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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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