• George Melvin Holley, Sr

    1878 - 1963

    George Melvin Holley, Sr (1878 - 1963)

    Automotive Engineer and Designer. In 1899, he and his brother Earl founded the Holley Motor Company and sold 600 Holley Motorette automobiles between 1902 and 1906. But it was their design of the Holley carburetor that revolutionized gasoline engine development. In 1903 the Holley Carburetor Company produced carburetors for the Curved Dash Oldsmobile and then […]

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  • George Mesta

    1970 - 1925

    George Mesta (1970 - 1925)

    Business Entrepreneur. He created the world’s most versatile machinery works at his mile-long plant in West Homestead. Mesta Machine Co. was for a generation the world’s largest machine shop under one roof, manufacturing rolling equipment and other heavy machinery for steel mills around the country.  Family links:  Spouse:  Perle Reid Skirvin Mesta (1882 – 1975)* […]

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  • George Michael

    1963 - 2016

    George Michael (1963 - 2016)

    George Michael Pop superstar George Michael’s death at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure is being treated by police as “unexplained but not suspicious”. The singer died peacefully at home, his family said on Sunday night. “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away […]

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  • George Mikan

    1924 - 2005

    George Mikan (1924 - 2005)

    George Mikan, (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBL, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). Invariably playing with thick, round spectacles, the […]

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  • George Montgomery

    1916 - 2000

    George Montgomery (1916 - 2000)

    Montgomery was born George Montgomery Letz, the youngest of fifteen children of Ukrainian immigrant parents, in Brady, in Pondera County, northern Montana. He was reared on a large ranch where as a part of daily life he learned to ride horses and work cattle. Letz studied at the University of Montana in Missoula for a […]

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  • George Moran

    1893 - 1957

    George Moran (1893 - 1957)

    Gangster. The way he got his nickname is disputed. It is believed it comes for his imaginative but impractical plans for robbing banks and kidnapping millionaires in Chicago during the 1920s or from those who thought he was nuts or “buggy”. He is most known for trying to murder Al Capone. Capone was after Moran […]

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  • George Morgan

    1924 - 1975

    George Morgan (1924 - 1975)

    George Morgan Musician. Born in Waverly, Tennessee, he was a singer-guitarist referred to as the country crooner in the 1950s. In 1948, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and recorded the song “Candy Kisses” which was a number one hit on the country music Billboard charts in 1949. His other hits included […]

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  • George Murphy

    1902 - 1992

    George Murphy (1902 - 1992)

    He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, of Irish Catholic extraction, the son of Michael Charles “Mike” Murphy, athletic trainer and coach, and the former Nora Long. He was educated at Peddie School, Trinity-Pawling School, and Yale University in his native New Haven. He worked as a tool maker for the Ford Motor Company, as […]

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  • George N. Barnard

    1819 - 1902

    George N. Barnard (1819 - 1902)

    Photographer. He was born in Coventry, Connecticut, and opened his first daguerreotype gallery in Oswego, New York, in 1843. After years of practice with portraiture and landscapes, in 1853 he took 2 landmark images, shots of a gigantic Oswego mill fire, that were among the world’s first news photographs. After moving his studios to Syracuse […]

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  • George Nader

    1921 - 2002

    George Nader (1921 - 2002)

    Nader was born in Pasadena, California, the son of Alice (née Scott), who was from Kansas, and George G. Nader, who was from Illinois. During World War II he served in the US Navy as a communications officer in the Pacific Theatre of Operations  He began his film career in 1950, after having earned his […]

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  • George Offerman Sr

    1879 - 1938

    George Offerman Sr (1879 - 1938)

    George Offerman Sr Vaudeville, stage, and motion picture actor. He appeared in vaudeville in an act billed as “The Original Singing Nut.” He appeared in two films: “Girl on the Barge” (1929) and “Mayor of Hell” (1933). Married to actress Marie Offerman (died 1950). Father of actor George Offerman, Jr.

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  • George Orwell

    1903 - 1950

    George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

    Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism. Commonly ranked as one of the most influential English writers of […]

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  • George P. Huffman

    1970 - 1970

    George P. Huffman (1970 - 1970)

    Founded Davis Sewing Machine Company and the Huffy Bicycle Corporation.  Family links:  Parents:  William P. Huffman (1813 – 1888)  Anna M. Tate Huffman (1820 – 1900)  Spouse:  Maude McKee Huffman (1864 – 1927)*  Children:  Horace McKee Huffman (1885 – 1945)*  Siblings:  William Huffman (1838 – 1896)*  Charles T. Huffman (1848 – 1882)*  Torrence Huffman (1855 […]

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  • George P. Mitchell

    1919 - 2013

    George P. Mitchell (1919 - 2013)

    Mitchell was born to Greek immigrant parents in the port city of Galveston, Texas in 1919. Mitchell’s roots reached back to Greece, where his father Savvas Paraskevopoulos from the village of Nestani in Arcadia, tended goats before immigrating to the United States in 1901, arriving at Ellis Island at the age of 20. He worked […]

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  • George Page

    1935 - 2006

    George Page (1935 - 2006)

    Journalist, Broadcaster. Creator and Host of the PBS series “Nature”. His professional career lasted 50 years.  Page covered the civil rights movement of the 1960s as a TV newsman in Atlanta, Georgia,  and also worked for a short time with NBC News. He began his 26-year career at Channel Thirteen/WNET in New York in 1972. […]

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  • George Pal

    1908 - 1980

    George Pal (1908 - 1980)

    He was born in Cegléd, Austria–Hungary, the son of György Pál Marczincsak Sr.[citation needed] and his wife Maria. He graduated from the Budapest Academy of Arts in 1928 (aged 20). From 1928 to 1931, he made films for Hunnia Films of Budapest, Hungary.  At the age of 23 in 1931 he married Elisabeth “Zsoka” Grandjean, […]

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  • George Peppard

    1928 - 1994

    George Peppard (1928 - 1994)

    George Peppard, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of building contractor George Peppard, Sr. and opera singer Vernelle Rohrer. He graduated from Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan.  Peppard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps July 8, 1946, and rose to the rank of Corporal in the 10th Marines, leaving the Corps […]

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  • George Percy Jacomb-Hood

    1857 - 1929

    George Percy Jacomb-Hood (1857 - 1929)

    Artist. He was educated at the Slade Art school in London, England, where he won a scholarship and the Poynter Prize. He later studied in Paris, France under artist Jean-Pual Laurens. On returning to England he set up a studio in Fulham, London. He began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1878 and also showed […]

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  • George Peter Alexander Healy

    1813 - 1894

    George Peter Alexander Healy (1813 - 1894)

    Artist. Primarily an American portrait painter, he is best remembered for his portraits of US presidents from John Quincy Adams to Ulysses S. Grant painted for the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and other prominent figures of the 1800s. The oldest child of an Irish merchant marine captain, his father died when he […]

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  • George Pillsbury

    1816 - 1898

    George Pillsbury (1816 - 1898)

    George Pillsbury was born in Sutton, New Hampshire in 1816 to John Pillsbury and Susan Pillsbury (née Wadleigh). Both were the descendants of English settlers who had been active political and civic leaders in New England. Pillsbury attended the local schools until the age of 18 when he moved to Boston, Massachusetts to work as […]

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  • George Polk

    1913 - 1948

    George Polk (1913 - 1948)

    During World War II, George Polk enlisted with a Naval Construction Battalion. After the invasion of Guadalcanal, the first element of Construction Unit Base 1 (CUB-1), an advance fuel and supply base, landed on 16 August 1942. This element was commanded by Ensign George W. Polk, USNR, and consisted of five officers and 118 enlisted […]

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  • George Poston Baker

    1931 - 1997

    George Poston Baker (1931 - 1997)

    Acclaimed Sculptor. Well-known for his abstract works, such as “Nebraska Wind Sculpture,” which is located along Interestate 80 at the Kearney, Nebraska interchange. Other celebrated works include a fountain at the World Trade Center in Long Beach, California, and a kinetic fountain at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He has many other works […]

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  • George Reeves

    1914 - 1959

    George Reeves (1914 - 1959)

    George Reeves In June 1951, Reeves was offered the role of Superman in a new television series titled Adventures of Superman. He was initially reluctant to take the role because, like many actors of his time, he considered television unimportant and believed few would see his work. The half-hour films were shot on tight schedules; […]

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  • George Richey

    1935 - 2010

    George Richey (1935 - 2010)

    George Richey (November 30, 1935 – July 31, 2010), born George Baker Richardson, was an American songwriter and record producer. He was born in Arkansas, but raised in Malden, Missouri. Richey was married to country legend singer/songwriter Tammy Wynette from 1978 until her death in 1998. They had no children. He married Dallas Cowboys cheerleader turned […]

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  • George Rose Smith

    1911 - 1992

    George Rose Smith (1911 - 1992)

    Judge. George Rose Smith was known for his wry sense of humor. He was a grandson of Uriah Rose, the founder of the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock (Pulaski County), and served as a partner in the firm until his election to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1948. He holds the record as the […]

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  • George Rowan Robinson

    1866 - 1929

    George Rowan Robinson (1866 - 1929)

    Business Magnate. Mr. Robinson was one of the founders of the Ralston Purina Company. He was also a former manager of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He got his start into the business world at the age of fourteen when he obtained employment with the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Four years later, he spent his summer […]

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  • George Roy Hill

    1921 - 2002

    George Roy Hill (1921 - 2002)

    George Roy Hill was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to George Roy and Helen Frances (Owens) Hill, part of a well-to-do Roman Catholic family with interests in the newspaper business; the family owned the Minneapolis Tribune. Hill was no relation to George W. Hill, director and cinematographer of numerous silent movies and early sound films in […]

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  • George S. Barnes

    1892 - 1953

    George S. Barnes (1892 - 1953)

    Motion Picture Cinematographer. For 30 years one of Hollywood’s top cameramen, he was equally distinguished in black-and-white and color photography. He worked with many of the best directors in the business and was mentor to cinematographer Gregg Toland (“Citizen Kane”), who started out as his assistant. Barnes won an Academy Award for his moody lensing […]

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  • George Scott (Wrestler)

    1929 - 2014

    George Scott (Wrestler) (1929 - 2014)

    George Scott was the first born son to his parents, Walter and Jeannie. He was born in Dalmeny, Scotland while his parents were visiting relatives and, returning to Canada, was raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He grew up with his siblings Angus (AKA Sandy Scott, 1934-2010), Walter. His sister Jeannie, near the age of 12, suffered […]

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  • George Seaton

    1911 - 1979

    George Seaton (1911 - 1979)

    Born George Stenius in South Bend, Indiana, of Swedish descent, baptized as Roman Catholic, and grew up in a Detroit Jewish neighborhood and described himself as a “Shabas goy”. So he went on to learn Hebrew in an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva and was even bar mitzvahed. George Seaton moved to Detroit after graduating from college […]

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