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John Coltrane (1926-1967) - Tenor and soprano saxophonist, bandleader, and composer; Born in Hamlet.

Elizabeth Hanford Dole (1936 - ) Secretary of Transportation (1983 - 87) and Labor (1989 - 90) and president of the American Red Cross (1990 - ); born in Salisbury.

Andy Griffith (1926 - ) Actor made famous in television shows such as The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock; born in Mt. Airy.

Pleasant Hanes (1845-1925) Founder of the Hanes Corporation; born in Winston-Salem.

Andrew Jackson (1767 - 1845) Seventh President of the United States, was born in the Waxsaws area on the border of North and South Carolina.

Arnold Palmer (1929 - ) Recognized as the player whose aggressive play and winning personality raised golf to national attention, honed his skills on the championship golf team of Wake Forest University.

Caleb Bradham (1867 - 1934) Pharmacist from New Bern, North Carolina, created the first Pepsi-Cola for dyspepsia, or indigestion.  In 1902 Bradham began bottling the soft drink in the back room of his drugstore.
Herman Lay (1909 - 1982) Owner of the company Frito-Lay, Inc.; born in Charlotte.

Sugar Ray Leonard (1956 - ) Olympic boxing champion; born in Wilmington.

William Sydney Porter (1862 - 1910) Writer who used the pen name O. Henry; raised in Greensboro.

Hiram Rhoades Revels (1822 - 1901) First African-American member of the United States Congress; born in Fayetteville.

Andrew Johnson (1808 - 1875) Started his career as a tailor's apprentice in Raleigh, North Carolina and rose to lead in the reuniting of the nation as the seventeenth President of the United States.

Ava Gardner (1922 - 1990) Became a Hollywood star and acted in more than 20 films by the age of 28; born in Smithfield.

James K. Polk (1795 - 1849) Eleventh President of the United States; born in Mecklenburg County.

Michael Jordan (1963 - ) Basketball superstar who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles; grew up in Wilmington.