Links to histories
and biographies of the famous people of Wyoming. Many famous people of Wyoming have made significant contributions to the history of our nation and
the state of Wyoming. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen, famous women,
heroes, great explorers, and others Wyoming famous Americans have all made Wyoming their home. This list includes Wyoming historical figures, celebrities
and those individuals of Wyoming who have influenced the lives of others.
Patricia MacLachlan (1938 - ) Author of children's
books and Newberry Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall; born in Cheyenne.
Esther Hobart Morris (1814 - 1902) Helped women receive
the right to vote in Wyoming and the nation's first female judge; born in New York.
Jackson Pollock (1912 - 1956) Born Paul
Jackson Pollock in Cody, Wyoming, Jackson Pollock first studied painting in Los Angeles. He then moved to New York City where he held his first solo
show in 1943. Known for his abstract and surrealist art, his work was widely known and exhibited internationally. Instead of using a traditional easel
for his work, he would place his canvas on a wall on the floor and pour or drip paint on it from the can. Instead of using brushes, he used trowels
or knives to apply his paint. He is generally believed to be one of the pioneers of the Abstract Impressionism movement and one of the most important
figures in American art in the late twentieth century.
Washakie (c. 1798 - February 20, 1900) was a renowned warrior first mentioned in 1840 in the written record of the American fur trapper,
Osborne Russell. In 1851, at the urging of trapper Jim Bridger, Washakie led a band of Shoshones to the council meetings of the Treaty of Fort Laramie
(1851). He was noted for his exploits in fighting and also for his friendship with the white pioneers. When wagon trains were passing through Shoshone
country in the 1850s, Washakie and his people aided the overland travelers in fording streams and recovering strayed cattle. He was also a scout for
the U.S. Army. Essentially from that time until his death, he was considered the head of the Eastern Shoshones by the representatives of the
United States government. Much about Washakie's early life remains unknown, although several family traditions suggest similar origins. Washakie was
born in 1798 to his mother Lost Woman, who was a Tussawehee (White Knife) Shoshoni by birth, and his father, Crooked Leg (Paseego), an Umatilla rescued
as a boy from slave traders at Wakemap and Celilo in 1786 by Weasel Lungs, a Tussawehee dog soldier (White Knife) Shoshoni medicine man
James G. Watt (1938 - ) Former secretary of the
Interior; born in Lusk.
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figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more.
John Colter trader
June Etta Downey educator
Thomas Fitzpatrick mountain man and guide
Tom Horn detective
Isabel Jewell actress
Velma Linford writer
Ted Olson writer
John "Portugee" Phillips frontiersman
Alan Swallow publisher and author
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