Notable people, past and present, who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with
Arts and literature [ edit ]
Gregory Benford, science fiction author and physicist.
Augusta Jane Evans, author.
Winston Groom, author, best known for his book . Forrest Gump [1 ]
Melinda Haynes, author.
Roy Hoffman, author.
Michael Knight, university professor and author.
William March, author and World War I veteran.
Bryant H. McGill, editor and author.
William P. McGivern, author.
Albert Murray, author.
Michelle Richmond, author.
Geoffrey Sauer, theorist and author.
Eugene Sledge, university professor, author, and World War II veteran.
Stanley R. Tiner, former executive editor of the Mobile Press-Register. Now with The Sun Herald in Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi, Tiner and his staff won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in journalism for Hurricane Katrina coverage.
John Augustus Walker, artist known for his paintings and murals.
Eugene Walter, labeled "Mobile's Renaissance Man" because of his diverse activities in many areas of the arts. He was interred in 1998 in the historic Church Street Graveyard by special resolution of the city. [2 ]
Business [ edit ]
Film and television [ edit ]
Phil Gordon, actor and dialect coach. [3 ]
Laverne Cox, actor and producer.
Jason Guy, contestant on the third season of . Big Brother
Orlando Jones, comedian and TV actor.
Mary Lanier, film actor.
Danny Lipford, contractor and TV host.
Dan Povenmire, television director, writer, and producer.
James "JT" Thomas Jr., contestant on and million-dollar winner of . Survivor: Tocantins
Richard Tyson, film actor.
Connie Bea Hope, television personality.
Historic [ edit ]
Joseph Stillwell Cain, Jr., largely credited with the rebirth of Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile after the Civil War. Mobile celebrates Joe Cain Day on the Sunday before Mardi Gras. [4 ]
Octavia Walton Le Vert, widely known Mobile socialite and writer. [5 ]
Florence Chandler Maybrick, born into a wealthy Mobile family, her mother remarried after her father's death and became Baroness von Roques. Florence married a British cotton factor, James Maybrick, and they lived at Battlecrease House in Aigburth. She and her husband both were known for their extramarital affairs. She was later found guilty of murdering her husband.
Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt, born and raised in Mobile, wife of William K. Vanderbilt and mother of Consuelo Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Known for building several of the most noted houses of the Gilded Era and later a crusader for the women's suffrage movement and the Equal Rights Amendment. [6 ]
Military [ edit ]
Jeremiah Denton, admiral, United States Navy.
William Crawford Gorgas, physician and 22nd Surgeon General of the United States Army; best known for his work in abating the transmission of yellow fever and malaria.
Kathryn P. Hire, captain, United States Naval Reserve, NASA astronaut.
John D. New, United States Marine in World War II, only Mobile native to be awarded the Medal of Honor, Cottage Hill Park was renamed Medal of Honor Park in his honor, and Pixie Street was renamed PFC John D. New Drive.
Sidney Phillips, United States Marine, portrayed by Ashton Holmes in the HBO miniseries The Pacific Admiral
Raphael Semmes, captain of the CSS during the Alabama American Civil War and resident of Mobile. The Mobile suburb of Semmes is named in his honor. [7 ]
Leighton W. Smith, Jr., Admiral, United States Navy. In 1994, he became the commander-in-chief of United States Naval Forces Europe and Allied Forces Southern Europe.
Eugene Sledge, United States Marine Corps, author of New York Times bestselling book . Portrayed by With the Old Breed Joseph Mazzello in the HBO miniseries . The Pacific
Keith L. Craig, Sergeant Major, US Army
The Band Perry, sibling country music trio.
Billy Bang, jazz violinist and composer.
Jimmy Buffett, vocalist, songwriter and entrepreneur. [8 ] [9 ]
Vice Cooler, lead vocalist and songwriter for XBXRX.
James Reese Europe, conductor and composer.
Urban Clifford "Urbie" Green, professional jazz trombonist.
Jimmy Hall, lead vocalist and harmonica player for Wet Willie.
Will Kimbrough, vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer.
Allison Moorer, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
Bernard Odum, bass player, best known for performing in James Brown's band.
Rich Boy, rap and hip hop artist.
Terrance Quaites, aka TQ, R&B artist.
Backwater, a late 1970s jazz fusion band
Ray Sawyer, lead vocalist. of Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.
Ward Swingle, jazz vocalist.
Fred Wesley, jazz and funk trombonist.
Cootie Williams, jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter, performed with Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.
Beverly Jo Scott, rock and blues singer and songwriter. Joseph Mitchell,
Jazz, classical and gospel Flautist Breaunna "Miss Babydoll" Womack
Rapper of the OMG Girlz
Political [ edit ]
Bidwell Adam, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi from 1928 to 1932, born in Mobile in 1894; reared in Pass Christian, Mississippi [10 ]
Ann Bedsole, member of the Alabama House of Representatives 1979-1983 and Alabama State Senate 1983-1995; candidate for governor of Alabama 1995 and for mayor of Mobile, 2005
Jo Bonner, former U.S. Representative from Alabama's 1st congressional district
Frank Boykin, represented Mobile in Congress for 28 years
Sanford Bishop, Democratic Party, member of the United States House of Representatives.
Mark E. Clayton, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Tennessee in 2012, was born in Mobile ca. 1976.
Vivian Davis Figures, Democratic member of the Alabama State Senate.
Joseph C. Mitchell, Democrat member of the Alabama House of Representatives from District 103
Alexis Herman, Democratic Party, served as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton.
Ethan Allen Hitchcock, U.S. minister to Russia under President William McKinley, U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Theodore Roosevelt.
Samuel L. Jones, Democratic Party, elected as in 2005 as Mobile's first African American Mayor.
Michael C. Dow, Independent, served from 1989-2005 as the mayor of Mobile.
Bert Nettles, Republican former member of the Alabama House of Representatives from Mobile; subsequently a lawyer in Birmingham.
William Holcombe "Bill" Pryor, Jr., Republican Party, formerly Attorney General of Alabama, currently a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Jeff Sessions, Republican Party, formerly Attorney General of Alabama, currently United States Senator.
Donald Eugene Siegelman, Democratic Party, only person in the history of Alabama to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide offices: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor.
Tom Turnipseed, the former executive director of George Wallace's 1968 presidential campaign who became a liberal activist in South Carolina, was born in Mobile in 1936.
Religious [ edit ]
Athletics [ edit ]
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Mobile is the birthplace of five members of the
Baseball Hall of Fame. Only New York City and Chicago can claim to be the birthplace of more members of the Hall.
Hank Aaron, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and 2nd on the all-time home run list. [11 ] Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile is named in his honor as is the Hank Aaron Loop in downtown Mobile. [12 ]
Tommy Aaron, Major League Baseball player. [11 ]
Bill Adair, Major League Baseball and manager. [11 ]
Terry Adams, Major League Baseball player.
Willie Anderson, offensive lineman for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. [13 ]
Frank Bolling, Major League Baseball player. [11 ]
Scott Bolton, NFL wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
Robert Brazile - NFL Player [14 ]
DeMarcus Cousins, NBA player for the Sacramento Kings. [15 ]
Dameyune Craig, former Auburn University and Carolina Panthers quarterback, currently Co-Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach for Auburn
Fennis Dembo, forward, played for the NBA world champion Detroit Pistons in 1989 [16 ]
Nick Fairley, defensive tackle for Detroit Lions
Cale Gale, NASCAR driver for KHI
Paul Harris, player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings
Margaret Holgerson, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
Bob Holly, professional wrestler known as "Hardcore Holly".
Pat Howell, Former MLB player [17 ]
Scott Hunter - NFL Player [18 ]
Chevis Jackson, NFL Defensive Back, Atlanta Falcons, LSU Alumni
Aron Jóhannsson, Icelandic footballer, Aarhus Gymnastik Forening and the United States men's national soccer team
Cleon Jones, former MLB Outfielder, (best known for his time with the New York Mets)
Antonio Lang, former Duke men's basketball and NBA player. [19 ]
Tamaurice "Tee" Martin, f ormer University of Tennessee, NFL and CFL quarterback. Led Tennessee to an undefeated season (13-0) and a National Championship in 1998. [20 ]
A.J. McCarron, starting Quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide
Willie McCovey, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. [11 ]
Henry Monroe, NFL defensive back, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles
Bill Moody, professional wrestling manager better known as Percy Pringle and Paul Bearer
Amos Otis, Major League Baseball player. [11 ]
Satchel Paige, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Satchel Paige Drive in Mobile is named in his honor. [11 ] [21 ]
Jake Peavy, baseball pitcher, currently with the Boston Red Sox. Achieved National League Triple Crown in 2007 season and was the unanimous winner of the Cy Young Award
Juan Pierre, Major League Baseball player, currently with the Miami Marlins.
Donald Reese - NFL Player [22 ]
JaMarcus Russell, QB, Oakland Raiders, LSU Alumni
Chris Samuels,NFL lineman, Washington Redskins
Ozzie Smith, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. [11 ]
Dewarick Spencer, European Basketball Star, Chorale de Roanne Vitus Bologna, Efes Pilsen, Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Erick Walder, American long jumper
Turner Ward, former major league baseball player,
Billy Williams, Baseball Hall of Fame
References [ edit ]
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^ "Eugene Walter". "The Internet Movie Database" . Retrieved 2007-10-16.
^ "Phil Gulley obituary". . 2010-06-17. Press-Register Archived from the original on 2010-07-03 . Retrieved 2010-07-03.
^ "Joe Cain Articles". Joe Danborn & Cammie East,Mobile Register , 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29 . Retrieved 2007-10-16.
^ Satterfield, Frances Gibson (1987). Madame Le Vert: A Biography of Octavia Walton Le Vert. Edisto Island, S.C.: Edisto Press. ISBN 978-0-9618589-1-9.
^ Stuart, Amanda Mackenzie. Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. ISBN 0-06-621418-1
^ "Raphael Semmes". "Alabama Hall of Fame" . Retrieved 2007-10-16.
^ Buffett, J: A Pirate Looks at Fifty,page 402. Random House, 1998. ISBN 0-679-43527-1
^ "Jimmy Buffett". "Alabamiana, A Guide to Alabama" . Retrieved 2007-10-16.
^ John H. Lang, History of Harrison County, Mississippi Dixie Press, 1935, p. 135
^ a b c d e f g h Reichler, Joseph L. The Baseball Encyclopedia, New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1979. ISBN 0-02-578970-8
^ "Baseball Page Bio". thebaseballpage.com . Retrieved 2007-10-16.
^ "Willie Aaron Anderson". databaseFootball.com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "Robert Lorenzo Brazile". databaseFootball.com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "DeMarcus Amir Cousins". Basketball-Reference.Com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "Fennis Dembo". Basketball-Reference.Com . Retrieved June 24, 2013.
^ "Pat Howell Stats". Baseball Almanac . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "Scott Hunter". databaseFootball.com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "Antonio Maurice Lang". datbaseBasketball.com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "Tee Martin". Pro-Footbal-Reference.Com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "Satchel Paige". "Satchel Paige Biography" . Retrieved 2007-10-16.
^ "Donald Francis Reese". databaseFootball.com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.