• Willi Baumeister

    1889 - 1955

    Willi Baumeister (1889 - 1955)

    Artist, writer, stage designer. He studied under Adolf Hölzel at the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart, and his early works were displayed there and in Zurich, Berlin, and Cologne. He was acquainted with the Expressionist painters Franz Marc, Oskar Kokoschka, and Paul Klee. After his service in the World War, he participated in several artists’ alliances, among […]

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  • Willi Graf

    1918 - 1943

    Willi Graf (1918 - 1943)

    Willi Graf (2 January 1918 in Kuchenheim near Euskirchen – 12 October 1943 in Munich) was a Roman Catholic member of the White Rose (Weiße Rose) resistance group in Nazi Germany. Willi Graf’s family moved to Saarbrücken in 1922, where his father ran a wine wholesaler, and was the manager of the Johannishof, the second largest […]

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  • William “1st Baron Strathalmond” Fraser

    1888 - 1970

    William “1st Baron Strathalmond” Fraser (1888 - 1970)

    Oil magnate whose commercial acumen led to the formation of Shell Mex/BP in 1931. Dirextor of BP and of Burmah Oil. (bio by: David Conway)  Family links:  Spouse:  Mary Roberton McLintock Fraser (1892 – 1963)*  Children:  William Fraser (1916 – 1976)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William “Bill” Freyse

    1898 - 1969

    William “Bill” Freyse (1898 - 1969)

    Cartoonist. Major Hoople’s chronicler in “Our Boarding House”.  Family links:  Spouse:  Evelyn S. Freyse (1908 – 2003)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William “Bill” Lynch

    1941 - 2013

    William “Bill” Lynch (1941 - 2013)

    Lynch was born on July 21, 1941, and grew up near the town of Mattituck in Suffolk County, Long Island, the son of William Lynch, Sr. His father worked as a potato farmer.   In the 1960s, Lynch and his wife Mary moved to Harlem, where he would become a major political figure. Lynch worked […]

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  • William “Billy The Kid” Bonney

    1859 - 1881

    William “Billy The Kid” Bonney (1859 - 1881)

    Legendary Outlaw. He was born in New York City as Henry McCarty. His mother’s name was Catherine McCarty. Not very much information is known about his father except that he died when the Kid was young. Eventually, Catherine moved with the Kid and his brother Joseph to Wichita Kansas. After his first brush with the […]

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  • William “Billy” Bletcher

    1894 - 1979

    William “Billy” Bletcher (1894 - 1979)

    Silent Film and Voice Actor. Born in Pennsylvania to Harry and Dora Bletcher. Known as Billy, he is best remembered as the voice behind many cartoon characters for Disney and Warner Bros. Billy provided the voices of various characters for Walt Disney Pictures Black Pete, Short Ghost and the Big Bad Wolf in Three Little […]

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  • William “Billy” Haines

    1900 - 1973

    William “Billy” Haines (1900 - 1973)

    Actor. He was a popular motion picture star of the 1920s and 1930s, and was the top box-office draw of 1930. After refusing to pretend to be “straight” for his studio bosses, his acting career was finished. His second talent was in design, and he built a successful career as the interior designer to the […]

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  • William “Billy” Haines

    1900 - 1973

    William “Billy” Haines (1900 - 1973)

    Actor. He was a popular motion picture star of the 1920s and 1930s, and was the top box-office draw of 1930. After refusing to pretend to be “straight” for his studio bosses, his acting career was finished. His second talent was in design, and he built a successful career as the interior designer to the […]

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  • William “One-Shot” Beaudine

    1892 - 1970

    William “One-Shot” Beaudine (1892 - 1970)

    Noted Motion Picture Director and Actor. Prolific director starting in early Hollywood productions. He directed hundreds of films from the 1910s to the 1960s. He began his career by acting in early silent films. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Spouse:  Marguerite Beaudine (1894 – 1970)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William “Stage” Boyd

    1889 - 1935

    William “Stage” Boyd (1889 - 1935)

    Actor. Born in New York City. William began his career on stage when a young child. He worked in a circus before studying architecture. In 1906 he was seen on Broadway and he moved to motion pictures in 1913. William would change his name to avoid confusion with the better-known performer working under the same […]

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  • William “Tex” Henson

    1924 - 2002

    William “Tex” Henson (1924 - 2002)

    Cartoon Animator. Henson became an animator after graduating from high school in Dallas, Texas, and moving to California. While in California he joined the Disney Studios. At Disney he was part of a team of animators who helped create such characters as, ‘Chip ‘n Dale. He later helped create Boris and Natasha and Rocky & […]

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  • William “Wild Bill” Elliott

    1904 - 1965

    William “Wild Bill” Elliott (1904 - 1965)

    Actor. He was the most prolific B Western performer in Hollywood history.  William “Wild Bill” Elliot in a career that lasted over 30 years, appeared in over 170 films as a supporting or a lead actor.  Elliott hit his stride making dozens of Westerns which landed him a top money earner in the period 1940-1954. […]

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  • William A. “Duke” Green

    1900 - 1984

    William A. “Duke” Green (1900 - 1984)

    Noted American motion picture actor and stuntman of the 1920s through the 1960s. Appeared with John Wayne in the 1963 comedy “Donovan’s Reef.” (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • William A. Breyer

    1970 - 1882

    William A. Breyer (1970 - 1882)

    Businessman. He founded the ice cream manufacturing company “Breyer’s Ice Cream”. He mixed “pure ingredients” and fresh fruit to make an ice cream that made Philadelphia famous. The family began wholesale production, and eventually opened retail ice cream shops. The Frankford ice cream merchant died of small pox. (bio by: rjschatz)  Family links:  Spouse:  Louisa […]

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  • William A. Davidson

    1870 - 1937

    William A. Davidson (1870 - 1937)

    Businessman. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, along with his family, he was a co-founder of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Corporation. As a symbol of America’s inventiveness, rugged individualism and pioneering spirit, Harley-Davidson became one of the world’s largest and most widely recognized motorcycle manufacturers. To date, Harley-Davidson manufactures its motorcycles at factories in New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, […]

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  • William A. Duncan

    1879 - 1961

    William A. Duncan (1879 - 1961)

    Actor. Born in Dundee, Scotland, he was a leading star in the early film industry, working with the major studios of the day and was featured in over a 170 films. When Duncan joined Vitagraph, his contract was worth $1,000,000 a year, which made him the highest paid performer of his time. His many credits […]

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  • William Adam

    1970 - 1748

    William Adam (1970 - 1748)

    Architect, Entrepreneur. Born near Kirkcaldy, Scotland, the son of a builder-architect, he inherited a legacy from previous noted Scottish architects Sir William Bruce and James Smith, and rose to be considered the most prominent architect in Scotland during his lifetime. Developing a Baroque style after which he disseminated through his large practice, he was popular […]

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  • William Addison “Billy” Ireland

    1880 - 1935

    William Addison “Billy” Ireland (1880 - 1935)

    Beloved cartoonist for Columbus, Ohio Dispatch for 37 years with humorous “Passing Show”. An accomplished political cartoonist.  Family links:  Spouse:  Florence Sayre Ireland (1881 – 1962)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William Addison “Billy” Ireland

    1880 - 1935

    William Addison “Billy” Ireland (1880 - 1935)

    Beloved cartoonist for Columbus, Ohio Dispatch for 37 years with humorous “Passing Show”. An accomplished political cartoonist.  Family links:  Spouse:  Florence Sayre Ireland (1881 – 1962)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William Afflis

    1929 - 1991

    William Afflis (1929 - 1991)

    William Afflis started his career in Chicago in 1955 under the Bruiser moniker where he faced Verne Gagne and Lou Thesz. From there into the late 1950s, Dick the Bruiser wrestled live every Thursday on TV in the Detroit area. His typical opponent was “an up and coming young (unknown) wrestler” who would be pulverized […]

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  • William Alchesay

    1853 - 1928

    William Alchesay (1853 - 1928)

    He was born May 17, 1853 in a part of the Arizona Territory known as Limestone Canyon. He joined the Indian Scouts at Camp Verde December 2, 1872 and served under General George Crook in actions against an uprising of the Chiricahua Apache in the winter of 1872–1873, holding the rank of Sergeant. He was […]

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  • William Alfred Buckingham

    1804 - 1875

    William Alfred Buckingham (1804 - 1875)

    William Alfred Buckingham entered into a career in the mercantile industry, and in 1848 helped to organize the Hayward Rubber Company, a business that developed into a successful enterprise. Buckingham served as the mayor of Norwich, Connecticut from 1849 to 1850, and again from 1856 to 1857. He also served as Norwich’s town treasurer and a […]

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  • William Allen

    1970 - 1879

    William Allen (1970 - 1879)

    William Allen was born in Edenton, North Carolina and moved to Chillicothe, Ohio in 1819, after his parents’ death. He was of Quaker ancestry. Allen and his sister Mary Granberry Allen lived in Chillicothe together. His sister married Reverend Pleasant Thurman, and their son, Allen G. Thurman, followed in his uncle’s footsteps, becoming a lawyer and […]

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  • William Allen Trimble

    1786 - 1821

    William Allen Trimble (1786 - 1821)

    William Allen Trimble (April 4, 1786 – December 13, 1821) was a Democratic-Republican politician from Ohio. He served in the United States Senate. Trimble was born in Woodford, Kentucky, the son of James and Jane (Allen) Trimble. He graduated from Transylvania College and was admitted to the bar in 1811. He briefly practiced law in Highland […]

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  • William Allingham

    1824 - 1889

    William Allingham (1824 - 1889)

    Poet. Prominent Anglo-Irish poetry figure.  Family links:  Spouse:  Helen Patterson Allingham (1848 – 1926)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William Allingham

    1824 - 1889

    William Allingham (1824 - 1889)

    Poet. Prominent Anglo-Irish poetry figure.  Family links:  Spouse:  Helen Patterson Allingham (1848 – 1926)* *Calculated relationship

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  • William Andrews

    1970 - 1992

    William Andrews (1970 - 1992)

    Criminal. Murderer who was involved in the 1974 “Hi-Fi Shop Murders” in Ogden, Utah. On April 22, 1974, Dale Pierre, William Andrews, and Keith Roberts, all airmen in the US Air Force, entered the Hi-Fi Shop in Ogden, Utah. Pierre and Andrews forced five people (two women and three men) to drink Liquid Drano. Pierre […]

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  • William Arnold “Billy” Costello

    1898 - 1971

    William Arnold “Billy” Costello (1898 - 1971)

    Entertainer. He was the original voice of Popeye the Sailor in animated films. A comic scat singer and ukulele player, he appeared in vaudeville under the names Red Pepper Sam or Billy Costello. In the early 1930s he also played drums with the Fred Waring Orchestra. Cartoon producer Max Fleischer used Costello’s 1931 novelty recording […]

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  • William Asher

    1921 - 2012

    William Asher (1921 - 2012)

    William Asher was born in New York City to stage actress Lillian Bonner and producer Ephraim M. Asher (1887-1937), whose movie credits were mostly as an associate producer. His sister Betty Asher was an MGM publicist for Judy Garland. His father was Jewish, his mother Catholic. Asher’s family moved to Los Angeles when he was […]

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