Chrismans Who's Who

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This page lists various Chrismans of notoriety.

Albert B. Christman (b. 18 May 1923). Son of James S. and Olga (Nelson) Christman. Author and co-author of several books on naval history, including Sailors, Scientists, and Rockets (1971), History of the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California (1971), Grand Experiment at Inyokerm (1978), Naval Innovators (1989), Target Hiroshima: Deak Parsons and the Creation of the Atomic Bomb (1998). He has received the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Award, National Space Club, 1972 and a Superior Civilian Service Award from the Dept. of the Navy, 1982.

Andy Chrisman. Vocalist and musician in the Christian Gospel group 4HIM, and formerly of the Christian pop group Truth. 4HIM has sold over 2 million records, had 22 number one radio singles, and won numerous music awards. Music releases include 4HIM (1990), Face the Nation (1991), The Basics of Life (1992), The Season of Love (1993), The Ride (1994), The Message (1996), Obvious (1998), Best Ones (1999), Hymns (2000), Walk On (2001), and Visible (2003).

Arthur Bowie6 Chrisman (Arthur Bowie6- Isaac Arthur5- John Henry4- Isaac3- Henry2- Jacob1), 1889-1953. Author of children's books. His book Shen of the Sea was the winner of the 1926 Newbery Medal for the best childrens' book of the year. He also authored The Wind that Wouldn't Blow: Stories of the Merry Middle Kingdom for Children, and Myself (1927) and Treasures Long Hidden: Old Tales and New Tales of the East (1941).

Charles F. Chrisman (Charles F.4-John3-John2- George1) Member of the Missouri State Legislature, late 1800s.

Daniel W. Christman (1943- ) Highly decorated lieutenant general of the Army and Superintendent of West Point. Former assignments have included: Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy in Dept. of Army Headquarters; U.S. Representative to the NATO military committee; assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; and others. Holder of numerous high military distinctions. (biography/resume)

Elizabeth8 Christman, Ph.D. (Edwin Roy7 Christman - Edwin A.6 - Enos Lewis5 - George4 - Henry3 - Henry2 - Daniel1). Novelist, born b. 18 Jan 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri. Daughter of Edwin Roy and Genevieve (Templeman) Christman. Her 1976 novel, A Nice Italian Girl was adapted for television and released as Black Market Baby by ABC in October, 1977. Other novels include Flesh and Spirit (1979), A Broken family (1981), and Ruined for Live (1987).

Franklin W. Cristman of Herkimer, N.Y. Member of the New York state senate 1915-1916.

Gene Chrisman. Born and raised in Memphis, TN. Highly accomplished studio drummer. Appears on album soundtracks by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dusty Springfield, Neil Diamond, Herbie Mann, Burl Ives, B.J. Thomas, Julie Andrews, King Curtis, Wilson Picket, Joe Tex, Aretha Franklin, Crystal Gale, Gatlin Brothers, Jerry Reed, Don Gibson, Porter Wagoner.Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Merilee Rush, Box Tops, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others.

George P.8 Cressman, Ph.D. (George Righter7 - George S.6 - George Weir 5 - Samuel4 - ?Samuel3 - George2 - Philip Balthaser1 ) : Director of the National Weather Service from 1965 to 1978. First Director of the National Meteorological Center, 1958-1965. Director of the Navy-Air Force Numerical Weather Prediction Unit 1954-1958, and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. President of the American Meteorological Society, 1978. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Chicago in 1949. In 1958, he developed a successive correction algorithm used to interpolate wind speeds at different positions in meteorological forecasting, known as Cressman Analysis, used at the National Meteorological Center in the early 1970s. He was given the Losey Atomospheric Science Award for 1965, and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Harry Eugene7 Chrisman (7 Feb 1906 - 17 Dec 1993) (Harry Eugene6 - Joseph Marcus5 - Joseph4 - Jack 3 - George 2 - Jacob1). Author, freelance writer, and army news correspondent. He authored or co-authored numerous books including: Lost Trails of the Cimarron (1961), The Ladder of Rivers (1962), Chariot of the Sun (1963), Fifty Years on the Owl Hoot Trail (1969), When You and I were Young (1971), The One Thousand and One Most Asked Questions About the American West (1982), and Tales of the Western Heartland: An Anthology of Cowboy, Scout, Army, Indian, Treasure, and Western True Adventure Stories (1984). He served in the U.S. Army, infantry, as an Asiatic-Pacific correspondent for the Army News Service in the Pacific Theater, 1942-45.

Henry Max Christman, Ph.D. (b. 21 Jan 1932). Author and Political Science Scholar. Son of Henry Max and Irene Blanche (McBride) Christman. Has authored or edited at least 24 books.

Horatio4 Chriesman (George3-John2- George1) was one of the first surveyors of Texas, and was a member of Austin's first settlement. He is listed in the Texas handbook. He was born in Fauquier Co., Virginia c1797, and settled in Burleson Co., Texas where the township of Chriesman Texas bears his name.

Jakob Christmann (Nov 1554-16 June 1613): Professor and rector of Heidelberg University 1602-1613. Accomplished expert in areas of logic, languages, and astronomy. Knew eight languages -- second person ever in Europe to teach arabic. Corresponded with Johannes Kepler. Inherited the library containing Nicholas Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, the first document outlining the sun-centric model of the solar system. See biography.

James S. Christman. A barnstorming aviator, stunt pilot and airport manager in the 1920s and 1930s.

James Stone5 Chrisman (John4-Joseph3-Johannes2-Jacob1): United States Congressman (33rd U.S. Congress, 4 Mar 1853-3 Mar 1855) -- the only Chrisman to serve in the U.S. Congress to date. Delegate to Kentucky state consitutional convention, 1849. Representative from Kentucky to first and second Confederate Congresses (1862-65). Kentucky state house of representatives (1869-71). John Stone Chrisman was born 14 Sep 1818 in Monticello, Wayne Co., Kentucky, a son of John Chrisman and Sally Stone. He married Lucy Nelson Bell on 10 Dec 1845, and he died on his farm in Monticello on 29 July 1881.

Jeff Cressman, musician (trombone), musical director, arranger. Currently a member of Carlos Santana's horn section. Has performed with numerous groups including the Four Tops, Rickie Lee Jones, Tito Puente, Sheila E., and many others.

Joseph Bledsoe5 Chrisman (1828/9 - aft 1898) (James Gholson4 - Joseph3 - Abraham2 - Jacob1): Presiding officer of the Mississippi constitutional convention of 1898. Judge of Mississippi Circuit court in the 1880s and 1890s. In Mississippi in the 1890s, it was rare for a white man to be tried for mistreating blacks, and almost unheard of for a white to be convicted on such a charge. In 1893, Judge Chrisman's court successfully convicted and sent eight whitecappers to prison for one and two-year terms. At one point during the trial, a mob of 200 cornered Judge Chrisman with rifles pointed to his head telling him he was about to die. He faced the mob down by drawing his own .44 from under his robes until the Governor was able to send in a militia. His actions have been credited for subdueing the practices of terrorizing blacks in Mississippi in the late 1890s.

Katherine Griggs Chrisman (c.1940 - 16 May 1987). Author of Dreaming in the Dust, a book about the restoration of her family's home in Minneapolis.

Lewis G. Christman (10 March 1888 - June 1979). Member of the Michigan State house of representatives, 1945-1954. Michigan State Senator, 33rd district, 1955.

Luther Parmalee Christman, Ph.D. (b. 26 Feb 1915). An internationally nationally recognized leader in the nursing profession. The annual Luther Christman award was established by the National Association of Male Nurses in 1975 bearing his name. The same organization awarded him the outstanding male nurse in the nation beginning in 1974 and he has received dozens of other awards from recognized nursing organizations. He co-authored Interpersonal Behavior and Health Care (1981), Hospital Organization and Health Care Delivery (1981), and Effects of Clinical Nursing Specialization: A Controlled Organizational Experiment (1990), and has contributed articles to at least 18 other books. Since 1981, he has authored the forward for the annual nurses' drug handbook, and has published over two hundred articles and reviews to professional journals. He has held positions of professor and dean in nursing and sociology in numerous prestigious academic institutions around the world including Vanderbilt University, University of Michigan, Rush University, College of New South Wales, Nordic School of Public Health, University of Lund, and Case Western Reserve University. He has also served on numerous national panels and commissions on nursing.

Luther Sheeleigh7 Cressman (1898-1994) (George S.6 - George Weir5 - Samuel4 - ?Samuel3 - George2 - Philip Balthaser1 ) . Noted anthropologist, head of the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and husband to anthropologist Margaret Mead in the 1920s. He was the son of George S. and Florence Lucressa (Righter) Cressman of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In 1938, while excavating in a bed of volcanic ash at the Fort Rock Cave in eastern Oregon, he and his students found 75 ancient sandals. All were made from shredded sagebrush bark twisted into a tight rope not quite as thick as a pencil. Some years later, radiocarbon dating established the date of a fragment to be 9000 years old. In 1986, Nike published a poster with a picture of the sandals, calling them "Oregon's Oldest Running Shoes". In Nov 1999, Petr Hlavacek, an internationally renouned expert on ancient footwear examined the sandals and says that these sandals are really "the oldest shoes in the world". [Cressman Family Newsletter, Spring 1994, and March 2000; The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR Nov 18, 1999]

M. L. Chrisman: Of Murry, Kentucky. Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, first district, 1912.

Marshall N. Chrisman: Born Aug 19, 1936. Former Arkansas state representative and candidate in the Republican primaries for governor of Arkansas in 1980 and 1982. In the May 1980 primary, he received 28% of the vote in the primary, loosing to Frank White, who then ultimately beat the Democratic candidate, Bill Clinton. In 1982, he almost almost tied Gov. Frank White (41.76% vs. 42.36% of the vote) in a three-canidate primary, leading to a primary run-off in which he lost again to Frank White who then lost in November to Bill Clinton.

Mike Chrisman of Visalia, California. California Secretary for Resources, appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Nov. 21, 2003. Son of Jack Chrisman, and fourth generation Visalia, California resident.

Mark Christman, American League baseball player 1938-1949. Born 21 Oct 1913, he played on the Detroit Tigers 1938, 1939, on the St. Louis Browns 1940-1946, and on the Washington Senators 1947-1949.

Pat Chrisman: Actor with credits in at least 41 films from 1914 through 1924. He was born in 1882 in Meadville, Missouri. His wife Ethylyn appeared as an actress in at least 9 films, some with her husband, in 1915 and 1917, with credits appearing as Ethylyn Chrisman, Babe Chrisman, Babe Cressman and Mrs. Pat Chrisman.

Paul W.7 Chrisman, Ph.D., a.k.a., Woody Paul (Paul Woodrow Sr.6 - James Joseph5 - William Daniel4 - Joseph3 - Abraham2 - Jacob1). Lead and tenor singer, fiddler, and songwriter for the country/folk/western musical group Rider's in the Sky. Their rendition of "Woody's roundup" was featured in Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 2" (1999), and subsequent albums have earned the group two Grammy awards. They also provided the music for Pixar's short film "For the Birds", the opening feature for Disney's "Monster's Inc.". Paul Chrisman earned his Ph.D. in theoretical plasma physics from M.I.T.

Randel Christmann (b. 16 June 1960). North Dakota State Senator, 1995-present. Republican. Assistant Senate Majority Leader.

Richard7 Crissman. (Frank6 - Frank5 - Cyrus4 - George3 - Daniel2 - George1). Author and teacher. His novels are in a genre of "financial fiction", about how to make money and its effects on people. His books include How to become a billionare, Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in San Miguel, The Montecito Collection, What did the Royal Stuarts ever do for the U.S.A.?, and Tax Dodge. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, he and his wife currently reside in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Sandy Cressman, Singer. Lead member of the trio Pastiche, and a solo career. Has also recorded and performed harmony for several notable performers including Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., and others.

Steven Crisman: Film director & husband of Mariel Hemingway. Director of the 1997 documentary Blood Money: Switzerland's Nazi Gold. Married in 1984 to actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of author Ernest Hemmingway. Steven and Mariel have daughters Dree (b. 1987) and Langley (b. 1989).

William Henry5 Christman (1843-1864) (Jonas4-John George3-Henry2-Jacob1): First soldier ever buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Private in Capt. Peter Marsh's Company G, 67th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Enlisted 25 March 1864, of Lehigh Co., single, laborer, 5' 7/12" tall, florid complexion, gray eyes, sandy hair. Buried in Section 27 near that Lee-Curtis Mansion on 13 May 1864. Died in Lincoln General Hospital, Washington D.C. on 11 May 1864, age 21, of "peritonitis" disease. Belongings (a blouse, pair of pants and hat) were sent to closest next-of-kin, "Jonus Christman of Tannisville, PA" [sic - Jonas Christman of Tannersville, father]. Tombstone photo,

William5 Chrisman (Joseph4-Abram3-?Johannes2-? Jacob1): Delgate to the Missouri state constitutional convention from the 14th district, 1875. Lawyer and prominent banker in Independence, Missouri. He was said to be the most influential businessman in Independence. He is the namesake of William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri. He was born 23 Nov 1822 in Fayette Co., Kentucky, and died in 1897 at Lee's Summit, Jackson Co., Missouri.

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