Ohio State Flag



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

Born in Ohio

Famous Ohioans (Buckeyes)
Name Born / Died Place
Berenice Abbott
(Born: Bernice Abbott)
Born: July 17, 1898 Springfield
Died: December 9, 1991 Monson, Me.
Sherwood Anderson
Born: September 13, 1876 Camden
Died: March 8, 1941 Colon, Panama
George Edward "Eddie" Arcaro
Born: February 19, 1916 Cincinnati
Died: November 4, 1997 Miami, Fla.
Neil Alden Armstrong
Astronaut, Test pilot, Educator
Born: August 5, 1930 Wapakoneta
James Gilmore "Jim" Backus
Born: February 25, 1913 Cleveland
Died: July 3, 1989 Los Angeles, Calif.
Daniel Carter Beard
(Nickname: Uncle Dan)
Illustrator, Author, Founder: Boy Scouts of America
Born: June 21, 1850 Cincinnati
Died: June 11, 1941 Suffern, N.Y.
George Wesley Bellows
Born: August 12 or 19, 1882 Columbus
Died: January 8, 1925 New York, N.Y.
Willard Harrison Bennett
Nuclear Physicist, Inventor
Born: June 13, 1903 Findlay
Died: September 28, 1987 North Carolina
Halle Maria Berry
(Born: Maria Halle Berry)
Actress, Model
Born: August 14, 1966 Cleveland
Albert Jeremiah Beveridge
U.S. Senator, Historian
Born: October 6, 1862 Highland County
Died: April 27, 1927 Indianapolis, Ind.
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce
Writer, Journalist
Born: June 24, 1842 Meigs County
Died: 1914? Chihuahua, Mexico
Erma Louise Bombeck
(Born: Erma Fiste)
Newspaper columnist, Humorist
Born: February 21, 1927 Dayton
Died: April 22, 1996 San Francisco, Calif.
William Lawrence "Bill" Boyd
Actor, "Hopalong Cassidy"
Born: June 5, 1895 Hendrysburg
Died: September 12, 1972 Laguna Beach, Calif.
Louis Bromfield
(Born: Louis Brumfield)
Writer, Conservationist
Born: December 27, 1896 Mansfield
Died: March 18, 1956 Columbus
William Merriam Burton
Born: November 17, 1865 Cleveland
Died: December 29, 1954 Miami, Fla.
Prescott Sheldon Bush
Businessman, Wall Street banker, U.S. Senator
Born: May 15, 1895 Columbus
Died: October 8, 1972 New York, N.Y.
Milton Arthur Paul Caniff
Born: February 28, 1907 Hillsboro
Died: April 3, 1988 New York, N.Y.
Nancy Campbell Cartwright
Voice actress
Born: October 25, 1957 Dayton
Tracy Chapman
Singer, Songwriter
Born: March 30, 1964 Cleveland
William Roger Clemens
Baseball player
Born: August 4, 1962 Dayton
John Roger Commons
Born: October 13, 1862 Hollandsburg
Died: May 11, 1945 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Arthur Holy Compton
Nobel Prize-winning physicist
Born: September 10, 1892 Wooster
Died: March 15, 1962 Berkeley, Calif.
Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway
Actor, Comedian
Born: December 15, 1933 Willoughby
Harold Hart Crane
Born: July 21, 1899 Garrettsville
Died: April 27, 1932 At sea, off Fla. coast
Lawrence Richard "Larry" Csonka
Football player
Born: December 25, 1946 Stow
George Armstrong Custer
U.S. Army Officer
Born: December 5, 1839 New Rumley
Died: June 25, 1876 Little Big Horn, Mont.
Dorothy Jean Dandridge
Born: November 9, 1922 Cleveland
Died: September 8, 1965 West Hollywood, Calif.
Doris Day
(Born: Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff)
Singer, Actress, Animal welfare advocate
Born: April 3, 1924 Evanston
Clarence Seward Darrow
Born: April 18, 1857 Kinsman Township
Died: March 13, 1938 Chicago, Ill.
Ruby Dee
(Born: Ruby Ann Wallace)
Actress, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Journalist
Born: October 27, 1924 Cleveland
Phyllis Diller
(Born: Phyllis Driver)
Born: July 17, 1917 Lima
Phillip John "Phil" Donahue
Talk show host, Writer
Born: December 21, 1935 Cleveland
Hugh Malcolm Downs
Television host, Broadcaster, Producer, Author
Born: February 14, 1921 Akron
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Born: June 27, 1872 Dayton
Died: February 9, 1906 Dayton
Thomas Alva Edison
Inventor, Businessman
Born: February 11, 1847 Milan
Died: October 18, 1931 West Orange, N.J.
Harlan Jay Ellison
Writer, Screenwriter
Born: May 27, 1934 Cleveland
Daniel Decatur "Dan" Emmett
Born: October 29, 1815 Mount Vernon
Died: June 28, 1904 Mount Vernon
John Evans
Physician, Educator, Railroad promoter, Politician
Born: March 9, 1814 Waynesville
Died: July 3, 1897 Denver, Colo.
Harvey Samuel Firestone
Industrialist, Founder: Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
Born: December 20, 1868 Columbiana
Died: February 7, 1938 Miami Beach, Fla.
Sarah Marie Fisher
Race car driver
Born: October 4, 1980 Columbus
Frederick N. "Fred" Funston
U.S. Army General, Journalist
Born: September 11, 1865 New Carlisle
Died: February 19, 1917 San Antonio, Tex.
William Clark Gable
Born: February 1, 1901 Cadiz
Died: November 16, 1960 Los Angeles, Calif.
James Abram Garfield
President of the United States,
Born: November 19, 1831 Cuyahoga County
Died: September 19, 1881 Elberon (now in Long Branch), N.J.
Terry Ann "Teri" Garr
Actress, Comedienne
Born: December 11, 1944 Lakewood
Cass Gilbert
Born: November 29, 1859 Zanesville
Died: May 17, 1934 Brockenhurst, Hampshire, Eng.
Lillian Diana Gish
Born: October 14, 1893 Springfield
Died: February 27, 1993 New York, N.Y.
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.
U.S. Senator, Astronaut, Pilot
Born: July 18, 1921 Cambridge
Ulysses Simpson Grant
(Born: Hiram Ulysses Grant)
President of the United States, U.S. Army General
Born: April 27, 1822 Point Pleasant
Died: July 23, 1885 Mount McGregor, N.Y.
Pearl Zane Grey
Born: January 31, 1872 Zanesville
Died: October 23, 1939 Altadena, Calif.
Warren Gamaliel Harding
President of the United States
Born: November 2, 1865 Caledonia (now Blooming Grove)
Died: August 2, 1923 San Francisco, Calif.
Charles M. Hall
Inventor, Chemist
Born: December 6, 1863 Thompson
Died: December 27, 1914 Daytona Beach, Fla.
Benjamin Harrison
President of the United States
Born: August 20, 1833 North Bend
Died: March 13, 1901 Indianapolis, Ind.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes
President of the United States
Born: October 4, 1822 Delaware
Died: January 17, 1893 Fremont
Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes
College football coach
Born: February 14, 1913 Clifton
Died: March 12, 1987 Upper Arlington
Karl Gordon Henize
Astronaut, Astronomer
Born: October 17, 1926 Cincinnati
Died: October 5, 1993 Mount Everest, Nepal
Robert Henri
(Born: Robert Henry Cozad)
Artist, Teacher
Born: June 25, 1865 Cincinnati
Died: July 12, 1929 New York, N.Y.
Kate "Katie" Noelle Holmes
Born: December 18, 1978 Toledo
William Dean Howells
Writer, Literary critic
Born: October 23, 1939 Martins Ferry (now Martinsville)
Died: May 11, 1920 New York, N.Y.
Philip Cortelyou Johnson
Born: July 8, 1906 Cleveland
Died: January 25, 2005 New Canaan, Conn.
Charles Franklin Kettering
Inventor, Founder: Delco, Electrical engineer
Born: August 29, 1876 Londonville
Died: November 25, 1958 Dayton
Kenisaw Mountain Landis
Federal judge, First commissioner of baseball
Born: November 20, 1866 Millville
Died: November 25, 1944 Chicago, Ill.
Maya Ying Lin
Sculptor, Artist
Born: October 5, 1959 Athens
James "Jim" Arthur Lovell, Jr.
Astronaut, Test pilot
Born: March 25, 1928 Cleveland
Dean Martin
(Born: Dino Paul Crocetti)
Singer, Actor, Comedian
Born: June 7, 1917 Steubenville
Died: December 25, 1995 Berverly Hills, Calif.
William McKinley, Jr.
President of the United States
Born: January 29, 1843 Niles
Died: September 14, 1901 Buffalo, N.Y.
Toni Morrison
(Born: Chloe Anthony Wofford)
Writer, Educator, Editor
Born: February 18, 1931 Lorain
Edwin Corley Moses
Olympic gold-medalist, track and field
Born: August 31, 1955 Dayton
Paul Leonard Newman
Actor, Director, Race car driver, Humanitarian
Born: January 26, 1925 Shaker Heights
Died: September 27, 2008 Westport, Conn.
Jack William Nicklaus
(Nickname: The Golden Bear)
Born: January 21, 1940 Columbus
George William Norris
U.S. Senator
Born: July 11, 1861 near Clyde, Sandusky County
Died: September 2, 1944 McCook, Nebr.
Annie Oakley
(Born: Phoebe Ann Mosey)
(Nickname: Little Sure Shot)
Born: August 13, 1860 Darke County
Died: November 3, 1926 Greenville, Oh.
Jack Harold Paar
Radio/Television talk show host
Born: May 1, 1918 Canton
Died: January 27, 2004 Greenwich, Conn.
Norman Vincent Peale
Religious leader
Born: May 31, 1898 Bowersville
Died: December 24, 1993 Pawling, N.Y.
Roy J. Plunkett
Chemist, Inventor
Born: June 26, 1910 New Carlisle
Died: May 12, 1994 Corpus Christi, Tex.
Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr.
Born: May 5, 1914 Cincinnati
Died: November 15, 1958 Madrid, Spain
Judith Arlene Resnik
Astronaut, Engineer
Born: April 5, 1949 Akron
Died: January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger launch
Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker
World War I pilot, Race car driver, Government consultant
Born: October 8, 1890 Columbus
Died: July 27, 1973 Zurich, Switzerland
Roy Rogers
(Born: Leonard Franklin Slye)
(Nickname: King of the Cowboys)
Singer, Actor
Born: November 5, 1911 Cincinnati
Died: July 6, 1998 Apple Valley, Calif.
Peter Edward "Pete" Rose, Sr.
(Nickname: Charlie Hustle)
Baseball player, Baseball manager
Born: Cincinnati April 14, 1941
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Historian, Educator
Born: October 15, 1917 Columbus
Died: February 28, 2007 New York, N.Y.
Donald Francis "Don" Shula
Football coach
Born: January 4, 1930 Grand River
William Tecumseh Sherman
U.S. Army General, Businessman, Author, Educator
Born: February 8, 1820 Lancaster
Died: February 14, 1891 New York, N.Y.
Steven Allan Spielberg
Film director, Producer
Born: December 18, 1946 Cincinnati
Roger Thomas Staubach (br />(Nicknames: Roger the Dodger, Captain Comeback, Captain America)
Football player, Businessman
Born: February 5, 1942 Cincinnati
Gloria Marie Steinem
Journalist, Women’s rights activist
Born: March 25, 1934 Toledo
Robert Lawrence "R.L." Stine
Born: October 9, 1943 Columbus
Robert Alphonso Taft
U.S. Senator
Born: September 8, 1889 Cincinnati
Died: July 31, 1953 New York, N.Y.
William Howard Taft
President of the United States
Born: September 15, 1857 Cincinnati
Died: March 8, 1930 Washington, D.C.
(Also: Tecumtha or Tekamthi)
Shawnee leader
Born: March 1768 Central Ohio
Died: October 5, 1813 Thames River, near Chatham, Ontario, Can.
Lowell Jackson Thomas
Writer, Journalist, Broadcaster
Born: April 6, 1892 Woodington
Died: August 29, 1981 Pawling, N.Y.
James Grover Thurber
Humorist, Cartoonist
Born: December 8, 1894 Columbus
Died: November 2, 1961 New York, N.Y.
Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III
Businessman, Philanthropist, Founder: CNN
Born: November 19, 1938 Cincinnati
John Henry Twachtman
Born: August 4, 1853 Cincinnati
Died: August 8, 1902 Gloucester, Mass.
Ernest Henry Volwiler
Inventor, Chemist
Born: August 22, 1893 Hamilton
Died: October 3, 1992 Lake Forest, Ill.
Orville Wright
Inventor, Printer, Bicycle maker
Born: August 19, 1871 Dayton
Died: January 30, 1948 Dayton
Denton True "Cy" Young
Baseball player
Born: March 29, 1867 Gilmore
Died: November 4, 1955 Newcomerstown

Home  Alabama  Alaska  Arizona  Arkansas  California  Colorado  Connecticut  Delaware  Florida  Georgia  Hawaii  Idaho  Illinois  Indiana  Iowa  Kansas  Kentucky  Louisiana  Maine  Maryland  Massachusetts  Michigan  Minnesota  Mississippi  Missouri  Montana  Nebraska  Nevada  New Hampshire  New Jersey  New Mexico  New York  North Carolina  North Dakota  Ohio  Oklahoma  Oregon  Pennsylvania  Rhode Island  South Carolina  South Dakota  Tennessee  Texas  Utah  Vermont  Virginia  Washington  Washington, D.C.  West Virginia  Wisconsin  Wyoming 



Report Broken Link



Contact Us