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Famous People from Missouri
Biographies, Famous People from Missouri
Maya Angelou (1928 - ) Author of I
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; born in St.
David Rice Atchison (1807 - 1886) A
Missouri native, held the office of president
of the United States for one day in 1849.
Scott Bakula (1955 - ) Actor of
television’s “Quantum Leap”; born in St.
Yogi Berra (1925 - ) New York Yankee
catcher that won 10 World Series; born in St.
Chuck Berry (1926 - ) Singer known for
“Johnny B. Goode”; born in Wentzville.
Susan Elizabeth Blow (1843 - 1916)
Teacher and founder of the nation’s first
public kindergarten in St. Louis; born in St.
Omar N. Bradley (1893 - 1981)
Commanded the 12th Army Group in World War II,
the largest American force ever united under
one man's command. Bradley served 69 years on
active duty in the Armed Forces, longer than
any other soldier in United States history;
born near Clark.
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835 -
1910) Author made famous with Tom Sawyer and
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; born in
T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) Nobel Prize
winning author of The Wasteland; born in St.
Jesse James (1847 - 1882) Famous
outlaw killed by one of his own gang; born in
Rush Limbaugh (1951 - ) Radio and
television talk show host; born in Cape
James Cash Penney (1875 - 1971)
Founder of the J.C. Penney Company; born in
Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972) The 33rd
President of the United States; born in Lamar.
Kathleen Turner (1954 - ) Actress
starring in Romancing the Stone; born in
- Roy Wilkins (1901 - 1981) Leader of
the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP); born in St. Louis.
More Famous People of Missouri
- Robert Altman film director, Kansas
- Burt Bacharach songwriter, Kansas
- Josephine Baker singer, dancer,
- Wallace Beery actor, Kansas City
- William Bent fur trader, pioneer,
- Robert Russell Bennett composer,
- Thomas Hart Benton painter, Neosho
- Bill Bradley basketball player,
- Grace Bumbry soprano, Saint Louis
- William Burroughs writer, Saint
- Sarah Caldwell opera director,
- Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane)
- Dale Carnegie teacher of public
- George Washington Carver educator,
agricultural chemist, Diamond Grove
- Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
- Walter Cronkite TV newscaster,
- Robert Cummings actor, Joplin
- Jane Darwell actress, Palmyra
- Charles Stark Draper inventor,
- Jeanne Eagels actress, Kansas City
- James Fergason inventor, Wakenda
- Eugene Field author, poet, Saint
- Redd Foxx actor, comedian, Saint
- James W. Fulbright senator, Sumner
- John Goodman actor, Affton
- Betty Grable actress, Saint Louis
- Dick Gregory comic, activist, Saint
- Jean Harlow actress, Kansas City
- Edwin Hubble astronomer, Marshfield
- Jack S. Kilby inventor, Jefferson
- James Langston Hughes poet, Joplin
- William Lear aviation inventor,
- John Huston film director, Nevada
- Bernarr MacFadden physical
culturist, Mill Springs
- Mary Margaret McBride TV hostess,
- Robert D. Maurer inventor, St.
- Marianne Moore poet, Saint Louis
- Geraldine Page actress, Kirksville
- Marlin Perkins TV host, zoo
- John J. Pershing army leader,
pershing rifles, Linn County
- Vincent Price actor, Saint Louis
- Ginger Rogers dancer, actress,
- Charles M. Russell painter, artist
- Nellie Tayloe Ross first woman
elected governor of a state, Saint Joseph
- Ted Shawn dancer, choreographer,
- Casey Stengel baseball player,
- Gladys Swarthout soprano, Deepwater
- Sara Teasdale poet, Saint Louis
- Virgil Thomson composer, Kansas
- Dick Van Dyke actor, West Plains
- Dennis Weaver actor, Joplin
- Pearl White actress, Greenridge
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