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Terrel Bell (1921 - 1996) The Secretary of Education in the Cabinet of President Ronald Reagan. Before that he served as the United States Commissioner of Education from 1974 to 1976. Born in Lava Hot Springs, ID (1675)

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994) An American farmer and religious leader. Served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1953 to 1961. He was the 13th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1985 until his death. Born in Whitney, ID (132)

Ronee Blakley (1945 - ) An American entertainer. Though an accomplished singer, songwriter, composer, producer and director, she is perhaps best known as an actress. Her most famous role was as Barbara Jean in the film Nashville. She also had a notable role in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Born in Nampa, ID (1627)

Gutzon Borglum (1867 - 1941) Born John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum. An American artist and sculptor famous for creating Mount Rushmore. Born in St. Charles, ID (125)

Pappy Boyington (1912 - 1988) Born Gregory Boyington. Colonel Boyington USMC was an American fighter ace who flew the Vought Corsair during World War II. Boyington served as the commander of the Black Sheep Squadron, and received the Medal of Honor for his valor. Boyington shot down 26 planes before being shot down himself, and spending the final 20 months of World War II as a prisoner in Japan. Born in Coeur d'Alene, ID (740)

Carol Ryrie Brink (1895 - 1981) An American author of over thirty juvenile and adult books. Her novel Caddie Woodlawn won the 1936 Newbery Medal. Born in Moscow, ID (1628)

John Donovan Cannon (1922 - 2005) An American actor. He is known for his co-starring role as Chief Peter B. Clifford in the television series, McCloud. He also appeared in many other television shows including Alias Smith and Jones, Gunsmoke, Murder She Wrote and Law & Order. Born in Salmon, ID (1407)

Frank Forrester Church III (1924 - 1984) An American lawyer and politician. He served as a United States Senator from Idaho from 1957 to 1981. Born in Boise, ID (1678)

Gloria Dickson (1917 - 1945) Born Thais Alalia Dickerson. An American stage and screen actress of the 1930s and 1940s. She appeared in over 20 films in her short career. Born in Pocatello, ID (1408)

Lillian Marie Disney (1899 - 1997) Born Lillian Marie Bounds. She was the wife of Walt Disney. She was married to him from 1925 until his death in 1966. She was working at the Disney Studio as a secretary when she met him. Born in Spalding, ID (1629)

Howard William Hunter (1907 - 1995) The fourteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1994 to 1995. His 9 month presidential tenure is the shortest in the church's history. Born in Boise, ID (1409)

Jon Meade Huntsman Sr. (1937 - ) An American businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Huntsman Chemical Corporation, the largest manufacturer of polystyrene in the U. S. He is also the founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. Born in Blackfoot, ID (570)

Harmon Killebrew (1936 - 2011) An American professional baseball first baseman, third baseman, and left fielder. Nicknamed "The Killer" and "Hammerin' Harmon." He played for 22 years and was regarded as one of the most prolific power hitters in major league baseball history. Born in Payette, ID (126)

Vernon Sanders Law (1930 - ) A retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for 16 seasons (1950-1951 and 1954-1967) for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Born in Meridian, ID (1680)

Harold Bingham Lee (1899 - 1973) The eleventh president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1972 until his death in 1973. Born in Clifton, ID (1706)

Patrick McManus (1933 - ) Author and American outdoor humor writer. His humor pieces have been collected in 13 books and he has written a children's book. Born in Sandpoint, ID (134)

Sarah Palin (1964 - ) An American politician, commentator, and author. She served as the ninth Governor of Alaska from 2006 until she resigned in 2009. She was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 Presidential election. She is the first female governor of Alaska and the youngest person elected governor. She was the first Alaskan candidate of either major party, as well as the first female vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party. Born in Sandpoint, ID (737)

Aaron Paul (1979 - ) Born Aaron Paul Sturtevant. An American actor. He began his career starring in several music videos and guest-starring on many television shows. His breakthrough role was Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad. Born in Emmett, ID (1410)

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972) Born Ezra Weston Loomis Pound. An expatriate American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism. Born in Hailey, ID (128)

Ford Rainey (1908 - 2005) An American film, stage and television actor. He starred in many television series including Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Baa Baa Black Sheep and The Untouchables. He made guest appearances on many others. Born in Mountain Home, ID (1054)

Marjorie Goodspeed Reynolds (1917 - 1997) An American film and television actress. She appeared in more than 50 films. Her best known film was Holiday Inn which introduced the classic song "White Christmas." Born in Buhl, ID (1681)

Josh Ritter (1976 - ) An American singer-songwriter, guitarist and author. He performs and records with The Royal City Band. Born in Moscow, ID (1631)

Marilynne Summers Robinson (1943 - ) An American novelist and essayist. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005. Born in Sandpoint, ID (1632)

Richard G. Scott (1928 - ) An American nuclear engineer and a current member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Born in Pocatello, ID (1633)

Picabo Street (1971 - ) A former American World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. She won the super G at the 1998 Olympics and the downhill at the 1996 World Championships. Born in Triumph, ID (127)

Lana Turner (1921 - 1995) Born Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner. An American film and television actress. She starred in many films including They Won't Forget, Johnny Eager, and Somewhere I'll Find You. She also had a recurring guest role in the television series Falcon Crest. Born in Wallace, ID (1411)