Category Archives: People

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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Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was born in Jamestown, New York in 1908. He is known well known for his field guides to wildlife. He published his first guide to birds in 1934 and invented a system of field identification.

His guides …

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Fred McFeely Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1928. He has been the host of the popular PBS children’s show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for more than three decades.

He has lived in Pennsylvania for most of his 73 years …

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William Clark Gable

Clark Gable, the “King of Hollywood”, was born in Cadiz, Ohio in 1901.

His father was an oil rigger and later a farmer. His mother died when he was an infant and his father remarried. However Clark’s stepmother encouraged him …

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Henry Clay Frick

Henry Clay Frick was born in 1849 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

He was born poor and in ill health but had a drive to succeed. In the industrial era in Appalachia, he seized his chance. He organized a company that …

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Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt was born in 1942 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, at one time the poorest county in the United States. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade and lied about his age to enlist in the army at …

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