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Abbott, Sir John J.C.
Prime Minister of Canada (1891-92).

Aldrin, Jr., Edwin E. "Buzz"
Born 1930
American astronaut who as a crew member of Apollo 11 became the second human being to walk on the moon (July 20, 1969).

Alves, Antônio de Castro
Latin-American poet.

Amundsen, Roald
Norwegian explorer who in 1911 became the first person to reach the South Pole.

Armistead, Lewis A.
Confederate General.

Armstrong, Louis
1900-1971
American jazz trumpeter. A virtuoso musician and popular, gravelly voiced singer, he greatly influenced the development of jazz.

Armstrong, Neil
American astronaut who as commander of Apollo 11 became the first human being to walk on the moon (July 20, 1969).
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Arnold, Benedict
American Revolutionary general and traitor whose plan to surrender West Point to the British for 20,000 pounds was foiled when his accomplice John André was captured (1780). Arnold fled to New York and then to England (1781).

Arnold, General Henry "Hap"
American general whose efforts helped establish what is now the U.S. Air Force

Astor, John Jacob
1763-1848
German-born American fur trader and capitalist who became the wealthiest man of his time in the United States.

Austin, Stephen F.
Father of Texas.

Autry, Gene
Actor.

 


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Bach, Johann Christian
1685-1750
German composer and organist of the late baroque period. Among the greatest composers in history, he wrote more than 200 cantatas, the Saint Matthew Passion (1729), the Mass in B minor (1733-1738), orchestral works such as the the six Brandenburg Concertos, and numerous works for organ, harpsichord, other solo instruments, and chamber ensembles.

Baldwin, Henry
1780-1844 
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1830-1844).

Balfour, Lloyd
Jeweler.

Banks, Sir Joseph
1743-1820
British botanist noted for his circumnavigation of the globe (1768-1771) with James Cook, during which he discovered and cataloged many species of plant and animal life.

Bartholdi, Frederic A.
1834-1904
French sculptor best known for his monumental figure of Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, presented to the United States by France and dedicated in 1886.

Bassie, William "Count"
Orchestra leader/composer.

Baylor, Robert E. B.
1793-1873
American jurist and Baptist cleric who was instrumental in obtaining a charter for the first Baptist college in Texas, which was named in his honor.

Beard, Daniel Carter 
1850-1941
American writer and illustrator. In 1905 he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, which in 1910 became the first Boy Scout organization in the United States.

Bell, Lawrence
Bell Aircraft Corp.

Benes, Eduard
1884-1948
Czechoslovakian politician who was foreign minister (1918-1935) and president (1935-1938) until the German occupation forced him to flee the country. On his return he was again elected president (1946) but resigned after refusing to sign a Communist constitution (1948).

Bennett, Viscount R.B.
870-1947
Canadian prime minister (1930-1935) who convened the 1932 economic conference in Ottawa.

Berlin, Irving 
1888-1989
Russian-born American songwriter who wrote more than 1,500 songs, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911), and several musical comedies, such as Top Hat (1935) and Annie Get Your Gun (1946).
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Berzelius, Jöns Jakob, Baron
779-1848
Swedish chemist who published a table of atomic weights (1828); contributed to electrochemical theory; discovered cerium (1803), zirconium (1824), and titanium (1825); and isolated silicon (1823).

Bingham, Henry H.
Union Captian.

Bishop, Sir Henry
Musician.

Black, Hugo L. 
1886-1971
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1937-1971). He was noted for his ardent support of civil rights.

Blair, Jr., John
Supreme Court Justice.

Blatchford, Samuel
1820-1893
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1882-1893).

Bolivar, Simon
783-1830
South American revolutionary leader who defeated the Spanish in 1819, was made president of Greater Colombia (now Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador), and helped liberate (1823-1834) Peru and Bolivia.

Borden, Sir Robert L.
1854-1937
Canadian prime minister (1911-1920) during World War I.

Bordet, Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent
1870-1961
Belgian bacteriologist. He won a 1919 Nobel Prize for advances in immunology.
 Nobel laureate. Developed whooping cough vaccine.

Borglum, Gutzon (father) and Lincoln (son)
Sculptures who carved Mt. Rushmore.

Borgnine, Ernest
Actor. My favorite McHale's Navy

Boswell, James 
1740-1795
Scottish lawyer, diarist, and writer renowned as the biographer of Samuel Johnson.
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Bowell, Sir Mackenzie
1823-1917
British-born Canadian prime minister (1894-1896) who later led the Conservative opposition (1896-1906).

Bowie, James
1796-1836
American-born Mexican colonist who joined the Texan forces during the struggle for independence from Mexico. He died during the defense of the Alamo.

Bradley, Omar N.
1893-1981
American general who played a major part in the Allied victory in World War II.
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Brant, Joseph
1742-1807
Mohawk leader who supported the British in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

BuBois, W.E.B.
Educator/scholar.

Buchanan, James
1791-1868
The 15th President of the United States (1857-1861). He tried to maintain a balance between proslavery and antislavery factions, but his moderate views angered radicals in both North and South, and he was unable to forestall the secession of South Carolina on December 20, 1860.

Burbank, Luther
1849-1926
American horticulturist who developed countless new varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, including the Burbank potato and the Shasta daisy.

Burke, Edmund
1729-1797
Irish-born British politician and writer. Famous for his oratory, he pleaded the cause of the American colonists in Parliament and was instrumental in developing the notions of party responsibility and a loyal opposition within the parliamentary system. His major work, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), voices his opposition to the excesses of the French experience.
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Burnett, David G.
1st President of the Republic of Texas.

Burns, Robert
1759-1796
Scottish poet considered the major poetic voice of his nation. His lyrics, written in dialect and infused with humor, celebrate love, patriotism, and rustic life.
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Prohibition
But the cheerful Spring came kindly on
And show'rs began to fall:
John Barleycorn got up again
And sore surpris'd them all.

Burr, Aaron
1756-1836
American politician who became Vice President of the United States (1801-1805) under Thomas Jefferson after a deadlock in the electoral college was broken by the House of Representatives. On July 11, 1804, Burr mortally wounded his rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel and later fled south where he was involved in a mysterious conspiracy to establish an independent nation in Mexico and the Southwest. Tried for treason, he was acquitted for lack of evidence.

Burton, Harold H.
1888-1964
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1945-1958).

Burton, Sir Richard
1821-1890
British explorer and Orientalist. Disguised as a Pathan, he journeyed (1853) to the forbidden cities of Mecca and Medina and in 1858 tried unsuccessfully to discover the source of the Nile River. His best-known work is a translation of The Arabian Nights (1885-1888), which was considered scandalous at the time.

Byrd, Admiral Richard E.
1888-1957
American naval officer and explorer. After being the first to fly over the North Pole (with Floyd Bennett in 1926), he turned his attention to Antarctica, leading five expeditions between 1929 and 1956 and establishing a base for scientific discovery at Little America.

Byrnes, James F.
1879-1972
American politician who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1941-1942). As secretary of state (1945-1947) he tried unsuccessfully to ease postwar tensions between the United States and the U.S.S.R.
 


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Calvo, Father Francisco
Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica (1865).

Canning, George
1770-1827
British politician who served as foreign secretary (1807-1809 and 1822-1827) and prime minister (1827).
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A steady patriot
A steady patriot of the World alone,
The friend of every country but his own.

Cantor, Eddie
1892-1964
American entertainer known especially for his energetic, goggle-eyed performances in vaudeville and Broadway reviews.

Carson, Christopher "Kit"
1809-1868
American frontiersman who was the renowned guide of John C. Frémont's western expeditions in the 1840's, an agent for the Ute (1853-1861), and a Union general in the Civil War.

Casanova
Italian Adventurer, writer and entertainer.

Catton, John
Supreme Court Justice
.

Chrysler, Walter P.
1875-1940
American automobile manufacturer who founded the Chrysler Corporation (1925).

Churchill, Lord Randolph 
1849-1895
British politician who led the so-called Fourth Party, a group of Conservative members of Parliament who advocated social and constitutional reform.

Churchill, Winston SIR
1871-1947
American writer known for his popular historical romance novels, such as Richard Carvel (1899).
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Citroen, Andre
French Engineer and motor car manufacturer.

Clark, Roy
Country Western Star.

Clark, Thomas C.
1899-1977
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1949-1967).

Clark, William
1770-1838
American explorer who joined Meriwether Lewis in an expedition to the Pacific Ocean (1804-1806). Clark was responsible for the careful mapmaking en route.

Clarke, John H.
Supreme Court Justice. 1857-1945

Clemens, Samuel L. (aka "Mark Twain") - writer/humorist.
1835-1910
American author and humorist who drew on his childhood along the Mississippi River to create masterpieces of humor and sarcasm, including Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).
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Clinton, DeWitt
1769-1828
American politician who as governor of New York (1817-1823 and 1825-1828) was a principal supporter of the Erie Canal (completed 1825).

Cobb, Ty 
1886-1961
American baseball player and manager who was the first player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (1936). He set a number of major league records, including a lifetime batting average of .367.

Cody, "Buffalo Bill" William
1846-1917
American frontier scout and showman who after 1883 toured the United States and Europe with his Wild West Show.

Cohan, George M.
1878-1942
American singer, songwriter, and playwright known for his flashy, patriotic Broadway productions. He wrote "Over There" and "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy."

Cole, Nat 'King'
1919-1965
American singer and pianist who recorded such popular ballads as "Unforgettable" and "Mona Lisa."

Collodi, Carlo
 Writer of Pinocchio.

Colt, Samuel
1814-1862
American firearms inventor and manufacturer who developed the first revolver.

Combs, Earle Bryan
 Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cooper, Leroy Gordon, Jr.
American astronaut.

Crockett, Davy
1786-1836
American frontiersman and politician who was a U.S. representative from Tennessee (1827-1831 and 1833-1835) and joined the Texas revolutionaries fighting against Mexico. He died at the siege of the Alamo.

Cushing, William
Supreme Court Justice. 1732-1810

 


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DeMille, Cecil B.
American motion-picture producer/director.

Dempsey, Jack
Called "the Manassa Mauler."
1895-1983
American prizefighter who won the world heavyweight title in 1919 but lost it to Gene Tunney in 1926. He brought new popularity to the sport of boxing in the United States.

Desaguliers, John Theophilus
Inventor of the planetarium.

Devanter, Willis Van
1859-1941
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1910-1937).

Dewey, Thomas Edmund
1902-1971
American politician who was the Republican nominee for President in 1944 and 1948. In the latter election he was unexpectedly beaten by Harry S. Truman's whistle-stop campaign.

Diefenbaker, John G.
Prime Minister of Canada (1957-63).

Dole, Robert
U.S. Senator, Vice President Candidate 1976, Presidential Candidate 1996.

Doolittle, General James
American aviator and army officer, who led the first U.S. air raid on Japan during World War II.

Douglas, William O.
 Supreme Court Justice.

Dow, William H.
Dow Chemical Co.

Doyle, Sir Author Conan
Writer ("Sherlock Holmes").
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Drake, Edwin L
American Pioneer of the Oil industry.

Dunant, Jean Henri
1828-1910
Swiss philanthropist who founded the International Red Cross (1864). He shared the 1901 Nobel Peace Prize.


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Edward VII
1841-1910
King of Great Britain and Ireland (1901-1910) who traveled much of Europe to improve Britain's international relations and was known for his elegant, sporting style.

Edward VIII
Later known as Duke of Windsor.
1894-1972
King of Great Britain and Ireland (1936) who precipitated a constitutional crisis by his determination to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcée. He abdicated, married (1937), and spent much of the rest of his life in France.

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Eiffel, Gustave Alexandre
1832-1923
French engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower for the Paris Exhibition of 1889. The tower is located on the southern bank of the Seine River and is 300 m (984 ft) high.

Eisele, Donn Fulton
American astronaut who flew aboard the first manned Apollo program mission, Apollo 7.

Ellington, Duke
Known as "Duke."
1899-1974
American jazz composer, pianist, and bandleader whose compositions include "Mood Indigo" (1930), "Sophisticated Lady" (1933), and concert pieces such as Black, Brown, and Beige (1943).

Ellsworth, Oliver
1745-1807
American jurist and politician. A U.S. senator from Connecticut (1789-1796), he worked on the legislation that created the federal court system (1789) and later served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1796-1800).

Ervin Jr, Samual J.
Headed "Watergate" committee.

 


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Faber, Eberhard
Head of the famous Eberhard Fabor Pencil Company.

Fairbanks, Douglas
1883-1939
American actor known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as Robin Hood (1922). His son Douglas, Jr. (born 1909), played similar roles in motion pictures such as Gunga Din (1939).

Feller, Bob
American baseball pitcher famous for his fastball. He was born in Van Meter, Iowa.

Field, Stephen J.
Supreme Court Justice.

Fields, W.C.
1880-1946
American entertainer known for his raspy voice, bulbous nose, and sardonic disposition. His films include My Little Chickadee (1940) and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941).
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Fisher, Geoffrey
Archbishop of Canterbury (1945 - 1961).

Fitch, John
1743-1798
American steamboat pioneer whose early designs (1787-1790) were successful but received insufficient financial backing for large-scale production.

Fleming, Sir Alexander
1881-1955
British bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928. He shared a 1945 Nobel Prize for this achievement.

Ford, Gerald R.
38th President of the U.S.
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Ford, Henry
1863-1947
American automobile manufacturer who developed a gasoline-powered automobile (1893), founded the Ford Motor Company (1903), and mass-produced the Model T (1908-1927), the first generally affordable and widely available automobile.
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Franklin, Benjamin
1706-1790
American public official, writer, scientist, and printer. After the success of his Poor Richard's Almanac (1732-1757), he entered politics and played a major part in the American Revolution. Franklin negotiated French support for the colonists, signed the Treaty of Paris (1783), and helped draft the Constitution (1787-1789). His numerous scientific and practical innovations include the lightning rod, bifocal spectacles, and a stove.
 1 of 13 Masonic signers of Constitution of the U.S.
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Gable, Clark
1901-1960
American actor who received an Academy Award for his performance in It Happened One Night (1934).
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Garfield, James A.
1831-1881
The 20th President of the United States (1881). He was assassinated by Charles Guiteau (1841-1882), a frustrated office-seeker.

Garibaldi, Giuseppe
1807-1882
Italian general and nationalist who led 1,000 volunteers in the capture of Sicily and Naples (1860). His conquest led to the formation of the kingdom of Italy (1861).
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Gatling, Richard J.
Built the "Gatling Gun".

George VI
1895-1952
King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1936-1952) and emperor of India (1936-1947). He acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother Edward VIII and won enormous popularity by his dedication to his duties, especially during World War II.

Gershwin, George
1898-1937
American composer who brought jazz idiom to classical music forms in his orchestral works, such as Rhapsody in Blue (1924), and composed the scores for many musical comedies. His collaborations with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), include the popular song "Fascinatin' Rhythm" (1924) and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935).

Gibbon, Edward
1737-1794
British historian who wrote the classic text The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-1788).

Gilbert, Sir William S.
1836-1911
British playwright and lyricist known for a series of comic operas, including H.M.S. Pinafore (1878) and The Pirates of Penzance (1879), written with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Gillett, King C.
1855-1932
American inventor and manufacturer who developed the safety razor (c. 1895) and founded the Gillette Safety Razor Company (1901).

Glenn, John H.
In 1962, became the first American to orbit the earth in a space craft.

Godfrey, Arthur
Actor.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
1749-1832
German writer and scientist. A master of poetry, drama, and the novel, he spent 50 years on his two-part dramatic poem Faust (published 1808 and 1832). He also conducted scientific research in various fields, notably botany, and held several governmental positions.
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Goldwater, Barry 
Born 1909
American politician. A conservative Republican, he served as U.S. senator from Arizona (1953-1965 and 1969-1987) and ran unsuccesfully for President in 1964.

Gompers, Samuel
1850-1924
British-born American labor leader who as president of the American Federation of Labor (1886-1924, except 1895) won higher wages, shorter hours, and greater freedom for union members.

Gray, Harold Lincoln
Creator of "Little Orphan Annie".

Grissom, Virgil I.
Astronaut.

Grock
Swiss Circus Clown.

Guillotin, Joseph Ignace
 Inventor of the "Guillotin".

 


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Hancock, John
1 of 8 Masonic signers of Declaration of Independance.
1737-1793
American politician and Revolutionary leader. He was president of the Continental Congress (1775-1777) and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Hancock later served nine terms as governor of Massachusetts (1780-1785 and 1787-1793).

Harding, Warren G.
29th President of the U.S.

Hardy, Oliver
1892-1957
American comedian famous for the slapstick abuse he inflicted upon his partner in the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy.

Harlan, John M.
Supreme Court Justice.
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Haydn, (Franz) Joseph
1732-1809
Austrian composer who exerted great influence on the development of the classical symphony. A contemporary of Mozart, he wrote numerous symphonies and string quartets as well as operas and concertos.

Hedges, Cornelius 
"Father" of Yellowstone National Park.

Heine, Heinrich
1797-1856
German writer who lived in Paris after 1831. His romantic poems and social essays are marked by his love for the German land and people and derision for many modern German institutions.
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Henson, Reverend Josiah 
Inspired the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

Herbert, Bishop Percy
Bishop of Norwich.

Hilton, Charles C.
American Hotelier.

Hoban, James -)
1762?-1831
Irish-born American architect who designed and supervised the construction (1793-1801) and renovation (1815-1829) of the White House in Washington, D.C.
First Worshipful Master of Federal Lodge #1

Hoe, Richard M.
Invented the rotory press, revolutinizing newspaper printing.

Hogarth, William - English Artist.
1697-1764
British artist whose satirical paintings attacked the contradiction of luxury and squalor in society.
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Hoover, J. Edgar
1895-1972
American director of the FBI (1924-1972). He is remembered for fighting gangsterism during the Prohibition era (1919-1933) and for a vigorous anti-Communist campaign after World War II.

Hope, Bob
Born 1903
British-born American entertainer. He costarred with Bing Crosby in the popular "Road" films, beginning with the Road to Singapore (1940).
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Hornsby, Rogers
1896-1963
American baseball player and manager. Known for his skill as a batter, he attained a batting average of .424 in 1924 and a lifetime average of .358.

Houdini, Harry
1874-1926
American magician known for his escapes from chains, handcuffs, straitjackets, and padlocked containers.

Houston, Sam
 2nd & 4th President of the Republic of Texas.

Humphrey, Hubert Horatio, Jr
38th Vice President of the United States (1965-69).

 


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Irving, Sir Henry
1838-1905
British Shakespearean actor whose productions, particularly those at London's Lyceum Theatre, won him the first knighthood awarded to a member of his profession (1895).

Irwin, James B.
American astronaut.

Ives, Burl
Singer

 


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Jackson, Andrew
Known as "Old Hickory."
1767-1845
The seventh President of the United States (1829-1837), who as a general in the War of 1812 defeated the British at New Orleans (1815). As president he opposed the Bank of America, objected to the right of individual states to nullify disagreeable federal laws, and increased the presidential powers.

Jackson, Reverend Jesse
Born 1941
American civil rights leader and politician. A Baptist minister, he directed national antidiscrimination efforts (1966-1977) and sought the 1984 and 1988 Democratic presidential nominations. His concern for the oppressed and his dramatic oratory have attracted a large grassroots constituency, called the Rainbow Coalition.
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Jackson, Robert H.
Supreme Court Justice.
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Jenner, Edward
1749-1823
British physician and vaccination pioneer. He found that smallpox could be prevented by inoculation with the substance from cowpox lesions.

Johnson, Andrew
1808-1875
The 17th President of the United States (1865-1869). Elected Vice President (1864), he succeeded the assassinated Abraham Lincoln as President. His administration was marked by reconstruction policies in the South and the purchase of Alaska (1867). An attempt to unseat Secretary of War Edwin Stanton led to Johnson's impeachment on purely political charges brought by Republican senators (1868). Johnson was acquitted by one vote.

Johnson, Jack
American boxer, whose life was the subject of "The Great White Hope" (1968).

Jolson, Al
1886-1950
American entertainer who starred in The Jazz Singer (1927), the first major film with synchronized sound.

Jones, Anson
5th President of the Republic of Texas.

Jones, John Paul
1747-1792
Scottish-born American naval officer. In the American Revolution he raided the British coast and destroyed two warships (1779).

Jones, Melvin
One of the founders of the Lions International.

Juarez, Benito
1806-1872
Mexican politician who took part in the overthrow of Santa Anna and served as president from 1858 to 1872.
 


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Kalakaua, David
King of the Hawaiian Islands.

Kean, Edmund
1789?-1833
British actor known for his portrayals of Shakespeare's great tragic characters.

 Kefauver, (Carey) Estes
1903-1963
American politician. A U.S. representative (1939-1949) and senator (1949-1963) from Tennessee, he directed a highly publicized investigation into organized crime (1950-1951).

Kemp, Jack
Quarterback ("Buffalo Bills"), Congressman, and Repulican Vice-President Candidate (1996).
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Key, Francis Scott
1779-1843
American lawyer and poet who wrote "Defense of Fort M'Henry" after witnessing the British attack on Fort McHenry at Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814. The poem was set to the music of an 18th-century tune called "To Anacreon in Heaven," renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner," and in 1931 was adopted by Congress as the national anthem.

King, Rufus
1786-1853
Vice President of the United States (1853) under Franklin Pierce. He died in office.
whose policies resulted in the prohibition of slavery in the Northwest Territory.

Kipling, Rudyard
1865-1936
British writer whose major works, including the short story "The Man Who Would Be King" (1889), a collection of children's stories, The Jungle Book (1894), and the novel Kim (1901), are set in British-occupied India. He won the 1907 Nobel Prize for literature.
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Kossuth, Lajos
1802-1894
Hungarian revolutionary leader who sought Hungary's independence from Austria. Declaring the Hapsburg dynasty invalid, he briefly led a provisional government (1849) until Russia interceded on Austria's behalf.
 


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Lafayette, Marquis de
1757-1834
French soldier and politician who served on George Washington's staff in the American Revolution. In France he also took part in the 1789 and 1830 revolutions.

LaGuardia, Fiorello
American political reformer, a Congressman (1916-1933), and mayor of New York City.

Lake, Simon 
Built first submarine successfull in open sea.

Lamar, Joseph E.
Supreme Court Justice.

Lamar, Mirabeau B.
3rd President of the Republic of Texas.

Land, Frank S.
Founder Order of DeMolay.

Landon, Alfred M.
Highly successful independent oil producer and governor of Kansas (1933 - 1937).

Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
1729-1781
German playwright and critic. A leader of the Enlightenment, he wrote the plays Minna von Barnheim (1763) and Nathan the Wise (1779).

Lewis, John L.
1880-1969
American labor leader who was president of the United Mine Workers of America (1920-1960) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1935-1940).

Lewis, Meriwether
1774-1809
American soldier and explorer who led the Lewis and Clark expedition (1803-1806) from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River and served as governor of the Louisiana Territory (1806-1809).

Lincoln, Elmo
First actor to play Tarzan of the Apes (1918).

Lindbergh, Charles
Known as "Lucky Lindy."
1902-1974
American aviator who made the first solo transatlantic flight (May 20-21, 1927). His books include We (1936) and an autobiography, The Spirit of St. Louis (1953).

Lipton, Sir Thomas
1850-1931.
British merchant and yacht racer who opened a successful chain of grocery stores in Great Britain and established tea processing factories in England and the United States.

Livingston, Robert
1746-1813
American Revolutionary leader and diplomat who served in the Continental Congress (1775-1781) and as minister to France (1801-1804). He helped draft the Declaration of Independence, administered the presidential oath to George Washington, and with James Madison purchased the Louisiana Territory (1803).

Liszt, Franz
1811-1886
Hungarian composer who achieved fame in his lifetime as a piano virtuoso. His best-known compositions include the Dante Symphony (1856) and the Faust Symphony (1853-1861).

Lloyd, Harold C.
Entertainer.

 


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Mead, Charles Leonard 33
1929- Still kicking
Canadian born, Moved to Florida in 1963, who achieved fame raising five daughters,  Owned Mead's Service Center, in Delray Beach Florida. Belongs to Boynton Masonic Lodge #236. His Mother, Wife,  All Five Daughters, Two Son-in-laws and Six Grand Children belong to Masonic organizations.

 MacArthur, General Douglas
1880-1964
American general who served as U.S. chief of staff (1930-1935) and commanded Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II. After losing the Philippines to the Japanese (1942), he regained the islands (1944) and accepted the surrender of Japan (1945). He commanded the United Nations forces in Korea (1950-1951) until a conflict in strategies led to his dismissal by President Harry S. Truman.
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MacDonald, Sir John A.
1815-1891
Canadian politician and the first prime minister of the Dominion of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891). He is considered the organizer of the Canadian confederation, established in 1867.

Marshall, James W.
Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California (1848).

Marshall, John
1755-1835
American jurist and politician who served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1801-1835) and helped establish the practice of judicial review.

Marshall, Thurgood
1908-1993
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1967-1991).

Martí, José Julian
1853-1895
Cuban revolutionary leader and poet who was killed while fighting for Cuban independence from Spain.

Mathews, Stanley
Supreme Court Justice.

Mayer, Louis B.
Film producer who merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

Mazzini, Giuseppe
1805-1872
Italian patriot who spurred the movement for an independent, unified Italy with his political writings and machinations, conducted mostly from exile in London.
Quotations;

Mayo, Dr. William
1861-1939
American surgeon who with his brother Charles Horace Mayo (1865-1939) founded the Mayo Clinic, a renowned private medical center in Rochester, Minnesota.

Maytag, Fredrick
 Maytag.

McGovern, George
Born 1922
American politician. A U.S. senator from South Dakota (1963-1981), he opposed the Vietnam War and was defeated as the 1972 Democratic candidate for President.
Quotations;

McKinley, William
1843-1901
The 25th President of the United States (1897-1901). His presidency was marked by the Spanish-American War (1898), the annexation of Cuba and the Philippines, an open-door policy with China, and the passage of the Gold Standard Act (1900). He was assassinated by an anarchist in Buffalo, New York.

Menninger, Charles F. (father) and Karl A. (son)
Family of American psychiatrists, including Charles Frederick (1862-1953) and his sons Karl Augustus (1893-1990) and William Claire (1899-1966). The family founded the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas (1920), and the Menninger Foundation (1941), both dedicated to psychiatric treatment, research, training, and public education.

Mesmer, Franz Anton
1734-1815
Austrian physician who sought to treat disease through animal magnetism, an early therapeutic application of hypnotism.

Meyerbeer, Giacomo
791-1864
German composer of French operas, notably Les Huguenots (1836).

Michelson, Albert Abraham
1852-1931
German-born American physicist who with Edward Morley disproved the existence of ether, the hypothetical medium of electromagnetic waves. He won a 1907 Nobel Prize for his spectroscopic and metrological investigations.
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Minton, Sherman
1890-1965
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1949-1956).

Mitchell, Edgar D.
American astronaut, the sixth person to walk on the moon.

Mix, Tom -
U.S. Marshal turned actor. Stared in over 400 western films.
Known as "Tom."
1880-1940
American film actor noted for his performances in silent Westerns.

Monckton, Lionel
Musician.

Monge, Gaspard, Comte de Péluse
French mathematician, recognized as the inventor of descriptive geometry.

Monroe, James
758-1831
The fifth President of the United States (1817-1825), whose administration was marked by the acquisition of Florida (1819), the Missouri Compromise (1820), in which Missouri was declared a slave state, and the profession of the Monroe Doctrine (1823), which declared U.S. opposition to European interference in the Americas.
Quotations;

Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne
1740-1810
French aeronautic inventor who with his brother Jacques Étienne (1745-1799) built and ascended in the first practical hot-air balloon (1783).

Moody, William H.
Supreme Court Justice.

Mozart, Leopold
Father of Wolfgang, concertmaster, celebrated violinist, composer, and author.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
1756-1791
Austrian composer considered among the greatest and most prolific composers in history. Of his more than 600 compositions, the finest works, including his last three symphonies (1788) and the operas Don Giovanni (1787)and The Magic Flute (1791), were written in the last five years of his short life.
Quotations;

Mucha, Alphonse
Czech-French poster designer and painter ("Art Nouveau" period).

Murphy, Audie
Most decorated American Soldier of WWII.

 


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Naismith, James
1861-1939
Canadian-born American sports educator who originated the game of basketball (1891).

Nelson, Samuel
1792-1873
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1845-1872).

New, Harry S.
Postmaster General who established Airmail.

Newton, Joseph Fort
Christian Minister.

Nunn, Sam
U.S. Senator.

 


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O'Higgins, Bernardo
Chilean leader, who helped win independence for his country and served as supreme dictator.

Olds, Ransom E.
American automobile pioneer.

Otis, James
 1725-1783
American Revolutionary politician and publicist whose speeches and pamphlets influenced American sentiment against the British.
Quotations;


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Palmer, Arnold
Born 1929
American golfer who was the first to win four Masters

Papst, Charles F.
Coined the term "Athletes Foot".

Paterson, William
1745-1806
Irish-born American Revolutionary leader and jurist. A member of the Constitutional Convention (1787), he later served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1793-1806).

Peale, Charles Willson
American family of painters, including Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827) and his brother James Peale (1749-1831). Four of Charles's children became painters: Raphael Peale (1774-1825), Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860), Rubens Peale (1784-1865), and Titian Peale (1799-1885). James's two daughters, Anna Claypoole Peale (1791-1878) and Sarah Miriam Peale (1800-1885), were also artists.

Peale, Norman Vincent
1898-1993
American cleric known for his popular self-help book The Power of Positive Thinking (1952).
author, and founder of "Guidepost"
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Peary, Robert Edwin
1856-1920
American naval officer and Arctic explorer who led the expedition credited with first reaching the North Pole (1909).

Penny, James C.
(J.C. Penny) - Retailer.

Pershing, General John Joseph
Known as "Black Jack."
1860-1948
American general who commanded the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I and served as army chief of staff (1921-1924).

Pike, Albert
 Author of "Morals and Dogma".

Pitney, Mahlon
1858-1924
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1912-1922).

Poinsett, Joel R.
U.S. Minister to Mexico who developed the flower: Poinsettia.

Polk, James Knox
1795-1849
The 11th President of the United States (1845-1849), whose term was marked by the establishment of the 49th parallel as the country's northern border (1846).

Pope, Alexander
1688-1744
English writer best remembered for his satirical mock-epic poems The Rape of the Lock (1712) and The Dunciad (1728).
Quotations;

Pullman, George
George Mortimer Pullman (1831-1897), American industrialist and inventor.]
Built first sleeping car on train.

Pushkin, Aleksander
Russian Poet.

 


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Reed, Stanley F.
Supreme Court Justice.

Revere, Paul
1735-1818
American silversmith, engraver, and Revolutionary hero. On April 18, 1775, he made his famous ride, celebrated in a poem by Longfellow, to warn of the British advance on Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.

Rhodes, Cecil  John
1853-1902
British financier and colonizer who became prime minister of Cape Colony in 1890 but was forced to resign in 1896 after attempting to overthrow the Boer regime in the Transvaal. He later helped colonize the territory now called Zimbabwe.

Richardson, Elliot
Attorney General.

Rickenbacker, Captiain Eddie
Known as "Eddie."
1890-1973
American aviator who was the most decorated combat pilot of World War I and later became president (1938-1963) of Eastern Airlines.

Ringling Brothers
All 7 brothers and their father were Masons.
1863-1926
American circus owner. With his brothers he formed (1882) a song-and-dance troop that evolved into the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (1907).

Rizal, José
1861-1896
Philippine national leader and writer. Having been exiled (1892-1896) for his political novels, he was arrested on his return, charged with sedition, and executed, an act that precipitated an insurrection against Spanish rule (1896-1898).

Roberts, Allen E.
Author of several books on Masonry.

Robinson, John J.
Author of "Born in Blood" and "A Pilgrim's Path".

Robinson, Sugar Ray
Known as "Sugar Ray."
1921-1989
American prizefighter who was world champion six times, once as a welterweight (1946-1951) and five times as a middleweight (1951-1960

Rogers, Roy
Born 1912
American singer and actor who played a singing cowboy in motion-picture Westerns.

Rogers, Will  Penn Adair
1879-1935
American humorist noted for his wry, homespun commentary on American society and politics.
Quotations;

Romberg, Sigmund
1887-1951
Hungarian-born American composer of operettas, including Blossom Time (1921) and The Student Prince (1924).

Roosevelt, Franklin D.
32nd President of the U.S.
Quotations;

Roosevelt, Theodore
1858-1919
The 26th President of the United States (1901-1909). A hero of the Spanish-American War, he served as governor of New York (1899-1900) and U.S. Vice President (1901) under William McKinley. On McKinley's assassination (September 1901), he assumed the presidency. Roosevelt's administration was marked by the regulation of trusts, the building of the Panama Canal, and a foreign policy based on the motto "Speak softly and carry a big stick." He won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in the Russo-Japanese War.
Quotations;

Rutledge, Wiley B.
Supreme Court Justice.

 


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Salten, Felix
Creator of Bambi.

San Martin, José de
1778-1850
Argentine revolutionary leader who played a major part in expelling the Spanish from Chile (1818) and Peru (1821).

Sanders, Harland ("Colonel Sanders")
Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant.

Sarnoff, David
1891-1971
American radio and television pioneer who proposed the first commercial radio receiver and in 1926 formed the National Broadcasting Company.

Sax, Antoine Joseph
Invented the Saxophone (1846).

Schiller, (Johann Christoph) Friedrich von
1759-1805
German writer. A leading romanticist, he is best known for his historical plays, such as Don Carlos (1787) and Wallenstein (1798-1799), and for his long, didactic poems.

Schirra, Walter Marty, Jr
American astronaut.

Schoonover, George
Founder of "The Builder".

Scott, Capt. Robert Falcon
1868-1912
British explorer who reached the South Pole (January 1912) only to find that Roald Amundsen had discovered the spot one month before.
Quotations;

British Antarctic explorer. "Message to the public," in Scott's journal, shortly before his death on the way back from his expedition to the South Pole. His last entry, written 29 March 1912, read: "It seems a pity but I do not think I can write any more. . . . For God's sake look after our people."

Scott, Sir Walter
1771-1832
British writer of ballads and historical novels, a genre he developed. His works include Waverley (1814) and Ivanhoe (1819).
Quotations;

Scott, General Winfield
1786-1866
American general. A hero of the War of 1812, he captured Veracruz, defeated Santa Anna, and captured Chapultepec during the Mexican War (1846-1848).

Sellers, Peter
Actor.  The Pink Panther

Shackleton, Sir Ernest
1874-1922
British explorer who led a number of expeditions to the Antarctic and wrote Heart of the Antarctic (1909).
Beardmore Glacier
A valley glacier, about 418 km (260 mi) long, in the Queen Maud Mountains of Antarctica. It was discovered by the British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1908.

Sibelius, Jean
1865-1957
Finnish composer whose romantic, nationalistic works include the symphonic poems Finlandia (1899) and Valse Triste (1903).

Skelton, Red
Entertainer.

Sloane, Sir John
English Artist.

Smith, John Stafford
Wrote the music that became the US National Anthem.

Smithson, James
1765-1829
British chemist, mineralogist, and philanthropist. His gift to the United States helped establish (1846) the Smithsonian Institution.

Sousa, John Philip
Known as "the March King."
1854-1932
American bandmaster and composer who wrote comic operas and marches such as Stars and Stripes Forever (1897).

Speaker, Tris
Baseball Hall of Famer (1937).

Spilsbury, Sir Bernard
English Scientists.

Stafford, Thomas Patten
 American astronaut.

Stanford, Leland
1824-1893
American financier of the Central Pacific Railroad (built 1863-1869) and founder of Stanford University (1885).
He Drove The golden Spike for the rail road

Stevenson, Adlai
835-1914
Vice President of the United States (1893-1897) under Grover Cleveland. His grandson Adlai Ewing (1900-1965) was the Democratic nominee for President in 1952 and 1956.

Stewart, Potter
1915-1985
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1958-1981).

Still, Andrew T.
American Physician who devised treatment of Osteopathy.

Stratton, Charles
Known as "General Tom Thumb."
1838-1883
American entertainer who reached 3 feet 4 inches at maturity and toured extensively with P.T. Barnum's circus.

Steuben, Baron von
1730-1794
Prussian-born American Revolutionary military leader who trained the previously undisciplined troops under Gen. George Washington.

Sullivan, Sir Arthur
1842-1900
British composer known for a series of comic operas, including H.M.S. Pinafore (1878) and The Gondoliers (1889), written with the lyricist W.S. Gilbert.

Swayne, Noah H.
Supreme Court Justice.

Swift, Jonathan
1667-1745
Irish-born English writer known for his satirical works, including Gulliver's Travels (1726) and A Modest Proposal (1729).
Quotations;

If you havent already Read "Gulliver's Travels "


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Taft, William Howard
1857-1930
The 27th President of the United States (1909-1913), whose term was marked by antitrust activity and passage of the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act (1909). He later served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1921-1930).

Teets, John W.
Chairman and Presiden of Dial Corporation.

Thomas, Danny
 Entertainer.

Thomas, Dave
 Founder of "Wendy's" Restaurants.

Thomas, Lowell
1892-1981
American radio commentator who was a correspondent during both World Wars, broadcast a nightly news program (1930-1976), and wrote and lectured widely on his travel adventures.
Brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice.

Thornhill, Sir James
English Artist.

Tinker, Joe
 American professional baseball player.

Tirpitz, Alfred Von
1849-1930
German admiral who organized the German navy of World War I.

Todd, Thomas
1765-1826
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1807-1826).

Travis, Colonel William B.
Alamo.

Trimble, Robert
1777-1828
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1826-1828).

Truman, Harry S.
1884-1972
The 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953). He authorized the use of the atomic bomb against Japan (1945), implemented the Marshall Plan (1948), initiated the establishment of NATO (1949), and ordered U.S. involvement in the Korean War (1950-1953).
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Vinson, Frederick M.
Supreme Court Justice.

Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet)
1694-1778
French philosopher and writer whose works epitomize the Age of Enlightenment, often attacking injustice and intolerance. He wrote Candide (1759) and the Philosophical Dictionary (1764).
 


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Wadlow, Robert Pershing
Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet tall.

Wallace, Governor George C.
Presidential Candidate who was nearly assasinated.

Wallace, Lewis
Known as "Lew."
1827-1905
American general, diplomat, and writer known especially for his novel Ben Hur (1880).

Wanamaker, John
1838-1922
American merchant whose men's clothing business grew into one of the first department stores. He also served as U.S. postmaster general (1889-1893).

Warner, Jack
American filmmaker who with his brothers Albert (1884-1967), Samuel Louis (1887-1927), and Jack (1892-1978) founded Warner Brothers Pictures, which produced the first talkie, The Jazz Singer (1927), and many film classics, including Casablanca (1942).

Warren, Earl
1891-1974
American jurist who served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1953-1969).

Warren, Joseph
1741-1775
American physician and patriot who instructed Paul Revere and William Dawes to make their ride to Lexington (April 18, 1775) and was killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775).

Washington, Booker T
1856-1915
American educator. Born into slavery, he acquired an education after emancipation and became the principal of Tuskegee Institute, which flourished under his tutelage (1881-1915).

Washington, George
1732-1799
American military leader and the first President of the United States (1789-1797). Commander of the American forces in the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), he presided over the Second Constitutional Convention (1787) and was elected President of the fledgling country (1789). He shunned partisan politics and in his farewell address (1796) warned against foreign involvement.
Quotations;

Watson, Thomas John
1874-1956
American businessman who was president (1914-1949) and chairman (1949-1956) of International Business Machines.

Wayne, John
Known as "Duke."
1907-1979
American film actor who played tough heroes in Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939), Red River (1948), and True Grit (1969), for which he won an Academy Award.

Webb, Matthew
First man to swim the English Channel (1875).

Weitz, Paul J.
American astronaut who flew on Skylab and space shuttle missions.

Wesley, Samuel
Musician.

Whiteman, Paul
1890-1967
American conductor who introduced symphonic jazz to a general audience. He commissioned George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Wilde, Oscar
1854-1900
Irish-born writer. Renowned as a wit in London literary circles, he achieved recognition with The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), a novel. He also wrote plays of lively dialogue, such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), and poetry, including The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898).
Quotations;

Woodbury, Levi
1789-1851
American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1845-1851).

Wolfitt, Sir Donald 
English Actor.

Woods, William B.
 Supreme Court Justice.

Wyler, William
1902-1981
American filmmaker who directed such film classics as Jezebel (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), and Ben Hur (1959).
 


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Young, Denton True "Cy"
Known as "Cy."
1867-1955
American baseball player. A pitcher for 22 seasons, he won 515 games, including 76 shutouts, 3 no-hit games, and the first perfect game in modern baseball (1904).


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Zanuck, Darryl F.
 Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933.

Ziegfeld, Florenz
1869-1932
American theatrical producer famed for his extravagant revues known as the Ziegfeld Follies, which were produced annually from 1907 to 1931 (except 1926, 1928, and 1929).

Zoffany, John
Artist. 


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Quotable Quotes
The American Heritage Dictionary
Britannica

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