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Famous City Residents Throughout History
Canton is rich with history thanks to the men and women that helped to put our great city on the map. From athletes to inventors, to scientists, these influential individuals helped mold Canton into a city known both nationally and globally.
Early farming found its start in Canton and the surrounding areas. Motivated farmers from the area worked diligently to both invent and produce machinery that would make farming easier and revolutionize the way in which farmers harvest their crops.
Canton owes much of its architectural beauty to these individuals who had the vision to transform a once rural and sparsely populated town into a beautiful city with renowned structures that have continued to withstand the test of time.
The athletic world has seen some of the greatest athletes and coaches in history begin here in Canton. From Olympic Gold medal winners to the Athlete of the Century, Canton is the proud home to these individuals who have stood out among their peers in their athletic achievements.
While the city may not be able to take credit as the birthplace of aviation, Canton has assisted in putting Ohio on the map as the aviation capital. The city has seen the aspirations of flying come full circle, with major advances in both ballooning and modern aviation.
Canton owed much of its early population growth to these men who were able to envision a more fruitful and robust city. With this vision, they were able to bring in large corporations and jobs for many residents.
None of Canton’s history could have been possible without educators who were willing to ensure proper schooling was provided to its residents. Canton is proudly home to men and women who have made great strides for education both within our own city as well as nationally.
Canton has been able to attract many entrepreneurs to the city thanks to its well-known reputation.
Many musicians, sculptors, and painters owe their success to the roots they established in Canton. Many of the experiences they had as Canton natives were mixed with their talents to form inspiring and meaningful art that is enjoyed by people everywhere.
Thanks to these great men, Canton was able to grow into an industrial hotbed in the early twentieth century. Their hard work and dedication to their respected fields helped fuel Canton and its economic growth.
Canton natives have found their voices, rhythms, and music styles here in their hometown. The city has seen individuals go on to record number one hits on the charts and produce music that is enjoyed by millions around the world.
Their contributions in various fields increased Canton’s reputation as a home to outstanding individuals who have strongly impacted the world.
Pulitzer Prize Winners
Canton has seen its share of successful writers and artists. Few have even been fortunate enough to win Pulitzer Prizes for their efforts in journalism and political cartooning.
Stage & Screen
Canton is home to many prominent Hollywood actors and actresses, as well as those who worked behind the scenes to ensure the success of the industry and those who were a part of it.
Aside from the rich history President McKinley bestowed upon Canton, there have been others that have played important roles in creating the history of our great nation.