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Famous People from Michigan
Biographies, Famous People from Michigan
Tim Allen (1953 - ) Actor, famous
for the T.V. series Home Improvement; grew up
Chris Van Allsburg (1949 - ) Writer of
children’s books who won Caldecott Awards for
drawings in The Polar Express and Jumanji;
born in Grand Rapids.
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
(1658 - 1730), French colonial administrator,
founder of Detroit (1701).
Lewis Cass (1782 - 1866),
Michigan territorial governor (1813 - 1831),
U. S. senator from Michigan (1845 - 1857), U.
S. cabinet officer, and Democratic candidate
(1848) for the U. S . presidency.
Walter P. Chrysler (1875 - 1940)
Industrialist who established the Chrysler
Madonna Louise Ciccone (1958 - )
Singer with hit singles “Material Girl,” and
“Vogue.” She has also acted in such movies as
A League of Their Own, and Evita; born in Bay
Ty Cobb (1886 - 1961) Baseball
star, played 22 seasons (1905 - 1926) for the
- Francis Ford Coppola (1939 - )
Writer, producer, and director, most famous
for The Godfather; born in Detroit.
George Armstrong Custer (1839 -
1876) Commander of Michigan's cavalry brigade
in the Civil War, later killed in the Battle
of the Little Bighorn
Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931) Inventor;
lived in Port Huron.
Gerald R. Ford (1913 - ) Became the 38th
President of the United States when Richard
Nixon resigned; grew up in Grand Rapids.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947) Founded the
Ford Motor Company in 1903; from Dearborn.
Daniel Gerber (1898 - 1974) Developed
canned baby food in 1927.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson (1959 - )
Basketball star that led the Los Angeles
Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s;
retired in 1991 after announcing he had the
AIDS virus and now works to educate people
about the disease; from Lansing.
- John Harvey Kellogg (1852 - 1943) &
William Keith Kellogg (1860 - 1951)
Invented corn flakes and founded the Kellogg
Company in 1906; brothers from Battle Creek.
Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) The
first person to fly solo across the Atlantic
Ocean; born in Detroit.
Joe Louis (1914 - 1981) World
heavyweight boxing champion (1937 - 1949);
lived in Detroit.
Walter Reuther (1907 - 1970)
Labor leader, president of the United
Automobile Workers (1946 - 1970).
“Sugar” Ray Robinson (1921 - 1989)
Boxing Champion often called the best fighter
in the history of boxing; from Detroit.
More Famous People of Michigan
- Nelson Algren author, Detroit
- Ralph J. Bunche statesman, Detroit
- Ellen Burstyn actress, Detroit
- Bruce Catton historian, Petoskey
- Roger Chaffee astronaut, Grand
- Francis Ford Coppola film director,
- Thomas E. Dewey politician, Owosso
- Edna Ferber author, Kalamazoo
- Henry Ford industrialist, Dearborn
- Julie Harris actress, Grosse Pointe
- William R. Hewlett inventor, Ann
- Earvin Magic Johnson basketball
- Donald B. Keck inventor, Lansing
- Julie Krone jockey, Benton Harbor
- Ring Lardner writer, Niles
- Dick Martin comedian, Detroit
- John N. Mitchell attorney general,
- Ted Nugent singer, Detroit
- John T. Parsons inventor, Detroit
- Gilda Radner comedienne, Detroit
- Della Reese singer, Detroit
- Diana Ross singer, Detroit
- Thomas Schippers conductor,
- Steven Seagal actor, Lansing
- Bob Seger singer, Detroit
- Tom Selleck actor, Detroit
- John C. Sheehan inventor, Battle
- Potter Stewart jurist, Jackson
- Lily Tomlin actress, Detroit
- Danny Thomas entertainer, Deerfield
- Margaret Whiting singer, Detroit
- Stevie Wonder singer, Saginaw
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