Links to histories
and biographies of the famous people of Georgia. Many famous people of Georgia have made significant contributions to the history of our nation and
the state of Georgia. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen, famous women,
heroes, great explorers, and others Georgia famous Americans have all made Georgia their home. This list includes Georgia historical figures, celebrities
and those individuals of Georgia who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from Georgia
James Brown (1933 - ) Singer, often called "the Godfather
of Soul;" raised in Augusta.
Jimmy Carter (1924 - ) 39th president of the United
States; born in Plains.
Ty Cobb (1886 - 1961) Baseball player in the Hall of Fame;
born in Banks City.
Joel Chandler Harris was born near Eatonton, Ga. in 1848. He was
a humorist, short-story writer, journalist and children's writer who is best known for his Uncle Remus stories. In recognition of his contributions
to American Literature, Harris was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) Baptist minister and civil rights
leader, was one of the most important forces in America's civil rights struggle during the 1960s. Born in Atlanta in 1929, King used a non-violent
approach in his effort to stop segregation and discrimination. He is best known for his "I Have A Dream" speech which he delivered at the
Lincoln Memorial in 1963. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. King was assassinated in 1968.
Gladys Knight (1946 - ) Singer and winner of four Grammy awards;
born in Atlanta.
Juliette Gordon Low (1860 - 1927) was born
in 1860 in Savannah, Georgia. She established the Girl Scouts of America in 1912 with a group of 18 girls in Savannah. By the time of her death in
1927, there were more than 167,000 Girl Scouts in the United States. On the eightieth anniversary of the organization, the Girl Scouts had served
an estimated fifty million members worldwide.
Margaret Mitchell (1900 - 1949) was born in
Atlanta in 1900. She is best known for her novel Gone with the Wind (1936). It became an instant best seller and Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer
Prize for it in 1937. The novel was made into a motion picture in 1939 and has become a film classic.
Flannery O'Conner was born in Savannah, Ga. in 1925. She is considered
one of the greatest short-story writers of the 20th century. Her works won three O. Henry Awards for short fiction, the National Book Award and the
National Book Critics Circle Award.
Little Richard(1932 - ) Singer, considered to
be "the architect of rock and roll", born in Macon.
Jackie Robinson (1919 - 1972) The first African American baseball
player in the major leagues; born in Cairo.
Sequoya (1770 - 1843) Invented the first alphabet of the Native
American language; lived in New Echota.
Jefferson C. ("Soapy") Smithborn on November 2, 1860 in
Coweta County, Georgia. Famous (or infamous) outlaw and con-man who left Colorado on unfriendly terms with the law
and showed up in Skagway, Alaska at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897. He was quick to organize his own gang of brutes to fleece the miners
for as much as he could in this lawless gold-rush town. Along with many other money-making schemes, Soapy convinced the adventurous miners that he
was telegraphing their messages to families back home in California or Seattle from his Dominion Telegraph Service. He then shared "replies"
from home requesting money. He was quite willing to "wire" the money home (and into his own pockets) for the miners. Soapy took in quite
a bit of cash as no one realized that the "wires" for his "telegraph" went a few feet out into the water and stopped. On July
8, 1898, a "committee" of 101 angry men finally came after Soapy, furious that his gang had taken over $2000 from one miner. The town surveyor,
Frank Reid, faced a drunken Soapy in a gun-duel at the docks, and Soapy was killed instantly. Reid died a few days later. No one celebrates Reid much
anymore, but there is an annual remembrance of Soapy every year on July 8 in Skagway. To many he is as famous as Butch Cassidy or Billy the Kid.
Travis Tritt (1963 - ) Famous County/Western singer
and songwriter; born in Marietta.
Ted Turner (1938 - ) Media Mogul. Owner of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks.
Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American author and activist. African-American novelist and poet, b. Eatonon, Ga. The daughter of sharecroppers,
she studied at Spelman College (1961-63) and Sarah Lawrence College (B.A., 1965). She brings her travel experience in Africa and memories of the American
civil-rights movement to an examination of the experience of African Americans, mainly in the South, and of Africans. A self-described "womanist,"
she has maintained a strong focus on feminist issues within African-American culture. Walker won wide recognition with her novel The Color Purple
(1982; Pulitzer Prize; film, 1985), a dark but sometimes joyous saga of a poor black Southern woman's painful journey toward self-realization
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not even realize many of these famous people were born in Georgia or notable associated with Georgia, including actors, actresses, explorers, historical
figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more.
Conrad Aiken poet, Savannah
James Bowie soldier, Burke County
Jim Brown actor, athlete, St. Simons Island
Erskine Caldwell writer, Moreland
James E. Carter US president, Plains
Ray Charles singer, Albany
Lucius D. Clay banker, general, Marietta
Charles Coburn movie and TV actor, Macon
Ossie Davis actor, writer, Cogdell
James Dickey poet, Atlanta
Mattiwilda Dobbs soprano, Atlanta
Melvyn Douglas actor, Macon
Pete Drake musician/record producer, Augusta
Rebecca Latimer Felton first appointed woman US senator, Decatur
Lawrence Fishburne III actor, Augusta
Henry W. Grady journalist, Athens
Amy Grant singer, Augusta
Oliver Hardy comedian, Harlem
Roland Hayes singer, Curyville
Fletcher Henderson musician/songwriter, Cuthbert
Hulk Hogan professional wrestler, Augusta
John Henry Doc Holliday western hero, Griffin
Larry Holmes boxer, Cuthert
Miriam Hopkins actress, Bainbridge
Harry James trumpeter, Albany
Jasper Johns painter, sculptor, Augusta
Bobby Jones golfer, Atlanta
Stacy Keach actor, Savannah
DeForest Kelley actor, Atlanta
Joseph R. Lamar jurist, Elbert
Brenda Lee singer, Lithonia
Carson McCullers author, Columbus
Blind Willie McTell blues pioneer, Thomson
Johnny Mercer songwriter, Savannah
John Robert Johnny Mize baseball player, Demorest
Jessye Norman singer, Augusta
Otis Redding singer, Dawson
Jerry Reed singer/songwriter/actor, Atlanta
Burt Reynolds actor, Waycross
Tommy Roe singer/songwriter, Alpharetta
Billy Joe Royal singer, Valdosta
Dean Rusk secretary of state, Cherokee Cty
Nipsey Russell comedian, Atlanta
Ray Stevens singer/songwriter, Clarksdale
Janelle Taylor romance novelist, Athens
Clarence Thomas supreme court associate justice, Savannah
Joanne Woodward actress, Thomasville
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