Vancouver, WA

Three Famous People Who Lived In Vancouver, Washington

Matt Lillywhite
Photo taken from WSU Vancouver licensed under Creative Commons

Vancouver is an awesome city. And pretty much everyone who has been there knows it. After all, there's some incredible scenery nearby and loads of amazing places to visit within a close vicinity.

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

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was an American general who served as the United States' 18th president from 1869 to 1877. Grant was an influential civil rights executive as president, creating the Justice Department and working with the Radical Republicans to defend African Americans during Reconstruction. He commanded the Union Army to victory in the American Civil War as Commanding General in 1865, and then briefly served as Secretary of War.

Grant was overwhelmingly nominated by the Republican Party and elected president in 1868. He was a war hero who was pulled in by his sense of obligation and duty. Grant's presidency was marked by the stabilization of the postwar national economy, support for the adoption of the 15th Amendment, and the abolition of the Ku Klux Klan. He named African Americans and Jews to high-ranking federal positions.

Robert Franks

Franks grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and graduated from Evergreen High School, where he was a three-year captain on the basketball team. He was named All-Region by The Columbian and honorable mention Class 4A All-State by the Associated Press as a sophomore, averaging 19 points and eight rebounds per game.

Franks vowed to play college basketball at Washington State University in his senior year after being rated a three-star prospect and one of the state's top 25 prospects by The Seattle Times. As a sophomore, Franks was voted All-Region and honorable mention All-State.

Tonya Harding

Tonya Maxene Price is a professional figure skater, retired boxer, and reality TV star from the United States. Harding was mainly raised by her mother, who began taking her to ice skating lessons when she was four years old. Harding spent a lot of her childhood studying and ultimately dropped out of high school to focus on the sport. Harding won the 1989 Skate America competition after climbing the ranks of the United States Figure Skating Championships between 1986 and 1989.

She was the 1991 and 1994 U.S. champion before having her 1994 title revoked, as well as the 1991 World silver medalist. She made history in 1991 by becoming the first American woman and just the second woman in history to land a triple Axel in competition. Harding has won two Olympic medals and two Skate America titles.

Vancouver is an inspiring place that has produced loads amounts of well known people who have impacted the country in a meaningful way. Let's hope that in the future, Vancouver can continue doing the same!

Who's your favorite person who has lived in Vancouver? Let me know in the comments below.

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