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Memphis Biographies

This page is all about prominent Memphians you may or may not know.  Some are famous and some are not.  They're often associated with a well-known local business or event in Memphis history.  On the pages listed below, you'll find photo-bios of these individuals and the business, or simply photo-bios about well-known Memphis businesses.


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A - B >

Bob Berryman        
and the Silver Slipper Nightclub
Hu Brinkley
and the Lyceum Theatre
  D. Canale & Co. 
and Old Dominick.
Samuel T. Carnes 
Telephone, Electricity, & Automobile.
Tony "Monk" Cassatta
Memphis' favorite eccentric

C  >

Robert Reed Church
The first black millionaire.
Sol Coleman
Cigars and Ko Ko Tulu Gum.
Barron G. Collier 
Father of Streetcar Advertising


  Clara Conway            
+ the Clara Conway Institute
Cortese Brothers     
+ the Music they brought to Memphis
E. H. Crump
Historic "Boss" from 1910-1954.

D - E >

Rowland J. Darnell          
and The Nineteenth Century Club
Dinstuhl's Candies
In Memphis since 1902

F - G >

Maude Fealy
The Beauty and the Actress
Oliver-Finnie Grocer Co.
A Memphis Institution
French - Thoni White
Postcard-Memorabilia Collection


W. C. Handy
...and his "Memphis Blues"
J. C. Harbin   
And his Motel, Pool, and Dairy
Jenny M. Higbee      
and the Memphis Higbee School

H - L >

  Thomas Hannah, Jr.
Civil War Letters from Memphis
Hayes-Sons Funeral Home     ...oldest Black Business O. K. Houck
and his Memphis Music Store
      "Machine Gun" Kelly
Captured in Memphis Hideout


Madame Vincent       
and t
he Crystal Palace Saloon
Mayors of Memphis      
...1827 to the present.
Menken Bros Dry Goods 
the forgotten Department Store

M - P >

  Elizabeth Avery Meriwether 
...Rebel, Writer, and Suffragist
Frank T. Montgomery 
and Memphis Majestic Theatres
William R. Moore
and the Moore School of Technology
  Oak Hall      
and the Memphis Halle Family.
Orgill Brothers & Co 
Oldest Memphis firm.
Photographers.. Coovert,
Hooks, Newman, Poland, Speer

R - T >

Clarence Saunders
And the Piggly Wiggly
A. Schwab
 - since 1876
Tony's Fruit Stand
A Memphis Institution


Peter Van Vleet
Van Vleet Drugs and Old Tech High
Ida B. Wells 
and The People's Grocery.
George Whitworth Collection
Memphis Books, Photos, Memorabilia

U - W >

  Paul Revere Williams
Architect to the Stars
  Hoyt Wooten
World's largest private bomb shelter

Y- Z >

Otto Zahn
Master Bookbinder

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