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Arthur Ashe (1943 - 1993) An American professional tennis player. He won 3 Grand Slam titles. Born in Richmond, VA (603)

Stephen Fuller Austin (1793 - 1836) Known as the Father of Texas, led the second and ultimately successful colonization of the region by bringing 300 families from the United States. Born in Austinville, VA (1199)

Warren Beatty (1937 - ) Born Henry Warren Beaty. An American actor, producer, screenwriter and director. As of 2015, he was only the second person to have been nominated for acting, directing, writing and producing in the same film. Born in Richmond, VA (600)

James Bridger (1804 - 1881) One of the greatest frontiersmen of Utah and American history. He was a hunter, trapper, trader, Indian fighter and guide. Born in Richmond, VA (669)

Richard E. Byrd (1888 - 1957) One of the greatest of all American explorers. He was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and Rear Admiral in the Navy. He is the recipient of the Medal of Honor. Born in Winchester, VA (614)

William Clark (1770 - 1838) An American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor. Along with Meriwether Lewis, he led the Lewis and Clark Expedition across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean. Born in Caroline, VA (430)

Roy Clark (1933 - ) Country music artist. Best known for hosting Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1992. Born in Meherrin, VA (601)

Ella Fitzgerald (1917 - 1996) Jazz singer who is considered to be one of the most influential jazz singers of the 20th century. She is often referred to as the First Lady of Song. Born in Newport News, VA (604)

William Henry Harrison (1773 - 1841) Ninth president of the U.S. He was also an American Military leader, politician, the 1st governor of the Indiana Territory, a U.S Senator from Ohio, and a war hero. He was the first to die in office, serving the shortest tenure (32 days) in U.S. Presidential history. Born in Charles City County, VA (610)

Samuel Houston (1793 - 1863) An American politician and soldier. He was president of the Republic of Texas and a U.S. senator. He was the only American to be elected governor of two different states. Born in Timber Ridge, VA (1200)

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) Third president of the United States, second vice president of the United States, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential founding fathers. Born in Albemarle County, VA (607)

Meriwether Lewis (1774 - 1809) An American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator. He is best known for leading the Lewis and Clark Expedition with William Clark. He was appointed Governor of Upper Louisiana in 1806 by Thomas Jefferson. Born in Albemarle County, VA (594)

James Madison (1751 - 1836) Fourth president of the United States and considered to be the father of the Constitution. Born in Port Conway, King George, VA (608)

John Bankhead Magruder (1807 - 1871) A career military officer who served in the armies of three nations. He was a U.S. Army officer in the Mexican-American War, a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and a postbellum general in the Imperial Mexican Army. Born in Port Royal, VA (1211)

James Monroe (1758 - 1831) Fifth president of the United States. He also played a leading role in the War of 1812 as Secretary of War and Secretary of State. Born in Westmoreland County, VA (609)

Wayne. Newton (1942 - ) Born Carson Wayne Newton. An American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is known by the nickname Mr. Las Vegas. His best known songs include "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast", "Years", and his signature song, "Danke Schoen". Born in Norfolk, VA (1309)

Bill Robinson (1878 - 1949) Known as Bill "Bojangles" he was an American tap dancer and actor of stage and film. The best known and most highly paid African American entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Richmond, VA (1697)

Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850) 12th president of the United States serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. A great military leader who had over 40 years of military experience. Born in Orange County, VA (612)

John Tyler (1790 - 1862) Tenth president of the United States. He was the first vice president to succeed to the presidency without being elected to the office. He had been serving as William Henry Harrison's vice president. Born in Charles City County, VA (611)

Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915) An African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Founder of Tuskegee Institute. Born in Hale's Ford, VA (605)

George Washington (1732 - 1799) First president of the United States serving from 1789 to 1797. He also led the U.S. Continental Army to victory over Britain in the Revolutionary War. Born in Westmoreland County, VA (606)

James E. West (1931 - ) Born James Edward Maceo West. An American inventor and acoustician. Inventor of the Foil Electret Microphone. Born in Farmville, VA (602)

Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924) 28th president of the United States. He was also a leading person in the Progressive Era, President of Princeton University, and reform governor of New Jersey. Born in Staunton, VA (613)