Henry H. Hamilton was born and raised in Oxford Hills, and grew up enjoying his Maine home until he joined the United States Air Force at age 18. After spending more than four years serving as a military intelligence analyst assigned to the National Security Agency, Hamilton attended the University of Maine for his undergraduate studies, majoring in English. He then attended La Sorbonne in Paris, France, for a diploma in French civilization. In later life, he attended Alabama A&M University, completing a master’s degree in animal science.
While in graduate school, Hamilton won a story-telling contest offered by Alabama Public Radio, WLRH-FM, in Huntsville, Alabama. He was then offered an opportunity to tell stories, based on his vast collection of journals, each Saturday morning on a program known as The Sundial. He did so for five years and was known in Alabama as “Our Yankee in Dixie.” Hamilton is currently compiling many of these stories into a book tentatively entitled Footloose Country Boy.
For the majority of his adult life, Hamilton worked as an international aid and development professional, traveling and working in forty-nine countries. Returning home to Maine to retire, Hamilton discovered that all those years working internationally had left him short on retirement quarters, so he accepted the position of superintendent of the Maine Wildlife Park. In 2004, the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park asked him to tell scary stories at a Halloween event. When he couldn't find a story he liked, he wrote several of his own. He found writing spooky stories for children fun. The result is Night Full Frightful: A Collection of Spooky Rhymes, published in 2013. This book is gloriously illustrated by Norway artist Pat Chandler, who set many of the scenes in Maine landscapes.
Now “retired,” Hamilton and his wife Shirley maintain a hobby farm in Otisfield, raising llamas, sheep, goats, and a great variety of birds. He lives one mile from the house he grew up in, in a home that overlooks a forest, lake, and hills beyond, where his family had settled six generations earlier.