Hudson, Maine

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Hudson is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,393 at the 2000 census.



Hudson was first settled about 1800. In 1824 it became a plantation, and was named "Jackson", probably after Andrew Jackson. In 1825, however it was incorporated as the town of "Kirkland". The name was changed to "Hudson" in 1854 after Hudson, Massachusetts.[1]

Ephriam Braley, a lumberman and folk singer from Hudson, composed the song "Canaday-I-O" about 1854, which became popular in American lumber camps.[2]

Maxwell Anderson, the New York based Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and writer of film scripts, bought a Hudson farmhouse in 1937 for use as a vacation home. He is best known for the plays Anne of the Thousand Days, What Price Glory?, Key Largo, and the screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.2 square miles (104.1 km²), of which, 37.8 square miles (97.9 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it (5.92%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,393 people, 508 households, and 386 families residing in the town. The population density was 36.8 people per square mile (14.2/km²). There were 677 housing units at an average density of 17.9/sq mi (6.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, 0.50% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.14% Pacific Islander, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.

There were 508 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.03.

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