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Notable Kansans

Kansas 150In observance of the Kansas 150 in 2011, Governor Sam Brownback's Blue Ribbon Panel for Kansas History announced the top 25 Notable Kansans. This list represents those who have strong Kansas connections and whose actions had national or international significance. The purpose of the Notable Kansans list is to excite Kansans about their history and inspire our young people about the importance and relevance of Kansas history and its people. 

25 Notable Kansans

John Brown John Brown Arthur Capper Arthur Capper Clyde Cessna Clyde Cessna Walter Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Samuel CrumbineSamuel Crumbine John Steuart CurryJohn Steuart Curry Charles CurtisCharles Curtis Bob Dole  Bob Dole
Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart Dwight Eisenhower Dwight Eisenhower Fred Harvey Fred Harvey Cyrus K. Holliday Cyrus K. Holliday
Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker

Nancy Landon Kassebaum

Jack KilbyJack Kilby Alfred Landon Alfred Landon Alfred Landon Joseph McCoy
Karl Menninger Karl Menninger James NaismithJames Naismith Carry NationCarry Nation Gordon Parks Gordon Parks
Satanta Satanta C. B. SchmidtC.B. Schmidt Charles Sheldon Charles Sheldon George F. SternbergGeorge F. Sternberg
William Allen White William Allen White      

See the blue ribbon panel's selections for the top 12 Notable Kansas Events

Governor Brownback's Blue Ribbon Panel for Kansas History

Don Chubb, Topeka
Dr. Virgil Dean, Kansas Historical Society
Gayle Garrelts, Hays
Dr. James Hoy, Emporia State University
Bob Keckeisen, Kansas Historical Society
Nate McAlister, Royal Valley High School
Dr. Leo Oliva, Woodston
Mary Regan, Finney County Historical Society
J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio
Dr. James Shortridge, University of Kansas
Dr. Raymond Wilson, Fort Hays State University

Entry: Notable Kansans

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: April 2011

Date Modified: December 2013

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