People from Alton, Illinois

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  1. Mary Beth Hughes

    Mary Beth Hughes


    Mary Beth Hughes (November 13, 1919 – August 27, 1995) was an American film, television, and stage actress best known for her roles in B movies.

  2. Robert Wadlow

    Robert Wadlow


    Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940) also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, is the tallest person in recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. The Alton and Illinois monikers reflect the fact that he was born and grew up in Alton, Illinois.

  3. James Earl Ray

    James Earl Ray


    James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was an American convicted of the assassination of activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty plea to forgo a jury trial. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have been eligible for the death penalty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain access to a retrial. In 1998, Ray died in prison of complications due to chronic hepatitis C infection.

  4. Jesse White

    Jesse White


    Jesse Clark White (born June 23, 1934) is an American athlete and politician from the State of Illinois. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as the 37th Secretary of State of Illinois since 1999. He is the longest-serving and the first African American to hold this position. Previously, he served as the Cook County Recorder of Deeds from 1993 to 1999 and in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1979 to 1993.

  5. Andrew Schlafly

    Andrew Schlafly


    Andrew Layton "Andy" Schlafly (/ˈʃlæfli/; born April 27, 1961) is a Conservative Christian American lawyer and conservative activist, best known as the founder and owner of the wiki Conservapedia. He is the son of conservative activist and lawyer Phyllis Schlafly.

  6. Ann Maria Rousey DeMars

    Ann Maria Rousey DeMars


    AnnMaria De Mars (born August 15, 1958), is an American Technology Executive, Mathematics Professor, Author and Judoka. She is the first American to take home Gold at the World Judo Championships, competing in the -56 kg weight class, for the 1984 World Judo Tournament.

  7. David J. Baker

    David J. Baker


    David Jewett Baker (September 7, 1792 – August 6, 1869) was an American politician in the U.S. state of Illinois. He briefly served as a U.S. Senator in 1830.

  8. Red Rhodes

    Red Rhodes


    Orville J. Rhodes, better known as Red Rhodes or O. J. Rhodes (December 30, 1930 – August 20, 1995), was an American pedal steel guitarist. His mother taught him to play the Dobro at the age of five, but at the age of fifteen he switched to the steel guitar. He moved to Los Angeles in 1960 and became a session musician.

  9. Ralph Tyler Smith

    Ralph Tyler Smith


    Ralph Tyler Smith (October 6, 1915 – August 13, 1972) was born in Granite City, Illinois. Smith was a Republican politician from Illinois and served in the Illinois state house from 1955 through 1969, including two years as Speaker from 1967 to 1969. Upon the death of Everett Dirksen, Governor Richard B. Ogilvie appointed Smith to fill his vacancy in the United States Senate. He served from September 17, 1969 to November 3, 1970. He ran for retention in the 1970 special election, but was defeated by Adlai E. Stevenson III.

  10. Jon Jerde

    Jon Jerde


    Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA (January 22, 1940 – February 9, 2015) was an American architect based in Venice, California, founder and chairman of The Jerde Partnership, a design architecture and urban planning firm specializing in the design of shopping malls that has created a number of commercial developments around the globe. Jerde became well known as an innovator in the design of malls and related spaces. His firm has grown into a multi-disciplinary firm with offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Amsterdam, and Dubai.

  11. Craig Hentrich

    Craig Hentrich


    Craig Hentrich (/ˈhɛntrɪk/; born May 18, 1971) is a former American football punter in the National Football League (NFL) for 17 seasons. He played college football for Notre Dame. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

  12. Archie Kodros

    Archie Kodros


    Archie J. Kodros (January 20, 1918 – June 4, 1990) was an American football player and coach. He played for the University of Michigan football team from 1937 to 1939 and was selected as a first-team All-American and team captain in his senior year. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, Kodros worked as a football coach at Whitman College (1948–1950), University of Hawaii (1951), and University of Iowa (1952–1965).

  13. Dale Swann

    Dale Swann


    William Dale Swann (January 21, 1948 – April 9, 2009) was an American character actor known for his numerous roles in television, film and commercials.

  14. Phyllis Schlafly

    Phyllis Schlafly


    Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly (/ˈfɪlɨs ˈʃlæfli/; born August 15, 1924) is an American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and speaker and founder of the Eagle Forum. She is known for her staunch social and political conservatism, her opposition to modern feminism, and her successful campaign against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Her 1964 book A Choice, Not an Echo was issued in millions of copies as an attack on Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the Eastern Republican Establishment. She co-authored books on national defense and was highly critical of arms-control agreements with the Soviet Union. Schlafly founded the Eagle Forum in the 1970s and the Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, St. Louis. As of 2013, she remained the president of both organizations and maintained a presence on the lecture circuit. Since 1967, she has published a newsletter, the Phyllis Schlafly Report.

  15. Christina Romer

    Christina Romer


    Christina Duckworth Romer (née Duckworth; born December 25, 1958) is the Class of 1957 Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and a former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration. She resigned from her role on the Council of Economic Advisers on September 3, 2010.

  16. Charles Frederick Whittlesey

    Charles Frederick Whittlesey


    Charles Frederick Whittlesey (1867–1941) was an American architect best known for his work in the American southwest, and for pioneering work in reinforced concrete in California.

  17. William Sears (physician)

    William Sears (physician)


    William Penton Sears (born December 9, 1939) is an American pediatrician and the author or co-author of more than 30 parenting books, most notably several in the "Sears Parenting Library." He is a frequent guest on television talkshows, where he goes by the name Dr. Bill. He and his wife Martha Sears, R.N., are among the leading proponents of the attachment parenting philosophy.

  18. Joey Wright

    Joey Wright


    Joey Wright (born September 4, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player. He is currently the head coach of the Adelaide 36ers who play in the Australian-based National Basketball League. He previously was the NBL championship winning coach of the now defunct Brisbane Bullets, and also the similarly defunct Gold Coast Blaze.

  19. Arch Reilly

    Arch Reilly


    Archer Edwin "Arch" Reilly (August 17, 1891 – November 29, 1963) was a Major League Baseball player. Reilly played in 1 game in 1917, for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He would not get an at-bat in the game, only playing third base.

  20. Spencer Truman Olin

    Spencer Truman Olin


    Spencer Truman Olin (August 20, 1900 - April 14, 1995) was an American industrialist and philanthropist. He was an executive of the Olin Corporation, founded in 1892 by his father, Franklin W. Olin. He was very active in the Republican Party throughout much of his adult life and served as the party's national finance chairman from 1958 to 1960 and treasurer of the Republican National Committee from 1960 to 1962. He married Ann Whitney. They established the Spencer T. & Ann W. Olin Foundation, which funds environmental groups and health and medical education and services. Spencer Olin died at his home in Jupiter Island, Florida in 1995 at age ninety-four.

  21. Daniel V. Beiser

    Daniel V. Beiser


    Daniel V. Beiser is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 111th District since his appointment in 2004.

  22. Robert Smith (Illinois politician)

    Robert Smith (Illinois politician)


    Robert Smith (June 12, 1802 - December 21, 1867) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois, nephew of Jeremiah Smith and Samuel Smith of New Hampshire.

  23. Joe Odom

    Joe Odom


    Joe Edward Odom (born December 14, 1979 in Alton, Illinois) is an American football linebacker. He was selected with the 18th pick of the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears out of Purdue University. On August 23, 2006, Odom was claimed off of waivers by the Buffalo Bills. He was released on September 2, 2006.

  24. Beals Wright

    Beals Wright


    Beals Coleman Wright (December 19, 1879 – August 23, 1961) was an American tennis player and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

  25. Elijah Parish Lovejoy

    Elijah Parish Lovejoy


    Elijah Parish Lovejoy (November 9, 1802 – November 7, 1837) was an American Presbyterian minister, journalist, newspaper editor and abolitionist. He was murdered by a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois, during their attack on his warehouse to destroy his press and abolitionist materials.

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