidential candidate 1884, for whom the Butler School is named
- Gustavus Fox, Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War
- Mary Hallaren, Director of Women's Army Corps
- John McFarland, Medal of Honor recipient, Civil War, for whom the USS McFarland is named
- David H. McNerney, Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam
- Ryan M. Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient, Afghanistan
- Joseph A. Sladen, Union Army Medal of Honor recipient, raised in Lowell
- Charles Sweeney, USAF Major who piloted the B-29 Bockscar on its mission to drop the Fat Man nuclear weapon on Nagasaki
- Edgar A. Wedgwood, sheriff of Hall County, Nebraska and adjutant general of the Utah National Guard
Politics and public service
- Walker Lewis, African-American abolitionist and early Mormon Elder
- Benjamin Dean, Congressman 1878–1879
- Frederic Thomas Greenhalge, Congressman 1889–1891, for whom the Greenhalge Elementary School is named.
- Allen Hobbs, Charles H. Allen's grandson, 32nd Governor of American Samoa 1944–1945, 35th Hydrographer of the United States Navy 1948–1950s
- Marty Meehan, Congressman 1993–2007, current President of the University of Massachusetts 
- Addison W. Merrill, Wisconsin State Assemblyman 1897
- Maurice K. Goddard, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, a driving force in creating 45 Pennsylvania state parks in his 24 years in office
- Rady Mom, Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Frank B. Morse, Republican; Congressman 1961–1972, for whom the Morse Elementary School is named
- Patrick O. Murphy, the youngest Mayor in the city's history, elected at age 29 in January 2012.
- John Jacob Rogers, Republican; Congressman 1913–1925
- Parlan Semple, Wisconsin State Assemblyman 1869–1871
- Ezekiel A. Straw, Governor of New Hampshire 1872–1874
- Niki Tsongas, Congresswoman 2007–2019
- Paul Tsongas, Congressman 1975–1979, U.S. Senator 1979–1985, and Democratic presidential candidate 1992, for whom the Tsongas Arena is named
- Curtis Chanthaboun, young Asian-American activist and community/youth leader
Industry, invention and business
- James Taylor Ames, born in Lowell, noted manufacturer
- Frederick Ayer (1822), industrialist, investor, first president of the American Woolen Company
- Dr. James Cook Ayer (1818), industrialist, patent medicine tycoon
- Kirk Boott (1790–1837), industrialist, for whom the Boott Mills and Kirk Street are named
- Milton Bradley, founder of the Milton Bradley Company, developed board games
- Fred C. Church, founder of Fred C. Church Insurance
- Telemachus & George Demoulas, grocery store tycoons
- James B. Francis, pioneer of American civil engineering for whom the Francis Locks are named
- Daniel Gage, Gage Ice Company, for whom Gage Park and Gage Street are named
- Ted Leonsis, billionaire who worked at Wang labs
- Augustin Thompson, a physician, businessman and philanthropist who created the Moxie soft drink
- An Wang, inventor and businessman, for whom the Wang Middle School is named
- Richard M. Linnehan, NASA astronaut 1992–present; five space missions to date, including Hubble Space Telescope upgrades and repairs
Literature and entertainment
- Michael Ansara, actor
- Nicholas A. Basbanes, author and cultural historian (A Gentle Madness, On Paper)
- Michael Casey, poet
- Michael Chiklis, Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actor
- Cora Linn Daniels, writer
- Bette Davis, Academy Award-winning actress
- George Washington Dixon, entertainer and newspaper editor
- Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award-winning actress (Moonstruck)
- Mark Goddard, actor (Lost in Space)
- Ray Goulding, radio comedian (of Bob & Ray)
- James P. Hogan, film director
- Deborah Hopkinson, children's author
- Nancy Kelly, Tony Award-winning actress, nominated for Academy Award and Emmy Awards (36 movies)
- Jack Kerouac, writer (On the Road), for whom the downtown park is named
- Elinor Lipman, writer, columnist The Boston Globe
- Ed McMahon, entertainer, announcer, actor
- Matt Mira, comedian, The Nerdist Podcast
- Giuseppina Morlacchi, ballerina, dancer, and actress who introduced the can-can to the American stage
- Louis Phillips, author, poet, and dramatist
- Maryann Plunkett, actor
- Tom Sexton, writer
- Paul Sullivan, sports radio personality WBZ and columnist for Lowell Sun
- Robert Tessier, actor and stuntman
- Vince Vouyer, porn star
- Jujubee, drag performer, Season 2 of Rupaul’s Drag Race
- Bob Bachelder, orchestra leader and educator
- Gary Hoey, guitar player
- George Whitefield Chadwick, composer
- Rosalind Elias, opera singer
- Hell Within, hardcore/metal band from Lowell
- PVRIS, alternative rock band
- Professor Lyrical, rapper and professor
- The Shods, rock band from Lowell - were awarded the Key to City of Lowell.
- Vein, metalcore band
- John Kellette, songwriter, actor, director. Famous song he wrote was I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles.
- Boney James, saxophonist, songwriter, and record producer.
Arts and design
- Charles H. Allen, painter and 1st governor of Puerto Rico
- Margaret Foley (1820–1877), sculptor
- Adelia Sarah Gates (c. 1823–1912), botanical illustrator and watercolorist
- David Hilliard (1964- ), photographer
- Thomas B. Lawson (1807–1888), landscape painter
- Christopher Makos (1948- ), photographer, artist
- Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858–1925), Impressionist painter
- David Dalhoff Neal (1838–1915), portrait painter
- Alfred Ordway (1821–1897), landscape painter
- William Preston Phelps (1848–1917), landscape painter
- Frederick W. Stickney (1854–1918), architect, master of stone architecture
- James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), painter and etcher
- Sarah W. Whitman (1842–1904), artist, illustrator, stained glass designer, and author
Larry Cavanaugh Sr., started the first men's basketball league in Lowell. Long time chief of basketball officials in Lowell. In 1959, he was instrumental in the founding of IAABO Board 95 in Lowell as a charter member, served as the president of the board.
- Steve Alexakos, lineman for Denver Broncos 1970, New York Giants 1971
- Bill Cooke, defensive line for Green Bay Packers 1975, San Francisco 49ers 1976–77, Detroit Lions 1978, and Seattle Seahawks 1978–1980
- John Blake Galvin, Jr., linebacker for New York Jets 1988–1991
- Bruce Laird, Pro Bowl cornerback for Baltimore Colts 1972–1983
- Menil Mavraides, offensive lineman for Philadelphia Eagles 1954, 1957
- Ray McLean, halfback for Chicago Bears 1940–1948, Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers 1953,1958
- John Miller, lineman for Washington Redskins 1956–1960
- Anthony Prior, gridiron football player
- Ray Riddick, end for the Green Bay Packers from 1940–1946, for whom the High School Gymnasium is named
- Billy Sullivan, owner of New England Patriots from 1960–1988
- Robert Joseph Sullivan, running back for San Francisco 49ers 1948
Many professional baseball players came out of Lowell in the late 1800s, including
- Charlie Snow (1874)
- Denny Driscoll (1880–1884)
- Frank McLaughlin (1882–1884)
- John Grady (1884)
- Jack Corcoran (1884)
- John Firth (1884)
- Art Sladen (1884)
- Bill Conway (1884–1886)
- Dick Conway (1886–1888)
- Marty Sullivan (1887–1891)
- Ed "Sleepy" Flanagan (1887–1889)
- Frank Bonner (1894–1903)
- Bill Merritt (1891–1899)
- Bob Ganley (1905–1909)
- Mike Balas, pitched one game for the Boston Bees in 1938
- Johnny Barrett, outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1942–1946
- Skippy Roberge, infielder for the Boston Braves, 1941–1942, 1946
- Dicky Eklund, pro boxer 1975–1985, welterweight
- Tommy Ellis, boxer, 1952–1962, known for a long series of epic showdowns on Dumont Network Thursday Night Fights in Lowell against Tony "The Bus" Gilbrecki
- Ralph Lally, New England Golden Gloves Champion, Light Heavyweight-175lbs., 1970
- Micky Ward, pro boxer 1985–2003, junior welterweight
- Ethan Thomas Brown, 2007 and 2008 U23 Triathlon National Champion 2012 USA Olympic development team roster
- Shelagh Donohoe, 1992 Barcelona, took silver medal in rowing (Women's Coxless Fours), current URI head coach
- Ernest N. Harmon, 1924 Paris, finished 31st in Modern Pentathlon (5th in shooting); U.S. Army Major General in World War II; President of Norwich University 1950–1956
- Nathaniel Jenkins, 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics Berlin 2009; 7th in 2008 USA Olympic Team trials
- Alfons Mello Travers, 1924 Paris, finished 5th in Men's Welterweight Boxing, turned pro and finished 37/10 with 18 KOs; retired as a restaurant owner in Lowell
- Louis Cyr, French-Canadian strongman, lived in Lowell from 1878 to 1883
- Billy Pappas, professional foosball player. Born in Lowell, Sept. 28, 1984.
- Manny Santiago, professional skateboarder
- Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler, cartographer
- Roger Morin, Bishop
- William Henry O'Connell, Cardinal, Archdiocese of Boston
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- Robinson, Michael D. (2017). Seth Pope's Journal of the Oregon Scottish Rite. Portland, OR: Orient of Oregon Scottish Rite. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-365-98035-0 – via Google Books.
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