Patch wants to know who is the most prominent Natick native of all time?
Let us know in the comments. Also let us know if you have ever seen any around town?
Here is a list of notable residents that either once lived in Natick or currently live in Natick. This list was compiled by wikipedia.org:
- Horatio Alger, Jr., minister, author of children's books with a rags to riches theme, settled in Natick in 1860 and built his family home in South Natick
- Thomas S. Allen, American composer and lyricist of musicals including Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
- James Bamford, author, journalist who writes about the world of United States intelligence agencies
- John Carlson, NHL player for the Washington Capitals
- William Finn, Tony-winning composer and lyricist of musicals including Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
- Keene Fitzpatrick, legendary track coach at Yale, Michigan and Princeton, 1890–1932
- Jorssen Flurgen, Consultant to NAPI Farm Operations, Discovered largest ever cache of Navaho artifacts, 2012
- Darren Flutie, CFL and NFL veteran who attended Natick High School before going to Boston College; 2nd all time in receptions in the CFL. CFL Hall of Famer
- Doug Flutie, NFL and CFL veteran who attended high school in Natick, before going to Boston College; retired from the New England Patriots after the 2005–06 season; resides in Natick, 50th Heisman Trophy winner; also played for many other NFL teams, including the Buffalo Bills
- Alison Fraser, Broadway performer and two-time Tony Award nominee grew up in Natick; graduated from Natick High School (1973)
- Alfred S. Hartwell (1836–1912), commanded the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, sister regiment of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, during the Civil War. He led Union troops into Charleston, South Carolina when it fell and worked for the Freedman's Bureau. Moved to the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1868 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Hawaiian Supreme Court.
- Walt Hriniak, briefly a Major League Baseball player and, more notably, a prominent batting coach.
- Joseph Keefe, longest serving Natick Public Schools superintendent (1976-1990) and community activist.
- Harold Kushner, rabbi and author of many books, especially known for When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
- Harvey Leonard, chief meteorologist for WCVB-TV
- Meg Mallon, professional golfer on the LPGA Tour and twice winner of the U.S. Women's Open
- William Nutt, moved to Natick in 1856, went to Kansas to oppose pro-slave forces there in 1858 and was an organizer of the Natick Shoe Strike in 1860. Served with the 55th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War and rose to the rank of Colonel.
- Michael Owen former principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre
- Rob Patterson, former guitarist for Otep, touring guitarist for Korn, currently[when?] the guitarist for Filter (band) and engaged to Carmen Electra
- Rene Rancourt, professional singer, sings the national anthem at all home Boston Bruins hockey games.
- Jonathan Richman, proto-punk rock icon and founder of The Modern Lovers
- Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American author and abolitionist, whose novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery and received world-wide acclaim. Her novel "Old Town Folks" was written while she was living in Natick and tells the story of her husband's family.
- Alexander Wheelock Thayer, United States consul at Trieste in 1859 and author of a biography of Ludwig van Beethoven published in 1866
- Waban, 17th-century tribal chief
- Sara Whalen, Olympic soccer silver medalist
- Henry Wilson, the eighteenth Vice President of the United States, lived at 33 West Central Street and worked as a shoemaker at his shoe shop at 181 West Central Street.