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Buffalo Bill
1846-1917: Davenport native William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody was a famed frontier scout and the greatest showman of his day, bringing the thrill of America's Wild West to the world. Visit the Cody homestead in Princeton and the Buffalo Bill Museum in Le Claire for an insightful look back in time.
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James Wilson
1836-1920: He served in the Iowa State Legislature (1867-73) and in the U.S. Congress (1873-77, 1883-85). In 1891-97, he was the director of the agricultural experiment station and professor of agriculture at Iowa State. From 1897-1913, he was Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft.
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Herbert C. Hoover
1874-1964: Herbert Hoover was the 31st president of the United States and the first president born west of the Mississippi River. Hoover's birthplace in West Branch is today a 186-acre site and national historic landmark, and the final resting place of President and Mrs. Hoover.
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Charles A. Kettering
1876-1958: Charles Kettering was the inventor of the first electrical ignition system, the self-starter for automobiles and the first practical engine-driven generator (the "Delco").
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Glenn Miller
1901-1944: Glenn Miller was the founder of the Glenn Miller Orchestra and popular hit-maker of the swing era. His birthplace in Clarinda has been restored with period furnishings and is open for visitors.
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