Notable Residents

This starter list was taken from the Homer web site:

Biographies and more names to come.


Jedediah Barber (1787–1876) – biography and portrait

Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894)

Andrew White (1832-1918)

David Hannum (1832-1892)

The Lincoln Connection

Three residents of Homer had an important connection to President Abraham Lincoln.  Martin Sweeney, Town Historian for Homer, has written a wonderful book about these connections:  Lincoln’s Gift from Homer, NY:  A Painter, An Editor, and A Detective

1 – Francis Bicknell Carpenter, born in Homer in 1830, was an important portrait artist.  He painted the First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln.  He spent 6 months at the White House and penned the book Six Months in the White House with Abraham Lincoln – available online.

2 – William Osborn Stoddard, born September 24, 1835 at 5 Albany Street, Homer, was assistant personal secretary to President Lincoln.

3 – Eli DeVoe was born in Homer in 1809.  The sign marking the site of the log cabin he was born in states “member U.S. secret service, detected and frustrated a plot to kill Lincoln.”