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List of notable or famous dentists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top dentists born in the United States and even some popular dentists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American dentists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These dentists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known dentist from the United States is included when available.

List people range from Frank Abbott to Edward Maynard.

This historic dentists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American dentists of note?" and "Who are the most famous dentists from the United States?" These prominent dentists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American dentists.

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Adalbert J. Volck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 84 (1828-1912) Adalbert J. Volck was a dentist, political cartoonist, and caricaturist born in Bavaria. He was known for supporting the Confederacy during the American Civil War, doing so through his political ...more

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Alexander Hecht is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States

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Alfred Fones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Alfred Fones Died at 69 (1869-1938) Alfred Civilion Fones was an American dentist from Bridgeport, Connecticut, who has been called the founder of the profession of dental hygiene, starting in 1906. Fones created the name ...more

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Alfred P. Southwick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Alfred P. Southwick Died at 72 (1826-1898) Dr. Alfred P. Southwick, was a steam-boat engineer, dentist and inventor from Buffalo, New York. He is credited with inventing the first electric chair as a method of legal execution.

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Allan G. Brodie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 79 (1897-1976) Dr. Allan Gibson Brodie was an American dentist and orthodonist. An orthodontics teacher, writer, and researcher, Dr. Brodie served in a variety of professional positions, such as President of ...more

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Annie Elizabeth Delany is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 104 (1891-1995) Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany was an American dentist and civil rights pioneer who was the subject, along with her elder sister Sarah "Sadie" Delany, of the New York Times ...more

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Armin Abron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Armin Abron age 42 Armin Abron is a Periodontist, who practices in Washington, DC. He is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Periodontology at UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. He earned his Bachelor of ...more

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Ben L. Salomon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 30 (1914-1944) Benjamin Lewis Salomon was a United States Army dentist during World War II, assigned as a front-line surgeon. When the Japanese started overrunning his hospital, he stood a rear-guard action in ...more

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Bernard J. Cigrand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 66 (1866-1932) Bernard John Cigrand, a dentist, has a strong claim to being considered the father of Flag Day in the United States. Born in Waubeka, Wisconsin, Cigrand practiced dentistry in Chicago, Batavia, ...more

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Bessica Medlar Raiche is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 57 (1875-1932) Bessica Medlar Raiche was a dentist, businesswoman, and physician, who was the first woman in the United States accredited with flying solo in an airplane. Her accomplishment is impressive ...more

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Bill Emmerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 72 William "Bill" Emmerson was a Republican California State Senator who represented the 23rd district in Riverside County. He previously represented the 37th Senate District, having been ...more

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Bill Osmanski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 81 (1915-1996) William Thomas "Bill" Osmanski was an American football player and coach. Bill was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973 and in 1977 he was inducted into the National ...more

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Billy Cannon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 78 William Abb "Billy" Cannon is an All-American, 1959 Heisman Trophy winner and 2008 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and ...more

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Carl Bilancione is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 62 Carl Bilancione is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Africa.

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Chapin A. Harris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 54 (1806-1860) Chapin Aaron Harris A.M., MD, D.D.S. was an American physician and dentist and dentistry school founder.

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Charles Goodall Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Charles Goodall Lee Died at 92 (1881-1973) Dr. Charles Goodall Lee was an American dentist, and the first licensed Chinese American dentist in California. Lee financed the building of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance lodge in ...more

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Charles G. Maurice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Charles G. Maurice Died at 86 (1911-1997) In a teaching career that spanned 37 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Dr. Charles G. Maurice began in the old Department of Applied Materia Medica and ...more

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Charles H. Strub is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 74 (1884-1958) Dr. Charles Henry Strub was an American dentist and entrepreneur who built and owned Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California and was president and partner of the San Francisco Seals ...more

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Charles Murray Turpin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 68 (1878-1946) Charles Murray Turpin was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. C. Murray Turpin was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He attended Wyoming Seminary in ...more

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Charlie Norwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 66 (1941-2007) Charles Whitlow Norwood, Jr., D.D.S. was an American politician and dentist, serving as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 until his death. At the time ...more

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Dallas Long is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 77 Dallas Crutcher Long is an American track and field athlete, who was four time world record holder in the shot put. He was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Long attended the University of Southern ...more

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Dan Crane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 82 Daniel Bever Crane is a dentist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as a Republican congressman from 1979 to 1985. In 1983, he was censured by the House. Crane, a ...more

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David J. Acer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 41 (1949-1990)

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Doc Holliday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 36 (1851-1887) John Henry "Doc" Holliday was an American gambler, gunfighter, dentist, and a good friend of Wyatt Earp. He was a Deputy U.S. Marshal during and after the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. ...more

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Don McLeroy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 71 John Donald "Don" McLeroy is a dentist in Bryan, Texas, and a Republican former member of the Texas State Board of Education. The SBOE establishes policy for the state public school ...more

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Donald Leake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 66 (1931-1997) Donald Lewis Leake was an oral surgeon, and inventor of the alloplastic tray, a method for reconstruction of jaws without the need for bone grafts. He gained his D.M.D. from Harvard University ...more

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E. Lloyd Du Brul is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 87 (1909-1996) E. Lloyd Du Brul was a world-renowned anatomist, physical anthropologist and educator, and the developer of the science of biomechanics of the head and neck. Du Brul, along with Harry Sicher, ...more

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Ed Lafitte is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 85 (1886-1971) Edward Francis Lafitte was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Tip-Tops, and Buffalo Blues. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana at his family's home ...more

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Edward Angle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 75 (1855-1930) Edward Hartley Angle was an American dentist, widely regarded as the father of American orthodontics. Edward Angle is frequently described as "the father of American orthodontics." He ...more

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Edward Maynard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 78 (1813-1891) Edward Maynard was an American firearms inventor, most famous for his breechloading rifle design.

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Elsie Gerlach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Elsie Gerlach Died at 67 (1900-1967) Dr. Elsie Gerlach was named the first superintendent of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Children's Clinic in 1927. Dr. Gerlach stayed for 38 years and became ...more

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Felix Crawford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 69 (1938-2007) Felix Conkling Crawford was a general dentist in Plainview, Texas, who was an officer of both the Texas and national dental associations. He was president of the Texas Dental Association from ...more

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Frank Abbott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 61 (1836-1897) Frank Abbott was president of the American Dental Association, president of the National Association of Dental Faculties, a renowned dentist, an author on dental subjects, and an inventor of ...more

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Frank Crowther is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 85 (1870-1955) Frank Crowther was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Liverpool, England, he immigrated to the United States in 1872 with his parents, who settled in Canton, Massachusetts. He ...more

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Frederick B. Moorehead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Frederick B. Moorehead Died at 69 (1875-1944) Dentist Dr. Frederick B. Moorehead led the fight to make what is now the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry part of the University of Illinois. During his administration as ...more

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Frederick Bogue Noyes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 89 (1872-1961) Frederick Bogue Noyes was an American dentist. His dental career began before the age of ten when he worked as an assistant to his dentist father. Noyes began dental practice before entering ...more

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G. Walter Dittmar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 77 (1872-1949) G. Walter Dittmar was an American dentist. He was born in a log cabin in Derinda, Illinois, and was educated in a one room schoolhouse. He practiced dentistry, and went to Chicago to work with a ...more

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Gardner Quincy Colton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 84 (1814-1898) Gardner Quincy Colton was an American showman, lecturer, and former medical student who pioneered the use of nitrous oxide in dentistry. After making $535 from his first public demonstration of ...more

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Gene Derricotte is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 91 Eugene "Gene" Derricotte is a former American football player who played with the University of Michigan Wolverines from 1944 to 1948. He was one of the University's first African ...more

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George Franklin Grant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 63 (1847-1910) George Franklin Grant was the first African-American professor at Harvard. He was also a Boston dentist, and an inventor of a wooden golf tee.

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George S. Long is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 75 (1883-1958) George Shannon Long, known as Doc Long, a member of the powerful Long political dynasty in Louisiana, was a Democratic U.S. representative from the defunct Eighth Congressional District from ...more

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Gerald Cardinale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 84 Gerald Cardinale is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 1982, where he represents the 39th Legislative District. He is the second-most ...more

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Glennon Engleman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Glennon Engleman Died at 71 (1928-1999) Glennon Edward Engleman was a St. Louis dentist who moonlighted as a hitman, concocting and carrying out at least seven murders for profit over the course of 30 years. He was already serving two ...more

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H. Claude Hudson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
H. Claude Hudson Died at 103 (1886-1989) H. Claude Hudson was a prominent businessman and advocate for civil rights, best known for helping to found the Broadway Federal Savings and Loan Association in Los Angeles.

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Harold G. Hillam is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 78 (1934-2012) Harold Gordon Hillam was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1990 until his death. Hillam was the fifteenth general president of the LDS Church's Sunday ...more

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Henry D. Cogswell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Henry D. Cogswell Died at 80 (1820-1900) Dr. Henry Daniel Cogswell was an American dentist and a crusader in the temperance movement. He and his wife Caroline also founded Cogswell College in San Francisco, California. Another campus ...more

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Henry Trendley Dean is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 69 (1893-1962) Henry Trendley Dean, was the first director of the U.S. National Institute of Dental Research and a pioneer investigator of water fluoridation in the prevention of tooth decay. Dean was born in ...more

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Herb Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
age 95 Herbert Leroy "Herb" Wilkinson is best known as an American college basketball player who won the 1944 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a freshman while playing for Utah, ...more

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Hiram Wesley Evans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 85 (1881-1966) Hiram Wesley Evans was Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, an American white supremacist group, from 1922 to 1939. A native of Alabama, Evans attended Vanderbilt University and became a ...more

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Horace Wells is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Dentists from the United States
Died at 33 (1815-1848) Horace Wells was an American dentist who pioneered the use of anesthesia in dentistry, specifically nitrous oxide.