List of people from Augusta, Georgia

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The city of Augusta, Georgia, the largest city and the county seat of Richmond County, Georgia, is the birthplace and home of several notable individuals. This is a list of people from Augusta, Georgia and includes people who were born or lived in Augusta for a nontrivial amount of time. Individuals included in this listing are people presumed to be notable because they have received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject.

Augusta was first used by Native Americans as a place to cross the Savannah River, because of Augusta's location on the fall line. The city was the second state capital of Georgia from 1785 until 1795 (alternating for a period with Savannah, the first).

Actors[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
Quinton Aaron Actor (Michael Oher in The Blind Side)
Laurence Fishburne fences.jpg Laurence Fishburne Actor (Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy)
Hulk Hogan2.jpg Hulk Hogan Actor, professional wrestler; born in Augusta, raised in Tampa, Florida
Kathryn McCormick Step Up Revolution actress, So You Think You Can Dance contestant/All-Star
Butterfly McQueen Actress (Prissy in Gone with the Wind)
Danielle Panabaker Actress
Khary Payton Actor (Cyborg in Teen Titans, appeared in General Hospital) [1]
Faith Prince Actor
Shay Roundtree Actor (Drumline, Law and Order, Everybody Hates Chris, Kingpin)
Catherine Taber Actress
Dub Taylor Character actor

Arts[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
Jasper Johns Artist
Jessye Norman Opera singer

Athletics[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
William Avery Professional basketball player
Emerson Boozer Running back for New York Jets
William "Happy Humphrey" Cobb Professional wrestler
William Cunningham Professional basketball player
Chick Donovan Professional wrestler; born in LaGrange, grew up in Augusta
Charles "Chuck" Evans NFL player for the Baltimore Ravens
Vernon Forrest World champion boxer
Bill Fulcher Coach and NFL player
Deon Grant NFL player (New York Giants)
Todd Greene Baseball player
Forrest Griffin Mixed martial artist
Ray Guy Retired NFL player
Arnold Harrison Football player, currently with UFL's Virginia Destroyers
CharlesHowellATTNational2.jpg Charles Howell III Professional golfer
Leroy Irvin Professional football player
Beau Jack World champion boxer
Jimmie Johnson NFL player, tight ends coach for the Minnesota Vikings
BobbyJonesAge14.jpg Bobby Jones Most successful amateur golfer ever to compete on a national and international level; founder and designer of Augusta National Golf Club and co-founder of the Masters Tournament
Bailie Key Gymnast, Junior U.S National Champion 2013
Macay McBride MLB player for Detroit Tigers
Taj McWilliams-Franklin WNBA player (Minnesota Lynx)
Larry Mize Professional golfer
Chad Mottola MLB player for Cincinnati Reds
Chase Parker Golfer on mini-tours, made cut at 2016 U.S. Open
Kyle Parker Quarterback for Clemson University
Carlos Rogers Professional football player for San Francisco 49ers
Jeff Sanders Professional basketball player
Vaughn Taylor Professional golfer
Ken Whisenhunt Head coach of Arizona Cardinals
Jonathan Williams (defensive lineman) Professional football player in CFL

Education[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
Ignatius Alphonso Few Methodist clergyman, founder of Emory University [2]
John Wesley Gilbert.jpg John Wesley Gilbert African American trailblazer, archaeologist, clergyman [3]
John Hope Educator, founding member of the Niagara Movement
IsaacSHopkins.jpg Isaac S. Hopkins Former professor and first President of Georgia Tech
David M. Potter Pulitzer Prize-winning professor at Stanford University

Literature[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
Stephen Vincent Benet Writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet [4]
Elle and Blair Fowler YouTube beauty gurus and writers
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet.jpg Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Lawyer, Methodist clergyman, and humorist [2]
Tom Poland Author
Abram Joseph Ryan Poet
Corbett Thigpen Psychiatrist; co-author of the internationally popular, nonfiction book The Three Faces of Eve [4]

African American pioneers[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
A.R. Johnson Schoolteacher; namesake of A. R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School
Lucy Craft Laney Opened the first school for black children in Augusta; namesake of Lucy Craft Laney High School and the Lucy Laney Black History Museum
Ed McIntyre First African American mayor of Augusta

Military[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
Raymond O. Barton Major General, US 4th Infantry Division commander on D-Day and Battle of the Hurtgen Forest
Archibald Willingham Butt.jpg Archibald Butt Military aide to U.S. Presidents Roosevelt and Taft; died on the RMS Titanic; namesake of the Butt Memorial Bridge
Dyess AJ.jpg Aquilla James "Jimmy" Dyess USMC Lieutenant Colonel, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor during World War II; one of only nine known Eagle Scouts to receive the Medal of Honor; the only American to receive both the Carnegie Medal for civilian heroism and the Medal of Honor
Lafayette McLaws Major general of the Confederate Army, American Civil War [2]
New-Meigs.jpg Montgomery C. Meigs Quartermaster General of United States Army during the American Civil War [2]
Edwin A Pollock.jpg Edwin A. Pollock General, United States Marines
Joseph Wheeler United States Army General in the Spanish–American War

Music[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
James Brown Soul musician and bandleader; namesake of James Brown Blvd. and the James Brown Arena [4]
Terri Gibbs Country and western singer
Wycliffe Gordon.jpg Wycliffe Gordon Jazz trombonist
Amy Grant in 1998.jpg Amy Grant Singer/songwriter; born in Augusta; her family soon moved to Nashville, Tennessee [5]
Ben Hayslip Country music songwriter; 15 number one songs to date; two-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year; winner of three Triple Play Awards for three number one songs in a 12-month span
LadyAntebellumAwardsApr10.jpg Dave Haywood Singer/songwriter; member of popular band Lady Antebellum
Sharon Jones.jpg Sharon Jones Singer
LadyAntebellumAwardsApr10 cropped charles.jpg Charles Kelley Singer/songwriter; member of popular band Lady Antebellum
JoshKelleyMarch2007.jpg Josh Kelley Musician
Steve Morse 2005.jpg Steve Morse Guitarist
Jessye Norman Opera singer; namesake of Riverwalk Augusta's Jessye Norman Amphitheatre [4]
Pastor Troy Rapper and record producer

Politics and government[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
Ben Bernanke official portrait.jpg Ben S. Bernanke Federal Reserve chairman
Alfred Cumming First governor of Utah territory [2]
William Henry Fleming Politician and lawyer
Craig T. James Politician
Seaborn Jones United States Congressman from Georgia [2]
BSMorris.jpg Buckner Stith Morris Mayor of Chicago, 1838–1839
George Walton.jpg George Walton Signer of the United States Declaration of Independence
Ansley Wilcox Lawyer and civil service commissioner
Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Harris & Ewing bw photo portrait, 1919.jpg Woodrow Wilson Twenty-eighth President of the United States

Radio and television personalities[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
DanMiller.jpg Dan Miller Journalist, TV personality
Judywoodruff.jpg Judy Woodruff Television news anchor and journalist

Science and technology[edit]

Photo Name Notes References
Hervey M. Cleckley Psychiatrist
Susan Still-Kilrain.jpg Susan Still Kilrain Retired United States Naval officer and NASA astronaut

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Internet Movie Database entry for Khary Payton
  2. ^ a b c d e f Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 
  3. ^ D. W. Culp (ed)Twentieth Century Negro Literature, Or, A Cyclopedia of Thought on the Vital Topics Relating to the American Negro J. L. NICHOLS & CO., 1902, pp 190. Released as an ebook on July 6, 2006 EBook #18772 by The Project Gutenberg
  4. ^ a b c d Edward J. Cashin: Augusta, Georgia from the New Georgia Encyclopedia Online (2007-02-19). Retrieved on 2008-08-22.
  5. ^ http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/grant_amy/bio.jhtml

External links[edit]

  • Cedar Grove cemetery — historic black cemetery (includes gravesite photos and information on Augustans interred there)