It is by no means exhaustive, as there are many, many wonderful people – famous and not-so-famous – that call the Peach State “home.”
Note: All links go to websites that will give a much more in-depth study of the people listed here. Because of the fluid nature of the web, if you are using this page with children, I always suggest that, as a parent, you preview all links beforehand.
Notable Georgians – Past and Present
William Stephens – Stephens helped to keep the early Georgia colony alive, and recorded much about early colonial Georgia life.
Mordecai Sheftall – His parents, Benjamin and Perla, were one of the first Jewish colonists to arrive in Georgia, in 1733. Mordecai was born here, and was an active patriot in the Revolutionary War, sacrificing much on a personal level.
Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence included:
William and Ellen Craft – Theirs is an absolutely fascinating story of escape from slavery! A must-read!
Alexander Stephens – served as Vice-President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
Tom Watson and the Rural Free Delivery – Instrumental in founding the formation of mail delivery to rural areas of the US.
Henry Grady – Was an orator and journalist who helped reintegrate the South into the Union after the Civil War.
Juliette Gordon Lowe – She is well-known as the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA.
Gertrude “Ma” Rainey – One of the earliest blues singers, and one of the first to make recordings, as well, she is often referred to as the “Mother of the Blues.”
Howard “Bo” Callaway – American politician and statesman.
Flannery O’Connor – Considered one of the best short story authors of the 20th century, she wrote about religious themes and southern life.
Alice Walker – Internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist
Leah Ward Sears – The first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice of any US Supreme Court.
Jimmy Carter – The 39th President of the United States hails from Plains, a rural town in the SouthWest corner of Georgia.
Paula Deen – Celebrity chef and TV cooking show host.
Jim Fowler – Host of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.
Hulk Hogan – Born Terry Gene Bollea, he is an American professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur, and rock bassist.
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Baptist minister and social activist in the Civil Rights movement.
Otis Redding – “The King of Soul”
Burt Reynolds – Actor
Little Richard – Musician that bridged R&B with rock and roll.
Jackie Robinson – The first African-American to play in Major League baseball in the US.
Clarence Thomas – As Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, he is only the second African-American to serve on the court.
Trisha Yearwood – Musician, performer, cookbook author
Phillip Phillips – Musician who acclaimed fame after winning the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012.
Buster Posey – Professional baseball player (catcher and first-base) for the San Francisco Giants
Know other notable Georgians that aren’t here? Please contact me with their name and help us grow this list!