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Elvis Presley

Elvis's great-great-great-grandmother, Morning White Dove (1800-1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. She married William Mansell, a settler in western Tennessee, in 1818. William's father, Richard Mansell, had been a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Mansell is a French name--its literal translation is the man from Le Mans. The Mansells migrated from Norman France to Scotland, and then later to Ireland.The Mansells settled in Marion County in northeast Alabama near the Mississippi border. The Scots-Irish, like William Mansell, were the predominant settlers of Alabama. Like many young men in the American Southwest, William Mansell fought with Andrew Jackson in the Indian Wars of the early nineteenth century. He fought with Old Hickory in Alabama, at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and later in Florida too. Returning to Tennessee from the Indian Wars, William Mansell married Morning White Dove

James Hall of Philadelphia described a young, Scots-Irish frontiersman in this way. "He strode among us with the step of Achilles...I thought I could see in that man, one of the progenitors of an unconquerable race; his face presented the traces of a spirit quick to resent--he had the will to dare, and the power to execute, there was something in his look which bespoke a disdain of control, and an absence of constraint in all his movements indicating an habitual independence of thought and action."

Think of Elvis in these words: the will to dare and the power to execute, a disdain of control in all his movements indicating a habitual independence of thought and action. This is the Scots-Irish heritage from which Elvis Presley issued. In his genes he carried an independence of blood, the will to dare and the power to execute. Many influences formed Elvis Presley besides the genealogical, yet this description has a haunting accuracy. "Genetically speaking, what produced Elvis is quite a mixture. At the beginning, to French Norman blood was added Scots-Irish blood. And when you then add to these the Indian strain supplying the mystery and the Jewish strain supplying spectacular showmanship, and you overlay all this with his circumstances, social conditioning, and religious upbringing--specifically his Southern poor white, First Assembly of God upbringing--you have the enigma that was Elvis."


Ann Curry. She was selected one of People Magazines 50 Most Beautiful People of 1998. She grew up in Oregon. TV= Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Healthy Kids, News desk, NBC News Today,Today Show.

John Wayne was born Marion Mitchell Morrison. In the 1950s John Wayne remarked to a Hollywood reporter that he was 'just a Scotch-Irish little boy.' The Morrison clan moved to Northern Ireland Ulster with the Great Migration during the seventeenth century when tens of thousands of Scots Presbyterians, at the invitation of the English. In the serious and sometimes fatal political world of Northern Ireland, where John Wayne's Scotch-Irish ancestors had their beginnings, trust and loyalty were supreme virtues, more important than money, religion, or even family.
Promises, and a man's word, were kept because unkept promises meant imprisonment or death. Unkept promises drove his great-great-grandfather Robert Morrison to America. Robert was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in 1782, to John Morrison and Nancy de Scrogges. His father died when Robert was a baby, but he passed on to the infant the tenacity of his ancestors. Lord Rosebury, who owned a large tract of land in County Antrim, remarked in 1790 that the Scotch-Irish were "the toughest, the most dominant, the most irresistable race that exists in the universe at this moment." Robert Morrison embodied those qualities.
Jolene Blalock. Jolene is one of those rare actors that walks into a room and you know is a star. Her magnetism, along with the fact that this incredibly gorgeous Southern California native can truly act is giving her a chance that very few actors have - make a living doing what they love. Blalock can currently be seen on the new Star Trek series Enterprise as Science Officer, Sub-Commander T'Pol, the austere yet sensual Vulcan. Movies= On the Edge, Diamond Hunters, DC Truth, DC Justice, Good vs. Evil, The Love Boat, The Next Wave, Prom Queen, Veronica's Closet Veronica's Breast Efforts, Sunset Beach, Big Spike , Sports Series, The Sports Bar
Fred Ward. Fred once worked as a lumberjack in Alaska. This gruff, likable performer usually looks as though he just stepped out of a boxing ring, but that hasn't hindered his success as a character lead and supporting player. Movies include ,Coast to Coast, Hairy Tale,Abandon , Sweet Home Alabama ,Birdseye, Full Disclosure, Dice , Summer Catch , "Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis", John Vernon 'Black Jack' Bouvier III, Road Trip , Circus, Elmo Ropewalk , The Crow 3 , Red Team, Escape from Alcatraz,
Gene Lockhart has stared in over 100 films including "Smilin' Through" (1922) as the Village Rector, his film debut; "By Your Leave" (1934) as Skeets; "Crime and Punishment" (1935) as Lushin; "The Devil is a Sissy" (1936) with Freddie Bartholomew and Mickey Rooney, as Mr. Jim 'Murph' Murphy; "Penrod's Double Trouble" (1938) as Mr. Schofield; "Of Human Hearts" (1938) as Quid; "Blondie" (1938) as C.P. Hazlip; "Algiers" (1938) as Regis for which he received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor; "A Christmas Carol" (1938) with Reginald Owen, as Bob Cratchit; "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell" (1939) as Thomas Sanders; "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1940) with Raymond Massey, as Stephen Douglas
HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS. Some said she was among the ten most beautiful women in the world. Others said she was the ten most beautiful women in the world. Helen Gahagan was a Broadway star who married her leading man Melvyn Douglas- and for the next forty-nine years lived happily ever after. She was elected to the United State Congress, then ran for the Senate and lost to Richard Nixon, in one of American history's dirtiest political battles
JUDGE SAMUEL WOODS. Judge Woods was a democrat in politics, and was one of the most forceful and effective political platform speakers of his day within the State of West Virginia. He was a great orator, a just judge, a fine lawyer, a model citizen, loved and respected by all who knew him, and in the later years of his life, about the year 1888, Allegheny College conferred upon him the degree of LL.D
J. P.Getty has been forever enshrined in human history as a celebrity of World Class proportions. Getty rose from the position of general laborer in the Oklahoma oilfields to build Getty Oil into the "eighth sister" among the giants in the petroleum business. By the age of 23, he had made his first million through buying and selling oil leases using money borrowed from his father. His stock market speculations laid the foundation for the Getty Oil empire which had vastly diversified holdings. His most daring coup was in obtaining an oil concession near Saudi Arabia, paying King Saud $9.5 million in cash and a million a year, a gamble that paid off in 1953 and allowed him to control vast oil reserves in the kingdom.
Christina Ricci. Christina first got noticed acting in a school production called the Twelve Days of Christmas at the age of 6. A producer was sitting in the crowd and said that she was a very talentd young girl. [his son was also in the play] She then went onto working in commercials at the age of 8 and she won her first national commercial also at the age of 8. She now has her own production company titled "Blaspheme Films". and stared in the last series of Ali Mcbeal. Movies= Mermaids, The Hard Way, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Cemetery Club, Casper *she won an award for best child actress for this movie* Now And Then, Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain ,Bastard Out Of Carolina,Last of the High Kings,That Darn Cat,Ice Storm,Little Red Riding Hood,Buffalo '66 ,Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas,The Opposite of Sex, Small Soldiers - added voice to the army of Barbie-gone-bad Gwendy Dolls - Desert Blue - , I Woke Up Early The Day I Died,Souvenier - voice only,Pecker - Shelley,Sleepy Hollow,Asylum , Bless the Child .The Man Who Cried, Miranda - Miranda,The Gathering.

Greg Lamond

An American of largely Scotch-Irish ancestry, won the Tour de France in Bicycle Racing for the third time in 1990.

Samuel F.B. Morse. Samuel was the great-grandson of Michael Finley who immigrated to America in 1734 with his wife and children. Micheal and his wife Ann were born in Mullaghbrack, County Armagh, Ulster as well as their nine children. Michael was the Son of Robert Finley who came to NI from Scotland with the the Great Plantation Scheme. Samuel Finley Beese Morse is the inventor of the telegraph and Morse-Code. Michael and Ann Finley were staunch Presbyterians, it is noted on one of Samuel's many internet websites he preferred to be called 'Finley'.

LOCKHEED BROTHERS founded in 1926 Lockheed Aircraft. The story of Lockheed Aircraft begins with Allan and Malcolm Loughead. The brothers first became fascinated with aviation after witnessing several glider demonstrations. Borrowing $4,000 from a local cab company, the Loughead brothers built their two-seat flying boat, the Model G. in 1913.Allan Loughead, like his brother, legally changed his name to Allan Lockheed in 1934. He went on to form two other aircraft manufacturing companies in the 1930s.After WWII, he continued his career as a real estate salesman while occasionally serving as an aviation consultant. His love of flying never diminished, though, and Allan Lockheed kept an informal relationship with the Lockheed Air Corporation until his death in 1969.In 1995, the Lockheed Corporation merged with the Martin Marietta Corporation to form the Lockheed-Martin Corporation.
Samuel M Bryan, - Of Scotch-Irish ancestry, he introduced the Western postal system in Japan and served as postmaster general there for more than a decade.
Ava Gardner began her career first as a model, then as a contract player at MGM. Her gawky, unsophisticated demeanor was totally made-over by the studio into an image of inaccessible glamour. Gardner toiled in tiny bit roles, finally getting a worthwhile role on loan-out to Universal in The Killers (1946). MGM was never too comfortable with the bad-girl persona she displayed so well in this film, thus most of her starring appearances at her home studio were relatively sympathetic roles in The Hucksters (1949) and Show Boat (1952).
Her cinema reputation as "The World's Most Beautiful Animal" (in the words of a '50s publicity campaign) was once again manifested in loan-outs like Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) and Snows of Kilimanjaro. MGM eventually came to terms with the elements that made Ava Gardner popular, notably in the gutsy Mogambo (1953), in which Gardner made an excellent partner to the equally earthy Clark Gable. Director George Cukor was much taken by Gardner, and cast her in her best and most complex MGM role in Bhowani Junction (1956) wherein she was torn not only by love but by clashing East-Indian cultural values. Gardner was equally well served in The Barefoot Contessa (1954), which in many ways was a replay of her own rags-to-riches personal story. Off camera, Gardner's three husbands were Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra and Artie Shaw). During the 1960s, Gardner was cast in some of her best parts, notably in Seven Days in May (1964) and Night of the Iguana (1966), but the pace of her jet-setting lifestyle and an increasing personal problems were beginning to tell on her. With roles and public appearances steadily decreasing, Ava Gardner died on January 25, 1990
Colonel Arthur Noble. Colonel Arthur Noble was one of the heroic men of Maine, who was an officer under Sir William Pepperell, at Louisburg, and served with distinction in the French and Indian wars of the eighteenth century.
Reba McEntire. Throughout the 80s and into the 90s, Reba became one of the most successful country artists in history with a string of multi-platinum LPs, #1 singles, and awards. Her talents have also stretched onto television screens with a busy acting career. While many of Reba's fellow country artists strove for pop-crossover success with a "lighter" country sound, Reba has always stayed true to her country roots.
James Campbell,(1826-1900) kimo-ona-milliona, or James the Millionaire was born in Londonderry. He was a leading figure in the development of the sugar cane industry in Hawaii and brought in the first artesian well there. During his career, he talked cannibals out of eating him and San Francisco kidnappers out of shooting him. James Campbell was one of Hawaii's foremost business pioneers and believed in the wise stewardship of land. He knew that caring for the land's resources wisely and efficiently would provide a better environment for growth and a better quality of life for Hawaii's people. Mr. Campbell's wife, Abigail, was a kind woman whose generosity touched the lives of many elderly Hawaiians and other people in need The Campbell Foundation embraces the values and beliefs of James and Abigail Campbell by investing in Hawaii's people and the communities that nurture them. Over the years, the Campbell Foundation has had a great return on this investment--in the form of stronger families, more effective educational programs and an improved quality of life for Hawaii's people. Established in 1980, the Foundation is funded by Campbell family members and friends to perpetuate the memory of James and Abigail Campbell. Thanks to Campbell family support, the Foundation's assets have grown to total more than $15 million.
Sydney Penny. Sydney Penny's first appearance was on the ABC Television Network's daytime drama, "All My Children" aired in September 1993. She received critical acclaim for her performance as young Meggie in the hit ABC miniseries, "The Thorn Birds". Sydney's long list of credits include a co-starring role in the syndicated television series, "The New Gidget" and roles in the movies, Pale Rider (1985), with Clint Eastwood; Running Away, with Sophia Loren, and the French film, "Bernadette." "Beverly Hills, 90210, Pawn, The Enchanted , Smoke Screens Sunset Beach, Hearts Adrift.
Cyrus McCormick. He was descended from James mcCormick, one of the signers of the address of the city and garrison of Londonderry presented to William III, after the siege of 1689. His ancestors were driven out of Armagh, Ireland by the Catholic massacre of Protestants in 1641. The McCormicks came to America from Ulster, and like so many others migrated to American in the early 18th century. His grandfather living in Pennsylvania had fought in the American Revolution. His father moved to Virginia and bought 1800 acres of land. The father with an inventive mind had struggled to build a reaper, but failed. Cyrus Hall McCormick, a Presbyterian of Ulster-Scot ancestry, was living on his father's farm in Virginia and struggled to make his own inventions acceptable to the farmers. He had invented an iron plow, however, the farmers would not use it because they believed the iron would poison the soil.He was the 47th person to try to invent the reaper and the 23rd to receive a patent.Twenty-nine reapers sold in 1843 and fifty in 1844. Without capital or credit, he sought the cooperation of William B. Ogden, a leading citizen, who agreed to invest $25,000 in a half interest in a reaper factory.By 1848, he had built his factory along the north side of the river very near to the Lake House and became the first of the prominent manufacturers of this city.
The first year of factory operations, they built and sold 700 reapers. His huge factory would soon produce a reaper every minute of the day.The Reaper worked a great revolution, enabling one man to do the work that many men had been doing, and do it better. Figure, if you can, what America would be today without her perfected agricultural machinery; shut down all of the workshops, factories and salesrooms where the products directly concerned with reaper and binder manufacture are made and handled, the mills and the elevators that are in operation because the great wheat harvests of the world can be gathered - estimate all this and you will know what Cyrus Hall McCormick's contribution to the world and advancing civilization has been.
Elizabeth Taylor, - (b. 1932) She is of partly Scotch-Irish descent and won Academy Awards as best actress in both Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Many have watched with schadenfreude the ups and downs in her marriages, movies, and weight, yet Elizabeth Taylor has persevered, one of the few major stars who has seamlessly made the transition from child actress. Movies= Elizabeth Taylor films include,Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ,Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ,Suddenly Last Summer ,Raintree County ,A Place in the Sun ,National Velvet ,Giant ,Little Women , Butterfield 8

Johnny Carson

Longtime host of the Tonight show. Since 1962, watching the "Tonight" show was for millions of Americans a nightly ritual, particularly Johnny Carson's opening monologue that chronicled the events of our nation for three volatile decades. It's been described as "a magnifying glass on American culture," "the nation's emotional barometer (also weathervane and thermometer)," "a national institution," and "the national comforter."

Thomas Edison, "He led no armies into battle, he conquered no countries, and he enslaved no peoples... Nonetheless, he exerted a degree of power the magnitude of which no warrior ever dreamed. His name still commands a respect as sweeping in scope and as world-wide as that of any other mortal - a devotion rooted deep in human gratitude and untainted by the bias that is often associated with race, color, politics, and religion." The tremendous overall impact that electricity has had upon mankind can not be readily grasped by focusing upon such great individual inventions as the light bulb, phonograph, telephone, generator, electric motor, and motion pictures - all of which were at least partly invented by Thomas Edison. Understanding and appreciating this vast subject - and Edison's related genius - is best initiated by familiarizing oneself with his monumental work with electric generation and distribution - especially as it was embodied in the "world's first complete and perfect centralized system...."

Walter Huston, (1884-1950)

He was a legendary American Broadway performer. He was the father of director John Huston and the grandfather of movie star Anjelica Huston.

Robert Mitchum was born August 6, 1917, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as Robert Charles Duran Mitchum. His Scotch-Irish father, James, was a soldier and barroom brawler. Mitchum starred in more than 100 movies, including "The Story of G.I. Joe" and "The Sundowners," The Big Steal," "The Racket," "Where Danger Lives," "Out of the Past" and "Second Chance." and played the fearsome ex-convict in the original "Cape Fear." He also had 27 fights as a professional boxer, but decided a career change was in order after a fighter "had my nose over to one side, gave me a scar on my left eye, had me all messed up. So I quit."

Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn.

Gayle was the last of eight children born to Ted and Clara Webb. Her sister, Loretta Lynn, had her own story told in Coal Miner's Daughter. Despite her prolific output in the '60s and '70s, Loretta has not recorded much recently but she is considering an album of traditional country music with her sisters, Crystal and Peggy Sue Wright. In recent years, Gayle has joined Capitol Records and her 1990 album, AIN'T GONNA WORRY, reunited her with Reynolds. Buzz Stone produced THREE GOOD REASONS, which was a heartening return to her country roots.


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949)

Author of the enormously popular novel GONE WITH WIND (1936), story about the Civil War and Reconstruction as seen from the Southern point of view

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910) is an American icon. Books like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn define two sides of an imagined American childhood. He was a printer and journalist, steamboat pilot, gold and silver miner, a newspaper editor, author, and publisher. He was also deeply involved in American political and cultural issues, and an active participant in several anti-imperialist movements. He was still is the cigar-smoking humorist-sage whose very name inspires smiles:

Jack Dempsey - (1895-1983)

Boxer whose 21 first-round knockouts were the most ever, as the "greatest fighter of the half century." Dempsey was an American of Scotch-Irish, and Cherokee ancestry.


Annie Dillard-

Born in Pittsburgh of partly Scotch-Irish descent, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her work

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


David McConnell, -

An American of Scotch-Irish ancestry, founded Avon Products, the world’s largest cosmetics company.

James MacGregor Burns, - Noted political scientist and historical of Scotch-Irish descent. Scotch-Irish immigrant Nathaniel Johnston, founder in 1734 of the oldest family business in the Bordeaux wine trade. Johnston and Fils is operated today by his descendants, also Nathaniel Johnston and his sons Denis and Archibald, who are the ninth generation. Keyes, R. J. B. (First Baron Keyes) - Admiral who planned and directed the raid on the enemy base at Zeebrugee, Belgium in 1918 which closed the straits of Dover to German submarines. His grandmother was the Scotch-Irish Mary Anne Patton. John Lee Mahin, Sr supported the anti-slavery cause and the Union during the Civil War as well as the reconstruction policy of the Republican party, all of whom were loyal members of the Society of Friends or Quakers and were distinguished for their efforts to abolish slavery. John Elroy McCaw, - Scotch-Irish; his family was the richest in the state of Washington in 1988 "Forbes magazine". McCaw left his four sons an embryonic business when he died in 1969 and they built it into the world’s largest cellular communications network. The four young McCaw brothers, Bruce R., Craig O., John E., and Keith W. sold their shares in McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc., to the American Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1993 for almost $3 billion. David McCullough, - He is the author of some of the best nonfiction books of the century, including The Great Bridge, about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge; and The Path Between the Seas, the story of the construction of the Panama Canal. He has also written The Johnstown Flood, Truman and Mornings on Horseback, a biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. McCullough was born in Pittsburgh of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Andrew Mellon, - Son of Thomas Mellon (Mellon Bank). He was reputed to be the richest man in the U.S. in the 1920's. His stock in Gulf Oil alone was worth more than the entire Ford Motor Company, and the Mellons also owned the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), the Koppers Company and many others. In the 1920's Andrew Mellon became secretary of the treasury. The giant oil industry of Kuwait was begun in 1927 when the Scotch-Irish banker backed a concession arranged by a New Zealander. He founded the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Oliver Hazard Perry, - Won a famous victory at Put-In Bay on Lake Erie in 1813 during the War of 1812. His opponent was another Scot, Robert H. Barclay. It was the first time in the history of the British navy that an entire squadron was lost. Perry, whose mother, Sarah Wallace Alexander, was a Scotch-Irish immigrant, sent the immortal message to Brig. Gen. William Henry Harrison: "We have met the enemy and they are ours." Jackson Pollock, - (1912-1956) He was a founder of abstract expressionism, and was perhaps America’s most influential modern artist. His 1955 Search was purchased in 1988 for $4.8 million, a record for any post-WWII artwork. Both of Pollock’s parents were of Scotch-Irish Presbyterian descent. Fred Rogers, - Mr. Rogers of Pittsburgh set the standard for quality in children’s education television. He is of Scotch-Irish ancestry and an ordained Presbyterian minister. John Steinbeck, - The Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath, who was partly Scotch-Irish ancestry, having descended fro Samuel Hamilton of Ulster. Thomas Wolfe, - Author who wrote Look Homeward Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again. Wolfe was of mostly Scotch-Irish ancestry. Don Ameche, - the invention of the telephone by Graham Bell was portrayed in 1941 by Ameche. He was of partly Scotch-Irish ancestry. Forth-four years later he received an Oscar as best supporting actor in Cocoon. Erskine Caldwell, - Author of Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre, which introduced the poor white southerner to the world. Caldwell was the son of a Presbyterian minister and said that he was "of Scottish and Scotch-Irish descent. Irenus Kittredge Hamilton, His land in Michigan was found to have rich deposits of iron ore and other minerals. On one section at Iron Mountain, Michigan, is located the famous Hamilton Iron Mind which has the deepest iron shaft in the country, 1400 feet.At that time, each member of the corporation was a large owner of stock in the Marinette & Menominee Paper Co. of Marinette, WI, an immense establishment with a daily capacity of 60 tons of paper manufactured from wood pulp. Marcus Alonzo Hanna, Scotch-Irish-American who was the richest and most powerful businessman in Ohio in the 19th century. He made a vast fortune in coal, iron, banking and shipping and was directly responsible for engineering the election of fellow Scotch-Irish-American-Ohioan William McKinley as President of the United States.

Maria Tallchief, -

of American-Indian and Scotch-Irish heritage, she was a prime soloist with the New York City Ballet.

Harold M Agnew, - American physicist and son of a Scotch-Irish stonecutter, he helped build the first nuclear reactor in a Chicago squash court in 1942 and then went to Los Alamos to help build the atomic bomb. On May 6, 1945, he autographed the first atomic bomb and few in the Hiroshima mission as an observer. Although he was only 24 years old, he was the only person to witness the entire procedure, from the pile in Chicago, to the building of the bomb, to the bombing of Hiroshima.
Rosa Parks, - She defied the law of Montgomery, Alabama, and was arrested when she refused to yield a seat on a bus to a white person one day in 1955, provoking the world-famous Montgomery bus boycott led by the then unknown Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who soon became the most prominent civil rights advocate in the U.S. Rosa Park’s grandfather was a Scotch-Irish servant imported to Charleston, South Carolina.

Mary Astor, One of the most beautiful women ever, her movies included, The Cameo Girl,The Maltese Falcon , Don Juan , The Great Lie , Dodsworth, Beau Brummel, The Prisoner of Zenda , Red Dust , Midnight ), Don Q Son of Zorro , Meet Me In St. Louis, Act of Violence , The Palm Beach Story, The Lost Squadron, Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte , The Bright Shawl, The World Changes , Little Women9), Across The Pacific , and The Rough Riders.

Barbara Stanwick, - (1907-1990) She was born in Brooklyn as Ruby Stevens of also of Scotch-Irish descent. Her most famous film was Stella Dallas (1937), and although she was nominated as best actress four times, she never won. Instead, she took another distinction, as the nation’s highest paid woman in 1944.


Arnold Palmer, -

The first golfer to win a million dollars and the player whose charging style made golf a big money game. He is of Scotch-Irish ancestry.

David Davidson. violin ,playing on recordings by Alabama, Conway Twitty, Floyd Cramer, George Jones and Eddie Arnold. Over the years he has recorded with virtually every country act who uses strings on their albums -- Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Kathy Mattea, Clint Black, Patty Loveless, Marty Stuart, Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Lorrie Morgan, Allison Moorer, Steve Earle and countless others. Some of Davidson's solo spotlights came on records by Tricia-Yearwood and Dolly Parton. Ralph Kiner, (McPherran) - b. 1922) Despite a career shortened by war and injuries and usually playing for hopeless teams, he became the second best home run hitter in history in home runs per times at bat, after babe Ruth, and won seven straight National League home run championships (1946-1952) with the then lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. Kiner is of Pennsylvania Dutch and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Charles Correll, - Scotch-Irish actor who co-starred on Amos and Andy. Joel Chandler Harris, - (1848-1908) Author, first person to write down Negro folk literature. Born in Georgia, he published The Tar Baby story in 1879, the first of the Uncle Remos series. He was of Scotch-Irish extraction. Jon Locke , He came to Hollywood from Broadway. He appeared in the play "Flame Out." The play was about an Army/Air Force test pilot from Texas. Jon also appeared on Broadway and summer stock in "Stalag 17" and "The Pleasure of His Company." Jon would be recognizable to many who grew up on Saturday morning television in the mid 70s if it weren’t for the fact that he was covered in a large green rubber suite. Jon was the leader of the Sleestacks on Sid and Marty Kroft’s "Land of the Lost." Dick Haymes , One of the most popular male vocalists of the forties, Dick Haymes is often considered to have the best baritone voice of the Twentieth Century. Haymes worked with several bandleaders before beginning a solo career that took him to Hollywood stardom. Brooks Richard Holder, Born in Rising Star, Texas on November 2, 1915. Scotch-Irish descent. Hair, brown; eyes, grey. Brooks attended high school at Crockett, California, where he played on all star teams in baseball, football and basketball three years. Professional Baseball experience: 1935, Des Moines, Western League; 1936-37-38-39-40-41-42, San Francisco, P.C.L.; 1943-44-45, Hollywood, P.C.L.; 1946, Oakland, P.C.L. James H. Webb, He has worked on feature film projects with many of Hollywood's top producers. His original story Rules of Engagement, which he also executive-produced, was released in April 2000 and starred Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. It was the number one film in the US for two weeks. His fifth novel The Emperor's General was purchased by Paramount pictures as the largest book-to-film deal of 1998. He is now working on writing and producing the film version of Fields of Fire, which is to be filmed in the Quang Nam Province of Vietnam in early 2003.

Burl Ives, Once called by poet Carl Sandburg "the mightiest ballad singer of this or any other century," Burl Ives grew up the youngest of six children born to a Scotch-Irish farming family in Jasper County, Illinois. As a very young boy, he sang in church and at town gatherings and listened closely to the songs of his pipe-smoking grandmother who taught him many of his famous ballads.

Lou Diamond Phillips , In addition to his acting talents, Phillips has established himself as a writer and director. His first produced screenplay, "Ambition," in which he also starred, was released by Miramax in 1992. His directorial debut was "Dangerous Touch," a psychological thriller for Trimark and HBO, in association with Facet Films (Phillips' own production company). Phillips also directed "Sioux City" for Cabin Fever Entertainment, which received strong critical notices across the U.S. and a Gold Medal Award at the International Film Festival in Houston, Texas. Of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee ancestry.

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