• Thomas Hill

    1829 - 1908

    Thomas Hill (1829 - 1908)

    Artist. Born in England in September, 1829. In 1844 at the age of 15, his parents brought him to the United States, where they settled in Taunton, MA. Nearby, in Boston, the young immigrant earned a living as a carriage painter and shortly after, apprenticed at an interior-decorating firm. By 1851, he had married Charlotte […]

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  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

    1787 - 1851

    Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (1787 - 1851)

    American Deaf Education Pioneer. He is remembered as one of the co-founders for the first the first school for the deaf in North America. The son of a Revolutionary War soldier and personal secretary to US President George Washington when the Capitol was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he aspired to become a minister. He attended Yale […]

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  • Thomas Horn

    1860 - 1903

    Thomas Horn (1860 - 1903)

    Known as “Tom,” he was born in 1860 to Thomas S. Horn, Sr. and Mary Ann Maricha (née Miller) on their family farm in rural northeastern Scotland County, Missouri. They had 600 acres (bisected by the South Wyaconda River), located between the towns of Granger and Etna. Tom was the fifth of twelve children. During […]

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  • Thomas J. Cottonaro

    1914 - 2001

    Thomas J. Cottonaro (1914 - 2001)

    Actor. A native of Castrogiovanni, Italy, he played the role of a ‘Bearded Man’ in the film classic, “The Wizard Of Oz” (1939). His other films include, “Maisie Was A Lady” (1941), “My Gal Sal” (1942), “Invaders From Mars” (1953), and “The Court Jester” (1956).

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  • Thomas J. Higgins

    1922 - 2000

    Thomas J. Higgins (1922 - 2000)

    Noted Cartoonist. Served in World War II as a United States Army Staff Seagent in the Philipines and Japan. He went on to become a cartoonist who submitted more than 487 cartoons for “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” (bio by: Graveaddiction)  Family links:  Spouse:  Teresa E. Higgins (1927 – 2016)

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  • Thomas Jackson

    1885 - 1967

    Thomas Jackson (1885 - 1967)

    Thomas E. Jackson, also known as Tom Jackson or Tommy Jackson, was an American stage and screen actor. His 67-year career spanned eight decades and two centuries, during which time he appeared in over a dozen Broadway plays, produced two others, acted in over a 130 films, as well as numerous television shows.  Jackson would […]

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  • Thomas Jefferson

    1743 - 1826

    Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

    Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson — author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia — voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, […]

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  • Thomas John “Tom” Fuccello

    1936 - 1993

    Thomas John “Tom” Fuccello (1936 - 1993)

    Actor. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in the 1970s, he initially was a theatre actor appearing in Broadway productions of “Butterflies Are Free”, “The Unknown Solider and His Wife” and “Are You Now, or Ever Have Been?”. For television, he was most noted for his roles as Paul Kendall on “One Life To Live” and […]

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  • Thomas John Barnardo

    1845 - 1905

    Thomas John Barnardo (1845 - 1905)

    Barnardo was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1845. He was the fourth of five children (one died in childbirth) of John Michaelis Barnardo, a furrier, and his second wife, Abigail, an Englishwoman and member of the Plymouth Brethren. In the early 1840s, John emigrated from Hamburg to Dublin, where he established a business; he married […]

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  • Thomas John Bata

    1914 - 2008

    Thomas John Bata (1914 - 2008)

    Entrepreneur,  Philanthropist. He was widely called the “Shoemaker to the World”. He built Bata Shoe Organization into one of the world’s largest family-run businesses and a leading footwear manufacturer and retailer with operations in 50 countries. Born in Praha, Czechoslovakia he was a tenth generation cobbler and apprenticed under his father Tomas, who co-founded the […]

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  • Thomas Johnson

    1732 - 1819

    Thomas Johnson (1732 - 1819)

    Thomas Johnson was born in Calvert County, Maryland, on November 4, 1732 to Thomas and Dorcas Sedgwick Johnson. His grandfather, also named Thomas, was a lawyer in London who had emigrated to Maryland sometime before 1700. He was the fourth of ten children, some of whom also had large families. His niece (daughter of his […]

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  • Thomas Key Niedringhaus

    1860 - 1970

    Thomas Key Niedringhaus (1860 - 1970)

    Vice-president & manager of the St. Louis Stamping Company until it merged with the National Enameling & Stamping Company. He was the vice-president & director of this firm as well as vice-president of the Commonwealth Steel Company & secretary of the Granite Realty & Investment Company. He was nominated for U.S. Senator in 1905, but […]

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  • Thomas Kinkade

    1958 - 2012

    Thomas Kinkade (1958 - 2012)

    Artist. Called the “Painter of Light”, he created a large body of popular and best-selling works that often depicted idyllic pastoral themes. Raised in Placerville, California, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, he studied at the University of California, Berkeley, before transferring to Pasadena’s famed Art Center College of Design. He was to […]

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  • Thomas Kirk

    1970 - 1845

    Thomas Kirk (1970 - 1845)

    Sculptor. Born in Cork, he studied at the Dublin Society’s Schools where he won prizes in 1797 and 1800 and later worked for Henry Darley the stone-cutter. One of his earliest commissions, which appeared in 1809, was the statue of Nelson for the Pillar in O’Connell Street, Dublin. This monument was destroyed by an explosion […]

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  • Thomas Lee Woolwine

    1874 - 1925

    Thomas Lee Woolwine (1874 - 1925)

    Los Angeles District Attorney, figure in the William Desmond Taylor murder case. Woolwine was a district attorney in L.A. His investigations ended the careers of two L.A. Mayors. He also attempted to jail Valentino for bigamy. However, he made his way into Hollywood legend during the 1922 murder of movie director William Desmond Taylor. Many […]

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  • Thomas Legge

    1970 - 1607

    Thomas Legge (1970 - 1607)

    Educator, Playwright. His Latin tragedy “Richardus Tertius, or Richard III” (1579), was England’s first true history play. Legge changed the course of Elizabethan drama by introducing the nation’s political past to the stage, and by relying on historical sources (Sir Thomas More and Holinshed’s chronicles) for the material. The genre reached its peak with the […]

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  • Thomas Licavoli

    1904 - 1973

    Thomas Licavoli (1904 - 1973)

    Organized Crime Figure. Born in St. Louis, he and his family eventually moved to Detroit and began a large-scale liquor smuggling operation across the Detroit River. He was convicted along with Frank Cammerata of a concealed weapons charge in Windsor, Ontario and served three years in a Canadian prison. Upon his release he and his […]

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  • Thomas Lipton

    1848 - 1931

    Thomas Lipton (1848 - 1931)

    Thomas Lipton was born in a tenement in Crown Street, Glasgow on 10 May 1848. His parents, Thomas Lipton senior and Frances Lipton (née Johnstone), were Ulster-Scots from County Fermanagh. The Liptons had been smallholders in Fermanagh for generations but, by the late 1840s, Thomas Lipton’s parents had been forced to leave Ireland due to […]

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  • Thomas Luchese

    1899 - 1967

    Thomas Luchese (1899 - 1967)

    Mafia Chieftain. The Luchese crime family of New York is named after him. Close friend of Lucky Luciano.

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  • Thomas Luther Coley

    1913 - 1989

    Thomas Luther Coley (1913 - 1989)

    Actor, Playwright. Graduate of Washington and Lee University. He appeared in 15 Broadway plays, including “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Our Town” and “Harvey.” He toured in “Janus” with Arlene Francis and in “Teahouse of the August Moon” with Larry Parks. Co-creator (with his partner William G. Roehrick) of “The Happiest Years: A Comedy in […]

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  • Thomas Meehan

    1929 - 2017

    Thomas Meehan (1929 - 2017)

    Thomas Meehan moved to New York at age 24, and worked at The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town”. In 1972, Meehan was asked to work on a musical based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. At first, Meehan was skeptical to accept the offer, but eventually accepted the offer after reading the strip. […]

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  • Thomas Midgley

    1889 - 1944

    Thomas Midgley (1889 - 1944)

    Midgley began working at General Motors in 1916. In December 1921, while working under the direction of Charles Kettering at Dayton Research Laboratories, a subsidiary of General Motors, Midgley discovered that the addition of Tetraethyllead to gasoline prevented “knocking” in internal combustion engines. The company named the substance “Ethyl”, avoiding all mention of lead in […]

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  • Thomas Mitchell

    1892 - 1962

    Thomas Mitchell (1892 - 1962)

    Thomas Mitchell was born to Irish immigrants in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He came from a family of journalists and civic leaders. Both his father and brother were newspaper reporters, and his nephew, James P. Mitchell, later served as Dwight Eisenhower’s Secretary of Labor. The younger Mitchell also became a newspaper reporter after graduating from St. […]

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  • Thomas Morris Chester

    1834 - 1892

    Thomas Morris Chester (1834 - 1892)

    Journalist. He was the first African-American to cover the Civil War in the field for a major American daily newspaper. Son of an escaped slave, he spent the earlier part of the war recruiting African-Americans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Union Army; men he recruited would eventually go on to serve in the famous 54th […]

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  • Thomas Murray

    1970 - 1623

    Thomas Murray (1970 - 1623)

    Tutor and later secretary ot King Charles 1st. Appointed Provost of Eton College in 1622. (bio by: David Conway)

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  • Thomas O’Flaherty

    1970 - 1970

    Thomas O’Flaherty (1970 - 1970)

    Born in Ireland, O’Flaherty arrived in St. Louis in 1825, where he started a boat store, a wholesale grocery & a commission house. In 1844 he married Eliza Faris, member of an old Creole family. They were the parents of writer Kate Chopin. O’Flaherty was one of the founders of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In […]

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  • Thomas Pence

    1842 - 1880

    Thomas Pence (1842 - 1880)

    Outlaw and Member of the James Gang. During the Civil War, he rode with William C. Quantrill. He was in Samuels Depot, Kentucky with Quantrill when he was killed. On July 26, 1865, Bud, Frank James and some members of Quantrill’s Raiders surrended to Union forces at Samuels Depot and later on, he escaped from […]

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  • Thomas Randall

    1857 - 1932

    Thomas Randall (1857 - 1932)

    British Vaudeville Actor. With the stage name “Harry Randall”, Thomas started out professionally as a comedic singer at Deacon’s music hall in 1883. Within a couple of years he was a favourite “top of the bill” throughout the nation, where he remained until his retirement in 1913. He also started a long and successful pantomime […]

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  • Thomas Richard Mosser

    1927 - 2006

    Thomas Richard Mosser (1927 - 2006)

    Glassmaker. As a teenager, he learned the glassmaking trade by working at the Cambridge Glass Company. When Cambridge Glass closed in 1954, he began pursuing his dream of opening up his own glass factory by purchasing glass moulds, equipment and saving up the needed capital. Five years later he co-founded Variety Glass which specialized in […]

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  • Thomas Ridgeway Gould

    1818 - 1881

    Thomas Ridgeway Gould (1818 - 1881)

    Sculptor. For many years he worked in the dry goods business but when it failed he began as a professional sculptor, though he had very little formal training in that area. His specialties included portrait busts of prominent figures such as Governor John Andrew of Massachusetts and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. Two of his best […]

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