American inventor most famous for having invented the modern earmuffs in 1873. He was a shrewd businessman and owned patents on a variety of other inventions, including a steel tooth rake and a tea kettle.
He was born in Farmington, Maine and dropped out of grammar school. He first came up with the idea for earmuffs while ice skating at age 15.
December 21st was declared Chester Greenwood Day by the state of Maine in 1977.
He was married to Isabel Whittier and fathered four children.
He and microwave oven co-inventor Percy Spencer were born born in Maine.