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Jeremiah Wadsworth -- b.7/12/1743 d.4/30/1804 (60)
Revolutionary, Entrepreneur

Lech Walesa -- b.9/29/1943
Labor Leader, Polish
Misc: Solidarity founder & Nobel laureate

Charles Walgreen Jr. -- b.3/4/1906 d.2/10/2007 (100)
Misc: drugstore chain

Charles Rudolph Walgreen -- b.10/9/1873 d.12/11/1939 (66)
Misc: drugstore chain founder

DeWitt Wallace -- b.11/12/1889 d.3/30/1981 (91)
Publisher, Philanthropist
Misc: Founded Readers Digest with Lila Bell

Lila Bell Acheson Wallace -- b.12/25/1889 d.5/8/1984 (94)
Publisher, Editor, Philanthropist, Canadian
Misc: Founded Readers Digest with hubby Dewitt

James L. "Bud" Walton -- b.12/20/1921 d.3/21/1995 (73)
Misc: co-founded Wal-Mart with brother Sam

Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton -- b.3/29/1918 N.S. d.4/5/1992 N.S. (74)
Names/Places: b. in Kingfisher, OK
Misc: CEO; built Wal-Mart empire in 1962

John Wanamaker -- b.7/11/1838 d.12/12/1922 (84)
Inventor, Pioneer, Businessperson
Misc: developed deptpartment store merchandising

Dr. An Wang -- b.2/7/1920 d.3/24/1990 (70)
Engineer, Inventor, Businessperson, Chinese
Misc: founded WANG computer makers; computer memory core; some say b. Feb 2

Aaron Montgomery Ward -- b.2/17/1843 d.12/7/1913 (70)
Misc: founded Montgomery Ward stores the 1st mail-order firm

Albert Warner -- b.7/23/1884 d.11/26/1967 (83)
Businessperson, Film Executive, Movie Producer, Canadian
Misc: Warner Bros. co-founder

Jack Leonard Warner -- b.8/2/1892 d.9/9/1978 (86)
Businessperson, Film Executive, Canadian
Misc: He was co-founder with his brother Harry of Warner Brothers Pictures Inc.

Kurt Warner -- b.6/22/1971
Philanthropist, Sports Analyst, NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: Super Bowl XXXIV MVP, 4x Pro Bowl; in the Iowa Barnstormers and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Barnstormers (1995-1997) Amsterdam Admirals (1998) St. Louis Rams (1998-2003) New York Giants (2004) Arizona Cardinals (2005-2009)

Sam Warner -- b.8/10/1887 d.10/5/1927 (40)
Businessperson, Film Executive, Canadian
Misc: Warner Brothers Co. co-founder

Worcester Reed Warner -- b.5/6/1846 d.6/25/1929 (83)
Astronomer, Engineer, Inventor, Philanthropist
Misc: pioneer in the machine-tool industry, benefactor to science, and co-founder of Warner and Swasey Company

Nathan Wartels -- b.1/19/1902 d.2/7/1990 (88)
Publisher, Founder
Misc: Crown Publishers founder

Lewis Waterman -- b.11/18/1837 d.5/1/1901 (63)
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: fountain pens

Thomas John Watson Jr. -- b.2/17/1874 d.6/19/1956 (82)
Industrialist, Computer Company Executive
Misc: IBM Corporation president, chariman and CEO 1914-56

Alice Faye Wattleton -- b.7/8/1943
Misc: of Planned Parenthood

Meshech Weare -- b.1/16/1713 d.1/14/1786 (72)
Revolutionary, Lawyer, Farmer
Misc: the first President of New Hampshire 1776-1785

Roy Weber -- b.9/17/1916 d.4/25/1993 (76)
Businessperson, Restaurateur
Misc: Anthony's Fish Grotto founder

Mandell Weiss -- b.4/22/1891 d.12/29/1993 (102)
Businessperson, Philanthropist

John Francis "Jack" Welch Jr. -- b.11/19/1935
Author, Engineer, Businessperson, Executive
Misc: former General Electric CEO & chairman; wasn't he the one who refused to shake David Letterman's hand?

William F. Weld -- b.7/31/1945
Politician, Governor, Attorney, Businessperson

Frank Wells -- b.3/4/1932 d.4/3/1994 (62)
Businessperson, Executive
Misc: Disney CEO & president; he was responsible for the films "Pretty Woman", "Aladdin", and "Sister Act"

Henry Wells -- b.12/12/1805 d.12/10/1878 (72)
Businessperson, Executive
Misc: with partner William Fargo, founded Wells Fargo & Co. in 1852 and the American Express Co.; operated the pony express

Daniel Wesson -- b.5/18/1825 d.8/4/1906 (81)
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: firearms; founded (Horace) Smith & Wesson Co.

Irvin Westheimer -- b.9/19/1879 d.12/31/1980 (101)
Misc: the founder of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

George Westinghouse -- b.10/6/1846 d.3/12/1914 (67)
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: The Air Brake, founded own company, Standardized U.S. current; held 400 patents

Perc Westmore -- b.10/29/1904 d.9/30/1970 (65)
Artist, Cosmetic Executive, British
Misc: make-up artist

Edward Weston -- b.5/9/1850 d.8/20/1936 (86)
Inventor, Manufacturer, American, British

Jerry Wexler -- b.1/10/1917 N.S. d.8/15/2008 N.S. (91)
Journalist, Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter
Misc: Instrumental in popularizing soul music to white audiences. Worked with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and many others.

Joseph Wharton -- b.3/3/1826 d.1/11/1909 (82)
Industrialist, Philanthropist
Misc: Refined Nickel

Dana White -- b.7/28/1969 N.S.
Entrepreneur, Fighting Figure
Misc: played a major role in the rise of the popularity of the mixed martial arts organization known as the UFC.

Marco Pierre White -- b.12/11/1961 N.S.
Author, Chef, Restaurateur, English

Vanna White -- b.2/18/1957
Merchant, Game Show Assistant
Names/Places: RFN:Giovanna; b. in Conway, SC
Misc: Dr. Dave sang "Vanna, Pick Me a Letter" in her honor; Weird Al Yankovic sang "Stuck in the Closet with Vanna White."
Group Names: Wheel of Fortune (letter turner)

Norman Whitfield -- b.5/12/1941 d.9/16/2008 (67)
Executive, Music Producer, Songwriter
Misc: co-wrote a string of Motown classics including "War" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."

Asa Whitney -- b.12/1/1791 d.8/??/1872
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: Railroad car wheels; b. in 1797?

Harry Whitney -- b.4/29/1872 d.10/26/1930 (58)

John Hay Whitney -- b.8/17/1904 d.2/8/1982 (77)
Publisher, Diplomat, Philanthropist, Sports Figure

Richard Whitney -- b.8/1/1888 d.12/5/1974 (86)
Businessperson, Executive
Misc: NYSE prez 1930s

Robert C. Wian -- b.6/15/1914 d.3/31/1992 (77)
Founder, Restaurateur
Misc: Bob's Big Boy

Tom Wiggin -- b.7/6/1955
Writer, Entrepreneur, Actor
TV Shows: Breaking Away (as Mike)
Movie Titles: Iron Jawed Angels

William Wilberforce -- b.8/24/1759 d.7/29/1833 (73)
Politician, Philanthropist, Social Reformer, British
Misc: House of Commons; campaigned successfully for the abolition of slavery (1807) in the British Empire.

Emma Hart Willard -- b.2/23/1787 d.4/15/1870 (83)
Founder, Educator
Misc: Women's Christian Temperance Union

Sir George Williams -- b.10/11/1821 d.11/6/1905 (84)
Philanthropist, British
Misc: organized the YMCA so that the Village People could sing about it.

Jonathan Williams -- b.5/20/1751 d.5/16/1815 (63)
Soldier, Engineer, Merchant

William Williams -- b.4/23/1731 d.8/2/1811 (80)
Revolutionary, Merchant
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

John Willys -- b.10/25/1873 d.8/26/1935 (61)
Misc: developed the Jeep (tm) for the military

Charles E. Wilson -- b.7/18/1890 d.9/26/1961 (71)
Businessperson, Executive
Misc: President of General Motors (1940-53)/Secretary of Defense (1953-57)

Peter Wilson -- b.3/8/1913 presumed deceased
Businessperson, British

Ralph Wilson Jr. -- b.10/17/1918 d.3/25/2014 (95)
Businessperson, NFL Owner
Misc: 2x AFL champ, 4x AFC champ; Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame
Sports Teams: Buffalo Bills (founder and owner 1959-2014)

Samuel Wilson -- b.9/13/1766 d.7/31/1854 (87)
Revolutionary, Merchant
Misc: Original Uncle Sam

William Wilson -- b.4/2/1862 d.5/25/1934 (72)
Politician, Leader, Scotish
Misc: United Mine Workers of America

Oliver Winchester -- b.11/30/1810 d.12/11/1880 (70)
Industrialist, Manufacturer
Misc: famous rifle maker

Paul Wolfowitz -- b.12/22/1943
Misc: former World Bank Group president

Gar Wood -- b.12/4/1880 d.6/19/1971 (90)
Industrialist, Speedboat Racer
Misc: Powerboat champion racer

Louise Wood -- b.2/19/1910 d.5/16/1988 (78)
Misc: director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)

Nick Woodman -- b.6/24/1975 N.S.
Misc: GoPro high-definition camcorder company founder and head

Frank Winfield Woolworth -- b.4/13/1852 N.S. d.4/8/1919 N.S. (66)
Misc: created the 5 & 10 chain Woolworth's

Cal Worthington -- b.11/27/1920 d.9/8/2013 (92)
Businessperson, Commercial Actor
Misc: Car Dealer; "Here's Cal Worthington and His Dog Spot" Go See Cal ads in Southern California

Warren Wright -- b.9/25/1875 d.12/28/1950 (75)
Misc: breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses

Marian Wright-Edelman -- b.6/6/1939
Attorney/Lawyer, Founder, Civil Rights Leader
Misc: Children's Defense Fund president

Charles Wrightsman -- b.6/13/1895 d.5/27/1986 (90)
Businessperson, Philanthropist
Misc: Standard Oil president

Philip "P.K." Wrigley -- b.12/5/1894 N.S. d.4/12/1977 N.S. (82)
Businessperson, Sports Figure, MLB Owner
Misc: Wrigley Field, & Wrigley Chewing Gum owner
Sports Teams: Chicago Cubs (owner 1932-77)

William Wrigley III -- b.1/21/1933 d.3/8/1999 (66)
Misc: president and CEO of his chewing gum co.

William Wrigley Jr. -- b.9/30/1861 d.1/26/1932 (70)
Businessperson, Executive, Industrialist, Sports Figure
Names/Places: b. in Chicago
Misc: Wrigley's chewing gum prez & founder; some say b. Sep 3
Sports Teams: Chicago Cubs (founder)

Walter B. Wriston -- b.8/3/1919 d.1/19/2005 (85)
Misc: former chairman and CEO of Citicorp.

Jerry Wurf -- b.5/18/1919 d.12/10/1981 (62)
Labor Leader

Rudolph Wurlitzer -- b.1/31/1831 d.1/14/1914 (82)
Inventor, Manufacturer, German
Misc: the first automatic electric playing organs (Gee Dad It's a Wurlitzer!); born between Jan 30 and Feb 1

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