John F. Kennedy • Mother Jones • George M. Cohan
James J. Braddock • Michael J. McGivney • James M. Curley
Victor Herbert • Eugene O'Neill • Ed Sullivan

image credit to Malachi Throne, Bertha Howell, George Grantham Bain, Anne S. Faulkner, Alice Boughton, and Maurice Carnes LaClaire

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Thanks for including Governor James Michael Curley in the pictures.

James Michael (Jim) Curley - no relation, except for the fact that if you go back far enough, we're all related.

Ronald Reagan.

I know many here won't like to see his name, but he's easily in the same class as all these others in terms of his influence and what he achieved in life.

Well, Ryan, then we have to balance that entry with Tip O'Neill.

Gotta get some women on here too.  Grace Kelly.  Annie Moore.

And we'll balance Tip O'Neill with Bill O'Reilly. :-)

And we'll balance Billo with Stephen Colbert.  Your move, Ryan.  LOL.

And with Bill O'Reilly we've now taken it a step too far.  :)  Not even sure that Stephen Colbert can balance him out.  Thinking that maybe Whitey Bulger would be a better choice.  ;)

Completely agree, Ryan.  I was never a fan of his politics, but even he would be rolling in the grave at what his party has evolved into.  Reagan was a class act.  Achievement and integrity. A true leader.

Completely agree, Ryan.  I was never a fan of his politics, but even he would be rolling in the grave at what his party has evolved into.  Reagan was a class act.  Achievement and integrity. A true leader.

How about Kathy Ireland, Belinda?  :-)

Dueling banjos with Ryan and Jim.  I'm getting a good seat for this one :)

Colleen Moore should also be added to the list. I doubt there are many who remember her today... but she deserves a special place as one of America's first female Irish-American movie stars. She was a pre-talkie star. She broke new ground as one of the "New Woman" icons of the 1920s. But, most significantly, in an era when being "too ethnic" could kill a "hyphenated-American's" chance of getting a white collar job or acquiring the trappings of middle-class American prosperity, the American born Colleen Moore used her identity as "the black-haired Irish beauty" to promote her films. She wasn't just an actress with an Irish background, she was an Irish-American actress. More than that, she was a headliner and a star.

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