List of people from Galesburg, Illinois
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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Galesburg, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Galesburg, Illinois.
Academics and writing
- Ira Clifton Copley, publisher and statesman, founder of the Copley Press
- Emily Arnold McCully, children's book author, winner of the 1993 Caldecott Medal
- Carl Sandburg, writer and editor, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln, born in Galesburg
- Chad Simpson, short and flash fiction author
- Richard L. Wilson, newspaperman, recipient of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, born in Galesburg in 1905.
- Sewall Wright, evolutionary biologist, a founder of modern population genetics
Business and invention
- George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., inventor of the Ferris wheel
- Whitcomb L. Judson, inventor of the zipper
- Charles Rudolph Walgreen, founder of Walgreens
Media and arts
- Hugh Gillin, actor
- Cameron Mitchell, actor, Disney Channel's High School Musical
- George Reeves, actor, played Superman in popular 1950s television show
- Dorothea Tanning, painter, printmaker, sculptor and writer
- Rudy Vaughn, singer-songwriter
- Chris Verene, artist
- Pete Weber, sports broadcaster
- Joseph A. Ahearn, US Air Force general
- Mary Ann Bickerdyke, also known as "Mother Bickerdyke,"; Civil War nurse for Union Army
- Gustavus Cheyney Doane, US Army officer and explorer
- John Rusling Block, Cabinet member in Ronald Reagan administration, born in Galesburg
- George Radcliffe Colton, US Army colonel; Governor of Puerto Rico (1909–1913)
- Edwin H. Conger, US congressman, diplomat, and lawyer
- Omer N. Custer, Illinois State Treasurer and newspaper editor, lived in Galesburg.
- Phil Hare, US congressman representing Illinois's 17th district
- Carl Hawkinson, Illinois politician, was born in Galesburg.
- Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States, lived in Galesburg in his youth
- Mike Davison, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants; born in Galesburg
- Aaron Fike, drivers with NASCAR
- A. J. Fike, drivers with NASCAR
- Todd Hamilton, golfer with the PGA Tour, 2004 British Open champion; born in Galesburg
- Willie Heston, college football halfback and coach; state judge in Michigan; born in Galesburg
- Irma Hopper, Olympic fencer; born in Galesburg
- Elbert Kimbrough, safety with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and New Orleans Saints; born in Galesburg
- Jim Sundberg, catcher with the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers; born in Galesburg
- Art Twineham, catcher for the St. Louis Browns; born in Galesburg
- Simpson, Chad (June 15, 2006). "Miracle". Smoke Long Quarterly. Retrieved September 2011.
- "Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes: National Reporting. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- "George Radcliffe Colton". Find A Grave. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- "Edwin H. Conger". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- 'Illinois Blue Book 1929-1930,' Biographical Sketch of Omer N. Custer, pg. 96-97
- "HARE, Phil, (1949 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- 'Illinois Blue Book 2001-2002, Biographical Sketch of Carl Hawkinson, pg. 118