Ultimate Guide to Famous Pennsylvanians

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Ultimate Guide to Famous Pennsylvanians

As one of the original thirteen colonies, Pennsylvania has a rich and colorful history. Learning more about the famous people of this state is truly a fascinating study.

Get ready to meet some of the most famous people who have been born in or lived in Pennsylvania!

Famous Pennsylvanians: Artists

Benjamin West Unit Study

Benjamin West (1738-1820) - Springfield, Lancaster, Philadelphia

More Pennsylvania Artists:

Famous Pennsylvanians: Authors and Journalists

  • Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) – Germantown
  • Ida Tarbell (1857-1944) – Erie County
  • Nellie Bly (1864-1922) – Armstrong County
  • Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) – Doylestown
  • James A Michener (1907-1997) – Doylestown
  • John Updike (1932-2009) – Reading

Famous Pennsylvanians: Musicians and Composers

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster (1826-1864) – Lawrenceville

More Pennsylvania Musicians and Composers:

  • Philip Bliss (1838-1876) – Clearfield County
  • Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908) – Edinburg
  • Harry Burleigh (1866-1949) – Erie
  • Marian Anderson (1897-1993) – Philadelphia
  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981) – West Chester

Famous Pennsylvanians: Scientists and Inventors

  • Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) – Philadelphia
  • Robert Fulton (1765-1815) – Little Britain
  • Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) – Philadelphia
  • Matthias Forney (1835-1908) – Hanover
  • Charles F. Ritchel (1844-1911) – Corry
  • Charles Demuth¬†(1883-1935) – Lancaster
  • Herman Fisher (1898-1975) – Unionville
  • George R. Stibitz (1904-1995) – York
  • Rachel Carson (1907-1964) – Springdale
  • John Kanzius (1944-2009) – Erie

Famous Pennsylvanians: Statesmen and Political Leaders

  • William Penn (1644-1718)
  • Daniel Roberdeau (1727-1795) – Philadelphia
  • Chief Cornplanter (c. 1750s-1836) – Cornplanter Tract (later flooded by Kinzua Dam)
  • James Buchanan (1791-1868) – Cove Gap, Lancaster
  • Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868) – Gettysburg
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) – Gettysburg
  • Mamie Dowd Eisenhower (1896-1979) – Gettysburg
  • Joe Biden (1942- ) – Scranton

Famous Pennsylvanians: Explorers

  • Daniel Boone (1734-1820) – Reading area
  • Samuel Brady (1756-1795) – Shippensburg
  • Edwin L. Drake (1819-1880) – Titusville
  • Robert Edwin Peary (1856-1920) – Cresson

Famous Pennsylvanians: Military Leaders

  • Anthony Wayne (1745-1796) – Easttown Township
  • George G. Meade (1815-1872) – Philadelphia
  • Winfield Scott Hancock (1824-1886) – Montgomeryville
  • George McClellan (1826-1885) – Philadelphia
  • George C. Marshall (1880-1959) – Uniontown

Famous Pennsylvanians: Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

  • Asa Packer (1805-1879) – Brooklyn, Mauch Chunk
  • Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) – Pittsburgh
  • Julius Sturgis (1835-1897) – Lititz
  • John Wanamaker (1838-1922) – Philadelphia
  • Henry John Heinz (1844-1919) – Pittsburgh
  • George Westinghouse (1846-1914) – Pittsburgh
  • Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) – West Overton
  • Andrew William Mellon (1855-1937) – Pittsburgh
  • Milton Hershey (1857-1945) – Derry Church, Hershey
  • Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939) – Williamsburg
  • Lee Iacocca (1924- ) – Allentown

Other Famous Pennsylvanians

  • Lydia Darragh (1729-1789) – Philadelphia
  • Betsy Ross (1752-1836) – Philadelphia
  • Mary Ludwig Hays (1754-1832) – Philadelphia, Carlisle
  • Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) – West Chester
  • Amanda Smith (1937-1915) – York
  • William McGuffey (1800-1873) – Claysville
  • Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) – Philadelphia
  • Nicholas Biddle (1786-1844) – Philadelphia

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Comments

  1. Judy, this is AMAZING! I had no idea we had so many famous Pennsylvanians… I feel like I could get lost all day in reading about these people! Thank you so much.

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