You know who is from Kentucky? George Clooney. And Muhammad Ali. And a bunch of other uber-famous, supercool people.


Those people get tons of exposure - as does Kentucky for bringing them to the world. I think it's time some other awesome (but less famous) Kentuckians get their due.

1. Justice John Marshall Harlan Born in Boyle County, Kentucky, John Marshall Harlan was lawyer and an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Never heard of him? Ever heard of the Lone Dissenter? The only justice who said Plessy v. Ferguson was a bad call? That's him. Famous for saying "our constitution is color-blind" WAY before it was cool, John Marshall Harlan deserves some respect (AND a building named after him on Transylvania's campus seeing as how he's an alum).

2. Patty and Mildred Hill These Kentucky sisters wrote Happy in THE Happy Birthday.  Enough said.

3. Enid Yandell From Louisville, Yandell was a prolific sculptor who studied with Auguste Rodin and Frederick William MacMonnies. She was also the first female member of the National Sculpture Society.

4. Garrett Morgan An early 20th Century inventor, Morgan invented the first gas mask and the first real traffic signal. Pretty cool.

5. Mordecai Ham Ham was a revivalist and American Independent Baptist evangelical. From 1901-1941, Ham led 289 meetings in 22 states, which produced 303,387 professions of faith in Christ. However, his most memorable feat came from converting just one young man in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1934. The young man was Billy Graham.

~ Sarah Stewart Holland