USA Famous People of North Dakota

North Dakota Biographies

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Elizabeth Bodine (1898 - 1986) Humanitarian."I commend you for taking the time and effort to prepare this very helpful little resource for the spouses and families of our veterans. I find your description of the struggles of our combat veterans with the symptoms of PTSD to be very accurate." --A. Keith Ethridge, D. Dir., Nat. Chaplain Ctr.

"The author has written a clear and concise book grounded in her experience with her father and her research into this important subject. Veterans with PTSD tell me that it is an effective tool to help them explain their diagnosis to their loved ones. I heartily recommend this book." --Chaplain Michael Gillespie, Roseburg, Oregon VA Healthcare System Elizabeth Bodine Books

Dr. Anne Carlsen educator  Dr. Anne Carlsen Books
George Armstrong Custer (1839 - 1876) Commander of Michigan's cavalry brigade in the Civil War, later killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn Like a cavalry charge led by its celebrated subject, fast on the heels of Louise Barnett's Touched by Fire (Forecasts, Apr. 15) comes a second, even finer Custer bio from Wert (General James Longstreet) based on a broad spectrum of archival research and recent scholarship. Wert's Custer is eager for glory and greatness. At one time the Union's youngest general, Custer found both during the Civil War by establishing an unsurpassed record as a cavalry officer. He also made many enemies because of his flamboyant personal style, but his exuberant self-confidence carried him so far between 1861 and 1865 that, Wert contends, he saw no reason to change in the different environment of the postwar frontier army. According to the author, Custer resisted maturity and understood neither himself nor his new enemies, the Plains Indians. Custer took personal and professional risks, Wert shows, because he was most alive living on the edge. George Armstrong Custer Books
Angie Dickinson - Actress; born in Kulm. (born September 30, 1931) is a Golden Globe-winning American actress who has appeared in more than 50 films and starred on television as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the successful 1970s crime series Police Woman.

Dickinson, the second of four daughters, was born Angeline Brown (but called "Angie" by family and friends) in Kulm, North Dakota, the daughter of Frederica and Leo H. Brown. Her father was a small-town newspaper publisher and editor. In 1942, her family moved to Burbank, California, and she graduated from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in 1947 at just 15 years of age. The previous year, she had won the Sixth Annual Bill of Rights essay contest. She studied at Glendale Community College and in 1954 graduated from Immaculate Heart College with a degree in business. Taking a cue from her publisher father, she had intended to be a writer. While a student from 1950-52, she worked as a secretary at Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank (now Bob Hope Airport) and in a parts factory. Angie Dickinson Books Angie Dickinson Movies

John Bernard Flannagan sculptor, Fargo John Bernard Flannagan Books
William H. Gass (1924 - ) Writer and philosopher.  He wrote a book of short stories called In the Heart of the Heart of the Country; born in Fargo William H. Gass Books
Rev. Richard C. Halverson U.S. Senate chaplain  Rev. Richard C. Halverson Books
Dr. Leon O. Jacobson researcher, educator, Sims Dr. Leon O. Jacobson Books
Phil Jackson (1945 - ) Basketball player and coach; grew up in Williston and played college basketball for the University of North Dakota. Phil Jackson Books
Harold K. Johnson army general  Harold K. Johnson Books
Norman Kittson (1814 - 1888) Fur trader and transportation entrepreneur. His ventures helped open the Red River Valley to settlement.  Norman Kittson Books
Louis L'Amour (1908 - 1988) Author known for his vivid descriptions of frontier life; grew up in Jamestown. Louis L'Amour Books
William Lemke representative William Lemke Books
Peggy Lee  Singer; born in Jamestown. (born Norma Deloris Egstrom May 26, 1920 January 21, 2002) was an award-winning American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress.

Lee had Norwegian and Swedish ancestry. Lee was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, the seventh of eight children of Marvin Egstrom, a station agent for the Midland Continental Railroad. Her mother died when she was four years old. Lee sang professionally with KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota. She later had her own series on a radio show sponsored by a local restaurant that paid her a "salary" in food. Both during and after her high school years Lee sang for paltry sums on local radio stations. Radio personality Ken Kennedy (actual name: Ken Sydness) of WDAY in Fargo (the most widely listened to station in North Dakota) changed her name from Norma to Peggy Lee. Lee left home and traveled to Los Angeles at the age of 17. Peggy Lee Books Peggy Lee Discography

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