Famous People from Vermont

Bert Wood Abbey (1869 - 1962) A Major League baseball pitcher. Born in Essex, VT (1465)

Charles Kendall Adams (1835 - 1902) An American educator and historian. He served as the second president of Cornell University from 1885 until 1892, and as president of the University of Wisconsin from 1892 until 1901. Born in Derby, VT (1466)

Sherman Adams (1899 - 1986) Born Llewelyn Sherman Adams. An American politician, best known as White House Chief of Staff for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was also Governor of New Hampshire. Born in Windham County, VT (1467)

Fanny Allen (1784 - 1819) Born Frances Margaret Allen. The first woman of New England birth to become a Roman Catholic nun. Born in Sunderland, VT (1468)

Chester A. Arthur (1829 - 1886) The 21st President of the United States (1881-1885). He was also the 20th vice-president of the United States and was a lawyer. Born in Fairfield, VT (581)

Warren Robinson Austin (1877 - 1962) An American politician and statesman. He served as a United States Senator from Vermont and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Born in Franklin County, VT (1469)

Edwin Eugene Bagley (1857 - 1922) An American composer. Best known for composing the march "National Emblem." Born in Craftsbury, VT (1470)

Bradley Barlow (1814 - 1889) A United States Representative from Vermont. Born in Fairfield, VT (1471)

John Barrett (1866 - 1938) A United States diplomat and one of the most influential early directors general of the Pan American Union. Born in Grafton, VT (1472)

Orson Bean (1928 - ) American film, television, and stage actor. Also known for his numerous appearances on game shows. Born in Burlington, VT (585)

Lou Blonger (1849 - 1924) Born Louis Herbert Belonger. Best known as the kingpin of an extensive ring of confidence tricksters that operated for more than 25 years in Denver, Colorado. Born in Swanton, VT (1474)

Aretas Blood (1816 - 1897) Played an important role in the manufacture of early American railroad steam locomotives. Born in Weathersfield, VT (1475)

Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933) Born John Calvin Coolidge Jr. The 30th President of the United States (1923-1929). He served as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and became President in 1923 when Warren G. Harding in 1923. Born in Plymouth, VT (589)

Thomas Davenport (1802 - 1851) A blacksmith who constructed the first American DC electric motor in 1834. He patented a device for "Improvements in propelling machinery by magnetism and electromagnetism" in 1837. Born in Williamstown, VT (586)

John Dewey (1859 - 1952) An American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Born in Burlington, VT (1476)

Stephen A. Douglas (1813 - 1861) An American politician and the designer of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. He was a U.S. representative, a U.S. senator and the Democratic Party nominee for president in the 1860 election, losing to Abraham Lincoln. Born in Brandon, Rutland County, VT (591)

Ralph E. Flanders (1880 - 1970) American mechanical engineer, industrialist, and Republican Representative from Vermont. Born in Barnet, VT (592)

Charles Edward Hovey (1827 - 1897) An educator, college president, pension lobbyist and a brevet major general in the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born in Thetford, VT (1477)

Levi P. Morton (1824 - 1920) The 22nd Vice President of the United States (1889-1893) serving under Benjamin Harrison. He later served as the 31st Governor of New York. Born in Shoreham, VT (1738)

Elisha Graves Otis (1811 - 1861) An American industrialist, and the founder of the Otis Elevator Company. Born in Halifax, VT (593)

Joseph Smith (1805 - 1844) An American religious leader and founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). He translated and published The Book of Mormon. Born in Sharon, VT (1737)

Rudy Vallee (1901 - 1986) Born Hubert Prior Vallee. Famous American singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. Born in Island Pond, VT (588)

Henry Wells (1805 - 1878) An American businessman important in the hisotry of both the American Express Company and Wells Fargo and Co. Born in Thetford, VT (584)

Bill Wilson (1895 - 1971) Born William Griffith Wilson. The co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a worldwide fellowship of alcoholics helping other alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety. Born in East Dorset, VT (1473)

Brigham Young (1801 - 1877) 2nd President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) that led the first white settlers to Utah and founded Salt Lake City. Served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Born in Whitingham, VT (579)