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James Munyon: America’s Medicine Man

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

James Monroe Munyon (1848-1918) was a chemist and an outstanding marketing entrepreneur. He made millions of dollars manufacturing and selling his many “cures” for every possible malady, at a time when the average worker earned less than $600 per year. His advertisements appeared everywhere in America, including the Republican Journal. His personal life was also unusual. He was married three (maybe four) times, always to women several years younger than he, including an actress 36 years his junior who was described as one of the most beautiful actresses of her time. One of his former employees, Hawley Harvey Crippen, later became associated with a grisly murder in London.

Rick Davis, Munyon’s fifth cousin (twice removed) and President of the Wawenoc Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, will present plenty of juicy details about his noteworthy ancestor’s life at the chapter’s February 15 meeting.

All are welcome! This event is free and open to the public.


Monthly meeting of the Wawenoc Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society. These meetings are now in a hybrid format. To receive the Zoom link or for more information, please email Sharon Pietryka at [email protected].


February 15
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Abbott Room