Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell's life's work.
Andrew Carnegie (25 November 1835 – 11 August 1919) was a Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, entrepreneur and a major philanthropist. He was one of the most famous leaders of industry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He emigrated to the United States as a child with his parents. His first job in the United States was as a messenger boy, and he progressed up the ranks of a telegraph company. He built Pittsburgh's Carnegie Steel Company, which was later merged with Elbert H.
John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) was the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. Although he made enemies among America's political elites, his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day.
David Byrne (born May 14, 1952) is a Scottish-born musician and artist best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, which was active between 1974 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his own solo projects on record, and worked in a variety of media, including film, photography, opera, and Internet-based projects. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards for his achievements.
James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798), one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was a lawyer born in Carskerdo, Scotland, and a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. Wilson was elected twice to the Continental Congress, and was a major force in drafting the United States Constitution. A leading legal theoretician, he was one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States.
John Muir (21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914) was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas.
John Witherspoon (February 15, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New Jersey (1768-94), he was both the only active clergyman and college president to sign the Declaration.
William Law "Willie" Anderson (21 October 1879 – 25 October 1910) was a Scottish immigrant to the United States who became the first golfer to win four U.S. Opens, with victories in 1901, 1903, 1904, and 1905. He is still the only man to win three consecutive titles, and only Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus have equalled his total of four championships. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Anderson was born in North Berwick, in East Lothian, Scotland.
Thomas Dickson Armour (September 24, 1894 – September 11, 1968) was a Scottish-American professional golfer. He was nicknamed The Silver Scot. Armour was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and educated at Fettes College and Edinburgh University. During his service in World War I, Armour rose from a private to Staff Major in the Tank Corps. His conduct earned him an audience with George V.
Alexander Wilson (July 6, 1766 – August 23, 1813) was a Scottish-American poet, ornithologist, naturalist and illustrator. Wilson was born in Paisley, Scotland, the son of an illiterate distiller. In 1779 he was apprenticed as a weaver. His main interest at this time was in writing poetry, and his poems commenting on the unfair treatment of the weavers by their employers got him into trouble with the authorities.
James Porteous (1848-1922) was the Scottish-American inventor of the Fresno Scraper. James Porteous was born in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. His father, William Porteous, had been a wheelwright and blacksmith who built and repaired carriages, wagons and farm equipment. After learning his basic skills, James Porteous emigrated to the United States in 1873, at the age of 25, and settled in Santa Barbara, California.
John Hope "Jack" Peddie, also called Jock Peddie, (3 March 1876 – 20 October 1928) was a Scottish football player who played for various clubs in both England and Scotland, including Newcastle United, Manchester United, Plymouth Argyle and Hearts. As a Plymouth Argyle player he is most famous for scoring their first ever goals in the Western and Southern Leagues.
John McLane (February 27, 1852–April 13, 1911) was a furniture maker and politician from Milford, New Hampshire. He was Governor of New Hampshire from 1905 to 1907. He was born in Lennoxtown, in Scotland, the son of Alexander McLane and his wife Mary, née Hay, and was brought to America with his family in 1853, when he was one year old. They settled in Manchester, and moved to Milford in 1869.
James "Tama Jim" Wilson (August 16, 1835 – August 26, 1920) was a Scotland-born United States politician who served as United States Secretary of Agriculture for sixteen years during three presidencies, from 1897 to 1913. He holds the record as the longest-serving United States Cabinet member.
William Allan Neilson (1869 – 1946) was a Scottish-American educator, writer and lexicographer. He was president of Smith College between 1917 and 1939. He was born in Doune, Scotland. He taught at Bryn Mawr College from 1898 to 1900, Harvard from 1900 to 1904, Columbia from 1904 to 1906, and Harvard again from 1906 to 1917. He wrote on poetry and William Shakespeare and was the editor of Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition (1934).
John Brown Johnston (July 10, 1882 – January 11, 1960) was a Scottish American Democratic politician. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1886. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from New York and served from March 4, 1919 to March 3, 1921. He died in Brooklyn, New York.
Dominic Kinnear (born July 26, 1967 in Glasgow) is a Scottish-born American former soccer player. He is currently the head coach of Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. As a player, he began his professional career with Scottish club St. Johnstone, and went on to play for several teams in the United States and Mexico, including the San Jose Hawks, San Jose Clash, Tampa Bay Mutiny and Necaxa. He earned also earned 54 caps with the United States national team.
Alexander Milne Calder (August 23, 1846 – June 4, 1923) was an American sculptor best known for the architectural sculpture of Philadelphia City Hall. Both his son, Alexander Stirling Calder, and grandson, Alexander "Sandy" Calder, were to become significant sculptors in the 20th century.
Philip Murray (May 25, 1886 – November 9, 1952) was a steelworker and an American labor leader. One of the most important American labor leaders of the 20th century, he was the first president of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC), the first president of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA), and the longest-serving president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
David Bremner Henderson (March 14, 1840–February 25, 1906), a ten-term Republican congressman from Dubuque, Iowa, was the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1899 to 1903. He was first person representing a district west of the Mississippi River, and the only Iowan, to serve as Speaker.
Craig Ferguson (born May 17, 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He is the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, an Emmy Award-nominated late-night talk show that airs on CBS. In addition to hosting that program and performing stand-up comedy, Ferguson has written two books: Between the Bridge and the River, a novel, and American on Purpose, an autobiography.