keystone shapeFamous Pennsylvanians and Prominent People of Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been the home of many remarkable people. A diverse group of leaders, heroes, artists, scientists and innovators have contributed to Pennsylvania and to the world. This list includes those born in Pennsylvania, as well as, those who made a noteworthy contribution to society while living in Pennsylvania. The list numbers over 800 Pennsylvanians. The links are to other web sites where you can learn something about each individual.

It honors the courageous sacrifices of over 290 brave Pennsylvanians in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Many Pennsylvania public school students research famous Pennsylvanians. I challenge them to research someone who contributed to their locality or lived in their county. Publish the information in a class website to help others learn more about that special person from your local area. Local and county historical societies can be very helpful in locating facts, figures and even photos.

Helpful hint.
Use the browser Find command to scan the text for a person or town, rather than read the whole page.

To do this:
Go Edit ... Find. Enter a name or county - click Find.
The first occurrence of the text will be highlighted.

Edit ... Find again will take you to the next occurrence of the word.

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Robert E. Eberly businessman/philanthropist site 1, site 2

John Presper Eckert mathematician

Spc. Chad A. Edmundson KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

Sgt. Michael Egan Killed in Iraq site 1. site 2 US Flag Icon

Dwight David Eisenhower, general, President site 1, site 2, site 3

Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower First Lady

AF Staff Sgt Dylan J. Elchin, KIA Afghanistan 2018 US Flag Icon

Kate Ford Elliott President Judge PA Superior Court site 1

Ed Elliss community gardener site 2

Erie People site 1

Julius Erving, athlete

Kevin Eubanks, jazz musician

Rob Evans artist

Spc. William Evans, KIA Iraq site 1, site 2 US Flag Icon

Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Elwell KIA Afghanistan US Flag Icon

Henry Norwood "Barney" Ewell Olympic athlete site 1

S. Sgt. Troy S. Ezernack, pastor, solier KIA Afghanistan site 1 US Flag Icon

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Uniontown, Fayette

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Williamsburg, Blair spacer

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Gettysburg, Adams

Gettysburg, Adams

Hookstown, Beaver County empty spacer

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Fishtown, Philadelphia


Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Wrightsville, York

Hallstead, Susquehanna

Holland, Bucks spacer

Lancaster, Lancaster Harrisburg, Dauphin

Lancaster, Lancaster


Scott Fahlman invented smiley emoticon :-)

Helen Fairchild nurse WWI site 1

Russ Fairchild politician voted yes for pay raise

Katherine Levin Farrell, artist site 1

Sister Mary Celine Fasenmyer Mathematician

Sgt. Louis Robert Fastuca, KIA Afghanistan US Flag Icon

Chaka Fattah politician

Capt Brian R Faunce KIA Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

Crystal Bird Fauset Activist, 1st African American legislator Site1

Mitchell Jay Feigenbaum mathematician

Pfc Shelby J Feniello KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

Igor David Fenton physician/politician

Cpt. Christopher Ferguson astronaut, engineer HR 912

Spc. William Fernandez site 1 US Flag Icon

Trevor Ferrell humanitarian

George Washington Gale Ferris civil engineer site 1

Edith Fetherston collector

Tina Fey writer, actress

Jerry Fielding composer site 1

W.C. Fields actor

Sgt. First Class Robert Fike KIA Afghanistan US Flag Icon

Larry Fine actor/comedian

Lt. Col. E. Michael Fincke astronaut

Harold Fishbein, aided Holocaust Displaced Persons

Steve Fishbein Sports writer, radio & PSU Broadcaster, 1953-1975

Herman Fisher toy inventor/ philanthropist

Maureen F. Fitzpatrick judge

Henry Prather Fletcher ambassador for 8 Presidents site 1

SSgt. Sean Michael Flannery, KIA, Afghanistan US Flag Icon

Daniel J. Flood politician, actor site 1

Spc. Camy Florexil KIA Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

Harold W. Follmer Jr. airmen WWII /composer

Sgt. James F Fordyce KIA Afghanistan site 1 US Flag Icon

Sgt. Curtis J. Forshey died of illness contracted in Kuwait US Flag Icon

Fabian Forte performer

James Forten, businessman, abolitionist

Stephen Collins Foster musician/composer

Captain Erick Foster KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

Gertrude Fox environmentalist

Joseph Fox politicain and businessman during AM Revolution site 1

Jonathan Frakes site 1, site 2 actor

P.O. John T. Fralish Navy Corpsman KIA Afghanistan site 1 US Flag Icon

Barbara H. Franklin Sec of Commerce/business leader

Benjamin Franklin site 2, site 3, site 4, site 5

Spc. Michael W. Franklin KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

Anthony D. Fredericks, author extraordinary children's science books

Albert James Freed disc jockey

Hannah Freeman last Lenni-Lenape in Chester County

Lance Cpl. Michael Freeman Jr. KIA Afghanistan US Flag Icon

Deborah M. Fretz businesswoman, Distinguished Daughter of PA.

Pvt. Steven W. Freund KIA Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

Henry Clay Frick businessman site 1

1st Lt. Demetrius Montaz Frison KIA Afghanistan US Flag Icon site 1

John Fritz ironmaster

Pfc. Jason l. Frye KIA Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

Robert Fulton inventor

F. Foster Furman businessman/author

Frank Furness architect

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Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Milton, Northumberland

Snyder and Union

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Crown, Clarion

Sewickley and West Chester

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Connelsville, Fayette

Mahanoy City, Schuylkill

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Reading, Berks

Gladwyne, Montgomery

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Lewisburg, Union

Upper Darby, Delaware

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Conneautville, Crawford County spacer

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

State College, Centre

State College, Centre

State College, Centre (PSU grad)


Greenecastle, Franklin

West Reading, Berks spacer

Hazleton, Luzerne

Philadelphia, Philadelphiaspacer

Selinsgrove, Snyder

Newtown Square, Delaware

Hollidaysburg, Blair spacer

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Franklin Park, Wexford, Allegheny

Northampton and Lehigh

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Northampton and Lehigh

New Kingstown, Cumberland

Lancaster, Lancaster

Philadelphia, Philadelphia



Winder, Lawrence


Fayetteville, Franklin County spacer

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Pleasant Hills spacer

West Overton, Westmoreland

Lancaster spacer

Johnstown, Cambria



Point Township, Northumberland

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

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12/2018 This page is updated periodically by Pennsylvanian, Cynthia J. O'Hora posted 12/24/2004