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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Georgians have played distinctive roles.

Born in Georgia

Famous Georgians
Name Born / Died Place
Conrad Potter Aiken
Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Born: August 5, 1889 Savannah
Died: August 17, 1973 Savannah
Ivan Allen Jr.
Mayor of Atlanta
Born: March 15, 1911 Atlanta
Died: July 2, 2003 Sandy Springs
Paul Edward Anderson
Weightlifter, World's Strongest Man
Born: October 17, 1932 Toccoa
Died: August 15, 1994 Vidalia
Daniel Appling
Military officer
Born: August 25, 1787 Columbia County
Died: March 18, 1817 Fort Montgomery, Ala.
William Yates Atkinson
Politician, Lawyer, State Supreme Court Justice
Born: November 11, 1854 Oakland
Died: August 8, 1899 Newnan
Augustus Octavius Bacon
Politician
Born: October 20, 1839 Bryan County
Died: February 14, 1914 Washington, D.C.
Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger
Actress, Fashion model
Born: December 8, 1953 Athens
Died:    
James Nathaniel "Jim or Jake" Brown
Football player
Born: February 17, 1936 St. Simon's Island
Died:    
Erskine Preston Caldwell
Writer
Born: December 17, 1903 Moreland
Died: April 11, 1987 Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Asa Griggs Candler
Businessman, philanthropist
Born: December 30, 1851 Villa Rica
Died: March 12, 1929 Atlanta
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter
U.S. President
Born: October 1, 1924 Plains
Died:    
Lucius Dubignon Clay
Military officer
Born: April 23, 1897 Marietta
Died: April 16, 1978 Chatham, Mass.
Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb
Baseball player
Born: December 18, 1886 Narrows
Died: July 17, 1961 Atlanta
Charles Douville Coburn
Actor
Born: June 19, 1877 Macon
Died: August 30, 1961 New York, N.Y.
Raiford Chatman "Ossie" Davis
Actor, Director, Poet, Writer
Born: December 18, 1917 Cogdell
Died: February 4, 2005 Miami, Fla.
James Lafayette Dickey III
Poet, Novelist
Born: February 2, 1923 Atlanta
Died: January 19, 1997 Columbia, S.C.
Mattiwilda Dobbs
Soprano
Born: July 11, 1925 Atlanta
Died:    
Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg
(Melvyn Douglas)
Actor
Born: April 5, 1901 Macon
Died: August 4, 1981 New York, N.Y.
Roddis Franklin "Pete" Drake
Record producer, musician
Born: October 8, 1932 Augusta
Died: July 29, 1988 Nashville, Tenn.
Hannah Dakota Fanning
Actress
Born: February 23, 1994 Conyers
Died:    
Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton
Writer, Teacher, Reformer
First woman to serve in U.S. Senate (one day)
Born: June 10, 1835 Near Decatur
Died: January 24, 1930 Atlanta
Laurence Fishburne III
Actor, Playwright, Director, Producer
Born: July 30, 1961 Augusta
Died:    
John Charles Fremont
Soldier, explorer
Born: January 21, 1813 Savannah
Died: July 13, 1890 New York, N.Y.
Henry Woodfin Grady
Journalist, Orator
Born: May 24, 1850 Athens
Died: December 23, 1889 Atlanta
Amy Lee Grant
Singer, Songwriter
Born: November 25, 1960 Augusta
Died:    
Norvell "Oliver" Hardy
Actor
Born: January 18, 1892 Harlem
Died: August 7, 1957 North Hollywood, Calif.
Joel Chandler Harris
Journalist, Writer
Born: December 9, 1845 Eatonton
Died: July 3, 1908 Atlanta
Roland Hayes
Tenor
Born: June 3, 1887 Curyville
Died: January 1, 1977 Boston, Mass.
Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr.
Pianist, Bandleader, Arranger, Composer
Born: December 18, 1897 Cuthbert
Died: December 28, 1952 New York, N.Y.
Hulk Hogan
Born: Terry Gene Bollea
Wrestler, Actor
Born: August 11, 1953 Augusta
Died:    
John Henry "Doc" Holliday
Dentist, Gambler
Born: August 14, 1851 Griffin
Died: November 8, 1887 Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Ellen Miriam Hopkins
Actress
Born: October 18, 1902 Savannah
Died: October 9, 1972 New York, N.Y.
Alan Eugene Jackson
Singer, Songwriter
Born: October 17, 1958 Newnan
Died:    
Harry Haag James
Musician, Bandleader
Born: March 15, 1916 Albany
Died: July 5, 1983 Las Vegas, Nev.
Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones
Golfer
Born: March 17, 1902 Atlanta
Died: December 18, 1971 Atlanta
Walter "Stacy" Keach, Jr.
Actor
Born: June 2, 1941 Savannah
Died:    
Jackson DeForest Kelley
Actor
Born: January 20, 1920 Atlanta
Died: June 11, 1999 Woodland Hills, Calif.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Religious leader, Social reformer
Born: January 15, 1929 Atlanta
Died: April 4, 1968 Memphis, Tenn.
Gladys Maria Knight
Singer, Actress
Born: May 28, 1944 Atlanta
Died:    
Joseph Rucker Lamar
Supreme Court Associate Justice
Born: October 15, 1857 Elbert County
Died: January 2, 1916 Washington, D.C.
Sidney Clopton Lanier
Poet, Musician
Born: February 3, 1842 Macon
Died: September 7, 1881 Lynn, N.C.
Brenda Lee
Born: Brenda Mae Tarpley
Singer
Born: December 11, 1944 Atlanta
Died:    
Crawford Williamson Long
Surgeon
Born: November 1, 1815 Danielsville
Died: June 16, 1878 Athens
Juliette Gordon Low
Founder, U.S. Girl Scouts
Born: October 31, 1860 Savannah
Died: January 17, 1927 Savannah
Carson Smith McCullers
Author
Born: February 19, 1917 Columbus
Died: September 29, 1967 Nyack, N.Y.
Blind Willie McTell
Born: William Samuel McTell or McTear
Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Born: May 5, 1901 Thomson
Died: August 15, 1959 Milledgeville
John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer
Singer, Songwriter
Born: November 18, 1909 Savannah
Died: June 25, 1976 Los Angeles, Calif.
Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell
Author
Born: November 8, 1900 Atlanta
Died: August 16, 1949 Atlanta
John Robert "Johnny" Mize
Baseball player
Born: January 7, 1913 Demorest
Died: June 2, 1993 Demorest
Jessye Norman
Soprano
Born: September 15, 1945 Augusta
Died:    
Little Richard
Born: Richard Wayne Penniman
Singer, Songwriter
Born: December 5, 1932 Macon
Died:    
Otis Ray Redding, Jr.
Singer
Born: September 9, 1941 Dawson
Died: December 10, 1967 Madison, Wisc.
Jerry Reed Hubbard
Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Born: March 20, 1937 Atlanta
Died:    
Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds Jr.
Actor
Born: February 11, 1936 Waycross
Died:    
Julie Fiona "Julia" Roberts
Actress, Fashion model
Born: October 28, 1967 Smyrna
Died:    
Ray Charles
Born: Raymond Charles Robinson
Musician, Singer
Born: September 23, 1930 Albany
Died: June 10, 2004 Beverly Hills, Calif.
Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson
Baseball player
Born: January 31, 1919 Cairo
Died: October 24, 1972 Stamford, Conn.
Thomas David "Tommy" Roe
Singer, Songwriter
Born: May 9, 1942 Alpharetta
Died:    
Billy Joe Royal
Singer
Born: April 3, 1942 Valdosta
Died:    
David Dean Rusk
Secretary of State
Born: February 9, 1909 Cherokee County
Died: December 20, 1994 Athens
Julius "Nipsey" Russell
Comedian, Actor, Game show panelist
Born: September 15, 1918 Atlanta
Died: October 2, 2005 New York, N.Y.
Sequoyah
Also: George Guess, Guest or Gist
Inventor: Cherokee syllabary, Silversmith
Born: c. 1767 Tuskegee?
Died: March 4, 1883 Savannah
Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Statesman
Born: February 11, 1812 Crawfordsville
Died: March 4, 1883 Savannah
Ray Stevens
Born: Harold Ray Ragsdale
Singer, Songwriter
Born: January 24, 1939 Clarkdale
Died:    
Janelle Taylor
Born: Janelle Diane Williams
Author
Born: June 28, 1944 Athens
Died:    
Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court Justice
Born: June 23, 1948 Pin Point
Died:    
James Travis Tritt
Singer
Born: February 9, 1963 Marietta
Died:    
Alice Malsenior Walker
Author
Born: February 9, 1944 Eatonton
Died:    
Herschel Walker
Football player
Born: March 3, 1962 Augusta
Died:    
Hosea Lorenzo Williams
Minister, Social activist
Born: January 5, 1926 Attapulgus
Died: November 16, 2000 Atlanta
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward
Actress, Producer
Born: February 27, 1930 Thomasville
Died:    
Patricia Lynn "Trisha" Yearwood
Singer
Born: September 19, 1964 Monticello
Died:    


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