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Brightest Sons and Daughters: Pennsylvania’s Best and Brightest

Having famous people in your country is a source of national pride. It’s even better if your state produces some of the country’s best and brightest, a personal contribution of sorts to the national pride. In the United States, there are no shortage of people who have been at the forefront of human progress and excellence.

Pennsylvania, in particular, has contributed in a huge way to the progress of the US. They are as follows.

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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(Adams County)

The 34th President of the United States and a key figure of the Second World War at the same time, Eisenhower spent the latter part of his life—and a few weekends as well—at a home near the Gettysburg battlefield. His house is part of what makes Pennsylvania history a great lesson to learn from as it is open to tours.

 

Nellie Bly

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(Armstrong County)

Considered one of the pillars of in-depth news as we know it, Nellie was born into the farming life—she was born in Cochran’s Mills. Her claim to fame was her undercover expose on how asylum patients received treatment by voluntarily—and covertly—gaining residence in the asylum, posing as a person with mental health problems. She also went on a trip round the world two years later.

 

Andy Warhol

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(Allegheny County)

Andy was a cultural pop icon during his time and was an avid painter who used an avant-garde style. He also was a film maker, but he is mostly recognized for his striking and vibrant use of color in his artwork. He shares a distinction for fame with other notable people from the county which includes writer Gertrude Stein and H.J Heinz, the Heinz Corporation patriarch.

 

Philip Van Doren Stern

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(Bradford County)

One of Bradford’s beloved sons, Van Doren Stern’s writings was instrumental in creating the background for Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ that was shown in 1946. Stern has about 40 books to his credit. The themes were various yet some titles were notable for their emphasis on the Civil War. He was born in Wyalusing on September 10, 1900 and died in Sarasota, Florida on August 1, 1984.

 

Chris Columbus

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(Cambria County)

The famous screenwriter and director were born in Spangler on September 10, 1958. His Hollywood career—a fairly fruitful one—includes his clandestine sale of “Gremlins”’ script to Steven Spielberg. His biggest claim to fame to date is having been involved with the Harry Potter movies, a move which endeared him to fans of the Boy Who Lived everywhere.

Some states have rich histories as their basis for being famous. Pennsylvania, however, has its favorite sons and daughters to lean back on.

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