• John Bacon Curtis

    1827 - 1897

    John Bacon Curtis (1827 - 1897)

    Businessman and Inventor. He began manufacturing chewing gum out of sap from spruce trees in 1848, and became wealthy after  it became popular with the public. (bio by: Russ Dodge)

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  • John Baldwin

    1799 - 1884

    John Baldwin (1799 - 1884)

    Educator. He was the founder of Baldwin Institute (later to join with German Wallace College to become Baldwin-Wallace College). (bio by: MJGoette)  Family links:  Parents:  Joseph Baldwin (____ – 1825)  Rosannah Baldwin (____ – 1843)  Spouse:  Mary Dunn Chappel Baldwin (1802 – 1895)  Children:  Rosanna Baldwin Walker (1831 – 1924)*  Newton Baldwin (1836 – 1854)* […]

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  • John Ball

    1911 - 1988

    John Ball (1911 - 1988)

    Author. A modern crime novelist, he wrote the ‘Virgil Tibbs’ series of books about a Black homicide investigator from Pasadena. The most well renowned was “In The Heat Of The Night” (1965), becoming a theatrical film in 1967 starring Sidney Portier and Rod Steiger and a television series in the late 1980s which featured Howard […]

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  • John Banner

    1910 - 1973

    John Banner (1910 - 1973)

    Actor. He had a forty five year career acting on stage, in motion pictures, and on television, and his best remembered for his role of ‘Sergeant Schultz’ in the 1960s television situation comedy “Hogan’s Heroes” (1965  to 1971).  An actor of Jewish descent in his hometown of Vienna, he was forced to leave when Germany […]

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  • John Baptiste Charles Lucas

    1758 - 1842

    John Baptiste Charles Lucas (1758 - 1842)

    Born in France, Lucas happened to meet Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. Ambassador to the French court. Fascinated by Franklin’s conversations on the new democracy & the vast opportunities of a new frontier, he decided to emigrate to America. He arrived in 1784 & moved to St. Louis in 1805 where he was appointed Commissioner of […]

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  • John Baptiste Ford

    1811 - 1903

    John Baptiste Ford (1811 - 1903)

    Industrialist. He founded Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Family links:  Spouse:  Mary Bower Ford (1806 – 1897)* *Calculated relationship

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  • John Bardeen

    1908 - 1991

    John Bardeen (1908 - 1991)

    John Bardeen was born in Madison, Wisconsin on May 23, 1908.  Bardeen attended the University High School at Madison for several years, but graduated from Madison Central High School in 1923. He graduated from high school at age fifteen, even though he could have graduated several years earlier. His graduation was postponed due to taking […]

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  • John Barron McKay

    1922 - 1975

    John Barron McKay (1922 - 1975)

    Pioneer Astronaut. During World War II, he served as a US Navy pilot in the Pacific Theater, earning the Air Medal with two Clusters and a Presidential Unit Citation. After the war, he joined Edwards Air Force Base, California in 1951, as a D-558 and X-1 test pilot. As a project pilot, he flew on […]

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  • John Bartlett

    1820 - 1905

    John Bartlett (1820 - 1905)

    Author. He is best remembered for his work “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations” which was published in 1855. Known for his memory for quotations and trivia, “Ask John Bartlett” became a byword in the community whenever someone was stumped. His father was a descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrims Love Brewster, one of the founders of the town […]

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  • John Bassett Moore

    1860 - 1947

    John Bassett Moore (1860 - 1947)

    Jurist. First American Judge to serve on the Permanent Court of International Justice. An 1880 graduate of the University of Virginia, he was admitted to the Delaware bar in 1883. In 1885 he clerked at the Department of State. He served as Assistant Secretary of State during the Spanish-American War in 1898, and after the […]

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  • John Batterson Stetson

    1830 - 1906

    John Batterson Stetson (1830 - 1906)

    Businessman. He learned the hat trade from his father. After his father’s death he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and worked for a brick manufacturer. When the factory and business were ruined by floods, Stetson headed west to Colorado to find his fortune in gold. His hat making skills proved useful as he used the […]

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  • John Bauer

    1882 - 1918

    John Bauer (1882 - 1918)

    Swedish Artist and Illustrator. Acclaimed for describing the world of elves, trolls and the mystique of the Nordic fairy tales. From 1907-1910 and 1912-1915 he illustrated a Swedish annual Christmas book for children, called “Bland tomtar och troll” (Among Elves and Trolls). That title has become synonumous with his pictures more than the contents of […]

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  • John Beal

    1970 - 1997

    John Beal (1970 - 1997)

    Beal was born James Alexander Bliedung in Joplin, Missouri. He originally went to New York to study art but a chance to understudy in a play made him change his mind. He began acting in the 1930s, opposite Katharine Hepburn (in the 1934 RKO film The Little Minister),[1] among others; one of his notable screen […]

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  • John Beggs

    1847 - 1925

    John Beggs (1847 - 1925)

    John Irvin Beggs was born in Philadelphia on September 17, 1847, the son of James and Mary Irvin Beggs. Both of his parents were of Scottish descent but had emigrated to the United States from Northern Ireland.  His early life was spent around Philadelphia. After his father died when he was seven years old, Beggs […]

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  • John Belcher

    1841 - 1913

    John Belcher (1841 - 1913)

    British architect. A renowed architect, his numerous projects included Whiteley’s store in Bayswater (1910), Colchester Town Hall (1898) and the Aston Memorial in Lancaster (1906), which was built in the lavish Edwardian Baroque style. He was also an accomplished musician and artist, and was elected President of the RIBA, (1904-1906) and the Royal Academy in […]

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  • John Belushi

    1949 - 1982

    John Belushi (1949 - 1982)

    John Belushi John Belushi was born in Humboldt Park, a neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Agnes Demetri (Samaras), was the daughter of Albanian immigrants, and his father, Adam Anastos Belushi, was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë. John was raised in Wheaton, a Chicago suburb, along with his three siblings: younger […]

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  • John Bennett

    1928 - 2005

    John Bennett (1928 - 2005)

    British Character Actor. He was born in Beckenham, Kent, and died in London. He began his career on stage in the mid 1940s and twenty years later, debuted in cinema with “The Challenge” (1960). His films included “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1966).  More recently, […]

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  • John Bentley

    1839 - 1902

    John Bentley (1839 - 1902)

    John Francis Bentley was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire. As a boy, he enjoyed sketching and architecture, but his father disapproved and found him a job as an apprentice with a firm of engineers in Manchester. In 1855, however, he moved to London and began a five-year indenture with a firm of architects. The following year, […]

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  • John Beradino

    1917 - 1996

    John Beradino (1917 - 1996)

    Actor, Baseball Player. Best Known for his role as ‘Dr. Steve Hardy,’ on the long-running soap opera “General Hospital” from it beginning in 1963 until his death in 1996. John started out as a child actor working for producer Hal Roach. Right after graduating University of Southern California where he attended on a baseball scholarship, […]

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  • John Berry

    1962 - 2016

    John Berry (1962 - 2016)

    John Berry John Berry, an original member of hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was 52. John Berry III, Berry’s father, confirmed his death Thursday afternoon to Rolling Stone. He said his son suffered from frontal lobe dementia, which had worsened in recent months. […]

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  • John Biddle

    1792 - 1859

    John Biddle (1792 - 1859)

    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, John Biddle enlisted in the U.S. Army and was appointed a second lieutenant in the Third Artillery on July 6, 1812 and promoted to first lieutenant March 13, 1813. He was attached to the staff of General Winfield Scott on the Niagara Frontier for most of the […]

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  • John Bigler

    1805 - 1871

    John Bigler (1805 - 1871)

    John Bigler was born in early 1805 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to parents of German ancestry. Beginning work in the printing trade at an early age, Bigler, as well as his younger brother, William, never received a formal education, yet Bigler took it upon himself to educate his younger brother. In 1831, both brothers moved to […]

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  • John Bindon

    1943 - 1993

    John Bindon (1943 - 1993)

    John Bindon was born in Fulham, London, and was the son of Dennis Bindon, a merchant seaman and engineer, turned cab driver. The second eldest in a working-class family of three children, Bindon went to St Mark’s Church School in Fulham where he became a noted rugby union junior, but left at the age of […]

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  • John Blair Jr.

    1731 - 1800

    John Blair Jr. (1731 - 1800)

    Born in Williamsburg, Virginia, Blair was a member of a prominent Virginia family. His father served on the Virginia Council and was for a time acting Royal governor. His granduncle, James Blair, was founder and first president of the College of William & Mary. Blair attended William & Mary, receiving an A.B. in 1754. In […]

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  • John Bleifer

    1901 - 1992

    John Bleifer (1901 - 1992)

    Actor. Prolific film and television character actor who enjoyed a six decade career starting in 1927. He worked in both the silent and sound eras, in productions including We Americans (1928), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), Les Misérables (1935) as Chenildieu, Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936), Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937), The Mark of Zorro […]

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  • John Blewett III

    1973 - 2007

    John Blewett III (1973 - 2007)

    Blewett started racing go karts at the age of 10. In 1996, at age 22, he won the coveted NASCAR’s Northeast Regional Championship, falling only a few points shy of the National Title. During his career he recorded 96 wins between 1993 and 2007, including track championships at Flemington Speedway, Wall Township Speedway, New Egypt, […]

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  • John Bode

    1816 - 1874

    John Bode (1816 - 1874)

    John Ernest Bode (February 13, 1816 – October 6, 1874) was an Anglican priest, educator, poet, and hymnist. Born in London, John Bode was the son of William Bode. Married with three children. Educated at Eton, the Charter House, and then at Christ Church, Oxford where he received his B.A. in 1837 and a M.A. He […]

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  • John Boles

    1895 - 1969

    John Boles (1895 - 1969)

    Boles was born in Greenville, Texas to a middle-class family. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas in 1917. He returned to Greenville, where he was selected by an out-of-town producer to act in an opera at the King Opera House. This experience convinced John that he preferred music and the stage to […]

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  • John Bonham

    1948 - 1980

    John Bonham (1948 - 1980)

    Bonham was born on 31 May 1948, in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, to Joan and Jack Bonham. He began learning to play at five, making a kit of containers and coffee tins, imitating his idols Max Roach, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. His mother gave him a snare drum at the age of ten. He received […]

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  • John Botvid

    1889 - 1964

    John Botvid (1889 - 1964)

    Swedish actor. Acted in nearly 100 films. He also made his name as a revue-actor. He started his career with producing his own revues at Folkteatern and Nya Teatern in Gothenburg, and wrote more than 1000 revue-sketches. (bio by: Peter Robsahm)

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