Notable People Born In Or Otherwise Closely Associated With The City Of St. Joseph, Missouri. – St. Joseph Mo and Life in the Midwest


This is a non-exhaustive list of notable people born, resident, or otherwise closely associated with the city of St. Joseph, Missouri.

  • Don Alt (1916–1988), Iowa State Representative and businessman; born in St. Joseph.[1]
  • Charles SL Baker (1859–1926), African American businessman and inventor, lived in St. Joseph.
  • Kay Barnes (born 1938), Mayor of Kansas City 1999–2007
  • Dwayne Blakley (born 1979), footballer born in St. Joseph.[2]
  • Ryan Bradley (born 1983), figure skater
  • Norbert Brodine, cameraman
  • Byron Browne, baseball player
  • Charles Francis Buddy, Bishop, attended the Christian Brothers School
  • Rob Galloway, boxer
  • Harold F. Cherniss, historian of ancient Greece and Plato scholar at Princeton
  • Walter Cronkite, famous television journalist, born in St. Joseph; his father was a dentist there
  • Paul Crouch, Founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network
  • Katherine Kennicott Davis, composer of “The Little Drummer Boy”
  • Eminem, rapper and songwriter, born in St. Joseph
  • A popular poet in his day, Eugene Field worked for the St Joseph Gazette and wrote a famous poem about Lover’s Lane, St Joseph
  • Harold K. Forsen, nuclear physicist
  • Ralph D. Foster, broadcast pioneer
  • Betty Garrett, actress, known for On the Town and Laverne & Shirley, was born in St Joseph
  • Elijah Gates, Missouri State Treasurer
  • Jody Hamilton, wrestler
  • Larry Hamilton, wrestler
  • Fred Harman, artist, drew the Red Ryder cartoons and worked with Walt Disney, who was born in St Joseph and worked at Artcrafts Engraving Company in St Joseph
  • Coleman Hawkins, jazz saxophonist[3]
  • Shere Hite, sex educator
  • Edie Huggins, TV journalist[4]
  • Bela M. Hughes (1817–1903), pioneer born in Kentucky, was a prominent St. Joseph attorney in the 1850s and 1860s[5]
  • William Hyde (1836–1898), journalist
  • Lucie Fulton Isaacs, writer, philanthropist, suffragette
  • Jesse James, legendary outlaw, murdered in St. Joseph
  • Kagney Linn Karter, porn actress
  • Brian McDonald, writer[6]
  • Jeff Morris, actor, known from The Blues Brothers, born in St. Joseph
  • Timothy Omundson, actor
  • Mary Alicia Owen, Missouri folklorist
  • Isaac Parker, Judge
  • Travis Partridge, football player
  • Forrest E. Peden, decorated soldier of World War II
  • Tom Pendergast, Political Chief
  • Seraphine Eppstein Pisko, executive director of the Denver Jewish Hospital
  • Frank Posegate, Mayor of St Joseph
  • LeRoy Prince, choreographer and film director
  • Arthur Pryor, trombonist
  • Randy Railsback, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Sid Rogell, Hollywood producer
  • Nellie Tayloe Ross, first woman elected governor of a US state; Governor of Wyoming from 1925 to 1927[7]
  • Martin Rucker, soccer player
  • Martin T. Rucker, politician
  • Mike Rucker, soccer player
  • Jay Sarno, hotel mogul, founder of Caesars Palace
  • Bill Snyder, Kansas State Soccer Coach
  • Eddie Timanus, Jeopardy! Champion, won five times in 1999 despite being blind
  • Steve Walsh, musician of the band Kansas
  • Ruth Warrick, actress, known for Citizen Kane and All My Children, was born in St. Joseph
  • James H. Webb, US Senator from Virginia, born in St. Joseph
  • Silas Woodson (1819–1896), 21st Governor of Missouri, born in Kentucky, was a prominent 19th-century St. Joseph attorney[5]
  • Houston Wyeth, industrialist
  • Jane Wyman, Oscar winner and first wife of Ronald Reagan, born in St. Joseph
  • Delmer J. Yoakum (1915-1996), artist
  • Olive Young, born at St. Joseph; actress and blues singer; was a silent movie star in China, but typecasting hurt her in Hollywood.
  • Orson L. Crandall, Naval Officer, Navy Master Diver, Medal of Honor recipient[8]

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