People from Columbia County, Wisconsin

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  1. Gena Rowlands

    Gena Rowlands


    Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands (born June 19, 1930) is an American film, stage and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes in ten films, including A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1980), which earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for Opening Night (1977). In November 2015, Rowlands received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of her unique screen performances.

  2. Tom Wopat

    Tom Wopat


    Thomas Steven "Tom" Wopat (born September 9, 1951) is an American actor and singer. He first achieved fame as Luke Duke in the long-running 1979 television series The Dukes of Hazzard, along with John Schneider. He also played Jeff, one of Cybill Shepherd's ex-husbands on the sitcom Cybill.

  3. Davy Jones

    Davy Jones


    David Jefferson "Davy" Jones (June 30, 1880 – March 30, 1972), nicknamed "Kangaroo", was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played fifteen seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Browns, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, and Pittsburgh Rebels. Jones played with some of the early legends of the game, including Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Frank Chance, Three Finger Brown, Hugh Duffy and Jesse Burkett. Also, he played part of one year with the Chicago White Sox, where several of his teammates would later be implicated in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Jones was immortalized in the classic baseball book The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter.

  4. Greg Stiemsma

    Greg Stiemsma


    Gregory "Greg" Stiemsma (/stˈmsmʌ/; born September 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played high school basketball for Randolph High School and college basketball for the University of Wisconsin–Madison, before going undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft. A 6'11" center, Stiemsma is known for his defense and shot blocking ability.

  5. Frederick Jackson Turner

    Frederick Jackson Turner


    Frederick Jackson Turner (November 14, 1861 – March 14, 1932) was an American historian in the early 20th century, based at the University of Wisconsin until 1910, and then at Harvard. He trained many PhDs who came to occupy prominent places in the history profession. He promoted interdisciplinary and quantitative methods, often with a focus on the Midwest. He is best known for his essay "The Significance of the Frontier in American History", whose ideas formed the Frontier Thesis. He argued that the moving western frontier shaped American democracy and the American character from the colonial era until 1890. He is also known for his theories of geographical sectionalism. In recent years historians and academics have argued strenuously over Turner's work; all agree that the Frontier Thesis has had an enormous impact on historical scholarship and the American mind.

  6. Frank Lange

    Frank Lange


    Frank Herman Lange (October 28, 1883 – December 26, 1945) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox.

  7. Gerald L. K. Smith

    Gerald L. K. Smith


    Gerald Lyman Kenneth Smith (February 27, 1898 – April 15, 1976) was an American clergyman and far-right political organizer, who became a leader of the Share Our Wealth movement during the Great Depression and later of the Christian Nationalist Crusade. He founded the America First Party in 1944, for which he was a presidential candidate in the election that year.

  8. J. A. O. Preus

    J. A. O. Preus


    Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus (pronounced Proice) (August 28, 1883 – May 24, 1961) was an American politician. He served as the 8th state auditor of Minnesota from January 5, 1915 to January 5, 1921, and as the 20th Governor of Minnesota from January 5, 1921 to January 6, 1925. He was a Republican.

  9. Walt Ambrose

    Walt Ambrose


    Walter Louis Ambrose (August 7, 1905 – January 18, 1968) was a guard in the National Football League. He was a member of the Portsmouth Spartans during the 1930 NFL season.

  10. Mark Shumate

    Mark Shumate


    Mark Anthony Shumate (born March 30, 1960 in Poynette, Wisconsin) is a former American football nose tackle in the National Football League. He played for the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers, both in 1985. He played at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  11. Claude Elliott

    Claude Elliott


    Claude Judson "Chaucer" Elliott (November 17, 1876 – June 21, 1923) was a professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of two seasons (1904–1905) with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants. For his career, he compiled an 3–3 record in 22 appearances, with an 3.33 earned run average and 47 strikeouts. He was a member of the 1905 World Series champions Giants, though he did not play in the World Series.

  12. Mark Bortz

    Mark Bortz


    Mark Steven Bortz (born February 12, 1961) is a former guard in the National Football League. He attended the University of Iowa and was drafted by the Bears in 1983 for the Chicago Bears and played there until 1994.

  13. Bob Poser

    Bob Poser


    John Falk "Bob" Poser (March 16, 1910 – May 21, 2002) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns. Although Poser was listed as a pitcher, he was a good hitting ourfielder in the minor leagues, and was used more as a pinch hitter than as a pitcher by the White Sox.

  14. Philip Hayes

    Philip Hayes


    Philip Hayes (b. June 16, 1887 – d. November 25, 1949) was a Major-General in the U.S. Army. He was the commander of the Third Service Command from 1943 to 1946. Hayes was in charge of the U.S. military's takeover, under the authority of the Smith-Connally Act, of the Philadelphia Transit Company in August 1944 that brought to an end the Philadelphia transit strike of 1944. Earlier in his career, Hayes served as the chief of staff to Gen. Walter Short, who was the commander of the Hawaiian Department at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, although Hayes was rotated from Hawaii back to the mainland in November 1941, shortly before the attack.

  15. Oscar Rennebohm

    Oscar Rennebohm


    Oscar Rennebohm (May 25, 1889–October 15, 1968) was an American politician, a pharmacist, and the 32nd Governor of Wisconsin.

  16. Zona Gale

    Zona Gale


    Zona Gale (August 26, 1874 – December 27, 1938) was an American author and playwright. She became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1921.

  17. Nene Humphrey

    Nene Humphrey


    Nene Humphrey is a New York-based sculptor and installation artist. Her work, focusing on sensory experiences of the world, human psychology and handcraft, has been compared to that of Kiki Smith, Janine Antoni, Petah Coyne, and Louise Bourgeois. She has lived and worked in New York since 1978.

  18. Mike Thompson (American football)

    Mike Thompson (American football)


    Mike John Thompson (born December 22, 1971) is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League. Thompson was drafted in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and played that season with the team. The following season he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, but did not see any playing time during the regular season. After playing the following season with the Bengals he played two more with the Cleveland Browns. He was also a member of the Browns during the 2001 NFL season, but once again did not see any playing time.

  19. Russ Rebholz

    Russ Rebholz


    Russell "Doss" Rebholz, a native of Portage, Wisconsin, was a letter winner in football from 1929 to 1931 and in basketball from 1930 to 1931 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1930, he led the Midwest, Big Ten, and UW in scoring, with 48 points. Rebholz played in the 1932 East-West Shrine Game.

  20. Henry Gunderson

    Henry Gunderson


    Henry A. Gunderson (June 20, 1878 – October 7, 1940) was a Wisconsin attorney who served as the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.

  21. Glenn M. Wise

    Glenn M. Wise


    Glenn Miller Wise (born July 14, 1896, Wyocena, Wisconsin – died September 24, 1991, Madison, Wisconsin) was a secretary, statistician, and Republican politician, who served as Wisconsin's first female Secretary of State from 1955-57.

  22. Juliette Augusta Magill Kinzie

    Juliette Augusta Magill Kinzie


    Juliette Augusta Magill Kinzie (September 11, 1806 – September 15, 1870) was an American historian, writer and pioneer of the American Midwest.

  23. Robert Mitchell (Wisconsin politician)

    Robert Mitchell (Wisconsin politician)


    Robert Mitchell (June 22, 1826 – June 21, 1899) was an American physician and farmer from Douglas Center, Wisconsin who served one term as a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

  24. Andrew H. Dahl

    Andrew H. Dahl


    Andrew H. Dahl was a politician in Wisconsin.

  25. A. Constantine Barry

    A. Constantine Barry


    Alfred Constantine Barry (July 15, 1815 – March 5, 1888) was an American educator, politician, and Universalist minister from Wisconsin.

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