keystone shapeFamous Pennsylvanians and Prominent People of Pennsylvanians

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been the home of many remarkable people. A diverse group of leaders, heroes, artists, scientists and innovators have contributed to Pennsylvania and to the world. This list includes those born in Pennsylvania, as well as, those who made a noteworthy contribution to society while living in Pennsylvania. The list numbers over 800 Pennsylvanians. The links are to other web sites where you can learn something about each individual.

It honors the courageous sacrifices of over 290 brave Pennsylvanians in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Many Pennsylvania public school students research famous Pennsylvanians. I challenge them to research someone who contributed to their locality or lived in their county. Publish the information in a class website to help others learn more about that special person from your local area. Local and county historical societies can be very helpful in locating facts, figures and even photos.

Helpful hint.
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Arthur St. Clair Pres. of the US in the Congress Assembled Site 1

Richard St. Pierre conservationist

Anthony Sadowski musician

Robert Saget actor

Jonas Salk site 1 scientist

Nikki Salvatico PA teacher of the year site 1

Chris William Sanchirico lawyer/author site 1

Spc. Matthew J. Sandri KIA Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

1st Lt. Neil Anthony Santoriello KIA Iraq site 1 site 2 US Flag Icon

Mary Haith Savage community gardener, Jefferson Award nominee

David O. Saylor cement pioneer, first American producer of portland cement

Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati PA Senate President Pro Tempore

Capt. Robert C. Scheetz Jr. KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

GSgt Justin Schmalstieg, KIA Afghanistan site 1 US Flag Icon

John George Schmucker minister

Jay Schulberg advertising executive site 1

Sandra Schultz Newman, PA Supreme Court Justice

William F. Schultz, Jr. author/environmentalist

Charles Michael Schwab businessman site 1 site 2

Allyson Y. Schwartz social worker/politician

Jeff Schwarz, potter, safe water advocate

Alexandra Scott activist site 1 site 2 site 3

Major General Richard M. Scott state adjutant general

Lisa Scottoline - lawyer, author

William Warren Scranton politician

Sister Mary Scullion homeless activist

William Searight businessman site 1

George Washington Sears conservationist site 1

Lt. Robert A. Seidel III KIA Iraq site 1, site 2 US Flag Icon

Cpt Christopher Scott Seifert KIA Kuwait US Flag Icon

Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Joshua Seitz KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

Anthony Selin soldier/businessman site 1

David O. Selznick film producer Gone With the Wind

Joseph J. Sepp Jr., PSP officer killed in line of duty US Flag Icon

Suzie McConnell Serio athlete

Sgt. Edward W. Shaffer died from wounds Iraq War site 1 US Flag Icon

Spc. Jason Shaffer KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

Norma L. Shapiro Judge United States District Court

Jacob Shallus clerk who "penned" the U.S. Constitution site 1

Nelson Shanks artist/realist painter

Sgt. 1st Class Michael P. Shannon died while serving Afghanistan US Flag Icon

Susan Shapiro reporter/broadcaster


Lt Col Anthony L Sherman soldier died in Kuwait US Flag Icon

Marciarose Shestack pioneer broadcast

Chief Shikellamy Leader site 1 site 2, site 3, site 4

Edward Shippen merchant

William Shippen doctor

Henry W. Shoemaker folklorist/publisher/author site 1

Christopher Latham Sholes inventor site 1, site 2

Sgt 1st Class Randall D. Shughart soldier Medal of Honor US Flag Icon

Suk Shuglie artist site 1

John Shuler gunsmith

Capt. Todd M. Siebert KIA Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

Sean Simmers photojournalist

Thomas S. Sinclair lithographer

B. F. Skinner site 1 psychologist

Lt. Brian Skubin Hero Iraq War US Flag Icon

Spc. Eric W. Slebodnik KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

CWO Michael Slebodnik, KIA Afghanistan US Flag Icon

Eli Slifer politician

John Sloan artist site 1

Samuel Sloan architect

Pfc. Corey L. Small, died in Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

Amanda Berry Smith "the singing Pilgrim" Evangelist site 1

Bev Smith Radio host

Edgar Fahs Smith, Chemist

C. Harold Smith businessman

James Smith lawyer/signed DOI site 1 site 2

Jessie Wilcox Smith artist site 1 site 2

E. Stanley " Ned" Smith artist

SPC. Michael James Smith KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

SGT 1st Class Scott R. Smith KIA Iraq US Flag Icon site 1, site 2

Spc. Tristan C. Smith KIA Iraq US Flag Icon site 1

Stephen Smith abolistioinist/businessman site 1

Stephen Morgan Smith invented washer

Walter Washington Smith artist

Will Smith actor, comedian

Samuel F. Snively lawyer/politician

Pfc. Stephen P. Snowberger III KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

John Snyder soldier/politician

Simon Snyder site 1, site 2 site 3 Governor

Stan Sowa journalist/ wildlife expert

General Carl A. Spaatz soldier US Flag Icon

Jimmy Spencer athlete

Abi Stafford dancer site 1

Nancy Stamm artist

Thomas Starzl physician

Richard A. Stefanakis Master Firefighter site 1 site 2

Gertrude Stein author

Janelle Stelson reporter/broadcaster

Thaddeus Stevens politician founder of PA free public education

Wallace Stevens poet

James Stewart actor

Salome M. Stewart Civil War Nurse

George R. Stibitz inventor site 1

Ethan Stiefel principal ballet dancer ABT

Henry William Stiege glassmaker site 1

Shawn Stockman singer

Sharon Stone actress

LCpl. Travis M. Stottlemyer died in Bahrain US Flag Icon

Carl Stotz founded Little League Baseball

Col. Michael E. Stout Hero Iraq War US Flag Icon

John Stow foundry worker site 1

Petty Officer First Class Michael Strange, KIA Afghanistan US Flag Icon

John F. Street politician

David Evans Strickler invemtor site 1

Sgt. Francis Straub Jr. KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

Spc William Sturges Jr KIA Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

Julius Sturgis entrepeneur

PFC Brandon Styer, KIA Afghanistan US Flag Icon

Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan civil rights activist & minister

Susquehannock People site 1, site 2

Sgt. 1st. Class Shawn M. Suzch KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

Sgt Brett. Swank KIA Iraq site 1 US Flag Icon

S Sgt. Paul A. Sweeney KIA Afghanistan site 1 US Flag Icon

M. Gladys Swetland teacher, pianist

George Swetnam writer/hostorian

Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm journalist, abolitionist, women's rights advocate

William J. Switala author, historian

Taylor Swift pop/country singer

William H. Sylvis founded Iron-Molders' International Union

LCpl. Steven W. Szwydek KIA Iraq US Flag Icon

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Millerstown, Perry

Douglasville, Montour

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Malvern, Chester

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Shamokin, Northumberland

Verona, Allegheny

Homewood, Allegheny

Allentown, Lehigh

Warren, Warren

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Pittsburgh, Allegheny spacer

Williamsburg, Blair

Doylestown, Bucks

Philadelphia, Philadelphia


Bethlehem, Northampton and Lehigh

Philadelphia, Philadelphia


Wynnewood, Montgomery

Lancaster, Lancaster

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Scranton, Lackawanna

Philadelphia, Philadelphia


Wellsboro, Tioga

Gettysburg, Adams

Easton, Northampton

Sinking Springs spacer

Selinsgrove, Snyder

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Windber, Somerset

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Mount Alto, Franklin Westmoreland spacer

Derry, Westmoreland spacer

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Canadensis, Monroe spacer

Lancaster, Lancaster

Lower Susquehanna Valley

Pottstown, Montgomery


Sunbury, Northumberland

Shippensburg, Cumberland and Franklin

Germantown, Philadelphia

Altoona, Blair

Danville, Montour

Newville, Cumberland

Lancaster, Lancaster

Liverpool, Perry

Franklin Park, Alleghenyspacer

New Cumberland, Cumberland

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Susquehanna, Susquehanna

Flourtown, Montgomery spacer

Carbondale, Lackawanna

Richland Township, Allegheny spacer


Lock Haven, Clinton


East Berlin, Adams

York, York

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

York, York

Easton, Northampton

York Town, York

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Millersburg, Dauphin

Springfield, Delaware

Punxsutawney, Jefferson

Bryn Athyn, Montgomery

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

York, York

Clearfield, Clearfield

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Greencastle, Franklin

Lopez, Sullivanspacer

Selinsgrove, Snyder

Selinsgrove, Snyder

Nanticoke, Luzerne

Boyertown, Berks

Berwick, Columbia

Carlisle, Cumberland

Carlisle, Cumberland

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Allegheny, Allegheny

Lancaster, Lancaster

Gettysburg, Adams

Reading, Berks

Indiana, Indiana

Gettysburg, Adams

York, York


Manheim, Lancaster

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Meadville, Crawford

Hatfield, Montgomery spacekeeper

Williamsport, Lycoming

Carlisle, Cumberland spacekeeper

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia spacekeeper

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Latrobe, Westmoreland

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Spring City, Armstrong

Lititz, Lancaster

East Lampeter Township, Lancaster spacer

Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Southeastern PA

Hilltown, Bucks

Northumberland, Northumberland spacer

Lakeville, Wayne

Mills, Potter

Pittsburgh, Allegheny

Pittsburgh, Allegheny


Wyomissing, Berks



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