List of people from Lowell, Massachusetts
As one of the largest and oldest cities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lowell has produced many notable people in various fields:
- 1 Academics, Science, and Engineering
- 2 Law
- 3 Military Service
- 4 Politics and Public Service
- 5 Industry, Invention and Business
- 6 Astronautics
- 7 Literature and Entertainment
- 8 Music
- 9 Arts and Design
- 10 Sports
- 11 Other
- 12 References
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
- Stanley Elroy Qua, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts
- 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 
- Charles Sweeney, USAF Major who piloted the B-29 Bockscar on its mission to drop the Fat Man nuclear weapon on Nagasaki
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 Chancellor of UMass/Lowell
- 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
- Paul Tsongas, Congressman 1975–1979, U.S. Senator 1979–1985, and Democratic presidential candidate 1992, for whom the Tsongas Arena is named
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
- Tom Sexton, writer
- Paul Sullivan, sports radio personality WBZ and columnist for Lowell Sun
- Robert Tessier, actor and stuntman
- Vince Vouyer, porn star
- Gary Hoey, Guitar player
- George Whitefield Chadwick, composer
- Rosalind Elias, opera singer
- Hell Within, hardcore/metal band from Lowell
- PVRIS, alternative rock band
- The Shods, rock band from Lowell - were awarded the Key to City of Lowell.
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
- 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
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