List of people from Montgomery, Alabama

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The city of Montgomery, the capital and second-largest city of Alabama, has been the birthplace and home of these notable individuals.

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Brett Butler
Name Notability References
Jensen Buchanan Soap opera actress [1]
Brett Butler Actress and comedy performer [2]
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Television and film actor [3]
Joyce Guy Actress
Glenn Howerton Actor/writer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia [4]
Rusty Joiner Model/actor [5]
Amy O'Neill Actress, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Octavia Spencer Actress
Bill Traylor Self-taught artist, painter [6]
Michael Young Emmy-winning actor [7]

Music[edit]

Tommy Shaw
Name Notability References
Clarence Carter Blind soul singer and guitarist [8]
Nat King Cole Jazz singer and pianist [9]
John Collins Jazz guitarist [10]
Dirty Rap duo [11]
Eddie Floyd Soul singer/songwriter [12]
Melvin Franklin R&B singer, The Temptations [13]
Frankie Jaxon Jazz and vaudeville singer
Claude Jeter Gospel singer [14]
Howard Johnson Jazz musician [15]
Jamey Johnson Country singer-songwriter [16]
Joe Morris Jazz trumpeter [17]
Nell Rankin Opera singer [18]
Tommy Shaw Guitarist of Styx [19]
Robert Shimp Recording engineer and producer [20]
Toni Tennille Singer, Captain & Tennille [21]
Big Mama Thornton Blues singer [citation needed]
Hank Williams, Sr. Country singer [22]
Jett Williams Country singer, daughter of Hank [23]
Doe B Rapper [24]

Civil rights[edit]

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rosa Parks
Name Notability References
Ralph David Abernathy Baptist minister, Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader [25]
Inez Baskin Journalist and activist [26]
Johnnie Carr Montgomery Improvement Association president, Montgomery Bus Boycott co-organizer [27]
Morris Dees Southern Poverty Law Center founder [28]
Mahala Ashley Dickerson First black female attorney in Alabama [29]
Fred Gray Attorney, founding member of the Montgomery Improvement Association [30]
Vernon Johns Minister, mentor to early civil rights leaders [31]
Martin Luther King, Jr. Minister, founded the Montgomery Improvement Association and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference while in Montgomery, led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Selma to Montgomery march [32]
Martin Luther King III Advocate, SCLC president [33]
Yolanda King Advocate and actress [34]
E. D. Nixon Attorney (Browder v. Gayle), local NAACP president, Montgomery Improvement Association founder [35]
Rosa Parks Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott [36]

Literature and journalism[edit]

Zelda Fitzgerald
Name Notability References
Zelda Fitzgerald Writer, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald [37]
Jim Fyffe Auburn Tigers radio announcer [38]
Anne George Writer, 1994 Alabama State Poet [39]
Mary Katharine Ham Writer, columnist, Fox News contributor
Joseph Lewis Freethinker [40]
Everette Maddox Poet [41]
Harold E. Martin Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist [42]
Charles Moore Photographer, chronicled the Civil Rights Movement [43]
Gin Phillips Writer [44]
T.K. Thorne Writer; books, poetry, short stories and screenplays
Barbara Wiedemann Poet, English professor at Auburn Montgomery

Military[edit]

Samuel Cooper
Name Notability References
William W. Allen Major General in the Confederate States Army [45]
Samuel Cooper First Full General of the Confederate States Army [46]
John G. Crommelin United States Navy rear admiral, 1960 Vice Presidential candidate [47]
James T. Holtzclaw General in the Confederate States Army [48]
Frank McIntyre Chief of the Bureau of Insular Affairs, 1912–1929 [49]

Politics[edit]

Benjamin Fitzpatrick
Bibb Graves
J. Lister Hill
Name Notability References
John Abercrombie U.S. Representative (1912–1917), president of the University of Alabama (1902–1911) [50]
Winton M. Blount United States Postmaster General (1969–1972) and philanthropist [51]
Bobby Bright Mayor (1999–2009), U.S. Representative (2009–) [52]
Charles Waldron Buckley U.S. Representative (1868–1873) [53]
Artur Davis Former U.S. Representative (2003–2011) [54]
William Louis Dickinson U.S. Representative (1965–1993) [55]
Edward C. Elmore Confederate States of America treasurer [56]
Benjamin Fitzpatrick 11th Governor of Alabama (1841–1845); United States Senator (1848–9, 1953-5, 1855–61) and President pro tempore (1857–60) [57]
Emory Folmar Mayor (1977–1999) [58]
Jim Folsom, Jr. 50th Governor of Alabama (1993–1995), Lieutenant Governor (1987–1993, 2007–) [59]
MacDonald Gallion Attorney General of Alabama (1953–63, 1967–71) [60]
Alfred Goldthwaite Member of the Alabama House of Representatives (1958–1966), former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, attorney in Montgomery [61]
Bibb Graves 38th Governor of Alabama (1927–1931, 1935–1939) [62]
Dixie Bibb Graves First female United States Senator from Alabama (1937–1938) [63]
David G. Grimes Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives from District 73 from 2003 to 2011 [64]
J. Lister Hill U.S. Representative (1923–38), U.S. Senator (1938–69), Senate Majority Whip (1941–47), known for the Hill-Burton Act [65]
Perry O. Hooper, Jr. Member of the Alabama House of Representatives (1984–2003) [66]
Perry O. Hooper, Sr. Alabama Supreme Court 27th chief justice (1995–2001) [67]
Thomas G. Jones 28th Governor of Alabama (1890–1894) [68]
Claude R. Kirk, Jr. Governor of Florida (1967–1971) [69]
Tandy Little Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives 1962–1966; finance chairman of the Alabama Republican Party 1968; real estate developer [70][71]
Susan Pamerleau Retired United States Air Force major general and the Republican sheriff of Bexar County, Texas, first woman elected to that office, 2012; stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base during part of her 32-year military career [72]
Gordon Persons 46th Governor of Alabama (1951–1955) [73]
Martha Roby Congresswoman from Alabama's 2nd congressional district [74]
Joe M. Rodgers Construction executive, United States Ambassador to France [75]
Dorothy Tillman Former Chicago Alderman [76]
Steve Windom 28th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama (1999–2003) [77]
William Lowndes Yancey U.S. Representative (1844–46), Fire-Eater secession advocate, Confederate diplomat and Senator [78]

Science[edit]

Kathryn Thornton
Name Notability References
Percy Lavon Julian Chemist [79]
Dorothy Tennov Psychologist [80]
Kathryn C. Thornton Astronaut, part of STS-61 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope [81]

Sports[edit]

Alonzo Babers
Name Notability References
Marlon Anderson Major League Baseball utility player [82]
Alonzo Babers Gold medal-winning sprinter at the 1984 Summer Olympics (400m and 4 × 400 m relay) [83]
Reggie Barlow Former National Football League wide receiver, Super Bowl XXXVII champion, Alabama State University head coach [84]
Fred Beasley Former Pro Bowl fullback with the San Francisco 49ers [85]
Terry Beasley Auburn Tigers wide receiver, member of the College Football Hall of Fame [86]
Caesar Belser Former American Football League and National Football League defensive back, Super Bowl IV champion [87]
Tom Boswell Former National Basketball Association player, 1976 champion with the Boston Celtics [88]
Aundray Bruce Former National Football League player, 1988 NFL Draft first overall selection [89]
Antoine Caldwell Houston Texans and former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman [90]
Monreko Crittenden American Indoor Football Association and former Auburn Tigers player
Johnny Davis former National Football League running back, Super Bowl XVI champion with the San Francisco 49ers [91]
Chris Dickerson Bodybuilder, 1982 Mr. Olympia [92]
Richmond Flowers Former National Football League safety [93]
Leslie Gaston Professional soccer player [94]
Orlando Graham Former National Basketball Association forward [95]
Carlos Hendricks American football defensive back [96]
Tarvaris Jackson National Football League quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings [97]
Terrence Long Major League Baseball outfielder [98]
Tom Neville American Football League tackle [99]
Tom Oliver Major League Baseball outfielder and manager [100]
Quentin Riggins American player of gridiron football [101]
Bart Starr Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback for the Green Bay Packers [102]
Allen Trammel American football player [103]
Freeman White Consenses All-American and professional football player [104]
Willie Wilson Major League Baseball outfielder and 1985 World Series champion [105]
Delmon Young Major League Baseball outfielder [106]

Others[edit]

Name Notability References
Adele Goodman Clark Suffragist and artist
Frances Scott Fitzgerald Daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald [107]
Bob Jones, Jr. Bob Jones University president and chancellor [108]
Henry Lehman Cotton broker and financier, company developed into the Lehman Brothers conglomerate [109]
Jerry Parr Secret Service agent, saved Ronald Reagan during his assassination attempt
Albert Parsons Anarchist, labor activist, Haymarket Riot organizer [110]
Blake Percival Whistleblower [111]
Priscilla Cooper Tyler Daughter-in-law of president John Tyler [112]

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