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Nebraska Historic Figures

George W. Norris
1861-1944: U.S. House Representatives 1903-13, U.S. Senate 1913-43. Initiator of reform of house rules, anti-injunction law for labor, Tennessee Valley Authority, rural electrification and 20th amendment to U.S. Constitution. Sponsor of Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Lived in Beatrice, Beaver City, and McCook. Inducted into Nebraska Hall of Fame 1961.
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Standing Bear
1829-1908: Ponca Indian chief; symbol for Indian rights. "I have found a better way" (Standing Bear). "An Indian is a person within the meaning of the law" (Judge Elmer Dundy). Probably born in northeast Nebraska; lived near the mouth of the Niobrara River in present Knox County at the time of his death. Inducted into Nebraska Hall of Fame 1977-78.
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William Frederick Cody
1846-1917: A.K.A. "Buffalo Bill", soldier, buffalo hunter, Army scout, actor, rancher, irrigationist and showman of the West. Lived in North Platte. Held the first rodeo in North Platte. Inducted into Nebraska Hall of Fame 1967-68.
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Edward J. Flanagan
1886-1948: Founder of Father Flanagan's Boys Home, Boys Town. "I have never found a boy who really wanted to be bad." Lived in Omaha and Boys Town. Inducted into Nebraska Hall of Fame 1965-66.
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Willa Cather
1873-1947: Author. "The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman" (from Cather's book O Pioneers! Lived in Red Cloud. Inducted into Nebraska Hall of Fame 1962.
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