Notable Oregonians

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota hurdles over an Oregon State University defender during the 2014 Civil War game. Mariota won the Heisman Trophy after a record-breaking season. (Image by Jaime Valdez courtesy of Portland Tribune)
The following Oregonians or individuals closely associated with Oregon have become significant in politics, arts, sciences, athletics, and other pursuits. Each page includes an image of the individual and a short biographical sketch that summarizes notable accomplishments or actions. Also see the Other Notable Oregonians list. Living politicians are not included.

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Other Notable Oregonians - a list of additional notables 
Oregon governors | legislators - from provisional to the present (via Oregon State Archives) 
Oregon secretaries of state - includes brief biographical sketches
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Alphabetical List

A
Atiyeh, Victor (governor)
Auel, Jean (writer) 

B
Baldwin, Lola (first U.S. policewoman)
Barber, Rex T. (WWII fighter pilot/ace)
Barlow, Sam (pioneer/road builder)
Beard, James (food expert/writer)
Belluschi, Pietro (architect)
Blanc, Mel (voice actor/comedian)
Boardman, Samuel H. (state parks pioneer)
Bowerman, Bill (coach/innovator)

C
Cannady, Beatrice (civil rights activist)
Clark, William (explorer)
Condon, Thomas (geologist/paleontologist)
Cressman, Luther (anthropologist)
Curry, Ann (television journalist)

D
Davenport, Homer (political cartoonist)
Davis, H.L. (writer)
Deady, Matthew (judge/politician)
Duniway, Abigail Scott (women's rights pioneer)

E

G
Gilbert, A.C. (inventor/toy manufacturer)
Gray, Robert (captain/discoverer)
Groening, Matt (cartoonist/producer/writer)

H
Hatfield, Mark O. (governor/U.S. senator)
Hill, Samuel (good roads pioneer) 
Holladay, Ben (stage/railroad builder)
Honeyman, Nan Wood (congresswoman)
Hoover, Herbert (U.S. President)

J
Joseph, Chief (the Younger-Indian leader)

K
Kesey, Ken (writer)
Khayam (cheetah/ambassador)
Knight, Phil (business leader)
Krakauer, Jon (writer/mountaineer)

L
Lane, Joseph (governor)
Lee, Jason (missionary/pioneer)
Lovejoy, Esther Pohl (reformer/suffragist)

M
Mariota, Marcus (athlete - football)
Marvin Pierce, Cornelia (librarian/activist)
McArthur, Lewis A. (geographer/historian)
McCall, Tom (governor/journalist)
McCullough, Conde (bridge engineer)
McLoughlin, John (father of Oregon)
McNary, Charles (senator)
Meek, Joseph (trapper/lawman)
Miller, Joaquin​ (poet/writer)
Morse, Wayne (senator)

N
Naito, Bill (businessman/civic leader)
Novak, Kim (actress)

O
Owens-Adair, Bethenia (reformer/doctor)

P
Packy (zoo elephant)
Palmer, Joel (pioneer/writer)
Pauling, Linus (chemist/Nobel winner)
Powell, Jane (actress/singer)
Prefontaine, Steve (athlete-runner)

R
Reed, John (journalist/poet)
Roberts, Betty (politician/jurist) 
Rogers, Ginger (actress/dancer)
Rothko, Mark (artist)

S
Sacagawea (Indian explorer)
Schollander, Don (athlete-swimmer)
Scott, Harvey (editor/publisher)
Severinsen, Doc (musician/band leader)
Spalding, Esperanza (musician/singer)
Straub, Bob (governor/ treasurer)

U
U'Ren, William (political reformer)

V
Van Sant, Gus (filmmaker/director)
Victor, Frances Fuller (writer/historian)
Villard, Henry (railroad builder)
Vinton, Will (animator)

W
West, Oswald (governor)
White, Dr. Elijah (pioneer/physician)
Wieman, Carl E. (physicist/Nobel winner)
Winnemucca, Sarah (Native American advocate)
Wood, C.E.S. (soldier/attorney/writer)

Y
Yasui, Minoru (civil rights leader)