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Famous People from Wyoming
Biographies, Famous People from Wyoming
James Bridger (1804 - 1881) Trapper,
guide and storyteller.
Joseph M. Carey (1845 - 1924) Mayor of
Cheyenne, first U.S. Senator from Wyoming,
Wyoming Governor; born in Milton, Delaware.
Dick Cheney (1941 - ) White House
Chief of Staff to President Ford, U.S.
congressman, Secretary of Defense and Vice
president of the U.S.; grew up in Casper.
William “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846 -
1917) Founder of Cody, Wyoming and Buffalo
Bill’s Wild West Show in Nebraska; born in
Curt Gowdy (1919 - ) Sportscaster, TV
play-by-play man for AFL, NFL and major league
- Leonard S. Hobbs (1896 - 1977)
Developed the engine for turbo jet airplanes;
born in Carbon County.
Patricia MacLachlan (1938 - ) Author
of children’s books and Newberry Medal for
Sarah, Plain and Tall; born in Cheyenne.
Esther Hobart Morris (1814 - 1902)
Helped women receive the right to vote in
Wyoming and the nation’s first female judge;
born in New York.
- Jackson Pollock (1912 - 1956)
Artist well known for his abstract paintings;
born in Cody.
Nellie Davis Tayloe Ross (1876 - 1977)
Governor of Wyoming; born November near St.
Jedediah S. Smith (1799 - 1830)
Mountain man and first American to get to
California from the East.
Alan K. Simpson (1931 - ) Wyoming
senator from 1979-1997.
Francis E. Warren (1844 - 1929) First
James G. Watt
(1938 - ) Former secretary of the Interior;
born in Lusk.
More Famous People of
- John Colter trader
- June Etta Downey educator
- Thomas Fitzpatrick mountain man and
- Tom Horn detective
- Isabel Jewell actress
- Velma Linford writer
- Ted Olson writer
- John “Portugee” Phillips
- Jackson Pollock painter, Cody
- Alan Swallow publisher and author
- Chief Washakie chief of the
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