to histories and biographies of the famous people of North Dakota. Many famous people of North Dakota have made significant contributions to the history
of our nation and the state of North Dakota. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous
statesmen, famous women, heroes, great explorers, and others North Dakota famous Americans have all made North Dakota their home. This list includes
North Dakota historical figures, celebrities and those individuals of North Dakota who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from North Dakota
Elizabeth Bodine (1898-1986) was an American
humanitarian who was given the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in July 1979 in recognition of the International Year of the Child. She was honored
as Mother of the Year for both the state of North Dakota, and the entire country, in 1968.
Gen. George Armstrong Custer (1839 - 1876) and the
7th Cavalry were stationed at Fort Abraham Lincoln outside Mandan. In 1876, they left on the journey that ended at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Angie Dickinson (born September 30,
1931) is an American actress who has appeared in more than 50 films and starred on television as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the
successful 1970s crime series Police Woman.
William H. Gass (1924 - ) Writer and philosopher.
He wrote Omensetter's Luck and a book of short stories called In the Heart of the Heart of the Country; born in Fargo.
Phil Jackson (1945 - ) Basketball player and coach; grew
up in Williston and played college basketball for the University of North Dakota.
Norman Kittson (1814 - 1888) Fur trader and transportation entrepreneur. His ventures helped open the Red River Valley to settlement.
Louis L'Amour (1908 - 1988) ABorn Louis Dearborn
LaMoore in Jamestown, North Dakota, he is best known for his novels of the West. L'Amour held a variety of jobs in his early career, including longshoreman,
lumberjack, miner, and elephant handler. He also boxed professionally. Although he published a book of poetry in 1939, his career was put on hold
when he entered the army during World War II. After the war, he began to publish detective, adventure and sports stories in pulp magazines. He found
that his stories written in the Western genre sold the best. He consistently published three novels a year and before his death, had sold hundreds
of millions of copies of his books.
Lee (1920 - ) Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, in Jamestown, North Dakota, the seventh of eight children of Marvin Olof
Egstrom, a station agent for the Midland Continental Railroad, and his wife Selma Amelia (Anderson) Egstrom. Pegy went on to be one of the best known
jazz singers of her generation. She joined the Benny Goodman band in 1941 and recorded "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good." Her career included
hits with Mel Torme and Bing Crosby, but today she may be best known for providing vocals for the Disney movie "Lady and the Tramp" including
the song "The Lady is a Tramp," and for her 1958 top ten hit "Fever."
Meriwether Lewis(1774 - 1809)and William Clark (1770 - 1838) led the Corps of Discovery through
North Dakota, where they spent the winter of 1804-1805 near Washburn at Fort Mandan.
Cliff Fido Purpur (1914 - 2001) First North Dakota
native to become a National Hockey League player; born in Grand Forks.
Teddy Roosevelt (1858 - 1919) Ranched near Medora
and credited his Badlands experience from 1883-1886 for molding him into a president.
Sacagawea (c. 1790-1812 or 1884) Shoshoni Indian
woman who, with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau, served as interpreter and guide for the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Sitting Bull (1831 - 1890) Lived the last years
of his life at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, near Fort Yates.
Lawrence Welk was born in Strasburg, North Dakota
to immigrant parents on a farm. He spoke only German in his early life and dropped out of school after the fourth grade. His first accordion was a
handed down instrument, but he sold fur pelts until he earned enough to buy a new one, and by age 17 knew he wanted to be a musician. Wanting a more
expensive instrument, he agreed to work for his father on the family farm until he was 21 in exchange for the $400 accordion. After that, he left
for South Dakota to find work as a musician. He joined several orchestras and toured through the country until his local television show was picked
up by ABC in 1955. The show became one of the top-rated programs on television and is considered by many to be the "king of dance music."
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