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James Wolcott WADSWORTH (1877-1952), U. S. Representative from NY (1933-1951), U. S. Senator from NY (1915-1927), ranch manager in TX (1911-1915), Speaker of NY State Assembly (1906-1910), NY State Assemblyman (1905-1910), Spanish-American War veteran. Central figure of a U. S. political dynasty, including father Rep. James Wolcott WADSWORTH, son-in-law Sen. Stuart SYMINGTON, and grandson Rep. James Wadsworth SYMINGTON. Married Alice Evelyn HAY (b. 1880), daughter of Col. John Milton HAY, Ambassador to Great Britain and U. S. Secretary of State.

George WASHINGTON (1732-1799), 1st U. S. President, General and Commander of the Continental armies, member of 1st and 2nd Continental Congresses, and member of Virginia House of Burgesses, married Martha DANDRIDGE (1732-1802),1st First Lady.

Noah WEBSTER (1758-1843), lexicographer, school teacher, attorney, and author. His An American Dictionary of the English Language was first published in 1828, with the second edition published in 1840 by his son, William Greenleaf WEBSTER (Dictionary rights sold to G. & C. Merriam Co. in 1843). In 1833 he published what known as The Webster Bible, being an editing of spelling, grammar and obsolescence, and providing the King James Version with Amendments of the Language. Married Rebecca GREENLEAF.

Raquel WELCH [Jo Raquel TEJADA] (b. 1940), entertainer noted primarily for her physical attributes, with film, stage and television roles. Married first James (1958-1961) WELCH, second (1967-1972) Patrick CURTIS, third (1980-1990) Andre WEINFELD, and fourth (1999) Richard PALMER.

George Orson WELLES (1915-1985), actor, director, producer and writer for radio, stage and film (including War of the Worlds, Native Son and Citizen Kane). Married first Virginia NICHOLSON, second Rita HAYWORTH, and third Paola MORI.

William Allen WHITE (1868-1944), author, journalist, war correspondent (1939-1941), Pulitzer Prize recipient (1923), editor and proprieter of the Emporia Gazette (1895-1944), married in 1893 to Sallie LINDSAY.

Eli WHITNEY (1765-1825), inventor of the cotton gin.

Joseph Clapp WILLARD (1820-1897) and Henry Augustus WILLARD (1822-1909), brothers, founders and managers of the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC. Joseph married Antonio FORD (d. 1871), and Henry married Sarah Bradley KELLOGG.

Thomas Lanier 'Tennessee' WILLIAMS (1911-1983), playwright.

William WILLIAMS (1731-1811), Revolutionary patriot and Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Woodrow WILSON (1856-1924), 28th U. S. President, NJ Governor, Princeton President, professor, attorney, married first Ellen Louise AXSON (1860-1914), 24th First Lady, and second Edith (BOLLING) GALT WILSON (1872-1961), 25th First Lady.

Thomas Woodrow WILSON (1856-1924), 28th U. S. President, NJ Governor, Princeton President, professor, attorney, married first Ellen Louise AXSON (1860-1914), 24th First Lady, and second Edith (BOLLING) GALT WILSON (1872-1961), 25th First Lady.

Oliver Fisher WINCHESTER (1810-1880), inventor and firearms manufacturer, developer of the Winchester rifle.

Frank Winfield WOOLWORTH (1852-1919), founder of F. W. Woolworth chain of stores.

Wilbur WRIGHT (1867-1912) and Orville WRIGHT (1871-1948), brothers, inventors of airplane, and aviation industry pioneers.

Jane WYMAN (b. 1917), television and film actress, recipient of Best Actress Oscar for role in The Yearling (1946) and nominated for roles in Johnny Belinda (1948), The Blue Veil (1951) and Magnificent Obsession (1954), radio singer. She was born as Sarah Jane MAYFIELD, and raised by Richard FULKS and Emma REISS. First wife (1940-1948) of Ronald Wilson REAGAN.

Linus YALE (1821-1868), inventor of the Yale lock (Patent #31,278 issued in 1861), and founder of the Yale Lock Maufacturing Company (1868), married Catherine BROOKS (1818-1900).


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