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William Boyd Allison (1829 - 1908) An early leader of the Iowa Republican Party. He served for four consecutive terms in the U.S. House before representing his state for six consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate. Born in Perry, OH (1662)

Neil Armstrong (1930 - 2012) The first person to walk on the moon. He was an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot and university professor. Born in Wapakoneta, OH (441)

Halle Berry (1966 - ) Famous American actress who has won Emmy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards. As of 2015, she was the first and only African American woman to win an Oscar for a leading role. Born in Cleveland, OH (442)

Erma Bombeck (1927 - 1996) An American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life humorously from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. She also published 15 books, most of which became best-sellers. Born in Dayton, OH (794)

Drew Carey (1958 - ) American actor, writer, and comedian. Known for his sitcom The Drew Carey Show and for hosting Who's Line is it Anyway?. Born in Cleveland, OH (443)

George Armstrong Custer (1839 - 1876) An officer in the United States Army and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars. He and all his men were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. It became known as "Custer's Last Stand." Born in New Rumley, OH (431)

Charles G. Dawes (1865 - 1951) An American banker and politician. He was the 30th Vice President of the United States from 1925 to 1929. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925 for his work on the Dawes Plan for World War I reparations. Born in Marietta, OH (1725)

Hugh Malcolm Downs (1921 - ) A retired American broadcaster, television host, producer, and author. He served as anchor of 20/20, host of The Today Show, announcer for The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, and host of the Concentration game show. Born in Akron, OH (1298)

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931) An American inventor and businessman. Some of his inventions include the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the light bulb. Often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Born in Milan, OH (444)

Charles W. Fairbanks (1852 - 1918) An American politician who served as a Senator from Indiana (1897-1905) and the 26th Vice President of the United States from 1905 to 1909. Born in Unionville Center, OH (1724)

Clark Gable (1901 - 1960) An American stage and film actor. Often referred to as "The King of Hollywood." He was the leading man in more than 60 films over 30 years. Best known for his role as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. Born in Cadiz, OH (446)

James A. Garfield (1831 - 1881) The 20th President of the United States. He only served as president for 200 days. He became the 2nd president to be assassinated. Born in Moreland Hills, OH (447)

John Glenn (1921 - ) The first American to orbit the Earth. He was also a United States Senator from Ohio from 1974 to 1999. In 1998 he became the oldest person to fly in space and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. Born in Cambridge, OH (448)

Ulysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885) The 18th President of the United States. He was also an American General who earned his fame during the Civil War. Born in Point Pleasant, OH (449)

Zane Grey (1872 - 1939) Born Pearl Zane Grey. An American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories with a western theme. Born in Zanesville, OH (25)

Arsenio Hall (1955 - ) An American comedian and former late-night talk show host. Born in Cleveland, OH (450)

Warren G. Harding (1865 - 1923) The 29th President of the United States from 1921 to 1923. During his time in office, he signed peace treaties that ended World War I. Born in Corsica (Blooming Grove), OH (451)

Benjamin Harrison (1833 - 1901) The 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He is the only president from Indiana. Born in North Bend, OH (452)

Rutherford B. Hayes (1822 - 1893) The 19th President of the United States. He was also an American politician, lawyer, and military leader. Born in Delaware, OH (453)

Thomas A. Hendricks (1819 - 1885) An American politician and lawyer. He served as the 16th Governor of Indiana (1873-1877) and the 21st Vice President of the United States (1885). Born in Fultonham, OH (1723)

Allison Brooks Janney (1959 - ) An American stage and television actress, best known for her role as C. J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing. Born in Dayton, OH (928)

Dean Martin (1917 - 1995) Born Dino Crocetti. An American singer, film actor and comedian. Martin's hit singles included "Memories Are Made of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "MamboItaliano", "Sway", "Volare" and "Ain't That A Kick In The Head?" Born in Steubenville, OH (771)

William McKinley (1843 - 1901) The 25th President of the United States from 1897 until his assassination in 1901. While in office, he annexed the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. Born in Niles, OH (455)

Paul Newman (1925 - 2008) An American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, philanthropist and auto racing enthusiast. Some of his films include Exodus, The Hustler, The Long, Hot Summer and Road to Perdition. Born in Shaker Heights, OH (935)

Annie Oakley (1860 - 1926) Born Phoebe Ann Mosey. Sharpshooter and entertainer. She performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Born in Patterson Township, OH (454)

CeCe Peniston (1969 - ) Born Cecilia V. Peniston is a female American R&B singer. She scored an international hit single in 1991 with her signature song "Finally". Born in Dayton, OH (1307)

Judith Resnik (1949 - 1986) Astronaut who became the second American woman to go into space. She was killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. Born in Akron, OH (464)

Pete Rose (1941 - ) A former baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds that broke the all-time hitting record in 1985. Born in Cincinnati, OH (457)

Susanna Madora Salter (1860 - 1961) The first woman mayor in the United States, elected in Argonia, Kansas in 1887. She was the first woman elected to any political office in the United States. Born in Lamira, OH (197)

William Tecumseh Sherman (1820 - 1891) An American soldier, businessman, educator and author. General of the Civil War that led "Sherman's March" through Georgia destroying Southern hope. Born in Lancaster, OH (458)

Steven Spielberg (1946 - ) An American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Director of E.T., Schindler's List, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and many other famous movies. Born in Cincinnati, OH (459)

R.L. Stine (1943 - ) Born Robert Lawrence Stine. Author of the popular Goosebumps series and is called the Stephen King of children's literature. Born in Bexley, OH (460)

William Howard Taft (1857 - 1930) The 27th President of the United States (1909-1913). He was also the 10th Chief Justice of the United States from 1921-1930. He was the only person to have served in both offices. Born in Cincinnati, OH (461)

Ted Turner (1939 - ) Born Robert Edward Turner III. Media Mogul and philanthropist. Founder of the Cable News Network or CNN. Born in Cincinnati, OH (111)