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JFK Gen./US Presidents: Grant was of Irish ancestry. As were Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Arthur, McKinley, Wilson, Nixon (and several others).
Daniel Boone Daniel Boone: Also known as Daniel Boone Reed, who is connected to the webmistress' family tree (The Reeds). Along with the likes of McGrady, Harland, and McBride, who started Kentucky settlement.
Davy Crockett Davy Crockett: Fought under Andrew Jackson (also of Irish descent), served in Congress and died when the Alamo fell in Texas.
Henry Ford Henry Ford: Son of an Irish immigrant who married during the American Civil War. Started the Ford Motor Company and the rest is history.
Nellie Bly Nellie Bly (born Elizabeth Cochrane): First made America conscious of the woman reporter by making a trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes. This created a great international stir in 1889.
Henry McCarty  - a.k.a. Billy the Kid Henry McCarty: (changed his name to William Bonney known as "Billy The Kid." ) Made into a legend through the fiction of Hollywood, "The Kid" accepted a pardon, but is double-crossed in the process and escapes only to be killed in the dark and unarmed at the age of twenty-one.....
John Wayne (Marrion Morrison)
Marrion Morrison: (who changed his name to John Wayne.) John Wayne has become a legend of American Film, mostly Westerns. He is best remembered by myself in "The Quiet Man", filmed in Ireland and co-starring with Maureen O'Hara.
Maureen O'Hara
Irish Born Maureen O'Hara. Remembered for her role in the original production of the film "The Parent Trap" (a definite fav of mine), co-staring with Brian Keith (who may or may not be Irish but I thought I'd throw that in). Her credits are too numerous to mention in this tiny little spot. Maureen has dual citizenship in both the United States and Ireland. She became an American citizen in 1946.
Eamon De Valera
Eamon De Valera: Also known as "Dev". His American citizenship saved his life when the leaders of the Easter Rebellion (Easter Rising 1916) in Ireland were executed by the British. (He was shipped out of Ireland in the middle of the night and would later return to Ireland.) That one event eventually led to the creation of the Republic of Ireland with Mr. De Valera as its first president.
Eddie Cochran
Eddie Cochran: "Summertime Blues" was his lock on stardom in 1950's Rock 'n Roll.
Billy Haley
Along with another Irish-American, Bill Haley (and the Comets), they shaped the course of American music.
Judy Garland
Don't forget Judy Garland was Irish American - her maternal Grandmother was Eva Fitzpatrick. The Irish American St Patrick's Day anthem "Its A Great Day for the Irish" was written especially for her and was one of her biggest hits. She appeared in concert in Dublin to 50,000 in 1951 and drew the largest crowds second only to John F Kennedy's trip to Galway.

And let us not forget: Mia Farrow, Margaret O'Brien, Grace Kelley, John McCormack, Mickey Rourke, Barry Fitzgerald, Art Carney, Tyrone Power, Carroll O'Connor, Errol Flynn, Audie Murphy (Red Badge of Courage and the most decorated man in WWII), James Cagney, Shirley Maclaine, Jackie Gleason, Mary Tyler Moore, Warren Beatty, Angelica Huston, The Dorsey Brothers, Bing Crosby, Spencer Tracy, Thomas Mitchell, Anthony Quinn, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal, George Kennedy, Robert Redford and Walter Brennan.

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