Historical and Famous Persons
Who Have Called Harrison County Home!
- Clark Gable, "King of Hollywood" who was born in Cadiz and raised in Hopedale. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind".
- Edwin Stanton, President Lincoln's Secretary of War.
- Bishop Matthew Simpson, President Lincoln's Spiritual Advisor.
- General George Armstrong Custer, Civil War General and Famous Indian Fighter.
- Thomas Ward Custer, General Custer's little brother who earned 2 Congressional Medals of Honor during the Civil War. He also died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
- General Thomas M. Vincent, Graduate of and professor at West Point. Delivered notice of Lincoln's death to Vice-President Andrew Johnson. Also, was ambassador to Japan.
- Wilson McGonagle, achieved lasting fame at the Siege of Vicksburg where he was a member of the storming party. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
- David P. Thompson,a pioneer in the Great Northwest, Governor of the Idaho Territory, and Minister to Turkey.
- William Henry Holmes, an artist and scientist who became Director of the National Gallery of Art.
- Percy H. Hammond, a drama critic for the New York Herald Tribune.
- Mary Jobe Akeley, graduated from Scio College and became an educator, explorer and author. She led seven expeditions into the little known Rockies of British Columbia. Mr. Jobe is named after her.
- Benjamin Rush Cowen, used his infulence to establish legislation for Yellowstone National Park.
- Denton T. (Cy) Young, honed his pitching skills while employed as a Harrison County.
laborer. He played professional baseball for Cleveland, St. louis and Boston; and earned a place in the Baseball Hall of fame.
- Ed Onslow, a professional baseball who earned a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Edward Rensi, a Hopedale native who achieved success by becoming President of McDonalds, USA.
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