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Louis Bromfield

Born: December 27, 1896Died: March 18, 1956 Ohio connection: Birth Mansfield Louis Bromfield (birth name Lewis Brumfield), the son of Annette Maria Coulter Brumfield and Charles Brumfield, was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist and a screenwriter, essayist, and conservationist. Bromfield, the author of thirty-three books of fiction and nonfiction may best be remembered for his early advocacy of land …

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Douglas Brinkley

Born: 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 Princeton University …

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White, Edmund

Born: 1940 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati 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 fiction …

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Jan Wahl

Born: April 1, 1931Died: January 29, 2019 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Jan Boyer Wahl, son of Russell Rothenberger and Nina Marie (Boyer) Wahl, was born in 1931 in Columbus, Ohio. He began writing while living with his grandparents in northwest Ohio during the Depression. His first effort was an attempt to rewrite “Jack and the Beanstalk,” …

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David Wagoner

Born: June 5, 1926Died: December 18, 2021 Ohio connection: Birth Massillon David Russell Wagoner was born in Massillon, Ohio, in 1926, the son of Walter Siffert and  Ruth Banyard Wagoner. In 1933, the family relocated to Whiting, a city outside Gary, Indiana. A voracious reader, Wagoner began writing poetry while in grade school. After graduating from …

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Vogel, Ezra

Born: July 11, 1930 Died: December 20, 2020 Ohio connection: Birth Delaware Ezra F. Vogel, born in Delaware, Ohio, was the son of Joseph H. and Edith (Nachman) Vogel. He received his B.A. at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1950 and his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard in 1958.  He was the Henry Ford II Professor of …

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