Historical Cheeseheads

Unlike famous Cheeseheads that are still alive, this page will give out the goods on historical figures, politicians, and landmark events that can be attributed to Wisconsin.  Here is a brief list of historical Cheeseheads.  Please feel free to submit anyone not on this list and we will add them.  If the person is still alive, please submit that on the Famous Cheeseheads page.  

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Golda Meier – (Prime Minister Israel) (Born Milwaukee)

Richard Ira Bong – (Top US air ace 40 kills in Pacific WWII)(Born Superior, Wisconsin)

Joe McCarthy – (infamous Senator tail gunner Joe) (Born on farm near Grand Chute, attended Marquette U)

Edna Ferber – (Famous author) (attended school and Lawrence U in Appleton)

James King Aurness – (James Arness) (actor Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke)(Attended Beloit College)

Georgia O’Keeffe  (Artist – Born in Sun Prarie) 

Liberace – (World Renowned Pianist –  Born in West Allis).

Les Paul – (Musician and inventor – nicknamed the Wizard of Waukasha).

Frank Lloyd Wright – (Architect – no further explanation needed).

John Bardeen (Physicist and Electrical Engineer – Nobel Prize Winner for the invention of the transistor in 1956, then again in 1972 for his theory of superconductivity).

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Did you know that the legendary film director  Orson Welles was born May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin?

Orson_Welles in Citizen_Kane

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Harry Houdini was born as Erik Weisz (he would later spell his birth name as Ehrich Weiss) in BudapestAustria-Hungary, on March 24, 1874.[1] From 1907 on, however, Houdini would claim in interviews to have been born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on April 6, 1874.

Harry Houdini circa 1899 *Photo via The Library Of Congress

Plenty more historical Cheeseheads coming soon!!!

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