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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Floridians have played distinctive roles.

Born in Florida

Famous Floridians
Name Born / Died Place
Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley
Saxophonist, Teacher
Born: September 15, 1928 Tampa
Died: August 8, 1975 Gary, Ind.
Cedric Donald "C.D." Adkins
Inventor
Born: September 7, 1913 Winter Haven
Died: June 3, 2000 Winter Haven
Wallace Amos
Entrepreneur
Born: July 1, 1937 Tallahassee
Died:    
Charles Eugene Patrick "Pat" Boone
Singer, Actor
Born: June 1, 1934 Jacksonville
Died:    
Fernando Bujones
Ballet dancer
Born: March 9, 1955 Miami
Died: November 10, 2005 Miami
Napoleon Bonaparte Broward
Politician
Born: April 19, 1857 Duval County
Died: October 1, 1910 Jacksonville
Steven Norman Carlton
Baseball player
Born: December 22, 1944 Miami
Died:    
Lawton Mainor Chiles Jr.
Politician
Born: April 3, 1930 Lakeland
Died: December 12, 1998 Tallahassee
Bessie Lee Pittman (Jacqueline Cochran)
Pioneering aviatrix
Born: May 11, 1906 Muscogee
Died: August 9, 1980 Indio, Calif.
Thomas LeRoy Collins
Governor
Born: March 10, 1909 Tallahassee
Died: March 12, 1991 Tallahassee
Howard Dwayne Dorough (Howie D)
Musician, Singer
Born: August 22, 1973 Orlando
Died:    
Dorothy "Faye" Dunaway
Actress
Born: January 14, 1941 Bascom
Died:    
Dwight Eugene Gooden
Baseball player
Born: November 16, 1964 Tampa
Died:    
Daniel Robert "Bob" Graham
Politician
Born: November 9, 1936 Coral Gables
Died:    
Ben Hill Griffin Jr.
Citrus magnate, Politician
Born: October 20, 1910 Tiger Bay near Fort Meade
Died: March 1, 1990 Avon Park
Spessard Lindsey Holland
Politician
Born: June 10, 1892 Bartow
Died: November 6, 1971 Bartow
Daniel "Chappie" James Jr.
Air Force General, Fighter pilot
Born: February 11, 1920 Pensacola
Died: February 25, 1978 Colorado Springs, Colo.
James Weldon Johnson
Author, Poet, Journalist, Civil rights activist
Born: June 17, 1871 Jacksonville
Died: June 26, 1938 Wiscasset, Me.
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper
Seminole leader
Born: 1922 Indiantown near Lake Okeechobee
Died:    
Frances Newbern Langford
Singer, Actress
Born: April 4, 1913 Lakeland
Died: July 11, 1005 Jensen Beach
Alexander James "A.J." McLean
Musician, Singer
Born: January 9, 1978 West Palm Beach
Died:    
Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen
Actress
Born: January 8, 1911 Tampa
Died: December 22, 1995 Augusta, Ga.
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison
Singer, Songwriter, Poet
Born: December 8, 1943 Melbourne
Died: July 3, 1971 Paris, France
Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry
(Stepin Fetchit)

Actor, Comedian
Born: May 30, 1902 Key West
Died: November 19, 1985 Woodland Hills, Calif.
Sidney Poitier
Actor, Director, Social activist
Born: February 20, 1927 En route to Miami
Died:    
Asa Philip Randolph
Labor leader
Born: April 15, 1889 Crescent City
Died: May 16, 1979 New York, N.Y.
Janet Reno
Lawyer, Attorney General
Born: July 21, 1938 Miami
Died:    
David Maurice Robinson
Basketball player
Born: August 6, 1965 Key West
Died:    
Edmund Kirby Smith
Army officer, Educator, Confederate General
Born: May 16, 1824 St. Augustine
Died: March 28, 1893 Sewanee, Tenn.
Joseph Warren Stilwell
Army General
Born: March 19, 1883 Palatka
Died: October 12, 1946 San Francisco, Calif.
Norman Earl Thagard
Astronaut, Marine pilot, Doctor
Born: July 3, 1943 Marianna
Died:    


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