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Louis
Hébert

1575 - 1627
The first permanent settler
in Canada
His Hébert name died out with his
great grandson - Clinton County
Heberts are descended from the
Acadian Héberts
Louis Hebert
Parafoil
Born in Canada, this naturalized
US citizen invented the
parafoil and the paraglider

Domina
Jalbert

1904 - 1991
Lt. General
John A.
Lejeune

1867 - 1942
13th Commandant
of the Marine Corps after whom
Camp Lejeune in North Carolina
is named

~
Semper Fi ~
General Lejeune
Angelina Jolie
Actress, model and
United Nations High Commission
for Refugees Ambassador

Mother, Marcheline Bertrand,
was French-Canadian and
Iroquois
Angelina
Jolie

1975
Dr. Anne
LaBastille
Internationally known
Adirondack woodswoman,
writer and ecologist
Dr. Anne LaBastille
Louis L'Amour
Novelist on the American West
and author of over 100 books
Louis
L'Amour

1908 - 1988
Alexander
Hamilton

1755 - 1804
Founding Father

Practised law in New York where
he died after a duel

Mother was a Huguenot - Faucette
Alexander Hamilton
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Francophile, francophone and
wife of a president

Lived and worked in New York
Jacqueline
Bouvier
Kennedy
Onassis

1929 - 1994
Claire L.
Chennault

1893 - 1958
Major General in command
of the
Flying Tigers in WWII
General Chennault
Kath Soucie
Voice of Rugrats Phil and Lil DeVille,
Kanga in the Winnie the Pooh series
and dozens of other cartoon
characters
Kath
Soucie

1967 -
Henry
Delord

1764 - 1825
French merchant who bankrupted
himself by extending credit to
American officers during the Battle of
Plattsburgh
Henry Delord
Dionne Quintuplets
Born in rural Ontario -
the first quintuplets
known to have survived infancy
Dionne
Quintuplets

1934
Steven
Crowder

1987 -
Actor and stand-up comic
Started in Yoplait commercials
and was the voice of "The Brain" in the
"Arthur" series

Mother was born a Lacaille
Steven Crowder
Leo Durocher
Baseball Hall of Famer
from
Massachusetts
Leo
Durocher

1905 - 1991
Joan Benoit
Samuelson

1957 -
Won the first ever
women's Olympic Marathon
on August 5, 1984
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Beaver Tales by Clyde Rabideau
Plattsburgh author of Robidoux
genealogies and other genealogical
books for Clinton County, NY
Clyde M.
Rabideau

1936 -
Madonna

1958 -
The Material Girl
All French-Canadian on mother's side -
family name Fortin
Madonna
Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury Cartoonist and
gr-grandson of
Dr. Edward Trudeau,  
founder of the tuberculosis hospital in
Saranac Lake
Garry
Trudeau

1948 -
Brother
André

1845 - 1937
Brother André Bessette from
Iberville, Quebec
Miracle worker of Mount Royal and
founder of St Joseph's Oratory
Brother Andre Bessette
Toussaint Charbonneau
Sacajawea's
husband-travelled with
Louis and Clarke
Born Boucherville, Quebec
Toussaint
Charbonneau
1767 - 1843
Louis
Riel

1844 - 1855
Metis Canadian
Revolutionary,  lived in
Keeseville, NY for a time
in the 1870s
Louis Riel
Jack Kerouac
Born Jean Louis/Jack Kerouac
Beat poet and author
Claimed
Breton French ancestors

His father was born in St. Hubert, PQ
Jack
Kerouac

1922 - 1969
Dr. William
Beaumont

1785 - 1853
Doctor in the
Battle of Plattsburgh,
experimenter on
Alexis Bidagan dit
St.Martinand son-in-law of
Israel Green who had a
tavern in Plattsburgh
Dr William Beumont Alexis St. Martin
Avril Lavigne
Pop or Punk singer?

Doesn't speak French
and pronounces her name in the
English way "Av-ril" rather than
"A-vril" the French way
Avril
Lavigne

1984 -
Joe
Ladue

1855 - 1900
Founder of Dawson City in the Yukon
at the beginning of the Klondike gold
rush - born in Schuyler Falls, NY
Joe Ladue
Armand Bombardier
Inventor of the snowmobile
Joseph
Armand
Bombardier

1907 - 1964
Marie-Anne
Gaboury

1780 - 1875
First woman of European descent to
travel to and settle in western Canada
The Godmother - Marie Anne Gaboury
Zachary Richard
Cajun singer, songwriter and poet
who works in both
French and English
Performs his song "
Réveille!"
all over North America
Zachary
Richard

1950 -
Paul
Revere

1734 - 1818
American revolutionary, silversmith
and son of Huguenot, Apollos Rivoire
Paul Revere
American impressionist painter
and francophile

As a child she lived in France
with her family
Mary
Cassatt

1844 - 1926
Henry
David
Thoreau

1817 - 1862
American recluse, writer and
transcendentalist
Henry David Thoreau
Peter LaViolette
Carolina Hurricanes Coach
and the coach of
Team USA for the 2006 Olympics
Peter
Laviolette

1964 -
Celine
Dion

1968 -
Singer and
Las Vegas headliner
Celine Dion
General Beauregard
Civil War French Creole general
for the
Confederacy

Nicknamed "The Little Creole"
by his military peers
Pierre
Gustave
Toutant
Beauregard

1818 - 1893
Robert
de
LaSalle

1643 - 1687
First explorer to sail
down the Mississippi
Named Louisiana
in honor the King Louis XIV
Robert de LaSalle
James Carville
The "Ragin' Cajun"
Political consultant and
media commentator
James
Carville

1944 -
John
Willis
Menard

1838 - 1893
First person of color to be elected
to the US Congress
John Willis Menard
John James Audubon
Creole woodsman and painter
of wildlife
John
James
Audubon

1785 - 1851
Suzanne
Malveaux

c. 1967 -
White House correspondent
for CNN
Suzanne Malveaux
Anna Paquin
Won an Academy Award at age ll for
"The Piano"
Now stars in X-men movies
Anna
Paquin

1982 -
Paul
Michel
Levesque

1969 -
5-time WWE Champion and a
5-time World Heavyweight
Champion
Triple H
Grace Metalious
Writer of "Peyton Place"
Grace
DeRepentignyMetalious

1924 - 1964
Patrick
Carpentier

1971 -
NASCAR driver
Patrick Carpentier
Emeril Legasse
BAM!

Master chef and
entrepreneur
Emeril
Legasse

1959 -
Radisson
and
Des
Groseillers

mid 1600s
Based upon their explorations
the Hudson Bay Company
was founded
Buffalo Bill Cody
Soldier, scout, Wild West Show
owner
Buffalo
Bill
Cody

1845 - 1917
Dr. Sylvie
Beaudreau
Associate Professor of History
Plattsburgh State University

"There is a lot of history right here"
Dr. Sylvie Beaudreau
Paul Bunyan
Folkloric lumberjack
of
French-Canadian origin
Paul
Bunyan
Evangeline
Bellefontaine

c. 1740
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s
Acadian heroine was separated
from Gabriel on their wedding day
when the Acadians were exiled
from Nova Scotia
Evangeline Bellefontaine
Julie Payette
Chief Astronaut
of the Canadian Space Agency,
engineer, pilot, singer, pianist,
triathlon athlete - not to mention she
speaks six languages
Julie
Payette

1963 -
General
Alexander
Macomb

1782 -1841
One of the heroes of the
Battle of Plattsburgh

All his maternal ancestors were
French
General Alexander Macomb
Louis Cyr
French-Canadian
Strong Man

~ L'Homme le plus fort du mond ~

Cyr also known as Sears
Louis
Cyr

1863 - 1912
Joseph
Juneau

1836 - 1899
Prospector and gold miner
in Alaska
Capital named after him
Joseph Juneau
Edouard Beaupré
Willow Bunch Giant

Performer in freak shows
and
the Barnum and Bailey Circus
Edouard
Beaupré

1881 - 1904
Alphonse
Biardot

c. 1840
Founder of the
Franco-American
Food Company and
inventor
of
SpaghettiOs - RavioliOs
Spaghettios
Co-founder of
Wells Fargo and Company
and express company
between New York
and San Francisco
William
George
Fargo

1818 - 1881
Will
Durant

1885 - 1981
Philosopher, historian, writer

"Education is the progressive
discovery of our own
ignorance."
Will Durant
Kathleen Babineux Blanco
Governor of Louisiana
during
Hurricane Katrina
Kathleen
Babineaux
Blanco

1942 -
Alex
Trebek

1940 -
Game show host and journalist

Mother French-canadian - Legace
Father Ukrainian
Alex Trebek
Eric Guerin
Hall of Fame Jockey
Two-time winner of the
Bellmont Stakes in New York
Eric
Guerin

1924 - 1993
Éleuthère
Irénée
du Pont
de Nemours

1771 - 1834
Founder of the Dupont
Chemical Company

Jeff Gordon's primary sponsor
since 1992
Eleuthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours
W.E.B. Dubois
Civil Rights Activist
writer, sociologist, historian
poet

At age 15 became a correspondent
for the "New York Globe"
W.E.B.
Dubois

1868 - 1963
John C.
Garand

1888 - 1974
Inventor of the M-1 Rifle

"John C. Garand Matches"
are held in many states,
including New York,
for M-1 shooters
John C. Garland
Eva Tanguay
The "I Don't Care" Girl
of the last days of
Vaudeville
She made her debut in 1904 in New York

Listen to her song
Eva
Tanguay

1879 - 1947
Bryant
Gumbel

1948 -
Television personality, news and
sportscaster
Anchored the "Today Show"
in New York City for 15 years

Mother - LeCesne
Bryant Gumbal
Samuel de Champlain
Lived in Acadia and Quebec
Never had children
When he died, his wife
entered a convent
Landed on the shore of what would
become New York State in 1609
Samuel
de
Champlain

1567 - 1635
Thomas
Hopkins
Gallaudet

1787 - 1851
Founder of
Gallaudet University
National  Deaf Education Center
His son founded a school
for deaf mutes in New York City
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
Crystal Plamondon
Tri-lingual singer and songwriter
French - English - Cree

She has performed in
New York
Crystal
Plamondon
Jean
Baptiste
Point
du Sable

1715 - 1818
First non-white settler
in the Chicago area

His daughter was the first birth
recorded in Chicago
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable
Lash Larue
Star of low-budget
westerns

Showed Harrison Ford how
to use the bullwhip
in his "Indiana Jones" movies
Lash
Larue

1917 - 1996
Pierre
Salinger

1925 - 2004
White House Press Secretary
for Presidents Kennedy
and Johnson
Pierre Salinger
Rebecca Guay
Fantasy Illustrator

Has a degree in illustration
from the Pratt Institute
in New York City
Rebecca
Guay
Louis
Joliet

1645 - 1700
First to explore the Mississippi
Travelled with
FatherJacques Marquette
Louis Joliet
General Curtis LeMay
Leader of the
Strategic Air Command
which included the
380th Bomber Wing
at
Plattsburgh Air Force Base
General
Curtis
LeMay

1906 - 1990
Shia
LaBeouf

1986 -
Actor and comedian
Shia Labeouf
Dan Akroyd
Ghostbuster and one of the original
Blues Brothers

Mother is Franco-Ontarienne
by the name of Gougeon
Dan
Akroyd

1952 -
Mindi
Abair

1969 -
Saxophonist who has played with
the Backstreet Boys, Mandy
Moore, Jonathan Butler, Adam
Sandler and Bobby Lyle
Mindi Abair
Julian Dubuque
Iowa's first settler
The city he founded is
named after him
Julian
Dubuque

1762 - 1810
Tom
Delay

1947 -
Former member of the United States
House of Representatives and House
Majority Leader
from Sugar Land, Texas
Tom Delay
E. Annie Proulx
Author of
"Brokeback Mountain"
and
"The Shipping News"
E. Annie
Proulx

1935 -
Irene
Bedard

1967 -
Among other acting
assignments, she's the
speaking voice for
Pocahontas
in the Disney movie
Irene Bedard
Peter Sailly
Born in France this early settler of
Plattsburgh, NY was a merchant and
politician

Sailly Avenue is named after him
Peter
Sailly

1754 - 1826
LTJG
Fay
Begor

1916 - 1943
Born in Moriah, NY
this doctor was mortally wounded
in 1943 in New Guinea

In 1944 the USS Begor was
commissioned in his honor
LTJG Fay Begor
Jacques D'Amboise
Born Joseph Jacques Ahearn -
he took his french-canadian mother's
family name when
he became a dancer with the
New York City Ballet
Jacques
D'Amboise

1934 -
Mary
GrandP
Illustrator of the US version
of the Harry Potter books

She also has drawn for the
"New Yorker" and the
"Wall Street Journal"
Mary Grandpré
Davy Crockett
Is descended from
French Huguenots
whose original name was
Crocketagne
Davy
Crockett

1786 - 1836
Beyoncé
Knowles

1981 -
R&B singer who was named
in honor of her grandparents who
were
French-speaking Creoles
in Louisiana
Béyoncé Knowles
Rear Admiral Morton Deyo
Born in New York State
he was the
Commander of the Destroyer Force
on
D-Day
Rear
Admiral
Morton
Deyo

1887 - 1973
Wayne
Lapierre

1948 -
Executive Vice President
of the
National Rifle Association
since 1991
Wayne Lapierre
Ashley Judd
Majored in French
at the University of Kentucky
She's fluent in French
Ashley
Judd

1968 -
Larry
Gooley
~ North Country author ~
"History of the Altona Flat Rock"
"Out of the Darkness"
"Lyon Mountain - The Tragedy of a
Mining Town"

Gooley is the anglicized form of Goulet
History of the Altona Flat Rock
George Drouillard
Hired as an interpreter and hunter
for the Lewis and Clark
Corps of Discovery

Read the letter to his sister
George
Drouillard

1775 - 1810
Roger
Boisjoly

1938 -
Forensic engineer who warned
NASA about the defective O-rings
before the Challenger disaster
Roger Boisjoly
Matt Leblanc
Model and actor since
graduating high school
in 1985

Lived with "Friends" in
New York for 10 seasons
Matt
Leblanc

1967 -
Katherine
Dunham

1909 -
Dancer and anthropologist who was
given a Kennedy Center Honors Award
for her accomplishments

She shares a french-canadian heritage
through her mother
Katherine Dunham
Dr. Allen B. DuMont

In 1938 he invented the first
television set for general sale
and founded the first television
network in 1946
Dr. Allen B.
DuMont

1901 - 1965
Winona
Laduke

1959 -
Native American writer and activist
who ran as the Vice Presidential
candidate under
Ralph Nader

Will speak in Canton Sept. 2006
Winona Laduke
John Charles Fremont
Known as the "Pathfinder"
because of his explorations
in the Far West
in his early life

His father was Frémont
John
Charles
Fremont

1813 - 1890
Alanis
Morissette

1974 -
At age 21 was the youngest artist
ever to win an
"Album of the Year" Grammy
Alanis Morissette
Camilla Shand
Believe it or not
Madonna, who is a genealogy
enthusiast, has found that she, the
Duchess of Cornwall and Celine Dion
are all related
Camilla
Shand

1947 -
Lou
Blonger

1849 - 1924
Not all people of French descent
are "good"
Here's and example of a "bad" one
born in Swanton, VT

Blonger is the anglicized Belanger
Lou Blonger
fleur de lis
Royal Savage Emblem
Royal Savage Emblem
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