Famous Sons and Daughters of a Preacher Man

A list of famous sons and daughters of preachers and ministers of different denominations.



1. Louis Leakey (1903-1972), British anthropologist.

2. Sir Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), British soldier known as Montgomery of Alamein for driving Nazi Gen. Erwin Rommel's forces from Egypt at El Alamein in 1942.

3. Sir Laurence Olivier (1907- ), British stage and screen actor.

4. Virginia Wade (1945- ), British professional tennis player and winner of the 1977 Wimbledon women's singles championship.


5. Rita Coolidge (1944- ), U.S. singer.

6. Aretha Franklin (1942- ), U.S. gospel and rock singer.

7. Barbara Jordan (1936- ), U.S. congresswoman from Texas.

8. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman and civil rights leader awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

9. Elijah Muhammad (1897-1975), U.S. Black Muslim leader.

10. Huey Newton (1942- ), U.S. cofounder of the Black Panther party.

11. Maury Wills (1932- ), U.S. professional baseball player.

12. Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. black militant leader and founder of the Organization of Afro-American Unity and the Muslim Mosque, Inc.


13. Ingmar Bergman (1918- ), Swedish film director and writer.

14. Rudolf Bultmann (1884-1976), German theologian known for his writings which "demythologize" the New Testament.

15. Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), Swedish botanist whose work laid the foundation for the modern system of botanical nomenclature.

16. Martin Niemoller (1892- ), German theologian who became an anti-Nazi leader and opposed state control of German churches.

17. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher.

18. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), French clergyman, physician, and musician who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his missionary work in French Equatorial Africa.

19. Paul Tillich (1886-1965), German philosopher and Protestant theologian.


20. Alistair Cooke (1908- ), British author and journalist.

21. Stephen Crane (1871-1900), U.S. writer.

22. David Frost (1939- ), British television personality.

23. George McGovern (1922- ), U.S. senator from South Dakota.

24. Walter Mondale (1928- ), U.S. politician and vice-president.

25. Norman Vincent Peale (1898- ), U.S. Methodist minister and author.

26. Paul Robeson (1898-1976), U.S. singer and actor.

27. Nina Simone (1933- ), U.S. singer, composer, and pianist.

28. Fran Tarkenton (1940- ), U.S. professional football player.

29. Dorothy Thompson (1894-1961), U.S. journalist.

30. John Tower (1925- ), U.S. senator from Texas.


31. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), U.S. clergyman known for his outspoken views favoring suffrage for women and the abolition of slavery.

32. Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1932 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938.

33. Aaron Burr (1756-1836), U.S. political leader and third vice-president.

34. Erskine Caldwell (1903- ), U.S. author.

35. Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), 22nd and 24th president of the U.S.

36. William O. Douglas (1898-1980), U.S. Supreme Court justice.

37. John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), U.S. lawyer and secretary of state during the Eisenhower administration.

38. Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), U.S. poet.

39. Kenneth Kaunda (1924- ), president of Zambia.

40. Melvin Laird (1922- ), U.S. secretary of defense during the Nixon administration.

41. Henry Luce (1898-1967), U.S. editor and magazine publisher who founded Time, Fortune, and Life.

42. Carl McIntire (1906- ), U.S. clergyman known for his ultra-conservative political views.

43. Agnes Moorehead (1906-1974), U.S. screen actress.

44. Sir John Reith (1889-1971), British engineer, government official, and founder of the BBC.

45. Dean Rusk (1909- ), U.S. secretary of state during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

46. William Saroyan (1908-1981), U.S. playwright and author.

47. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. author best known for Uncle Tom's Cabin and her abolitionist views.

48. Norman Thomas (1884-1968), U.S. social reformer who ran for president in six consecutive races from 1928 to 1948 on the Socialist party ticket. He was also an ordained Presbyterian minister until he resigned in 1931.

49. DeWitt Wallace (1889-1981), U.S. publisher and founder of Reader's Digest.

50. Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), 28th president of the U.S.


51. Horatio Alger (1832-1899), U.S. author and Unitarian minister.

52. Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959), U.S. architect.

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53-54. Orville and Wilbur Wright (1871-1948; 1867-1912), U.S. inventors and pioneers in aviation.


55. Leon Jaworski (1905- ), U.S. lawyer and government investigator.

56. Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist.

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