List of people from Charlottesville, Virginia
This is a List of people from Charlottesville, Virginia, or from areas nearby to Charlottesville, who were either born, lived or presently live in the city.
Since the city's early formation, it has been the home of numerous notable individuals from the historic figures of Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, to the renowned literary giants of Edgar Allan Poe to William Faulkner. In the present day, Charlottesville has become or been the home of movie stars such as Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard, novelists like John Grisham and musicians like Dave Matthews.
- Thomas Jefferson – The third President of the United States (1801–1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers.
- James Madison – Fourth President of the United States.
- James Monroe – A Founding Father of the United States and Fifth President of the United States. Lived at Ash Lawn-Highland, adjacent to Jefferson's Monticello.
- Meriwether Lewis – American explorer, soldier, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Corps of Discovery, whose mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase.
- Alexander Vandergrift – the victor of Guadalcanal & Commandant of the USMC, was born in Charlottesville & attended the University of Virginia.
- S. S. Van Dine – A U.S. art critic and author.
- Nicholas Philip Trist – Author of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War.
- John Mosby – Also known as the "Gray Ghost," a Confederate partisan Ranger in the American Civil War.
- Anna Anderson – A woman claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, lived out her final years in Charlottesville.
- Kathleen Clifford – Silent film, vaudeville and Broadway stage actress was born in Charlottesville.
- Fountain Hughes – A former slave interviewed by the Works Progress Administration to record slave narratives
Authors and academics
- Julian Bond – Lived between Charlottesville and Washington DC while serving as a professor at the University of Virginia.
- William Faulkner – Writer in residence at the University, to which he bequeathed all of his original manuscripts.
- John Grisham – Novelist lives just outside of Charlottesville.
- Steven M. Greer – An ex-physician best known for founding the Disclosure Project.
- Julia Magruder – Novelist
- William McDonough – Environmental architect, planner, author; former Dean of Architecture at the University.
- William McGuffey – Lived in Charlottesville while serving as a professor at the University and was buried nearby upon death.
- Kenneth R. Mladenka – Political scientist who researched in urban studies, resided in Charlottesville from 1975–1979.
- Edgar Allan Poe – Lived in Charlottesville while attending the University of Virginia.
- Arthur T. Prescott, educator and founding president from 1894 to 1899 of Louisiana Tech University; resided in Charlottesville from 1887 to 1893, as commandant of cadets at the University of Virginia.
- Rob Sheffield – Author of Love is a Mix Tape, a memoir that takes place in Charlottesville.
- Ben C. Toledano - Lawyer and columnist, former Louisiana politician; resided in Charlottesville, 1983-1991, relocated to Pass Christian, Mississippi
- Dave Matthews – Bartender in a Charlottesville bar called Miller's when he formed the rock band Dave Matthews Band, and now divides his time between homes in Seattle and the Charlottesville area.
- Greg Howard – Chapman Stick Player.
- Maxine Jones- One of the original members of the R&B singing Group En Vogue.
- Boyd Tinsley – Violinist and one of the backup singers for the rock band Dave Matthews Band.
- Carter Beauford – Percussionist (drummer) and founding member of the rock band Dave Matthews Band.
- LeRoi Moore – Saxophonist for the rock band Dave Matthews Band.
- Corey Harris – Blues and reggae musician and teacher. Winner of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.
- Don Barnes of 38 Special
- Hush Arbors – Folk and experimental guitarist
- Bella Morte
- David Berman of Silver Jews
- Paul Curreri
- John D'earth
- Sparky's Flaw
- Schuyler Fisk
- The Hackensaw Boys
- Happy Flowers
- The Landlords
- Stephen Malkmus of Pavement
- James McNew of Yo La Tengo
- Tom Peloso of Modest Mouse
- Devon Sproule
- Sarah White
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Charlie Ferguson – former MLB pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
- Larry Haney – Former Major League Baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.
- Ralph Horween, Harvard Crimson and NFL football player
- Chris Long – Graduate of St. Anne's-Belfield School, an award-winning football defensive end on the 2007 Virginia Cavaliers football team, drafted 2nd overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2008 NFL Draft.
- Howie Long – Father of Chris Long; TV sports personality and former football defensive end for the Oakland Raiders.
- Tommy Toms – Former Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants from 1975 through 1977 (born in Charlottesville).
- Billy Wagner – Former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves.
- Eric Wilson – Former NFL football player for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins.
Other notable people
- Coran Capshaw – Manager for the rock band Dave Matthews Band (among others) and a real estate mogul responsible for significant development in the city.
- Miriam Cooper – silent film actress best known for her role in Birth of a Nation spent her last years here
- Lauren Brie Harding – Contestant on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 11.
- Eduardo Montes-Bradley – Writer and Filmmaker
- Jody Kielbasa – Director of the Virginia Film Festival
- Kate Higgins – Voice actress, most notably Naruto
- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson – Actor, entertainer, and wrestler owns a farm just outside of the city.
- Wythe Leigh Kinsolving - Episcopal priest, writer, poet, political advocate, lived here in the 1940s through 1964.
- John Kluge – Businessman and philanthropist, lived in Charlottesville for a number of years and built the large Albemarle House.
- Jessica Lange – Hollywood actress, has maintained homes in the area.
- Rob Lowe – Hollywood actor (born in Charlottesville).
- Sam Shepard – Hollywood actor, has maintained homes in the area.
- Sissy Spacek – Famous for her portrayal of tormented high schooler in the film Carrie, won Academy Award for Coal Miner's Daughter, lives near Charlottesville.
- Alexander Vandegrift – Medal Of Honor recipient, first US Marines 4-star general (born in Charlottesville).
- Henry E. Chambers, A History of Louisiana, Vol. 2 (Chicago and New York City: American Historical Society, 1925), pp. 313–314
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