List of people from Cairo, Illinois

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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Cairo, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Cairo, Illinois.


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Safford, Mary J.Mary J. Safford Mary Jane Safford.jpg Dec 31, 1834 Dec 8, 1891 Union army nurse in the US Civil War; professor of Women's Diseases at the Boston University; later became a doctor [1]
Strode, HudsonHudson Strode Oct 31, 1892 Sep 22, 1976 Author and professor of creative writing at the University of Alabama Born in Cairo


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Halliday, William P.William P. Halliday WPH.jpg Jul 21, 1827 Sep 22, 1899 Banker, steamboat captain, owner of the Riverlore mansion, and businessman Lived in and started several businesses in Cairo
Hinde, Charles T.Charles T. Hinde Captain Charles T. Hinde.jpg Jul 12, 1832 Mar 10, 1915 Riverboat captain, railroad executive, founder of the Hotel del Coronado Started his own shipping business in Cairo
Kniffen, Jan RogersJan Rogers Kniffen 1948 Business executive and television personality Born in Cairo


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Ingram, RexRex Ingram Rexingram.jpg Oct 20, 1895 Sep 19, 1969 Stage, film, and television actor; first African-American actor to be hired for a contract role on a soap opera (The Brighter Day, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sahara) Born in Cairo


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Taggart, KellyKelly Taggart LCDR Kelly E. Taggart.JPG Dec 17, 1932 May 7, 2014 Rear admiral in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps); second Director of the NOAA Corps Born in Cairo
Warder, WinifredWinifred Warder WinifredFairfaxWarder1921.tif May 22, 1885 October 8, 1918 Member of Gas Motor Unit No. 1, Women's Overseas Hospitals; died at American military hospital in Bordeaux, France, during World War I Born in Cairo


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Clavin, ChrisChris Clavin Aug 23, 1979 Owner of Plan-It-X Records; musician in Ghost Mice [2]
Joans, TedTed Joans Jul 4, 1928 Apr 25, 2003 Musician, poet and painter Born in Cairo [3]
Lehning, KyleKyle Lehning Record producer and recording executive Born in Cairo
Smith, George "Harmonica"George "Harmonica" Smith George Harmonica Smith.jpg Apr 22, 1924 Oct 2, 1983 Blues musician (harmonica) Grew up in Cairo
Townsend, HenryHenry Townsend Henry Townsend at Burkhardt's Oyster Bar in St. Louis.jpg Oct 27, 1909 Sep 24, 2006 Blues musician Grew up in Cairo
Yancey, EstelleEstelle Yancey Jan 1, 1896 Apr 19, 1986 Blues vocalist Born in Cairo


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Hayes, CharlesCharles Hayes Rep. Charles Hayes.jpg Feb 17, 1918 Apr 8, 1997 US congressman for Illinois's 1st congressional district (1983–1993) Born in Cairo
Koen, CharlesCharles Koen

(aka Chuck Koen)

1945 Civil rights activist; founded the Black Liberators [citation needed]
Thistlewood, Napoleon B.Napoleon B. Thistlewood NapoleonBThistlewood.jpg Mar 30, 1837 Sep 15, 1915 US congressman for Illinois's 25th congressional district (1908–1913) Two term mayor of Cairo; died in Cairo
Townshend, Richard W.Richard W. Townshend RWTownshend.jpg Apr 30, 1840 Mar 9, 1889 US congressman for Illinois's 19th congressional district (1877–1889) Lived in Cairo
Trotter, DonneDonne Trotter Jan 30, 1950 Illinois state senator for Illinois 17th district (1993–present) Born in Cairo


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Burnham, GraciaGracia Burnham January 17, 1959 Protestant missionary to the Philippines; kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Born in Cairo


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Covington, ChetChet Covington Nov 6, 1910 Jun 11, 1976 Pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies Born in Cairo
Curtis, VernVern Curtis May 24, 1920 Jun 24, 1992 Pitcher for the Washington Senators Born and died in Cairo
Healy, EgyptianEgyptian Healy Egyptian Healy.jpg Oct 27, 1866 Mar 16, 1899 Pitcher for seven Major League Baseball teams Born in Cairo
Morgan, EdEd Morgan EdMorganGoudeycard.jpg May 22, 1904 Apr 9, 1980 Infielder for the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox Born in Cairo
Nesby, TyroneTyrone Nesby Jan 31, 1976 Small forward for the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards, as well as four European teams Born in Cairo
Smith, CarolineCaroline Smith July 21, 1906 Nov 10, 1994 Diving gold medalist at 1924 Summer Olympics Born in Cairo
Trickey, KenKen Trickey Aug 30, 1933 Dec 4, 2012 College basketball coach for Oral Roberts University Raised in Cairo; graduated from and coached at Cairo High School [4]


  1. ^ Fischer, Leroy H. (1961). "Cairo's Civil War Angel, Mary Jane Stafford.". Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (54). 
  2. ^ Smith, Aaron Lake. "Trying to Revitalize a Dying Small Town", TIME, February 15, 2010.
  3. ^ Kelley, Robin D. G. (May 20, 2003). "Ted Joans, 1928-2003". The Village Voice. 
  4. ^ "Trickey returns 'home' to ORU for hoop revival", The Southeast Missourian, July 17, 1987.