Category: Southwest

Caniff, Milton

Born: February 28, 1907 Died: April 3, 1988 Ohio connection: Birth Springfield An award-winning cartoonist, Milton Caniff began drawing the Boy Scout page for a local newspaper at age thirteen. Best known as the creator of the comic strips, “Terry and the Pirates” and “Steve Canyon,” Caniff once considered a career in acting. Graduating from The Ohio State University …

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Brown, Fredric

Born: October 29, 1906 Died: March 11, 1972 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Fredric Brown was born in 1906 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, S. Karl Lewis, was a newspaperman and his mother, Emma Amelia, was a homemaker. Brown’s early life was difficult. His mother passed away in 1920, when he was fourteen years old. His father …

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White, Edmund

Cincinnati Born: January 13, 1940 Ohio connection: Birth Born in Cincinnati, son of Edmund Valentine II (an engineer) and Delilah Teddlie (a psychologist). Edmund Valentine III White has been regarded as the unofficial spokesman of the social, cultural, and political aspirations of the gay community. A novelist at age five, White has since authored several critically acclaimed …

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Valin, Jonathan Louis

Cincinnati Born: November 23, 1948 Ohio connection: Birth Jonathan Louis Valin, son of Sigmund and Marcella (Fink) Valin, was born in 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Valin married Katherine Brockhaus in 1971 and did his undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati; he received an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1974; and did doctoral study at Washington …

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Torrence, Frederic Ridgely

Xenia Born: November 27, 1874 Ohio connection: Birth Frederick Ridgely Torrence, son of Findley David and Mary (Ridgely) Torrence, was born in 1874 in Xenia, Ohio. He attended Miami University of Ohio, 1893-95, and Princeton University, 1895-96. He worked as a librarian at the Astor Library and the Lenox Library, both in New York City, 1897-1903. He …

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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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Sittenfeld, Curtis

Cincinnati Born: August 23, 1975 Ohio connection: Birth Curtis Sittenfeld was born August 23, 1975, in Cincinnati.  The second child of four, she is the daughter of Paul G. Sittenfeld (an investment banker) and Elizabeth Curtis (an art history teacher). She attended Seven Hills School in Cincinnati through 8th Grade and then moved to the Groton School, a …

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Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky

Dayton Born: May 2, 1950 Died: April 12, 2009 Ohio connection: Birth Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was born May 2, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio, to Leon Kosofsky (an engineer) and Rita Goldstein Kosofsky (high school teacher). She had two siblings, a brother and a sister. During her childhood the family moved to Bethesda, Maryland when her father accepted a …

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Schmidt, Stanley

Cincinnati Born: March 7, 1944 Ohio Connection: Birth Stanley Albert Schmidt was born on March 7, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Schmidt received his B.S. from the University of Cincinnati in 1966 and both an M.A. and Ph.D., from Case Western Reserve University in 1968 and 1969, respectively. From 1969 to 1978 he was the assistant professor of …

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Schlesinger, Arthur Meier

Xenia Born: February 27, 1888 Died: October 30, 1965 Ohio connection: Birth Arthur M. Schlesinger was born in Xenia, Ohio, on February 27, 1888, the son of a first-generation immigrant. Schlesinger graduated in 1910 from Ohio State University. As a graduate student at Columbia, he was influenced by Herbert Levi Osgood, James Harvey Robinson, and Charles A. …

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