Yes, July 4th is the birthday of America, but it’s also an occasion to salute some of the notable people who share that date—and of course featuring those with the more interesting names. It makes for quite a diverse little birthday party—from NathanielHawthorne, born in 1804, to First Daughter MaliaObama, born in 1998. But we won’t be including three who erroneously claimed the date as their own—composer George M. ‘born on the Fourth of July’ Cohan, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and LouisArmstrong, whose real date of birth was August 4th.
GreenClaySmith was a Civil War general and later a congressman from Kentucky, who was nominated for the US presidency by the National Prohibition Party. Green is a totally undiscovered color name, sounding brighter at this point than Blue or Grey.