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Tolan, Stephanie S.

Canton Born: October 25, 1942 Ohio connection: Birth Reading late at night with a flashlight under the covers, Stephanie Tolan discovered early on the magic of the written word. Born in Canton, Ohio, on October 25, 1942, and raised in Wisconsin, Tolan wrote her first story in fourth grade. Although she had received rejection slips by the …

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Thurber, James Grover

Columbus Born: December 8, 1894 Ohio connection: Birth James Grover Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Charles Leander Thurber and Mary Agnes Fisher.  Thurber’s early career was at The New Yorker where he started in 1927 and remained a prominent contributor for many years. With sardonic humor he examined the follies of men and women, revealing …

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Thompson, Daniel

Cleveland Born: April 21, 1935 Ohio connection: Resident Daniel Thompson was born April 21, 1935, in Washington, D.C. The Thompson family moved to the west side of Cleveland, Ohio, shortly after Daniel’s birth. He spent much of his boyhood in Cleveland, but attended high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and spent a short time at a seminary …

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Thomas, Lowell

Woodington Born: April 6, 1892 Ohio connection: Birth Lowell Thomas, son of Harry George and Harriet (Wagner) Thomas, was born in 1892 in Woodington, Ohio. He received a B.S. from the University of Northern Indiana in 1911, an M.A. from the University of Denver in 1912, and an M.A. from Princeton University in 1916. He married Frances …

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Taylor, Mildred D.

Toledo Born: September 13, 1943 Ohio connection: Former Resident Mildred Delois Taylor was born in 1943 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Wilbert Lee and Deletha M. Taylor. Although born in the South, her family moved to the North, settled in Toledo, Ohio, three weeks after she was born. The Taylors’ migration to the North was because her father …

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Taylor, Debbie A.

Columbus Born: September 9, 1955 Ohio connection: Birth Debbie Taylor was born in Columbus, Ohio. She grew up in a large family and was educated in Columbus Public Schools. She graduated from Ohio Dominican College with a two-year degree, earned a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and eventually received her M.A from Cleveland State University. Her …

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Suszko, Marilou K.

Vermillion Ohio connection: Resident Marilou Suszko is a food writer whose work appears in newspapers and magazines. She is a regular contributor to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Food Section, the Sunday Magazine and Feast. Farms and Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate is her first book. Suszko is a Level III graduate from Western Reserve School of Cooking. She is …

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Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Cincinnati Born: July 14, 1811 Died: July 1, 1896 Ohio connection: Birth Author and social reformer Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped galvanized antislavery efforts across the nation, was a Connecticut native who spent the years 1832–1850 in Cincinnati, Ohio. During those eighteen years, she would become a nationally recognized author, wife, and mother to 6 children, …

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Stine, R. L.

Columbus Born: October 8, 1943 Ohio connection: Birth Entered into the Guinness World Records 2000: Millennium Edition as author of the world’s top-selling children’s stories, Robert Laurence Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 8, 1943. When he was 9 years old, he began writing short stories, jokes, and comic books for his friends. He attended Ohio State …

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Stewart, Donald Ogden

Columbus Born: November 3, 1894 Died: August 2, 1980 Ohio connection: Birth Donald Ogden Stewart was born in 1894 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Gilbert Holland Stewart, a prominent judge, and Clara (Landon) Stewart. He received an A.B. degree from Yale University in 1916. After graduation, he attempted a career in business, working for American Telephone …

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