Famous Tennesseans

Famous People Born in Tennessee

See our top list of the most famous people from Tennessee. We’ve chosen people like athletes, actors, civil rights activists, scientists and people from other walks of life that have come from the “The Volunteer State”.

James Agee writer, poet, Knoxville
Eddy Arnold singer, Henderson
Chet Atkins guitarist, Lutrell
Hattie Caraway first elected woman senator, Bakerville
Jack Garnet Carter miniature golf, Sweetwater
Davy Crockett frontiersman, Green Cty
Jack Curtis screenwriter, Stony Creek
Sam Davis confederate scout, Smyrna
Mark Dean inventor, Jefferson City
David G. Farragut first American admiral, Knoxville
Lester Flatt bluegrass musician, Overton Cty
Tennessee Ernie Ford singer, Bristol
Morgan Freeman actor, Memphis
Abe Fortas jurist, Memphis
Aretha Franklin singer, Memphis
Nikki Giovanni poet, Knoxville
Albert Gore Jr. U.S. vice president, Washington, D.C.
Red Grooms artist, Nashville
Isaac Hayes composer, Covington
Benjamin L. Hooks civil rights activist, Memphis
Barbara Howar broadcaster, writer, Nashville
Cordell Hull secretary of state, Overton Cty
Estes Kefauver legislator, Madisonville
Sandra Locke actress, Shelbyville
Dolly Parton singer, Sevierville
Minnie Pearl singer, comedienne, Centerville
Grantland Rice sportswriter, Murfreesboro
Carl Rowan journalist, Ravenscraft
Wilma Rudolph runner, St. Bethlehem
Sequoia Cherokee scholar, educator
Cybil Shepherd actress, Memphis
Dinah Shore actress, singer, Winchester
Tina Turner singer, Brownsville
Alvin York World War I hero, Pall Mall