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The West Virginians

Princess Aracoma

  • Chief Cornstalks daughter

Mad Anne Bailey

  • Became an Indian fighter after the death of her husband, dressed like a man

Chief Cornstalk

  • Led the Indians at the Battle of Point Pleasant, Shawnee Chief, was murdered with his son at Fort Randolph

Carter G. Woodson

  • widely regarded as the leading writer on black history of his time. His founding of the American Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 has been called the start of the black history movement.

John Henry

  • Legendary black, “steel driving man”

  • that raced the steam hammer until he died

Mary Draper Ingles

  • Frontier woman who was captured by the Indians, escaped, and returned home

Martin R. Delany

  • At the start of the Civil War he was assigned to recruit blacks for the Union

  • army and became the first black major in the U. S. Army. He was born in Charles Town

Stonewall Jackson

  • Confederate General, born in Clarksburg, shot by one of his own men

Booker T. Washington

  • Son of a slave, came to Malden to work in the salt works, became West Virginia’s greatest educator

Minnie Buckingham Harper

  • First Black State Legislator in the United States

Cyrus Vance

  • Secretary of State during the Jimmy Carter administration

John McBride

  • Astronaut, piloted the space shuttle Challenger

Chuck Yeager

  • First person to fly faster than the speed of sound, from Lincoln County

Dr. Caleen Jackson Cook

  • Her research led to breakthroughs in the field of genetics

John Forbes Nash

  • Mathematician, awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics

Arnold Miller

  • Labor leader, First West Virginian to become the President of the United Mine Workers (UMW)

Cecil Roberts

Robert C. Byrd

  • United States Senator, former Majority Leader and Minority Leader

Lawrence Kasdan

  • Movie director, directed “Body Heat”“The Big Chill” Wrote the screenplay for “The Empire Strikes Back”

David Hunter Strother

  • Correspondent for “Harper’s Weekly, covered John Brown’s Raid, used the pen name Port Crayon

Jim Comstock

  • Editor of the “West Virginia Hillbilly”and the “West Virginia Encyclopedia”

Charles Peters

  • Editor in-chief of the “Washington Monthly”

Pare Lorentz

  • Motion picture producer and director, Directed the documentary “The Plow That Broke the Plains” and “The River”

Clyde Ware

  • Writer - director, directed “No Drums No Bugles” about Civil War conscientious objectors

John Hendricks

  • Founder of the Discovery Channel

Faith Daniels

  • Newscaster, NBC News, The Today Show

Ed Rabel

  • NBC Pentagon corespondent, reported for CBS, from St. Albans

Tony Brown

Rae Ellen McKee

  • National Teacher of the Year

William Leigh

  • Artist, painter, known as the Sage Brush Rembrant for his painting of western America

Blanch Lazell

  • Artist

Justin Hart

  • Artist

Franses Johnson

  • Artist, photographer, photo journalist

Ann Magnuson

  • Actress, singer, appeared in “Clear and Present Danger” from Charleston

Conchata Ferrell

  • Actress, appeared in the TV series “The Townies” an “LA Law” born in Charleston

Peter Marshall

  • Host of the original “Hollywood Squares”

David Selby

  • Actor, played roles in “Dark Shadows”,”Falcon Crest” and “The Mighty Ducks”from Morgantown

Don Knots

  • TV and movie actor, played the role of Barney Fife an “The Andy Griffith Show”

Soupy Sales

  • TV and radio entertainer , the leading authority in throwing pies

Chris Sarandon

  • Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in “Dog Day Afternoon”, from Beckley

George Crum

Phyllis Curtin

  • Opera singer, from Clarksburg

Little Jimmy Dicken

  • Grand Ole Opry performer from Bolt, hit song “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose”

Harold “Hawkshaw” Hawkins

  • Country Western singer, killed in the plane crash that also killed Patsy Cline, born in Huntington

Charlie McCoy

  • Famous harmonica player from Fayetteville

Ada “Bricktop” Smith

  • Jazz singer, in 1920’s mover to Paris

Red Sovine

  • Country singer with deep baritone voice, hit song “Teddy Bear”

Eleanor Steber

  • Opera singer from Wheeling

Pearl S. Buck

  • Novelist from Hillsboro, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner, among her works include “The Good Earth” and “ China as I see it”

Mary Lee Settle

  • Novelist who won the National Book Award for “Blood Ties”, born in Charleston and grew up in Cedar Grove

John Knowles

  • Author of “A Separate Peace” from Fairmont

Steven Coonts

  • Author of “Flight of the Intruder” a Vietnam War novel

Eugenia Price

Denise Giardina

  • Author of “The Unquiet Earth” and “Storming Heaven” from Bluefield

  • Ran for Governor

Homer H. Hickam Jr.

  • Author, one of the subjects of the 1999 movie October Sky based on his book Rocket Boys. Also

  • Coalwood Way, Sky of Stone

Pinkney Benedict

  • Publisher, published two collections of short fiction “Town Smokes” and “The Wreking Yard”

Muriel Dressler

  • Poet

Louis McNeil Pease

  • West Virginia’s Poet laureate, works include “Elderberry Flood” and “Gauley Mountain”, grew up in Pocahontas County

Jerry West

  • One of the NBA’s greatest, played for WVU an the LA Lakers, Coach and General Manager of the Lakers, Olympic Gold Medal, from East Bank

Rodney "Hot Rod" Hundley

  • played for the Los Angeles Lakers but is now a broadcaster for the Utah Jazz. He was a three-year All-American at West Virginia, and the first pick of the 1957 NBA College draft by Cincinnati. His flamboyant

  • playing style earned him the name Hot Rod while at West Virginia.

Rod Thorn

  • has been a player, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, and league official in professional basketball. He played professional basketball for Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, and Seattle. He grew up in Princeton, the son of the Princeton

  • police chief. Thorn was an all-Americna guard at WVU.

Jack Fleming

  • formerly the voice of the West Virginia University Mountaineers, is famous for his dramatic call of the

  • "Immaculate Reception," Franco Harris' miraculous TD catch in a 1972 Steelers-Raiders playoff game

Randy Barnes

  • Olympic Gold Medal and World Record in the Shot Put, from St. Albans

Clair Bee

  • Innovative basketball coach at Long Island, invented the 1-3-1 defense, and advocate of the 3 second and 24 second rules.

Jesse “The Crab” Burcett

  • First West Virginian elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Ed Etzel

  • Olympic Gold Medal in rifle

Frank Gatski

Earl “Greasy” Neal

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame, played for the Philadelphia Eagles, from Parkersburg

Mary Lou Reton

  • Gold Medal winner in gymnastics, from Fairmont

Sam Huff

  • College and Pro Football Hall of Fame, played for WVU, New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins, from Farmington

George Marshall

  • Owner of the Boston Braves and the Washington Redskins

Michael Benedum

  • The “Great Wildcatter” made fortune in oil and gas, established the Benedum Foundation

Lyell Clay

Lawson Hamilton

  • Coal industrialist and civic leader

James “Buck” Harless

  • Made fortune in the timber industry, from Gilbert

Henry Louis Gates

  • Afro-American studies professor at Harvard

Kathy Mattea

  • Country singer from Cross Lanes

Anna Jarvis

  • Founder of Mother’s Day, from Grafton

Wayne Smith

  • Nobel Peace nominee, established the Peace Force

Leon Sullivan

  • Reverend, established a self help organization. Created “The Sullivan Principles” to put an end to apartheid in South Africa

George Howard Brett

  • played for the Kansas City Royals from 1973 to 1993. He was elected to the Hall of Fame

  • in his first year of eligibility and was inducted in July 1999. He was born in Glen Dale, although he grew up in southern California.

Cecil Underwood

  • became West Virginia's youngest Governor when he was elected in 1956. He was re-elected in

  • 1996 at age 74, becoming West Virginia's oldest Governor. He was born at Josephs Mills.

John D. Rockefeller, IV

  • former Governor of West Virginia, is currently a U. S. Senator from West Virginia. He

  • was born in New York, N. Y. His wife Sharon Rockefeller has been a member of the Board of Directors of PBS.

William Casey Marland

  • was Governor of West Virginia from 1953 to 1957. Marland attracted nationwide

  • attention in 1965 when a reporter found him working as a cab driver in Chicago.

Randy Moss

  • a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, was selected as one of the NFC's two starting wide receivers

  • and was the only rookie to be selected for the 1998 Pro Bowl. He was also selected to the 1998 Associated Press All-Pro team. Moss played two years at Marshall University. He is a graduate of DuPont High School

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