Virginia is home to more U.S. Presidents than any other state, but did you know Virginia is also…
Meet the notable figures of Virginia's past. These names influenced and shaped Virginia and the United States the way we know it today.
Colonial & Revolutionary
- George Washington - (1732-1799) America's first president
- Thomas Jefferson - (1743-1826) Wrote the Declaration of Independence
- Nathaniel Bacon (1647-1676) led "Bacon's Rebellion" against British authority in 1676
- George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) Charlottesville; Revolutionary War soldier captured Northwest Territories from British
- Patrick Henry (1736-1799) Hanover; orator, patriot leader, governor; Home:Red Hill; Famous Speech: St. John's Episcopal Church, Richmond
- Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee (1756-1818) Prince William County; Revolutionary War hero; father of Robert E. Lee
- Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) Westmoreland County; presented the proposal for independence to Continental Congress in 1776; Home:Stratford Hall
- George Mason (1725-1792) FairfaxCounty; author of Virginia Declaration of Rights; Home: Gunston Hall
- Daniel Morgan (1736-1802) Shenandoah Valley; Revolutionary War soldier; leader of "Morgan's Rifles"
- Pocahontas (1595-1617) daughter of Indian Chief Powhatan; married John Rolfe
- Peyton Randolph (1721-1775) Williamsburg; President of First Continental Congress
- John Smith (1579-1631) leader of first settlement at Jamestown
- George Wythe (1726-1806) Hampton; first professor of law in an American college, the College of William and Mary
- James Madison (1751-1836) Father of the Constitution, wrote the Bill of Rights
- James Monroe (1758-1831) The last of the Founding Fathers to serve as a president.
- Stephen F. Austin (1793-1836) leader of Texas independence from Mexico movement
- James Barbour (1775-1842) Orange County; Secretary of War (1825-1828)
- William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) His inauguration speech was the longest to date and he served just 33 days in office.
- John Tyler (1790-1862) Was the Chancellor of the College of William and Mary
- Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) Was a career military officer for 40 years (1808-1848) before becoming out 12th president.
- Philip P. Barbour (1783-1841); Speaker of the House (1821-1823), Supreme Court Justice (1836-1841)
- Henry Clay (1777-1852) Hanover County; famous orator and statesman; moved to Kentucky after youth in Virginia
- Peter V. Daniel (1784 – 1860) Stafford County; Supreme Court Justice(1841-1860); Burial:Hollywood Cemetery
- John B. Floyd (1806 – 1863) Smithfield; Governor of Virginia (1849-1852); Secretary of War (1857-1861)
- Thomas W. Gilmer Secretary of the Navy (1844)
- Sam Houston (1793-1863) Rockbridge County; Governor of Tennessee (1827-1829); first President of Republic of Texas (1836-1838)
- Charles Lee (1731-1782) Cheshire, England; Attorney General (1795-1801)
- John Marshall (1755-1835) Fauquier County; Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1805-1835)
- John Y. Mason (1799-1859) Greensville County; Secretary of the Navy (1844-1849), Attorney General (1845-1846)
- Edmund Randolph (1753-1813) Williamsburg; First Attorney General of the United States (1789-1794); Secretary of State (1794-1795); Governor of Virginia (1786)
- John Randolph (1727-1784) Williamsburg; congressman, political writer
- Winfield Scott(1786-1866) Petersburg; General, hero of Mexican-American War
- Alexander H. H. Stuart (1807-1891) Staunton; Secretary of the Interior (1850-1853)
- Abel P. Upshur (1790-1844) Northampton County; Secretary of the Navy (1841-1843)
- William Wirt (1772-1834) Bladensburg, MD; Attorney General (1817-1829)
- Hollywood Cemetery
- Jubal Early (1816–1894)Franklin County; Confederate general
- A.P. Hill (1825-1865) Culpeper; Confederate general; Burial: A Monument in Richmond at corners of Hermitage Rd. and Laburnum Ave.
- Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) Clarksburg; Confederate general; Burial: Lexington, VA
- Joseph E. Johnston (1807-1891) Prince Edward County; Confederate general; first commander of Confederate Army
- Fitzhugh Lee (1835-1905) Confederate general; Governor of Virginia; commanded United States forces in Cuba during Spanish-American War (1898); Burial: Hollywood Cemetery
- Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) Westmoreland County; Commanding general, Confederate Army of Northern Virginia; Birth:Stratford Hall; Residence:Arlington House
- John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) Edgemont; "The Gray Ghost", Confederate cavalry commander
- George Pickett (1825-1875) Richmond; Confederate general, led fateful charge at Battle of Gettysburg; Burial:Hollywood Cemetery
- J.E.B. Stuart (1933-1864) Patrick County; Confederate general; Birthplace: Laurel Hill Plantation; Burial: Hollywood Cemetery
- Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) Created the Fourteen Points, one of which called for the creation of a worldwide association of nations that would later become the League of Nations in the Treaty of Versailles.
- Henry H. Fowler(1908-2000) Roanoke; Secretary of the Treasury(1965-1968)
- Carter Glass (1858-1946) Lynchburg; Secretary of the Treasury (1918-1920)
- John O. Marsh Jr (1926- ) Winchester; Secretary of the Army (1980-1989)
- Lewis F. Powell Jar. (1907-1998) Suffolk; Supreme Court Justice (1972-1990)
- Claude A. Swanson (1862-1939) Pittsylvania County; Secretary of the Navy (1933-1940)
- Maggie L. Walker (1867-1934) Richmond; first female bank president in America, advocate of black women's rights
- John W. Warner (1927- ) Amherst County; Secretary of the Navy (1972-1974); U.S. Senator (1979-2009)
- L. Douglas Wilder (1931- ) Richmond; First elected African-American Governor in U.S. history