Tacoma, WA

3 Famous People From Tacoma, Washington

Matt Lillywhite

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It's no secret that Tacoma is an incredible place to live. After all, there's so many incredible things to do and beautiful scenery around the local area.

In my opinion, it's certainly one of the greatest places in the country to live. And clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks that. Here's a list of several famous people who have called Tacoma home:

Edgar N. Eisenhower

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's older brother, Edgar Newton Eisenhower (January 19, 1889 – July 12, 1971), was an American lawyer and businessman. Eisenhower began practicing law in Tacoma, Washington, after receiving his law degree.

He has served on the boards of directors of the St. Regis Paper Company, the Puget Sound National Bank (now KeyBank), and the Harmon FS Manufacturing Company. He died on July 12, 1971, in Tacoma, Washington, at the age of 82. Eisenhower is buried in Lakewood's Mountain View Cemetery.

Michael Glatze

Michael Elliot Glatze is a former gay rights activist and co-founder of Young Gay America. After that, he came out as gay and became a conservative Christian.

Glatze was born in the city of Tacoma in the state of Washington. His mother was an agnostic and his father was a non-denominational Christian. Glatze's father died at the age of 13 from a heart attack, and his mother passed away when Michael was at the age of 19. Glatze graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative composition, as well as a minor in jazz.

Glatze currently works as a pastor in Yoder, Wyoming, at a small Evangelical Christian church. I Am Michael, a 2015 indie film starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto, and the short 2017 documentary Michael Lost and Found both tell his story.

Jo Koy

Jo Koy is the stage name of Joseph Glenn Herbert, an American stand-up comedian. On E!'s show "Chelsea Lately", he was a regular panelist. Since then, he's had some Comedy Central and Netflix specials.

His family relocated from Spanaway, Washington to Tacoma, Washington, and then to Las Vegas shortly after he graduated from Tacoma High School. He went to Spanaway Lake High School before transferring to Foss High School in Tacoma. They relocated to Las Vegas in order to be closer to his sick grandma. Jo Koy attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but dropped out to seek a career as a stand-up comedian.

Tacoma is a lovely place that has produced countless amounts of famous people who have impacted the world in a meaningful way. Let's hope that in the future, Tacoma can continue being absolutely incredible.

Who's your favorite person who lives in Tacoma? Let me know in the comments below. And if you think more people should read this article, share it on social media.

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