Notable Idahoans


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J.R. Simplot

  • Founder Simplot Corp.
  • A conversation with J.R.  Channel Six News. Videocassette, 1995.  VIDEO  338.092 CONVERS
  • Aristocrat in burlap: a history of the potato in Idaho James W. Davis and Nikki Balch Stilwell Boise: Idaho Potato Commission, 1975
  • J.R. Simplot: a billion the hard way [Louie W. Attebery] Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Press, 2000.  338.7664 SIMPLOT ATTEBER
  • Jack Simplot,  a hometown boy who made good [Burley Herald-Bulletin] Burley, Idaho: Burley Herald-Bulletin, 1959. OV B SI571B

Harry W. Morrison

  • 1885-1971, Co-founder, Morrison-Knudsen
  • Idaho entrepreneurs: profiles in business [Hal Bunderson] Boise, ID: Boise State University,  1992.  979.6092 BUNDERS
  • Morris Hans Knudsen 1862-1943 Co-founder, Morrison-Knudsen
  • Idaho entrepreneurs: profiles in business [Hal Bunderson] Boise, ID: Boise State University, 1992.  979.6092 Bunders



Moses Alexander

  • 1853-1932, First Jewish governor in the United States
  • The Moses Alexander collection : including the papers of the Office of the Governor (1915-1919), the Alexander family, and M. Alexander, Inc. AR 2.0011 and MS 335 / arranged and described by Dylan J McDonald; design by Joshua Hammari. 979.603 ALEXAND MOSES A

Cecil Andrus

  • 1931- , Three-term Governor and Secretary of the Interior under President Jimmy Carter
  • Cecil Andrus : politics Western style  Cecil Andrus and Joel Connelly. Seattle, Wa : Sasquatch Book, 1998. 979.6033 ANDRUS ANDRUS

James Jesus Angleton

  • 1917-1987, Celebrated CIA counterintelligence chief
  • Cold warrior: James Jesus Angleton: the CIA's  master spy hunter [Tom Mangold] New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.  327.1209 MANGOLD

Phil Batt Governor

  • The Compleat Phil Batt: a kaleidoscope  Meridian, ID: Eva Gay Yost, 1999  979.6092 BATT BATT
  • Life as a geezer  Meridian, ID: Eva Gay Yost, 2002  979.6092 BATT
  • T.H. Bell 1921- Educator
  • Your child's intellect; a guide to home-based preschool education Salt Lake City: Olympus Pub. Co. 1973  649.5 BELL

Gregory H. "Pappy" Boyington

  • 1912-1988, World War II Marine pilot, Medal of Honor winner
  • Black Sheep One: the life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington [Bruce Gamble] Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2000 940.5449 BOYINGT GAMBLE
  • Baa Baa, Black Sheep  New York: Arno Press, 1972, c1958 940.544 B696B

Frank Church

  • 1924-1984, Senator
  • Father and son: a personal biography of Senator Frank Church of Idaho [Forrester F. Church] New York: Harper & Row, 1985 328.7309  CHURCH CHURCH
  • Fighting the odds:  the life of Senator Frank Church [LeRoy Ashby] Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1994. 328.7309 CHURCH ASHBY
  • The Frank Church record: a brief biography of United States Senator Frank Church... [Volunteers of Church Committee] Boise, Idaho: The Committee, 1962. RNW B  CHURCH FRANK
  • A Lifelong affair: my passion for people and politics Washington, D.C.: Francis Press, 2003.  328.7309  CHURCH CHURCH

Lou Dobbs

  • CNN Anchor, Money magazine, U.S. News & World Report columnist
  • Space: the next business frontier  New York: Pocket Books, 2001.
  • Exporting America: why corporate greed is shipping American jobs overseas New York: Warner Business Books, 2004.  327.73 DOBBS 2004
  • War on the middle class: how the government, big business,  and special interests are waging war on the American dream and how to fight back  Viking, 2006.

Ezra Taft Benson

  • 1899-1994, Secretary of Agriculture and President of the Mormon Church
  • Ezra Taft Benson: a biography [Sheri L. Dew] Salt Lake City, Utah:  Desert Book Co., 1987.  289.332 DEW
  • Cross Fire: the eight years with Eisenhower [Ezra Taft Benson] Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1962. RNW 973.921 B443C

William Borah

  • 1865-1940, Idaho Senator, 1907-1940
  • Borah of Idaho [by Claudius Osborne Johnson] New York, Toronto: Longmans,  Green and co, 1936 RNW  LOC B  B6444
  • The Spearless Leader; Senator Borah and the  progressive movement in the  1920's [by  LeRoy Ashby] Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1972. 320.973 AS34S
  • A Lion among the liberals: Senator William Borah and the rise of New Deal liberalism [by Kevin Charles Murphy]
  • Song of a cynic: song of Borah [Donald A. Wells]  S.l.: s.n., 1988  328.7309 BORAH WELLS
  • William E. Borah and American foreign policy [Robert James Maddox] Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1970 328.7309 BORAH MADDOX
  • News articles on the life and works of honorable William E. Borah, late a senator from the state of Idaho [William K. Hutchinson] Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1940 328.7309 BORAH HUTCHIN

Chief Joseph

  • 1840-1904, Nez Perce Leader
  • Chief Joseph and the Nez Perces: a photographic history [Bill Moeller] Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Pub., 1995. 970.3  NEZ PER MOELLER
  • Days with Chief Joseph [Erskine Wood] Portland, OR: Binfords & Mort, 19?? RNW 970.2  W85D
  • That all my people may be one people, send rain to wash the face of the earth [Chief Joseph] Sitka, AK: Mountain Meadow Press, 1995.  970.3 NEZ PER  JOSEPH JOSEPH
  • "I will fight no more forever": Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War [Merrill D. Beal] Seattle: University of Washington Press,  1966.  970.3 NEZ PER JOSEPH BEAL 1966
  • Nez Perce Joseph, an account of his ancestors,  his lands, his confederates,  his enemies, his murders,  his war, his pursuit and capture [O.O. Howard] Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1881. RNW 970.3 H83N  LOC
  •  Chief Joseph speaks: selected statements and speeches by the Nez Perce chief  From PBS Archives of the West.

Averill Harriman

  • 1891-1986, Railroad Tycoon, Sun Valley Promoter and Diplomat
  • American and Russia in a changing world; a half century of personal observation Garden City, NY: Doubleday. 1971. 327.47 H236A
  • Special envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941-1946  New York: Random House,  1975. 940.532 H236S
  • Spanning the century: the life of W. Averill Harriman, 1891-1986 [Rudy Abramson] New York:W. Morrow, 1992. 973.9092 ABRAMSO
  • Oral history interview with Harriman.  An electronic publication of the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.

Frank W. Steunenberg

  • 1861-1905, Governor
  • Big Trouble: a murder in a small western town sets off a struggle for the soul of America  by Anthony J. Lukas, Simon & Schuster, 1997. 979.6031 LUKAS
  • The Martyr of Idaho by Frank Steunenberg  College Place, Washington, 1974.

Glen Taylor

  • 1904- , U.S. Senator, Inventor of the "Taylor Topper"
  • Liberal from Idaho: the public career of Senator Glen H. Taylor Pullman, WA: the author, 1968
  • Prophet without honor; Glen H. Taylor & the fight for American liberalism [Frank Ross Peterson] Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1974.  328.7309 TAYLOR PETERSO
  • The way it was with me [Glen Taylor]Secaucus, NJ: L. Stuart, 1979. 328.7309 TAYLOR TAYLOR



Glenn Balch

  • 1902-1989, Children's Writer
  • Glenn Balch, an interview with a Western writer [videorecording] a production of the Simplot/Micron Technology Center ;executive producer, Elise Balch. Boise, Idaho : The Center, 1988. VIDEO 813.52 BALCH GLENN B
  • Tiger roan New York: Crowell, 1938.  RNW FICTION BALCH
  • Indian paint, the story of an Indian pony New York: Crowell, 1942 FICTION BALCH G
  • Christmas horse New York: Crowell, 1949. RNW FICTION BALCH
  • The Midnight colt New York: Crowell, 1952. RNW FICTION BALCH
  • The young sportsman's  guide to western horseback riding.   New York : T. Nelson, 1965.  798 B189Y
  • Glenn Balch: A Biographical Sketch  [by Alan Virta, Head of Special Collections at Boise State University's Albertsons Library]

Mathew Barney

Polly Bemis

  • 1853-1933, Chinese-American Idaho Pioneer
  • Idaho County's  most romantic character, Polly Bemis by Alfreda M. Elsensohn Cottonwood, ID: Idaho Corp. of Benedictine Sisters, 1979. RNW NW B Bemis  Elsenso
  • Polly Bemis, a Chinese-American pioneer [by Priscilla Wegars] Cambridge, ID: Backeddy Books, 2003 . J B Bemis Wegars
  • Thousand pieces of gold: a biographical novel [Ruthanne  Lum McCunn] Boston: Beacon Press, 1988. FICTION MCCUNN R

Gutzon Borglum

  • 1867-1941, Sculptor of Mount Rushmore
  • Great white fathers: the story of the obsessive quest to create Mount Rushmore [by John Taliaferro] New York: Public Affairs, 2002 . 978.393 TALIEFE
  • Gutzon Borglum: His life and work [by Robin Borglum Carter] Austin, Tex.: Eakin Press,  1998. 730.973 BORGLUM CARTER
  • The carving of Mount Rushmore [Rex Alan Smith] New York: Abbeville Press, 1985. 730.924 SMITH
  • Borglum's unfinished dream [June Culp Zeitner] Aberdeen, S.D.: North Plains Press, 1976. 978.39 Z37B

Carol Brink

  • 1895-1981, Writer, 1936 Newberry Award medal winner for her book, Caddie Woodlawn
  • Buffalo coat New York : Macmillan Company, 1944.  FICTION BRINK
  • A Chain of hands   Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1993. 813.52 BRINK BRINK
  • Four girls on a homestead  Moscow, Idaho: Latah County Museum Society, 1977. 813.52 BRINK BRINK
  • Carol Ryrie Brink [Mary E. Reed] Boise, Idaho: Boise State University,  1991. 813.52 BRINK REED
  • Caddie Woodlawn  New York: MacMillan,  1973.  J BRINK
  • Strangers in the forest  New York: MacMillan,  1959.  FICTION BRINK

James Castle

  • 1900-1977, Artist
  • James Castle & the book [Tom Trusky] Boise, Idaho: Idaho Center for the Book, 1999.  RNW 702.81 CASTLE TRUSKY
  • James Castle: his life and art [Tom Trusky] Boise, Idaho: Idaho Center for the Book, 2004. RNW 702.81 CASTLE TRUSKY
  •  James Castle : online resources by Derek Beaulieu

Vardis Fisher

  • 1895-1968, Writer
  • Rediscovering Vardis Fisher: Centennial essays [Joseph M. Flora, ed] Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho Press, 2000 813.52 FISHER  REDISCO
  • Vardis Fisher: the frontier and regional works [Wayne Chatterton] Boise, Idaho: Boise State College, 1972. 928 W252 No.1
  • The Clore collection of  Vardis Fisher research materials: a guide [Boise State University Library, Special Collections Department] Boise, Idaho: The Library, 1989. RNW 813.5209 CLORE C
  • Children of God: an American epic  New York, London: Harper & Bros., 1939 RNW FICTION FISHER
  • City of illusion, a novel  New York, London: Harper Bros., 1941 FICTION FISHER V
  • Dark Bridwell Boston, New York:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931. FICTION FISHER V
  • The Divine passion New York: Vanguard Press, 1948 RNW FICTION FISHER
  • Mountain Man: a novel of male and female in  the early American West New York: Morrow, 1965. FICTION FISHER V
  • Tiger on the road [Tim Woodward] Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1989. 813.52 Fisher Woodwar
  • Toilers of the Hills Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1933. RNW FICTION FISHER

Mary Hallock Foote

  • 1847-1938, Writer, Illustrator
  • A Victorian gentlewoman in the far West:  the reminiscences of  Mary Hallock Foote San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1992.  813.4 FOOTE FOOTE 1992
  • The chosen valley  Boston: Houghton  Mifflin,  1892.  RNW FICTION FOOTE
  • Mary Hallock Foote: pioneer woman illustrator  [Doris Bickford-Swarthout] Deansboro, NY: Berry Hill Press, 1996. 813.4 FOOTE BICKFOR
  • The Idaho stories and Far West illustrations of Mary Hallock Foote  Pocatello, Idaho:  Idaho State University Press, 1988. 813.4 FOOTE

Mark Furhman

  • Writer
  • Murder in Brentwood Washington, DC: Regnery Pub., 1997.  364.1523 SIMPSON FUHRMAN
  • Murder in Greenwich: who killed Martha Moxley? New York: Cliff Street Books, 1998. 364.1523 FUHRMAN
  • Lawrence Henry Gipson 1880-1971 Historian and Pulitzer Prize winner. First Rhodes Scholar from Idaho.
  • The Coming of the revolution, 1763-1775. New York: Harper, 1954. 973.3 G44C

Gene Harris

  • 1933-2000, Jazz pianist
  • Elegant soul: the life and music of Gene Harris Caldwell, ID: Caxton Press, 2005. 786.2165 HARRIS HARRIS
  •  Boise State University's Gene Harris Jazz Festival Web page.

Ernest Hemingway

  • 1899-1961, Writer
  • Hemingway: a life without consequences [James R. Mellow] Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992. 813.52 HEMINGW MELLOW
  • Papa Hemingway; a personal memoir [A.E. Hotchner] New York: Random House, 1966. 813.52 HEMINGW HOTCHNE
  • The young Hemingway [Michael S. Reynolds] Oxford, UK; New York, NY, USA: B. Blackwell, 1987. 813.52 HEMINGW REYNOLD v.01
  • Hemingway, the Paris years [Michael S. Reynolds] Oxford, UK; Cambridge, MA, USA: Blackwell, 1989 813.52 HEMINGW REYNOLD v.02
  • Hemingway: the final years [Michael S. Reynolds] New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1999. 813.52 HEMINGW REYNOLD
  • Hemingway: the 1930s [Michael S. Reynolds] New York: W.W. Norton, Co., 1997. 813.52 HEMINGW REYNOLD v.04
  • Ernest Hemingway; a life story [Carlos Baker] New York: Scribner, 1969 813.52 HEMINGW BAKER
  •  The Ernest Hemingway Foundation at Oak Park provides much biographical information.
  •  The Hemingway Resources Center.

Michael Hoffman

  • Film Director
  • Elmer Keith 1899-1984 Writer, Outdoorsman Keith: an autobiography New York: Winchester Press, 1974 799.2 K269K
  • Sixguns by Keith, the standard reference Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Co., 1965 RNW 683 K269S
  •   Twenty years with Elmer Keith from Guns & Ammo magazine

David Lynch

Doug Martsch

  • Musician, Built to Spill

Patrick McManus

  • Writer, humorist They shoot canoes, don't they? New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1981. 796.5 MCMANUS
  • Never sniff a gift fish New York: H. Holt, 1984. 799.0207 MCMANUS
  • Whatchagot stew: a memoir of an Idaho Childhood, with recipes and commentaries New York: H. Holt, 1990  641.5973 MCMANUS
  • How I got this way New York: H. Holt, 1994  814.54 MCMANUS

Jack O'Connor

  • Writer, Outdoorsman
  • Horse and buggy West; a boyhood on the last frontier New York: Knopf, 1969 917.91  OC1H
  • Jack O'Connor's gun book Prescott, AZ: Wolfe Pub. Co, 1992 799.2028 OCONNOR
  • The art of hunting big game in North America New York, Knopf, 1967. 799.2609 OCONNOR

Ezra Pound

  • 1885-1972, Poet
  • The correspondence of Ezra Pound and Senator William Borah [ed. by Sarah C. Holmes] Urbana: University of Illinois Press,  2001.  811.52 POUND
  • The cantos of Ezra Pound New York: New Direction, 1948 RNW 811 P865C LOC
  • Personae, the collected poems of Ezra Pound, including Ripostes, Lustra, Homage to Sextus Propertius, H.S.  Mauberly New York: Boni and Liveright,  1926. RNW 811 P86P LOC
  • The trial of Ezra Pound; a documented account of the treason case, by the defendant's lawyer, Julien Cornell[Julien Cornell New York: J. Day Co., 1966.  811.52 POUND CORNELL
  • The translations of Ezra Pound New York: New Directions, 1953. 808.8 POUND
  •  From the Electronic Poetry Center at SUNY-Buffalo

Paul Revere

  • 1940- , Entertainer, Musician
  • Paul Revere & the Raiders: history rebeats itself! [Claudia M. Doege] Reno, NV: Dia Press, 1985 781.66 REVERE DOEGE
  •  Official Web site for Paul Revere and the Raiders

Nell Shipman

  • 1892-1970, Actress, Writer, Director
  • Letters from God's Country: Nell Shipman, selected correspondence & writings, 1912-1970 [selected & edited by Tom Trusky; with the assistance of Alan Virta] Boise, Idaho: Boise State University, 2003   791.4302 SHIPMAN SHIPMAN
  • The silent screen and my talking heart: an autobiography  Boise, Idaho:  Boise State University 791.4302 SHIPMAN SHIPMAN 1987
  • Under the crescent; illustrated with scenes from the photo play produced and copyrighted by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company  New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1915.
  • Volume 1, A girl from God's country  (DVD) 2006, Idaho Film collection, Hemingway Western Studies Center,  Boise State University
  • Biographical sketch of Nell Shipman by Alan Virta, Specials Collections Librarian at Boise State University's Albertsons Library


  • Shoshone guide to Lewis & Clark
  • Sacagewea speaks: beyond the shining mountains with Lewis & Clark [Joyce  Badgley Hunsaker] Guilford, CT: Two Dot Books, 2001  970.3 SHOSHON SACAGEW HUNSAKE
  • Sacagewea  [Harold  P. Howard] Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1971  970.3 SHOSHON SACAGAW HOWARD
  • Sacagewea: a guide and interpreter of the Lewis and Clark  expedition, with an account  of travels  of Toussaint Charbonneau and of Jean Baptiste, the expedition papoose [Grace Raymond Hebard] Glendale, CA:  A.H. Clark Co., 1933. RNW 970.2 H35

Rosalie Sorrels

Curtis Stigers

John Taffin

  • Gun Writer
  • Action shooting cowboy style: an in-depth look at America's hottest new shooting  game  Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1997  OV RNW 799.311 TAFFIN
  • Big bore handguns Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002  OV 623.443 TAFFIN
  • Big bore sixguns Iola, WI: Krause Publications,  1999  RNW  683.436 TAFFIN

Lana Turner

  • "Sweater Girl", Actress
  • Lana: the life and loves of Lana Turner [Jane Ellen Wayne] New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. 791.4302 TURNER WAYNE
  • Lana- the lady, the legend, the  truth  New York: Dutton, 1982. 791.4302 TURNER TURNER
  • The golden girls of MGM [Jane Ellen Wayne] New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003  791.4302 WAYNE 2003

Ted Trueblood

  • Writer, Outdoorsman
  • The Ted Trueblood collection at Boise State University: a guide to the papers of one  of America's  foremost outdoor writers and conservationists [Mary Hepworth-Carter] Boise, Idaho: Boise State University, Albertsons Library, Special Collections Dept., 2000 RNW 799.092 TRUEBLO CARTERH
  • The Ted Trueblood hunting treasury  New York, McKay, 1978. 799.2 T766TT
  • The angler's handbook New York: Crowell, 1949. RNW 799.1 T766

  • The Ted Trueblood Collection at Boise State University: a guide to the papers of one of America's foremost outdoor writers and conservationists [Mary Carter-Hepworth, Sarah B. Davis, and Alan Virta]



Bill Buckner

  • Baseball player

Harmon Killebrew

  • 1936- Baseball, World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, and National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Harmon Killebrew, baseball's superstar [Wayne J. Anderson] Salt Lake City, Deseret Book, Co. , 1971. RNW  796.357 AN24H
  • The Harmon Killebrew story [Hal Butler] New York: J. Messner, 1966.  796.357  B977H

Larry Jackson

  • Baseball player, former Idaho legislator

Jerry Kramer

  • 1936- , Football player, Green Bay Packers
  • Instant replay; the Green Bay Packer diary of Jerry Kramer New York: World Pub., 1968.  NW 796.33 K86I

Jake Plummer

  • NFL quarterback

Gary Stevens

  • Jockey/Actor
  • The perfect ride [Gary Stevens with Mervyn Kaufman] New York: Citadel Press, 2002.
  • Gary Stevens Web Site

Picabo Street

  • 1971- , Skier, Olympic Gold medalist
  • Picabo: nothing to hide [Picabo Street with Diane White] Chicago: Contemporary Books, 2002. 796.935 STREET 



Philo T. Farnsworth

  • 1906-1971, Inventor of Television
  • Philo T. Farnsworth: the father of television [Donald G. Godfrey] Salt Lake City:  University of Utah Press, 2001. 621.388 FARNSWO GODFREY
  • TV's forgotten hero:  the story of Philo Farnsworth [Stephanie Sammartino  McPherson] Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1996 J B FARNSWO MCPHERS
  • The last lone inventor: a tale of genius, deceit, and the birth of television [Evan I. Schwartz] New York: HarperCollins, 2002 621.388 FARNSWO SCHWART
  • The boy genius and the mogul: the untold story of television [Daniel Stashower] New York: Broadway Books, 2002 621.388 STASHOW
  • The boy who invented television: a story of inspiration, persistence, and quiet passion [Paul Schatzkin] Silver Springs, MD: TeamCom Books, 2002. 621.388 SCHATZK

Malcolm Renfrew

Darwin K. Vest

  • Hobo Spider Expert
  • The Hobo Spider Web Site
  • Vest, D.K. (1987): Envenomation by Tegenaria agrestis (Walckenaer) spiders in rabbits. Toxicon. 25(2), pp. 221-224.
  • Vest, D.K. (1987): Necrotic arachnidism in the northwest United States and its probable relationship to Tegenaria agrestis (Walckenaer) spiders. Toxicon. 25(2), pp. 175-184.


Standards for inclusion: In general, all those listed as notable Idahoans were either born, raised, or moved to Idaho and spent some significant portion of time here. One need not have gained notoriety while residing here to make the list. For example, Lana Turner was born and raised here (Wallace) but gained considerably more fame after graduating from Hollywood High School in Los Angeles and becoming known as the "Sweater Girl". Also, something credible must have been published on the individual, either in print or on the Web, from which we can compile a brief bibliography.

Last Update: April, 2007


Last updated: December 27, 2013 - 2:10pm by farrit