Natural State Notables
21 Famous People from Arkansas
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Arkansas Press
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None of the notable people in this book became famous by working alone. Whether they are famous for writing, for music, for athletics, for politics, or for business, they had the help and support of many other people. In the same way, this book would not have been possible without the help of many people. ...
What does it mean to be famous? People who are famous have done something that many other people notice. People who write books or play music sometimes become famous. People who play basketball or baseball or football sometimes become famous. ...
Maya Angelou is a famous writer and poet. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and named Marguerite Annie Johnson. Maya is a nickname for Marguerite that she has used for all of her writing and public appearances. ...
Daisy Bates is best remembered as a political activist. She worked to change the laws of Arkansas so that all people would have equal rights. ...
Not many people recognize the name of Ruth Beall. The result of her work, though, is world famous. Beall saved Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock from closing during the Great Depression. For almost thirty years, she was superintendent of the hospital. ...
Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas. Three years later, his family moved to Dyess. Dyess was a colony in Arkansas for people who wanted to farm but had lost all their money in the Great Depression. Cash learned how to sing and play the guitar while he lived in Dyess. ...
Bill Clinton was the forty-second president of the United States. He is the only president to come from Arkansas. Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas, and grew up in Hot Springs. His family was not rich. ...
William Dillard created the chain of stores called Dillard’s. These stores sell clothing for men, women, and children. They also sell home furnishings, ...
Jimmy Driftwood was a schoolteacher, a singer, and a songwriter. The most famous of his six thousand songs is “The Battle of New Orleans,” which was a number- one hit in the United States in 1959. Driftwood’s real name was ...
When he was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, in 1946, his name was Albert Greene. When he became famous as a singer, he shortened both his first and last names and has been known ever since as Al Green. Green has sung various kinds of music throughout ...
Bette Greene grew up in Parkin, Arkansas. Parkin was also the setting for her most famous book, Summer of My German Soldier. Her parents, Arthur and Sadie Evensky, owned and operated a dry goods store in Parkin. ...
John Grisham is a famous writer who was born in Arkansas and grew up in Arkansas. His parents were cotton farmers near Black Oak, Arkansas, when Grisham was born. His father later took jobs in construction. These jobs caused the family to move many times, but Grisham’s grandparents ...
Johnnie Bryant Hunt
Johnnie Bryant Hunt was usually known by his initials, J. B. He was born on a farm in Cleburne County, Arkansas, and he grew up working on that farm. He left school after his seventh-grade year to take a job at his uncle’s sawmill. He married Johnelle DeBusk ...
John H. Johnson
John H. Johnson was born in and grew up in Arkansas City near the Mississippi River. His father died in an accident at the sawmill where he worked when Johnson was eight. The next year, the river flooded and Johnson and his mother had to live on a levee with their neighbors. ...
Samuel Kountz was a doctor who specialized in transplanting kidneys and other organs. To transplant an organ means to remove it from one person and implant it in another person. ...
Blanche Lincoln represented the state of Arkansas in the United States House of Representatives for four years and in the United States Senate for twelve years. She was the second woman from Arkansas to serve in the Senate and—at the time she was elected— was one of nine female senators in the hundred-member body. ...
Scottie Pippen is one of several famous basketball players from Arkansas. He is a hero in the city of Chicago where he played for a professional team, the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls won six ...
Winthrop Rockefeller, Arkansas’s thirty-seventh governor, was not born in Arkansas. Rockefeller moved to Arkansas when he was forty-two years old. His family lived in New York. His grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, had founded Standard Oil. All of the Rockefellers were very wealthy. ...
Rodney Slater held important jobs in the government of the state of Arkansas and also in the government of the United States. As secretary of transportation, Slater was part of President Bill Clinton’s cabinet from February 1997 until January 2001. ...
Mary Steenburgen was born in Newport, Arkansas. When she was three years old, her family moved to North Little Rock. Her father had a job with the railroad. Steenburgen took dance lessons and also loved to read books. When she was eight, ...
The Tyson family changed the way chickens and other farm animals are raised and sold. When Don Tyson took over Tyson Foods, Inc., after his father died in 1967, it was one of many poultry processing companies in the United States. ...
Hazel Walker was a famous basketball player from Arkansas. She owned, managed, and starred on a team called the Arkansas Travelers. Before she created that team in 1949, Walker had already won awards and championships playing basketball for other ...
Sam Walton was born in Oklahoma. As a boy he earned money delivering newspapers and selling magazine subscriptions. He worked in stores and then served in the United States Army during World War II. Walton married Helen Robson—daughter of a prominent local ...
Page Count: 65
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 844939663
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