Cincinnati, Ohio has produced some very successful and famous sons and daughters! Some where born there while others were raised there. Either way, there must be something in the water because for a city with a population of less than 300,000, the number of successful folks is impressive.
The most famous, Academy Award-winning screenwriter/director/producer to come out of Cincinnati is Steven Spielberg born in the city in 1946. Spielberg’s credits include Jaws, E.T., The Color Purple, and Schindler’s List to name but a few! Another famous celeb who made it way out of Cincinnati to Hollywood is Roy Rogers, an iconic star born in 1911 known for his nice-guy image and musical Westerns. The talented and beautiful Doris Day, once a Hollywood starlet, was born in April 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
One notorious son of Cincinnati the city would most likely want to forget is Charles Manson born there in 1934. The killer, known for the Hollywood Tate/La Bianca murders, is serving a life sentence and is on his 12th denial for parole.
On the politics and government front, there are two born in Cincinnati: former Speaker of the House John Boehner was born there in November 1949 and rose to power as one of the most powerful members of Congress and was elected to represent his state twelve times. Kathleen Sebelius is the daughter of a former governor of Ohio. They became the first father and daughter governors in U.S. history when she was elected as governor of Kansas. She eventually became the head of the Department of Health and Human Services, a post she held for five years.
Cincinnati, Ohio has produced one American president, William Howard Taft, the 27th president. He eventually became the only American to serve both as president and a Supreme Court justice. President Taft’s wife, Helen, was also born in Cincinnati, OH and considered his closest political advisor. She became the first First Lady to publish memoirs.
Several prominent or influential scientists have come from Cincinnati as well. Charles Henry Turner was a zoologist and scholar. He proved (discovered) that insects have hearing and will alter their behavior based on experience. He was born in 1867 and as the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago he is considered a pioneer scientist and scholar.
Another prominent African American scientist, George Carruthers, also become a pioneer when he created, among other things, the first ultraviolet camera. It was used later by NASA during the Apollo 16 flight. Carruthers was born in 1939 in Cincinnati. Today he teaches at Howard University and in 2003, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
On the athletic side, Cincinnati has no lack of famous athletes. Football quarterback, Russell Wilson, is the most recent to come out of the city being born there in 1988. He went on to excel in the NFL as a quarterback and led the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory. Prior to Wilson, Pete Rose set the record for career hits before being suspended for life due to gambling on baseball. He is still known as one of the most successful players in baseball history.
Roger Staubach of NFL Dallas Cowboy quarterback fame also was born in Cincinnati. The Heisman Trophy winner went on to become a successful businessman and sports commentator.
Here is a great article on 31 Ways to Tell You’re From Cincinnati…