Category Archives: People

William Childs Westmoreland

“William C. Westmoreland was born in Spartanburg South Carolina in 1914. His father was a successful textile manufacturer. He attended West Point and graduated in 1936. He served in WWII first as an artillery commander then as a staff officer. …

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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

Pearl Buck was born in 1892, the fourth of seven children, in Hillsboro, West Virginia to Southern Presbyterian Missionaries who were home on furlough.

At three months, she was taken to China by her parents. She grew up speaking both …

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Rosa Lee Parks

Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1913. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was a teacher. She grew up on her grandparents’ farm near Montgomery and attended the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls.

She attended the …

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Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynnette, country music’s “Heroine of Heartbreak” was born in 1942 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Her real name was Virginia Wynette Pugh.

She recorded a string of hits and received two Emmy awards, plus many other honors including a place …

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton was born in 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee. She was from a family of twelve children.

She reportedly began to make up songs before she could read or write and has since authored more than 300 songs, many …

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William Cuthbert Faulkner

William Faulkner was born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, one of four sons. His great grandfather was a Civil War Colonel and best selling author.

He moved with his parents as a child to Oxford, Mississippi, a town that …

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Charles E. Yeager

Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager was born in Myra, West Virginia in 1923, the second of four children. He completed high school but did not attend college. His father was a gas driller.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at …

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Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson was born in 1921 as Charles Buchinsky in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania.

He was one of 15 children in a Lithuanian coal mining family and, though he completed high school, worked in the mines himself before serving as a tail …

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Loretta Webb Lynn

Loretta Lynn was born in 1935 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

She is a coal miner’s daughter and the second of eight children. She married at 13 and had four children by 17. She had a total of six children and …

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Rachel Louise Carson

Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania in 1907. She attended the Pennsylvania College for Women, studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and received her MA in zoology at Johns Hopkins.

She had a 15 year career at …

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Chester Arthur Burnett

Howlin’ Wolf” Chester Arthur Burnett ranks near the top in the category of great blues performers. He was born in 1910,in a rural community, White Station, in Northern Mississippi, near the current town of West Point, and he grew up …

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James Cleveland Owens

James Cleveland Owens, better known as Jesse Owens, was born in Oakville, Alabama in 1913, the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of a slave.

He moved with his family to Cleveland Ohio at the age of 8. He …

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