Ohio History

Famous Ohioans

After stumbling upon President William Henry Harrison’s tomb, I did some research on other famous Ohioans.

  1. Neil Armstrong, astronaut, from Wapakoneta, 1930-
  2. George Bellows, painter and lithographer, fromColumbus, 1882-1925
  3. William H. Bennett, inventor of the radio frequency mass spectrometer, from Findlay
  4. Ambrose Bierce, journalist, from Meigs County, 1842-1914
  5. Albert J. Beveridge, political leader, from Highland, 1862-1927
  6. Erma Bombeck, columnist and humorist, from Dayton, 1927-1996
  7. Bill Boyd/Hopalong Cassidy, actor, from Cambridge, 1895-1972
  8. William Jennings Bryan, U.S. presidential candidate, from Salem, 1860-1925
  9. William Meriam Burton, inventor, from Cleveland, 1865-1964
  10. Milton Caniff, cartoonist, from Hillsboro, 1907-1958
  11. Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart Simpson, from Kettering, 1957-
  12. John R. Commons, economist, from Hollansburg,1862-1945
  13. Hart Crane, poet, from Garrettsville, 1899-1932
  14. George Armstrong Custer, army officer, from New Rumley, 1839-1876
  15. Dorothy Dandridge, actress, from Cleveland, 1922-1965
  16. Doris Day, singer, from Cincinnati, 1924-
  17. Clarence Seward Darrow, lawyer, from Kingsman, 1857-1938
  18. Ruby Dee, actress, from Cleveland, 1924-
  19. Hugh Downs, TV broadcaster, from Akron, 1921-
  20. Thomas Edison, inventor, from Milan, 1847-1931
  21. John Evans, physician and educator, from Waynesville, 1814-1897
  22. Clark Gable, actor, from Zanesville, 1901-1960
  23. James A. Garfield, U.S. president, from Cuyahoga County, 1831-1881
  24. Cass Gilbert, architect, from Zanesville, 1859-1937
  25. Lillian Gish, actress, from Springfield, 1893-1993 
  26. John Glenn, astronaut and senator, from Cambridge, 1921-
  27. Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President, from Point Pleasant, 1822-1885
  28. Zane Grey, author, from Zanesville, 1872-1939
  29. Warren G. Harding, U.S. President, from Morrow County, 1865-1923
  30. Charles Martin Hall, inventor, from Thompson, 1863-1914
  31. Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S. President, from Delaware, 1822-1893
  32. Benjamin Harrison, U.S. President, from North Bend, 1833-1901
  33. Robert Henri, painter and teacher, from Cincinnati, 1865-1929
  34. William Dean Howells, author and critic, from Martins Ferry, 1837-1920
  35. Charles Kettering, inventor, from Loudonville, 1876-1958
  36. Kenesaw Mountain Landis, first baseball commissioner, from Millville, 1866-1944
  37. Maya Lin, artist and sculptor, from Athens, 1959-
  38. Dean Martin, singer and actor, from Steubenville, 1917-1995
  39. William McKinley, U.S. President, from Niles, 1843-1901
  40. Toni Morrison, author, from Lorain, 1931-
  41. George W. Norris, U.S. Senator, from Sandusky, 1861-1914
  42. Paul Newman, actor, from Cleveland, 1925-2008
  43. Jack Nicklaus, golfer, from Columbus, 1940-
  44. Annie Oakley, markswoman, from Darke County, 1860-1926
  45. Norman Vincent Peale, clergyman, from Bowersville, 1898-1993
  46. Roy J. Plunkett, chemist, from New Carlisle, 1910-1994
  47. Tyrone Power, actor, from Cincinnati, 1914-1958
  48. Judith Resnik, astronaut, from Akron, 1949-1986
  49. Eddie Rickenbacker, aviator, from Columbus, 1890-1973
  50. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian, from Columbus, 1917-2007
  51. Donalee L. Tabern, inventor, from Bowling Green, 1900-1974
  52. William Tecumseh Sherman, army general, from Lancaster, 1820-1891
  53. Steven Spielberg, director and screenwriter, from Cincinnati, 1946-
  54. Gloria Steinem, feminist, from Toledo, 1934
  55. William Howard Taft, U.S. President, from Cincinnati, 1857-1930
  56. Joyce Kimberly Tatro, educator, from Toledo
  57. Tecumsah, Shawnee Indian chief, from Oldtown, 1768-1813
  58. Ted Turner, broadcasting, from Cincinnati, 1938-
  59. Lowell Thomas, commentator and author, from Woodington, 1892-1981
  60. James Thurber, author and cartoonist, from Columbus, 1894-1961
  61. Ernest H. Volwiler, inventor, from Hamilton, 1893-1992
  62. Raymond Elwin Weber, webmaster, from Toledo
  63. Orville Wright, inventor, from Dayton 1871-1948
  64. Cy Young, baseball player, from Gilmore, 1867-1955
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