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37 Famous People From Wyoming You May Not Know Of!

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The 44th state in the United States is the state of Wyoming.

Wyoming is located in the northern part of the country, with Cheyenne as its capital city. Although Wyoming is the 10th largest state in the US, the 2020 census revealed it to be the least populated state in the country.

Wyoming is home to three national parks, - Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Devils Tower, along with four national monuments. Besides the natural beauty, Wyoming is also the residence of many famous people, like Matthew Fox and Thomas Wilson Brown. Let's take a look at 37 personalities who come from this beautiful state in the US.

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Wyoming Historical Figures

Here are the names of some key historical figures who are associated with the state of Wyoming.

  • Francis Emroy Warren - the first governor of Wyoming after it was declared as a US state in 1890.
  • Chief Washakie - famous leader of several native tribes of western Wyoming. He signed the Fort Bridger Treaties to secure millions of acres of reservation land for the Shoshone in Wyoming.
  • Nellie Tayloe Ross - the 14th Governor of the state of Wyoming, making her the first female governor in the United States.
  • Esther Hobart Morris - the first female judge appointed in the United States. She fought for the voting rights of women in Wyoming.
  • William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody - an American scout and showman, William Frederick Cody was an influential figure in establishing the town of Cody in the northwestern part of Wyoming in 1895.
  • Joseph Maull Carey - served as the first senator of Wyoming state. Previously, served as a United States attorney for the territory of Wyoming and its Supreme Court.
  • Anne Gorsuch Burford - born in Wyoming in 1942. She was the first female administrator appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Actors Born In Wyoming

Many celebrities prefer living in Jackson Hole because it offers immense natural beauty, fantastic vacation spots, healthy culture, and a lifestyle, along with flight routes to 13 major cities in the country. Here are some actors who were born in Wyoming.

  • James Norman Beaver Jr. - born in 1959 in Laramie. He is commonly known as Jim Beaver and has appeared in TV series like 'Supernatural' and 'Deadwood'.
  • James Jackson Bullock - an American actor and comedian born in Casper, Wyoming, in 1955.
  • Geoffrey Lower - born in Casper in 1963. He is known for his work in movies like 'Hook' and 'Johnny Skidmarks', and TV series like 'Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman' and 'Matlock'.
  • Floyd Taliaferro Alderson - born in Sheridan in 1895. He fought in the Great War and later became an actor, mainly appearing in westerns.
  • James Nash Siedow - born in Cheyenne in 1920. He is famous for his role in 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.
  • Stewart Petersen - actor, born in Cokeville in 1960. Appeared in 'Where The Red Fern Grows' and 'The First Vision'.

Actresses From Wyoming

Here is a list of actresses born or living as temporary residents in Wyoming.

  • Ashlynn Yennie - born in Riverton, is famous for her works in the TV series 'Submission', and horror films like 'Antidote', 'The Human Centipede' and 'Fractured'.
  • Sandra Bullock - a globally famous actress and producer. She owns a hilltop estate in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she is seen during vacations.
  • Mildred Harris - born in Cheyenne in 1901. Began her acting career when she was about ten years old and has been seen in several stage, vaudeville, and film productions.
  • Isabel Jewell - born in Shoshoni in 1907. She appeared in films from the '30s and '40s, like 'Ceiling Zero' and 'Marked Woman'.
  • Arloa Reston - born in Cheyenne in 1978. She appeared in television shows like 'Femme Fatales', 'Outlaw' and 'Desperate Housewives'.
  • Cecelia Hart - born in Cheyenne in 1948. Appeared in the television show 'Paris' and several broadway productions like 'Dirty Linen And New-Found Land' and 'Design for Living'.


This state is famously known for the great Yellowstone National Park.

The Most Famous Person In Wyoming

Read along as we reveal the most famous person from Wyoming.

  • Paul Jackson Pollock - a renowned American painter, born in Cody in 1912. He is the most famous person from Wyoming, known for his 'drip technique'.
  • Many personalities of the present day have also become famous residents of Wyoming. Some of these names are listed below.
  • Dick Cheney - the former vice president of the USA. Cheney grew up in Wyoming and completed his education at the University of Wyoming in 1966.
  • Taven Bryan - famous NFL player whose birthplace is Casper, Wyoming.
  • Curt Gowdy - The voice of the Boston Red Sox and a sportscaster, was also in Green River in 1919.
  • Harrison Ford - famous American actor who owns a ranch in Wyoming.
  • Jeffree Star - famous YouTube sensation who also owns a ranch in Wyoming.

Famous Singers From Wyoming

Here is a list of celebrities from Wyoming who are professional singers.

  • Scott Avett - lead singer of a popular folk-rock band 'The Avett Brothers'. He comes from Cheyenne.
  • Laurie Anders - famous singer from the '60s era born in Casper. She was recognized for her song 'I Like The Wide Open Spaces'.
  • Chris LeDoux - grew up in Casper, Wyoming. He was a country music singer and songwriter.
  • Spencer Bohren - born in Casper in 1950. He was a singer, songwriter, and roots musician.
  • Moondog - was a famous composer, musician, and music theoretician who grew up in Wyoming.
  • Kanye West - famous singer and resident of Wyoming. A 4500 ac (1821 ha) ranch is owned by Kanye in Cody.

Famous Authors From Wyoming

Explore this list of notable authors from Wyoming.

  • John Perry Barlow - born in Cora in 1947. He is a poet and essayist who has written songs like 'Estimated Prophet', 'Black-Throated Wind', and 'Cassidy'.
  • Craig Johnson - writes mystery novels and short stories set in fictional places in northern Wyoming.
  • Annie Proulx - novelist, journalist, and short story writer, who lived in Wyoming for the later part of her life. 'Postcards' and 'The Shipping News' are her award-winning novels.
  • Owen Wister - was inspired to quit law and become a writer after visiting Wyoming. He introduced western fiction, with 'The Viginian' being his famous work.
  • Lynne Cheney - born in Casper in 1941. She is an author and scholar who wrote 'Executive Privilege: A Washington Novel'.
  • Patricia MacLachlan - author of children's books, born in Cheyenne. 'Sarah, Plain And Tall' is her most famous work.

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