USA Prominent Rotarians

The following list reflects the diversity of intellectual, cultural, military, sports and government leaders in the United States who have been active or honorary members of Rotary clubs. The list is a selective sampling and by no means complete.

Name    Occupation     Rotary Club
Edgar Allan Founder Easter Seals Elyria, OH
Neil Armstrong Astronaut – First Man on the Moon Wapakoneta, OH
Clarence Birdseye Developer – Process for Quick Freezing Food Gloucester, MA
Harry A. Blackmun Supreme Court Justice Rochester, MI
Frank Borman Astronaut Space Center, TX
Omar Bradley Army General Tampa, FL
George W. Bush President USA Washington, DC
Richard E. Byrd Admiral – Arctic Explorer Winchester, VI
Jimmy Carter President USA – Noble Peace Prize Americus, GA
Arthur H. Compton Nobel Prize Laureate – Physics St. Louis, MI
Gordon Cooper Austronaut Tampa, FL
Walt Disney Animation Filmmaker Palm Springs, CA
Thomas A. Edison Inventor Orange, NJ
Gerald Ford President USA Grand Rapids, MI
J. William Fulbright Senator Fayetteville, AK
Edgar A. Guest Poet – Journalist Detroit, MI
Warren G. Harding President USA Washington, DC
Joel Chandler Harris Author Atlanta, GA
John F. Kennedy President USA Hyannis, MA
Douglas MacArthur Army General Milwaukee, WI
George C. Marshall Army General – Nobel prize Laureate Columbus, GA
Charles H. Mayo Co-Founder – Mayo Clinic Rochester, MI
Cornelius McGillicuddie Baseball Manager – Team Owner Fort Meyers, FL
Karl Menninger Psychiatrist – Co-Founder Menninger Clinic Topeka, KS
Richard Nixon President USA Whittier, CA
Norman Vincent Peale Clergyman – Author New York, NY
James Cash Penny Founder J.C. Penny New York, NY
John J. Pershing Army General St. Louis, MI
Ronald Reagan President USA Pacific Palisades, CA
James W. Riley Poet Indianapolis, IN
Sigmund Romberg Composer New York, NY
Franklin D. Roosevelt President USA Albany, NY
Harlan Sanders Fast Food Fried Chicken Chain Shelbyville, IN
Donna Shalala Secretary of Health and Human Services Coral Gables, FL
Alan Shepard Astronaut Tampa, FL
Tris Speaker Baseball Player Cleveland, OH
Adlai E. Stevenson US Ambassador to The UN Springfield, IL
Sidney Toler Actor – “Charlie Chan” Halifax
Ted Turner Founder CNN Tampa, FL
Charles R. Walgreen Chairman – Walgreen Drug, Co. Chicago, IL
Sam Walton Founder Wal-Mart Tampa, FL
Earl Warren Supreme Court Chief Justice Sacramento, CA
Jack Williamson Science Fiction Writer Portales, NM
Woodrow Wilson President USA – Noble Prize Laureate Birmingham, AL
Orville Wright Aviation Pioneer Dayton, OH
Philip Wylie Author – Social Commentator Middletown, CT


Information posted here was obtained from the following sources:

  • A Century Of Service – The Story of Rotary International by David C. Forward, PP, Rotary Club of Marlton, New Jersey, 2003.
  • RGHF Rotary Global History website