• William IV of the United Kingdom

    1765 - 1837

    William IV of the United Kingdom (1765 - 1837)

    William was born in the early hours of the morning on 21 August 1765 at Buckingham House, the third child and son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. He had two elder brothers, George and Frederick, and was not expected to inherit the Crown. He was baptised in the Great Council Chamber of St […]

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  • William J Bell

    1927 - 2005

    William J Bell (1927 - 2005)

    William J Bell American screenwriter and television producer, best known as the creator of the soap operas Another World, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. In 1972, CBS executives wanted a new daytime serial that was youth oriented. William along with his wife Lee Phillip Bell created The Young and […]

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  • William J. “Bill” Bowerman

    1911 - 1999

    William J. “Bill” Bowerman (1911 - 1999)

    Coach, Co-founder of Nike, Inc. Born in Portland and raised in Fossil, a town in eastern Oregon, and in Medford. He was a quarter-miler and a football blocking back at the University of Oregon and was accepted to medical school after graduating in 1934. Instead he became the track and football coach at Medford High […]

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  • William J. Brice Arnstein

    1921 - 2008

    William J. Brice Arnstein (1921 - 2008)

    Artist. Best known for his grand-scale abstract paintings. His work appears in permanent collections of major museums across the country including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He taught at the […]

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  • William J. Butler

    1970 - 1927

    William J. Butler (1970 - 1927)

    Actor. He appeared in the original stage productions of “The Seno-Comic Governess” (1904), “The Great Divide” (1906), and “Pippa Passes” (1908). On film, he appeared in over 240 silent films of the 1900s-10s. They include “The Taming of the Shrew” (1908), “A Child’s Faith” (1910), “Her Father’s Pride” (1910), “Saved from Himself” (1911), “Helen’s Marriage” […]

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  • William J. Hardee

    1815 - 1873

    William J. Hardee (1815 - 1873)

    Hardee was born to Sarah Ellis and Major John Hardee at the “Rural Felicity” plantation in Camden County, Georgia. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1838 (26th in a class of 45) and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Dragoons. During the Seminole Wars (1835–42), he […]

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  • William James “Bill” Burrud

    1925 - 1990

    William James “Bill” Burrud (1925 - 1990)

    Actor. He was a child actor in motion pictures in the 1930s. Later producer/host of television nature/travel documentaries:  “Treasure” (1958); “Flight to Adventure” (1960); “Thrill Hunters” (1966); “Animal World” (1968-1980); “Safari to Adventure” (1969-1975); “The Challenging Sea” (1969); “World of Women” (1969); “World of the Sea” (1970); “The Great Apes” (1970); “The World of Reptiles” […]

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  • William Jerome Cagney

    1905 - 1988

    William Jerome Cagney (1905 - 1988)

    Producer. Born in New York City, he was an almost a dead ringer for his brother actor James Cagney, whom he also managed and produced for. He produced over a dozen films with some being featured with his brother James in the lead role such as “Strawberry Blonde” (1941), “The Bride Came C.O.D.” (1941), “Captain […]

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  • William Jerome Caunitz

    1933 - 1996

    William Jerome Caunitz (1933 - 1996)

    Author. A New York City Police Officer for 30 years, after he retired he began to write mystery novels based on his experience. He was the author of One Police Plaza (1984), Suspects (1986), Black Sand (1989), Exceptional Clearance (1991), Cleopatra’s Gold (1993), Pigtown (1995) and Chains Of Command which was published posthumously in 1999. […]

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  • William Jesse McDonald

    1852 - 1918

    William Jesse McDonald (1852 - 1918)

    William Jesse Carter was the son of Enoch McDonald  (Killed in Civil War) and Eunice R Durham. Rhoda Isabel Carter and William Jesse McDonald were married January 1876 in Quitman,Texas.They had no children. In 1867 he moved to East Texas. In Mineola, Texas, he served as deputy sheriff, deputy US Marshall and Special Texas Ranger.This […]

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  • William John Ashcroft

    1970 - 1918

    William John Ashcroft (1970 - 1918)

    Actor, singer, and comedian. Born in Rhode Island to parents who had emigrated there from Belfast, he achieved fame on the American stage, then married an English actress named Kitty Brooke (it is not clear whether Laura Brooke, who is buried with him, was a relative) and moved to England, where he became even more […]

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  • William John Burns

    1860 - 1932

    William John Burns (1860 - 1932)

    FBI Director. He was appointed to the the post of Director of the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) on August 22, 1921 and served until June 14, 1922, when he was asked to resign by Attorney General Harlan Fiske Stone. At the time of his resignation, Burns had been involved in the Teapot Dome Scandal, the […]

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  • William Joseph “Bill” Cartledge, Sr

    1914 - 1975

    William Joseph “Bill” Cartledge, Sr (1914 - 1975)

    Actor. Born in Alabama, Bill Cartledge is best known for playing the roles of jockeys or bellhops. His best known role is that of George Woolf in the 1949 film, “The Story Of Seabiscuit.” Cartledge’s other films include, “Splendor” (1947), “Speed To Burn” (1938), “Newsboys’ Home” (1938), “Fast And Furious” (1939), “I Take This Woman” […]

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  • William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan

    1883 - 1959

    William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan (1883 - 1959)

    World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, US Diplomat. Known by the sobriquet “Wild Bill”, he is most noted for founding and directing the United States Office of Strategic Services during World War II, which was the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency. A trained lawyer, he began the practice of law in Buffalo, […]

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  • William Joseph Bell

    1927 - 2005

    William Joseph Bell (1927 - 2005)

    William Joseph Bell was married to former talk show host Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful with him. Their three children, Bill Jr., Bradley, and Lauralee, and daughter-in-law Maria Arena Bell are all involved in their parents’ soaps in some capacity. Brenda Dickson, an original cast […]

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  • William Keeler

    1908 - 1987

    William Keeler (1908 - 1987)

    Both of William Keeler’s paternal and maternal grandfathers, George B. Keeler and Nelson F. Carr, were white men who had settled in Cherokee territory and married Cherokee women. They were notable for their roles in founding the community that is now Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Carr owned the sawmill and grist mill in town. George Keeler was […]

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  • William Kenzo Nakamura

    1922 - 1944

    William Kenzo Nakamura (1922 - 1944)

    World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Killed by a sniper’s bullet on the outskirts of Castellina, Italy. A tragic story great courage following being rousted from his home, along with many others of his heritage, this native son of Seattle, was not considered such as he was of Japanese descent. Just a month […]

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  • William Keough

    1930 - 1985

    William Keough (1930 - 1985)

    Iranian Hostage. One of the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran from 1979 to 1981. Served as Superintendent of the American School in Tehran.  (bio by: Erik Lander)  Family links:  Spouse:  Katherine Eisenberger Keough (1943 – 2004)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William Law Anderson

    1879 - 1910

    William Law Anderson (1879 - 1910)

    Professional Golfer. He holds the all time record for winning the U.S. Open Golf Championship in three consecutive years. He sailed for America at the age of 16 aboard the S.S. Pomeranian from Glasgow, Scotland arriving at Ellis Island in March of 1896. He is the first golfer to win four U.S. Opens, with victories […]

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  • William Lees Judson

    1842 - 1928

    William Lees Judson (1842 - 1928)

    Artist. Judson moved to the United States with his parents when he was ten years old. After serving four years with the Illinois volunteers during the American Civil War, he studied art in New York and Paris and settled in London, Ontario, Canada where he became a successful portrait painter and art teacher. In 1893, […]

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  • William Lees Judson

    1842 - 1928

    William Lees Judson (1842 - 1928)

    Artist. Judson moved to the United States with his parents when he was ten years old. After serving four years with the Illinois volunteers during the American Civil War, he studied art in New York and Paris and settled in London, Ontario, Canada where he became a successful portrait painter and art teacher. In 1893, […]

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  • William Lemp, III

    1900 - 1943

    William Lemp, III (1900 - 1943)

    William was the son of William Jr., former president of the Lemp Brewery in St. Louis. (bio by: Connie Nisinger)  Family links:  Parents:  William Jacob Lemp (1867 – 1922)  Lillian Handlan Lemp (1877 – 1960)

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  • William Lorne Cameron

    1943 - 2005

    William Lorne Cameron (1943 - 2005)

    Journalist, Author. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, he worked on the Canadian news programs, “Midday” in 1985, “The Journal” from 1983 to 1992, and “The National” from 1983 to 1999. He also appeared in films including, “Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off” (1973), Blue Sunshine” (1976), “Eclipse” (1995), “Street Corner Justice” (1996), and did voice work for […]

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  • William Lort Mansel

    1753 - 1820

    William Lort Mansel (1753 - 1820)

    Bishop of Bristol, and Master of Trinity College Cambridge 1798-1820. (bio by: David Conway)

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  • William Lovett

    1894 - 1923

    William Lovett (1894 - 1923)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was the leader of a band of Irish gangsters (called the “White Hand”) in Brooklyn during the teens and 1920s. His gang dealt in extortion, loansharking, gambling and other criminal activities around the Brooklyn docks. During World War I Lovett earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in France.

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  • William Lukens Elkins

    1832 - 1903

    William Lukens Elkins (1832 - 1903)

    Financier. He was a partner in the giant Standard Oil company. He sold his portion and heavily invested in  railways and natural gas, and his efforts helped build up the infrastructure in a number of major US cities. (bio by: Russ Dodge)  Family links:  Spouse:  Maria Louise Broomall Elkins (1832 – 1910)*  Children:  George W. […]

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  • William Lyon Arndt

    1949 - 1995

    William Lyon Arndt (1949 - 1995)

    Motion Pictures Talent Agent. He represented talent world-wide, especially some of the most well known male models. He is buried next to legendary actor Tyrone Power.  Inscription:Living With Angels

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  • William M. Keck

    1880 - 1964

    William M. Keck (1880 - 1964)

    Philanthropist and founder of Superior Oil.  Family links:  Children:  Willametta Keck Day (1915 – 1985)*  Alice Bertha Keck Park (1918 – 1977)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William Mark Felt, Sr

    1913 - 2008

    William Mark Felt, Sr (1913 - 2008)

    FBI Agent, Watergate Figure. He was better known as “Deep Throat,” the name given him by the press to hide his identity as the secret government official who leaked details of the illegal activity relating to the Watergate Scandal.  His information led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, who resigned rather than face […]

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  • William Marsh Rice

    1816 - 1900

    William Marsh Rice (1816 - 1900)

    Businessman, Educator. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Little is known about his childhood. He moved to Texas in 1838. In 1840 he started one of many businesses of which he would become involved. Houston and Galveston Navigation Company was established in 1851 and in 1858 Rice was the owner of a brig called the William M. […]

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