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100 Americans Every American Should Have Heard Of
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These are people you should recognize, not always the 100 most significant. Includes a few pop culture figures as well as great men of politics, science and letters
1735-1826, Leader in the Continental Congress, Diplomat, 2nd U.S. President
1767-1848, Son of U.S. President, Diplomat, President in his own right, anti-slavery advocate
1722-1803, Brewer and Sons of Liberty leader responsible for the Boston Tea Party
1860-1935, Social worker who founded Hull House, first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize
1820-1906, Suffragette who appeared on the dollar coin
1901-1971, African-American jazz trumpeter and singer
1930-2012, First man to walk on the moon
1810-1891, Circus promoter who thought you could fool all the people all the time
1847-1922, Inventor of the telephone, founded National Geographic Society
1860-1925, Repeat Presidential loser, orator known for 'Cross of Gold', Scopes Trial
b. 1946, U.S. President during September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina
1782-1850, SC Senator and Vice-President known for stances on nullification, states' rights
1835-1919, Steel tycoon who endowed many libraries
1927-1993, Mexican-American who founded the United Farm Workers
1777-1852, KY Senator and repeat presidential loser known for forging great compromises
b. 1946, U.S. President who sent troops to Bosnia, faced impeachment over sex scandal
1808-1889, Confederate President
1901-1966, Hollywood animator and studio executive
1817-1895, Black abolitionist who wrote narrative of his early life as a slave
1868-1963, Black intellectual who founded the NAACP
b. 1941, American folk rocker who wrote 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'Like a Rolling Stone'
1821-1910, Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist
1847-1931, Inventor of the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb
1890-1969, Allied WWII General who later became U.S. President
1896-1940, Author of 'The Great Gatsby'
1863-1947, Founder of eponymous auto company
1706-1790, Wrote Poor Richard's Almanack, invented bifocals, also politician and diplomat
1765-1815, Inventor of the steamboat
b. 1955, Billionaire computer programmer, fmr. CEO of Microsoft
b. 1918, Southern Baptist preacher who crusaded to millions, advised several U.S. presidents
1822-1885, Union General victorious at Vicksburg and Petersburg, later U.S. President
1755-1804, Co-author of Federalist Papers, first Secretary of the Treasury
1804-1864, Author of 'The Scarlet Letter' and 'The House of the Seven Gables'
1863-1951, Megalomaniacal publishing tycoon who inspired Citizen Kane
1898-1961, Author of numerous tales based on his life in Spain and Cuba
1903-2003, Actor/comedian known for Oscar hosting, golf jokes, USO shows
1767-1845, War of 1812 General, 7th U.S. President, killed a man in a duel
1743-1826, Author of Declaration of Independence, 3rd U.S. President, founded University of Virginia
1908-1973, U.S. President responsible for Great Society reforms in civil rights, welfare
b. 1963, NBA superstar who won 6 titles and 5 MVPs with the Chicago Bulls
1917-1963, U.S. President during Cuban Missile Crisis, assassinated
1779-1843, Author of America's national anthem
1929-1968, African-American preacher who led the 1963 March on Washington
1807-1870, Confederate General victorious at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, but defeated at Gettysburg
1774-1809/1770-1838, Duo who led the Corps of Discovery through the Louisiana Purchase
1809-1865, U.S. President during the American Civil War
1880-1964, General in WWII Pacific Theater, fired during Korean War
1751-1836, Introduced Virginia Plan at Constitutional Convention, 4th U.S. President
1925-1965, Militant Muslim African-American activist
1880-1959, WWII Chief of Staff, responsible for postwar relief effort
1755-1835, Jurist known for Marbury v. Madison and McCulloch v. Maryland decisions while Chief Justice
1908-1993, NAACP lawyer, first African-American on the Supreme Court
1809-1884, Developer of mower/reaper, founded International Harvester farm implement company
1819-1891, Author of 'Moby Dick' and other seafaring tales
1758-1831, U.S. President known for famous Doctrine
1926-1962, Blonde bombshell in films such as The Seven Year Itch and Some Like it Hot
1837-1913, Finance capitalist who formed famous bank, bailed out U.S. Government a couple times
1791-1872, Artist who invented the electric telegraph
1838-1914, Wilderness preserveration activist, founder of the Sierra Club
1913-1994, U.S. President who went to China, resigned after Watergate scandal
b. 1961, First African-American U.S. President, enacted healthcare reform
1904-1967, Nuclear physicist who led the Manhattan Project effort
1913-1980, African-American track star who won four golds at the 1936 Olympics
1737-1809, Author of 'Common Sense' and 'The American Crisis' pamphlets
1913-2005, African-American woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus
1795-1849, U.S. President with Manifest Destiny agenda
1935-1977, Rock-and-roll singer of 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'Love Me Tender'
1911-2004, Actor turned U.S. President known for conservatism, attempting to end Cold War
1734-1818, Silversmith and Sons of Liberty leader known for Midnight Ride
1919-1972, African-American who broke the color barrier in baseball
1839-1937, Billionaire head of Standard Oil, endowed several universities
1894-1978, Artist who painted pictures of American life for the Saturday Evening Post and Boys Life
1902-1979/1895-1960, Duo known for musicals such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific and The Sound of Music
1884-1962, First Lady who was later active with the United Nations
1882-1945, U.S. President during New Deal reforms, WWII
1858-1919, Spanish-American War officer who became U.S. President, known for Big Stick foreign policy
1895-1948, Baseball superstar who hit 714 home runs, mostly with the New York Yankees
ca. 1788-1812, Native American guide and interpreter
1914-1995, Developed the first polio vaccine
1883-1966, Social reformer known for her stances on birth control, eugenics
1820-1891, Civil War General known for leading destruction of Atlanta
ca. 1579-1631, Military leader of the Jamestown Expedition
1805-1844, Founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1854-1932, Composer of 'Stars and Stripes Forever', 'Washington Post March', and other military marches
b. 1946, Blockbuster filmmaker of 'Jaws', 'E.T.' and 'Schindler's List'
1815-1902, Leader of the Seneca Falls Convention for women's suffrage
1902-1968, Author of 'Grapes of Wrath' and other tales about life in California
1811-1896, Anti-slavery advocate, author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'
1884-1972, U.S. President during the Fair Deal and Korean War era, integrated armed forces
ca.1820-1913, Female Underground Railroad conductor
b. 1938, Billionaire cable TV pioneer
1835-1910, Author of 'Huckleberry Finn' and 'Life on the Mississippi'
1891-1974, California governor, Supreme Court Chief Justice during Brown vs. Board of Education ruling
1732-1799, American Revolutionary War General, 1st President
1782-1852, MA Senator, orator known for 'Liberty and Union' speech
1819-1892, Purportedly gay poet who wrote 'Leaves of Grass' and 'O Captain, My Captain'
1765-1825, Perfecter of the cotton gin, munitions manufacturer
1856-1924, U.S. President during WWI, had 14 Points for international peace
1867-1959, Prairie School/modern architect
1871-1948/1867-1912, Duo who built first practical airplane
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