Category: Non-Fiction

Catton, Bruce

Born: October 9, 1899 Died: August 28, 1978 Ohio connection: Former Resident Oberlin It was no accident that the most prominent figures in Bruce Catton’s Civil War histories were fellow Midwesterners and personal heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Born in Petosky, Michigan, Catton attended Oberlin College and became a reporter after serving briefly in …

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Cary, Alice

Born: April 26, 1820 Died: February 12, 1871 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Healthy Alice Cary was born in 1820 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary. She was the fourth of eleven children and a sister of author Phoebe Cary. She had a very difficult childhood, with much sorrow and loss in …

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Bromfield, Louis

Born: December 27, 1896 Died: March 18, 1956 Ohio connection: Birth Mansfield Louis Bromfield, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist, Hollywood screenwriter, and farmer, was born on December 27, 1896, in Mansfield, Ohio. Having lived on his grandfather’s farm his last year in high school and proud of his family’s rural beginnings, Bromfield attended Cornell University Agricultural College in 1914 …

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Brinkley, Douglas

Born: December 14, 1960 Ohio connection: Former Resident Perrysburg Historian Douglas Brinkley was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but raised in Perrysburg, Ohio. He completed his bachelor’s degree at The Ohio State University and received his doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic History from Georgetown University in 1989. Brinkley then spent a year at both the U.S. Naval Academy and …

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Wilson , Earl

Rockford Born: May 3, 1907 Ohio connection: Birth Harvey Earl Wilson, son of Arthur Earl and Cloe (Huffman) Wilson, was born in 1907 in Rockford, Ohio. A budding career as a news reporter began while he was in high school, when he worked as a sportswriter for a local weekly. He went on to attend Heidelberg College …

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Weigl, Bruce

Oberlin Born: January 27, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Bruce Weigl was born January 27, 1949, in Lorain, OH; son of Albert Louis (a foundry worker) and Zora (Grasa) (a packing plant worker.  Weigl has published numerous books of poetry, including Like a Sack Full of Old Quarrels (1976), What Saves Us (1992), and Sweet Lorain (1996). In 2000, he published The Circle of Hanh, …

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Ward, Geoffrey

Newark Born: November 30, 1940 Ohio connection: Birth Geoffrey Champion Ward, son of Frederick Champion and Duira Rachel (Baldinger) Ward, was born in 1940 in Newark, Ohio. He received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962. That same year, he was married to Diane Raines Keim, and they had two children, Nathan and Kelly. They were later …

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Vogel, Ezra

Delaware Born: July 11, 1930 Ohio connection: Birth Ezra F. Vogel the son of Joseph H. and Edith (Nachman) Vogel was born July 11, 1930, in Delaware, Ohio.  He received his B.A. at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1950 and his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard in 1958.  He is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social …

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