Countdown to SSTP: 9 Famous Iowans

Read about some famous Iowa natives.

1. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody


Buffalo Bill was a bison hunter, Union soldier, and Pony Express rider. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory.

2. Johnny Carson


Johnny Carson was hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for 30 years, winning many television awards. He was born in Corning, Iowa.

3. President Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover served as the 31st President of the United States during the Great Depression. Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa.

4. George Gallup


George Gallup pioneered survey sampling techniques and invented the Gallup Poll, a method of measuring public opinion. He was born in Jefferson, Iowa.

5. John Wayne


John Wayne was an academy-award winning actor and filmmaker. He was born in Winterset, Iowa.

6. Nile Kinnick


Nile Kinnick was a University of Iowa college football player and winner of the 1939 Heisman Trophy. The University of Iowa renamed its football stadium after Kinnick. He was born in Adel, Iowa.

8: Ashton Kutcher


Ashton Kutcher is an actor and activist, best known for his roles in That 70’s Show and Two and a Half Men. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

8. James Van Allen


James Van Allen was a pioneer in the field of magnetospheric research in space. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and studied at the University of Iowa.

9. Donna Reed


Donna Reed was an actress and producer, best known for her role in It’s a Wonderful Life. She was born in Denison, Iowa.

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