Category: Fiction

Hamilton, Virginia

Born: March 12, 1936 Died: February 19, 2002 Ohio connection: Birth Yellow Springs “If you can dream it, then you can have it.” A powerful axiom, it encapsulates the accomplishments and triumphs of its speaker, Virginia Hamilton. Descendant of a maternal grandfather who escaped from slavery in Virginia to settle in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Hamilton …

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Grey, Zane

Born: January 31, 1872 Died: October 28, 1939 Ohio connection: Birth Zanesville Zane Grey, one of the founding fathers of the western genre, was born on January 31, 1872, to Lewis Gray, a traveling preacher and dentist, and his wife Alice. Zane, christened Pearl Zane Gray, grew up in the town of Zanesville, Ohio. The small …

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Green, Hannah

Born: October 7, 1927 Died: October 16, 1996 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Hannah Green was born in Cincinnati circa 1927.  Her father, Matthew Addy, was a foreign patent and trademark agent, like the fictional character in The Dead of the House, and her mother, Mary McAlpin Allen, was a homemaker. Green attended Wellesley College, studying with Wallace …

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Flora, James

Born: January 25, 1914 Died: July 9, 1998 Ohio connection: Birth Bellefontaine Mixing the pathos of surrealism with the impishness of cartoons, James Flora was the master of hand drawn album cover art before 1956. Characterized as frolicsome, mischievous and even hallucinogenic, Flora’s artistic style was perfectly matched to his humorous, larger than life wit. Born in Bellafontaine …

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Eckstein, Gustav

Born: October 26, 1890 Died: September 23, 1981 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Gustav Eckstein, son of Gustav and Emma (Imig) Eckstein, was born in 1890 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a D.D.S. from the Cincinnati College of Dental Surgery in 1911 and a M.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1924. He practiced dentistry from 1911 until 1918 and …

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Eckert, Allan

Born: January 30, 1931 Died: July 7, 2011 Ohio connection: Former Resident Bellefontaine Allan Eckert, son of Edward Russell and Ruth (Roth) Eckert, was born in 1931 in Buffalo, New York. He attended the University of Dayton, 1951-52, and The Ohio State University, 1953-54. He married Joan Dowling in 1955, and they had two children, Julie and Joseph. …

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Eager, Edward McMaken

Born: June 20, 1911 Died: October 23, 1964 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Edward McMaken Eager was born in 1911 in Toledo, Ohio. He was raised in Toledo, but spent most of the summers of his childhood and youth in rural Indiana, where he developed a love of nature, gardening, and bird-watching. These interests stayed with him the rest …

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

Born: June 27, 1872 Died: February 9, 1906 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton The first important Black poet in American literature, Paul Laurence Dunbar was born to former slaves in Dayton on June 27, 1872. He showed literary promise in high school where, the only Black in his class, he became class president, editor in chief of the High …

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DeCapite, Raymond

Born: October 4, 1924 Died: July 8, 2009 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Author of The Coming of Fabrizze and A Lost King, Cleveland native Raymond DeCapite was born on October 4, 1924. After serving in the United States Coast Guard between 1942-1945, DeCapite received his A.B. from Western Reserve University in 1951, and his M.A. the following year. Prior to becoming …

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