You might be surprised at how many famous people there are in Sedalia
Believe it or not, there is a whole list of famous people in Sedalia. From actors to politicians, the list goes on.
Depending on the source of the list, Wikipedia defines what should be included:
The following is a list of individuals who were born, lived, or otherwise associated with the American city of Sedalia, Missouri; they are known as Sedalians.
Starting in alphabetical order, that is, who is deemed famous by category, we start with Actors:
- Lucille McVey – She was a screenwriter and silent film actress. You might recognize some of the names of his relatives: John, Lionel and Ethel Barrymore. She was related to the three by marriage.
- Jack Oakie – He worked on radio, stage and television, but was best known for his lead role in films. He received an Oscar nomination for his role in the 1940 film The Great Dictator.
To move on to the Music category, you need to start with one of Sedalia-Scott Joplin’s most recognizable musicians. Others include the following:
- Scott Hayden – He wrote his own music and collaborated with Scott Joplin on other ragtime tracks.
- Leroy Van Dyke – Leroy was actually born in Mora, but his closeness and association with State Fair City puts him on this list.
The army has a long list of distinguished Sedalians. Four were generals in the United States Army while a military born in Sedalia gained notoriety as the first airmen to be killed in WWII. George Allison Whiteman was killed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Another Sedalian that I think is worth mentioning is JL Babcock. He was mayor of Sedalia for four different terms. The first time was in 1901, when he took office after the death of Mayor John D. Crawford. Babcock’s last term was from 1924 to 1928.
There are many more remarkable people who were considered Sedalians because of being born, living or being associated with Sedalia. Hoping for another list of these great sedalians in the near future.