• John Bowers

    1885 - 1936

    John Bowers (1885 - 1936)

    Actor.  Real name John Bowersox.  The leading man in many silent movies, he began his screen career in 1916. He is featured in the movies “Richard the Lion-Hearted,” “Pals in Paradise,” and “Ragtime.” He had also appeared in three early talkies, but his career began to fail after the end of the silent era. Afterwards […]

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  • John Boyle O’Reilly

    1844 - 1890

    John Boyle O’Reilly (1844 - 1890)

    Social Reformer. Irish Republican Brotherhood member who enlisted in the British Army in Dublin in 1865 to recruit Irish rebels. Convicted of treason by a Dublin court martial in 1866, he was transported to Australia in 1867, in the last group of convicts sent there from England. He escaped on an American whaling ship to […]

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  • John Brendan “Jack” Kelly, Sr

    1889 - 1960

    John Brendan “Jack” Kelly, Sr (1889 - 1960)

    Businessman, Olympic Athlete. He accumulated wealth as a successful Philadelphia, Pennsylvania building contractor. He was also an athlete, winning an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the 1920 United States Sculling team. He was the father of the movie actress and later Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly.  Family links:  Spouse:  Margaret Katherine Majer Kelly (1898 […]

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  • John Brewster

    1766 - 1854

    John Brewster (1766 - 1854)

    Artist. Born deaf, he was one of eight children of Dr. John Brewster and Mary Durkee Brewster of Hampton, Connecticut. He was apparently taught at an early age to communicate through signs and symbols. He received instruction in painting from the Reverend Joseph Steward and in the 1790s, Brewster traveled through the American Northeast in […]

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  • John Bricker

    1893 - 1986

    John Bricker (1893 - 1986)

    During World War I, John Bricker served as first lieutenant and chaplain in the United States Army in 1917 and 1918. He was subsequently the solicitor for Grandview Heights, Ohio, from 1920 to 1928, assistant Attorney General of Ohio from 1923 to 1927, a member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio from 1929 to […]

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  • John Brimhall

    1928 - 2003

    John Brimhall (1928 - 2003)

    John Brimhall (November 22, 1928 – December 2, 2003) was an American musical arranger and author of books on music composition, theory, and performance. Brimhall is perhaps best known for his easy arrangements of classical and American popular music for piano students. He studied at Loyola University, the University of San Francisco and Stanford University. Brimhall is […]

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  • John Brinsmead

    1970 - 1970

    John Brinsmead (1970 - 1970)

    Overtook Broadwood in 1900 as US’ largest piano manufacturer.  Family links:  Spouse:  Susan Ann Browne Brinsmead (1813 – 1907)*  Children:  John Brinsmead (1841 – 1863)*  Edgar William Brinsmead (1848 – 1907)*  Horace George Brinsmead (1854 – 1908)* *Calculated relationship

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  • John Britton

    1925 - 1994

    John Britton (1925 - 1994)

    John Britton (May 6, 1925 – July 29, 1994) was an American physician. He was murdered in Pensacola, Florida, by anti-abortion extremist Paul Jennings Hill. Britton’s death was the second assassination of a Pensacola abortion provider in under a year and a half; he had replaced David Gunn after the latter’s 1993 murder by another […]

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  • John Bromfield

    1922 - 2005

    John Bromfield (1922 - 2005)

    John Bromfield was born in South Bend, Indiana. He played football and was a boxing champion in college. He served in the United States Navy in World War II. In 1948, he twice harpooned a whale in the documentary film Harpoon. In 1948, he was cast as a detective in the film Sorry, Wrong Number, […]

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  • John Brophy

    1933 - 2016

    John Brophy (1933 - 2016)

    John Brophy was a tough defenceman who played 18 seasons in the Eastern Hockey League, racking up nearly 4,000 career penalty minutes between 1955 and 1973—the most in EHL history—playing parts of nine seasons with the Long Island Ducks and retiring at the age of 40. On August 5, 1967, Brophy was involved in a car […]

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  • John Brown

    1904 - 1957

    John Brown (1904 - 1957)

    Actor. Born in Yorkshire, England, he began his career in America in the 1930s, as a narrator and a lead character in the theatre. During the 1940s, he was a popular radio figure performing as a regular in the roles of Gillis and Digby “Digger” O’Dell on the “The Life of Riley” series. He also […]

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  • John Brown

    1800 - 1859

    John Brown (1800 - 1859)

    John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was an American abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. During the 1856 conflict in Kansas, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. Brown’s followers killed five slavery […]

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  • John Bubbles

    1902 - 1986

    John Bubbles (1902 - 1986)

    John Bubbles was born in Louisville, Kentucky on February 19, 1902, but soon moved with his family to Indianapolis. There, he formed a partnership with Ford L. “Buck” Washington known as “Buck and Bubbles,” with Buck playing stride piano and singing while Bubbles tapped, beginning in 1919. The two appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies of […]

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  • John Buchan

    1875 - 1940

    John Buchan (1875 - 1940)

    British Peer, Author. Born in Perth, Scotland, the eldest son of Reverend John Buchan and Helen Masterson. He attended the University of Glasgow on scholarship where he began writing both prose and poetry, and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate prize for poetry. He passed the bar in 1901 and worked on the […]

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  • John Buckler

    1906 - 1936

    John Buckler (1906 - 1936)

    Actor. Buckler appeared in the films, “Tarzan Escapes!” (1936), “The Unguarded Hour” (1936), “The Black Room” (1936), “Eight Bells” (1935), “The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation Of David Copperfield, The Younger” (1935), and “That’s Gratitude” (1934). He was killed in a road accident in Lake Malibu, California, on October 30, 1936, at the age […]

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  • John Bunny

    1863 - 1915

    John Bunny (1863 - 1915)

    John Bunny was born in New York City, Bunny was raised in Brooklyn where he attended high school and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the […]

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  • John Bunyan

    1628 - 1688

    John Bunyan (1628 - 1688)

    Author, Nonconformist preacher. The son of a Bedfordshire tinker, John Bunyan had little education, and at first followed his father’s trade. He served for three years in the Parliamentary Army during the Puritan Revolution, but saw little fighting. In about 1649 he married a pious Anglican, and embraced her religion; soon he had an intense […]

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  • John Butterfield, Sr

    1801 - 1869

    John Butterfield, Sr (1801 - 1869)

    He was a self-taught youngster born on a farm during the era of new technology which saw the first steamboat and the electric telegraph. At 18, he decided that he wanted to be a stagecoach driver.  He saved his money which resulted in the startup of his own delivery business.  Hardwork found him owner of […]

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  • John C Cremony

    1970 - 1879

    John C Cremony (1970 - 1879)

    Civil War Union Army Officer, Author. A native of Maine, Cremony first saw military service with the coming of the Mexican War and served as a Lieutenant with the 1st Massachusetts Infantry. After the war he was hired as a journalist for the Boston Herald until 1849, when he was recruited to be an interpreter […]

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  • John C. Austin

    1870 - 1963

    John C. Austin (1870 - 1963)

    Architect, Civic Leader. Educated in England, Austin moved to the United States in the late 1880s and worked as a draftsman for an architect in Philadelphia from 1891–1892, before relocating to San Francisco where he worked a draftsman from 1892-1895. He moved to Los Angeles in 1895, and became one of the city’s leading architects. […]

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  • John C. Becher

    1915 - 1986

    John C. Becher (1915 - 1986)

    Actor. He was a veteran stage, film, and television actor whose career spanned 40 years. After graduating from high school, he attended Milwaukee State Teachers College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, followed by the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1941 with a Bachelor of […]

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  • John C. Wingate

    1851 - 1924

    John C. Wingate (1851 - 1924)

    Community pillar of Pleasant Run, Indiana. In his honor, the citizens renamed the village “Wingate” in his honor.

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  • John Cabell “Bunny” Breckenridge

    1902 - 1996

    John Cabell “Bunny” Breckenridge (1902 - 1996)

    John Cabell Breckenridge nicknamed “Bunny” was born August 6th, 1902 in Paris, France to a wealthy family. Breckenridge was the great-grandson of US Vice President John C. Breckenridge, for whom he was named, and was also the great-grandson of the founder of the Wells Fargo Bank, Lloyd Tevis. Breckenridge grew up in England and attended […]

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  • John Call

    1908 - 1973

    John Call (1908 - 1973)

    Actor. His film roles include ‘Santa Claus’ in “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1964) and ‘O’Leary’ in “The Anderson Tapes” (1971). He ws in the origianl casts of “So Proudly We Hail” (1936), “Bet Your Life” (1937), “The Merchant of Yonkers” (1938), “The Life of Reilly” (1942), and “Oliver!” (1963). Father of actor Anthony Call […]

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  • John Calvin Brown

    1827 - 1889

    John Calvin Brown (1827 - 1889)

    In May 1861, John Calvin Brown enlisted as a private in the Confederate infantry, and was elected Colonel of the 3rd Tennessee Infantry shortly afterward. He was later placed in charge of a brigade consisting of three Tennessee regiments. Following the surrender of Fort Donelson, he was held as a prisoner of war for six months […]

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  • John Candy

    1950 - 1994

    John Candy (1950 - 1994)

    Candy was born in Newmarket, Ontario, in 1950. The son of Sidney James Candy and his wife Evangeline (Aker) Candy, he was raised in a working-class Roman Catholic family. His maternal grandparents, Jozefa (Stefaniuk) and Frank Michael Aker, were immigrants from Eastern Europe, of Polish and Ukrainian ancestry. Candy studied at Centennial College in Toronto and […]

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  • John Carlyle

    1931 - 2003

    John Carlyle (1931 - 2003)

    Actor. Carlyle appeared in the films, “Whore” (1991), “Portrait Of A Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger” (1980), “Rich Man, Poor Man” (1976), “The Monster That Challenged The World” (1957), “The Spirit Of St. Louis” (1957), “The Rack” (1956), “Daddy Long Legs” (1955), “Untamed” (1955), “Dangerous Mission” (1954), and “Three Wise Fools” (1946). He also appeared […]

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  • John Carradine

    1906 - 1988

    John Carradine (1906 - 1988)

    Shakespearean and Character Actor, Sculptor. John Carradine began his career in show business as a Shakespearean dramatic actor doing considerable stage work in classic drama with appearances on Broadway.  The money was in Hollywood and beginning  in 1930, he found success, taking the stage name John Carradine, then appeared in literally hundreds of “B” movies […]

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  • John Carroll

    1906 - 1979

    John Carroll (1906 - 1979)

    Carroll performed in several small roles in films under his original name until 1935, when he first used the name John Carroll in Hi, Gaucho! He appeared in several Western films in the 1930s, including the role of Zorro in Zorro Rides Again in 1937. He was the male lead in the Marx Brothers’ Western […]

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  • John Carroll Dye

    1963 - 2011

    John Carroll Dye (1963 - 2011)

    Actor. Best known for his role as Andrew, the Angel of Death on the popular CBS television show “Touched By An Angel.” Born in Mississippi, Dye majored in theater at the University of Memphis. He made his film debut in 1984’s “Making the Grade,” which filmed in the Memphis area, before moving to Los Angeles […]

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