What famous people are from your state or town, and what did they do?
A few from Maine are:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poet, Portland
Sarah Orne Jewett author, South Berwick
Stephen King writer, Portland
Linda Lavin actress, Portland
Hiram Stevens Maxim inventor, Sangerville
Edna St. Vincent Millay poet, Rockland
So, who are some of your Jebediahs?
Its Virginia. The names are endless.
But I think my particular town was just a forest during our founding fathers time/war of northern agression.
Larry Bird basketball player, French Lick
Bill Blass fashion designer, Fort Wayne
James Dean actor, Marion
Virgil Grissom astronaut, Mitchell
James R. Hoffa labor leader, Brazil
David Letterman TV host, comedian, Indianapolis
James Whitcomb Riley poet, Greenfield
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. author, Indianapolis
Wilbur Wright inventor, Millville
Max Allan Collins
Here, no one, just me. I am Arkansas' almighty
anyone got a donut?
ETA.Duh, forgot the important one. quite possibly the ONLY important person to ever come from this state.
Carlos Norman Hathcock.
The Blue Appalacians of Kentucky.
Stan Humphries (grew up down the street)
and last but not least.........Johnny Cochran
Too many to list...
But here's a few of the most famous ones:
Stephen F. Austin
You never watch the simpsons?
Matt Groening - cartoonist (The Simpsons), Portland
Chuck Mawhinney - Marine Scout Sniper (103 confirmed kills), Baker City (where I went to high school, I know this guy personally)
Story about Chuck
Sally Struthers - actress, Portland
Your list is fine for me since I am originally from Sanford, ME.
John Goodman went to school at SMS
John Lee Hooker
Le Ann Rimes
James Earl Jones
Stephen Ambrose died in MS but wasn't born here
to name a few...
Jim Henson (the muppets)
A Noble Heart Embiggens the Soul.
That's a good list Cypher, where in MS are you?
Starkville, originally from Jackson.
Henry Huntington. Huntington Beach...
Nephew of the famous Rail magnate. A successful person in his own right, his collections at the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens are hard to top. His Red Cars brought rail travel to Southern California which promoted the development of Orange County. Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Disney movie, followed the conspiracy theme that the Red Cars were shut down to promote cars and freeways....
Very much like the Springfield guy.
Gillespie, Jr., George Lewis
aka: Welford Chapman Bridwell
Cantrell, Charles P.
Cecil, Joseph Samuel
Greer, Allen James
Weld, Seth Lathrop
Harrison, Bolden Reush
Adkinson, Joseph B.
Karnes, James Ernest
Talley, Edward R.
Ward, Calvin John
York, Alvin Cullium
Cooley, Raymond Henry
Coolidge, Charles Henry
Huff, Paul Bert
Kinser, Elbert Luther
McGaha, Charles L.
Willis, John Harlan
Duke, Ray E.
Lyell, William Franklin
Gardner, James Alton
Ray, David Robert
Singleton, Walter Keith
Bonney, Robert Earl
James Polk (I knew it started with a "J")
We'll split him with you. When he goes to Arkansas to film his movies he tells everyone he's from Arkansas.
So, who arrested Johhny Cash there?
Hey Cypher, don't forget:
Peyton, Eli, and Archie Manning-Football
Eudora Welty-Author and namesake of the email program
Bob Ross-Late, great painter of Happy Trees!
Morgan Freeman owns a farm near Oxford, but he was born in Memphis..close enough..
The Mississippi Rising festival is held every year in Amory, MS, formerly known as Stars over MS, where a lot of the native sons and daughters and other people come for a week..This year they are focusing on hurricane relief..It's the two times a year a 747 comes to Tupelo packed with celebs...
Crockett was from Tennessee, Bowie was from Kentucky, Travis was from South Carolina, Houston & Austin were both from Virginia.
A couple of people from my state are Davy Crockett & Alvin York (lots of famous people from TN but these fit the Jebediah Springfield part)
Here's an interesting line I found during a search: The Republicans have the most strength in East Tennessee, which is arguably consists of the most Republican counties in the entire U.S.A. The people of East Tennessee have not elected a Democrat to represent them in Congress since 1878
From this area, specifically, George Mason, George Washington lived here, America Online and MAE East (okay, those aren't people, fine), Robert E. Lee (in the later part of his life), and I think that's about it.
John Coltrane is from the town I live in.
To name a few
Sherwood Anderson (author)
Neil Armstrong (astronaut)
Theda Bara (actress)
Kathleen Battle (opera singer)
George Bellows (painter)
Halle Berry (actress)
Ambrose Bierce (author)
Cindy Blackman (musician)
Erma Bombeck (author)
William Boyd (actor, Hoppalong Cassidy)
Louis Bromfield (author)
John Brown (abolitionist)
Drew Carey (actor)
Tracy Chapman (musician)
Salmon Chase (Lincoln Cabinet member)
Arthur Compton (Nobel Prize, Physics 1927)
Hart Crane (poet)
Wes Craven (filmmaker)
George Armstrong Custer (military)
Dorothy Dandridge (actress)
Clarence Darrow (attorney)
Doris Day (actress)
Ruby Dee (actress)
Stephen Donaldson (author)
Rita Dove (poet)
Hugh Downs (TV broadcaster)
Paul Lawrence Dunbar (poet)
Thomas Edison (inventor)
Carmen Electra (model, actress)
Angie Everhart (model, actress)
Jamie Farr (actor)
Suzanne Farrell (ballet dancer)
Harvey Firestone (industrialist)
Sarah Fisher (race car driver)
Clark Gable (actor)
James Gamble (industrialist)
James Garfield (President)
Cass Gilbert (architect)
Dorothy Gish (actress)
Lilian Gish (actress)
John H. Glenn (astronaut, senator)
Ulysses S. Grant (President)
Macy Gray (musician)
William Green (labor leader)
Zane Grey (author)
Archie Griffin (football player)
Warren G. Harding (President)
Benjamin Harrison (President)
William Henry Harrison (President)
"Screamin" Jay Hawkins (musician)
Rutherford B. Hayes (President)
Wayne "Woody" Hayes (football coach)
Anne Heche (actress)
Bob Hope (actor, comedian)
Dard Hunter (painter)
Christine Hynde (musician)
Allison Janey (actress)
Jim Jarmusch (filmmaker)
Melinda Kanakaredes (actress)
Charles Kettering (inventor)
Bobby Knight (coach)
Kenisaw Mountain Landis (baseball commissioner)
Hudson Liech (actor)
Dean Martin (actor, singer)
William McGuffey (educator)
William McKinley (President)
Toni Morrison (author)
Paul Newman (actor)
Jack Nicklaus (golfer)
Annie Oakley (sharpshooter)
Sarah Jessica Parker (actress)
Norman Vincent Peale (clergyman)
Dave Pilkey (author)
Tyrone Power (actor)
William Proctor (industrialist)
The Prophet (Shawnee leader)
Judith Resnick (astronaut)
Eddie Rickenbacker (military pilot)
Branch Rickey (baseball manager)
John D. Rockefeller (industrialist)
Roy Rogers (actor)
Frank Seiberling (industrialist)
Martin Sheen (actor)
William Tecumseh Sherman (General) One of my personal favorites.
Mamie Smith (musician)
Lily Martin Spencer (artist)
Steven Spielberg (director)
Gloria Steinem (journalist)
Harriet Beecher Stowe (author)
Rachel Sweet (musician)
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (historian)
William Howard Taft (President)
Art Tatum (musician)
Tecumseh (Shawnee leader)
James Thurber (cartoonist, author)
Jim Tressel (football coach)
Ted Turner (broadcasting)
Clarence White (photographer)
Isaac Mayer Wise (educator)
Victoria Woodhull (activist)
Granville Woods (inventor)
Charles Woodson (football player)
Orville Wright (inventor)
Wilbur Wright (inventor)
Frank Yankovic (musician)
Denton Cy Young (baseball player)
A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.