Famous West Virginians

Famous People Born in West Virginia

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

George Brett baseball player, Glendale
Pearl S. Buck author, Hillsboro
Phyllis Curtin soprano, Clarksburg
Joanne Dru actress, Logan
Thomas Stonewall Jackson Confederate general, Clarksburg
John S. Knight publisher, Bluefield
Don Knotts actor, Morgantown
Peter Marshall TV host, Huntington
Kathy Mattea country music, South Charleston
Alfred Moore jurist, Molinosville
Mary Lou Retton gymnast, Fairmont
Walter Reuther labor leader, Wheeling
Eleanor Steber soprano, Wheeling
Lewis L. Strauss naval officer and scientist, Charleston
Cyrus Vance government official, Clarksburg
Chuck Yeager test pilot and Air Force general, Myra
Steve Yeager baseball player, Huntington