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Adlai E. Stevenson II
   was a/an   
Politician
Two-time Democratic candidate against Dwight Eisenhower; 1900-1965
Al Capone
   was a/an   
Gangster
Led Prohibition-era crime syndicate; 1899-1947
Alfred Stieglitz
   was a/an   
Photographer
Modern art promoter; husband of Georgia O'Keefe; 1864-1946
Alan Greenspan
   was a/an   
Economist
Chairman of the Federal Reserve, b. 1926
Al Hirt
   was a/an   
Trumpeter
1922-1999
Archibald MacLeish
   was a/an   
Poet
Librarian of Congress; associated with the Modernist school; 1892-1982
Archie Moore
   was a/an   
Boxer
One of the longest careers in the sport; 1913-1998
Audie Murphy
   was a/an   
Actor
Decorated WWII soldier appeared in 44 films in post-war period; 1925-1971
Audie Murphy
   was a/an   
Military Leader
First Lieutenant, the most decorated US soldier in WWII
Ayn Rand
   was a/an   
Author
Russian born, 1905, novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter
Babe Ruth
   was a/an   
Baseball Player
Home run king and folk hero, born George Herman Ruth in 1895
Bella Abzug
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Leader of the Women's Movement and member of Congress, 1920-1998
Benedict Arnold
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Fought on both sides in the American Revolutionary War
Bessie Smith
   was a/an   
Singer
The most popular female blues singer of the 20's and 30's; 1894-1937
Bill Gates
   was a/an   
Author
Author of two books, "Business @ the Speed of Thought", and "The Road Ahead"
Bill Gates
   was a/an   
Businessman
Chairman of Microsoft, philanthropist and one of the wealthiest persons in the world; born, 1955
Booker T. Washington
   was a/an   
Author
Author of 24 books including his autobiography, "Up From Slavery"; 1856-1915
Booker T. Washington
   was a/an   
Teacher
Educated teachers for rural Southern black communities
Bud Abbot
   was a/an   
Comedian
William; straight man for the team Abbot and Costello
Buster Keaton
   was a/an   
Actor
Best known in his silent films; 1895-1966
Buster Keaton
   was a/an   
Film Director
Recognized as the seventh-greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly
Butch Cassidy
   was a/an   
Outlaw
Train and bank robber, 1866-1908
Carol Heiss
   was a/an   
Figure Skater
1960 Olympic Champion and 1956 Olympic silver medalist; b. 1940
Carson McCullers
   was a/an   
Author
Author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; 1917-1967
Casey Stengel
   was a/an   
Baseball Manager
New York Yankee manager, 1949-1960 winning 10 pennants and 7 world championships; 1890-1975
Charles E. Coughlin
   was a/an   
Catholic Priest
Controversial anti-semitic radio broadcaster; 1891-1979
Charles Goren
   was a/an   
Bridge Expert
And bestselling author of chess books; 1901-1991
Charles Ives
   was a/an   
Classical Composer
Innovative and original, 1874-1954
Charles Parker, Jr.
   was a/an   
Jazz Saxophonist
One of the most influential of all jazz musicians; 1920-1955
Charles Wilson Peale
   was a/an   
Painter
Known mostly for his portraits; 1741-1827
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
   was a/an   
Author
Novelist, poet and short story writer; 1860-1935
Christopher Isherwood
   was a/an   
Playwright
1904-1986 Born in England, he settled in the USA in 1939 and took citizenship in 1946.
Clarence Darrow
   was a/an   
Attorney
Defense attorney in the Scopes Monkey Trial, 1857-1938
Cole Porter
   was a/an   
Songwriter
Composer of many standards; 1891-1964
Colin Powell
   was a/an   
Military Leader
4-star general and later Secretary of State
Colin Powell
   was a/an   
Secretary of State
First African-American appointed to the post, serving under George W. Bush; born 1937
Colonel Sanders
   was a/an   
Businessman
Founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain; 1890-1980
Cornelius Vanderbilt
   was a/an   
Businessman
Built his wealth in shipping and railroads; one of the richest Americans in history (but died anyway, in 1877)
Cotton Mather
   was a/an   
New England Puritan
Remembered for his role in the Salem witch trials, d. 1728
Dana Andrews
   was a/an   
Actor
1909-1992
Daniel Boone
   was a/an   
Explorer
Best known for his exploration and settlement of Kentucky
Daniel Boone
   was a/an   
Frontiersman
Explorer and folk hero, 1734-1820
Daniel Webster
   was a/an   
US Senator
Orator and presidential candidate three times; 1782-1852
Dashiell Hammett
   was a/an   
Author
Hard-boiled detective novels, creator of Sam Spade; 1894-1961
Davy Crockett
   was a/an   
Frontiersman
Soldier, politician and folk hero, 1786-1836
Davy Crockett
   was a/an   
Politician
Member of Congress of Tennessee; died at the Alamo
Dick Clark
   was a/an   
Television Personality
American Bandstand; b. 1929
Dolley Madison
   was a/an   
First Lady
Fourth First Lady, wife of James Madison; 1768-1849
Dorothy Day
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement; candidate for canonization
Douglas MacArthur
   was a/an   
Military Leader
5-star General of the Army; played significant role in the Pacific Theatre; 1880-1964
Dred Scott
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Slave who sued unsuccessfully for his freedom in the famous Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857; died, 1858
D. W. Griffith
   was a/an   
Film Director
One of the most important figures of early cinema, 1875-1948
Dwight D. Eisenhower
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Allied commander-in-chief, WWII
Dwight D. Eisenhower
   was a/an   
President
1953-1961
Edna St. Vincent Millay
   was a/an   
Poet
Known for her unconventional bohemian lifestyle; Pulitzer Prize; 1892-1950
Eleanor Roosevelt
   was a/an   
First Lady
Wife of Franklin Roosevelt, advocate of civil rights; 1884-1962
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Abolitionist, early figure in the woman's movement; 1815-1902
Ernie Pyle
   was a/an   
Journalist
War correspondent killed in WWII; 1900-1945
Errol Garner
   was a/an   
Jazz Pianist
1921-1977
Eugene O'Neill
   was a/an   
Playwright
Nobel laureate; 1888-1953
Eugene V. Debs
   was a/an   
Labor Organizer
1855-1926
Ezra Pound
   was a/an   
Poet
Early figure in the modernist movement; 1885-1972
Fiorello La Guardia
   was a/an   
Mayor of New York
Served 1934-1945 as a charismatic liberal Republican
Fiorello La Guardia
   was a/an   
Politician
Member of Congress and mayor of New York City
Francis Parkman
   was a/an   
Author
Historian and horticulturist, 1823-1893
Frank Lloyd Wright
   was a/an   
Architect
Writer and educator; more than 500 completed works; promoted organic architecture
Franz Kline
   was a/an   
Painter
Primarily associated with Abstract Expressionism; 1910-1962
Frederick Douglass
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Born into slavery, 1818; orator, writer and statesman; became leader of the abolitionist movement
Gary Snyder
   was a/an   
Poet
B. 1930; Pulitizer Prize for Poetry
George Custer
   was a/an   
Military Leader
1839-1876; killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn
George Gershwin
   was a/an   
Broadway Composer
George Gershwin
   was a/an   
Classical Composer
Orchestral, solo piano, operas and Broadway musicals; 1898-1937
George Gershwin
   was a/an   
Classical Pianist
George Kennan
   was a/an   
Centenarian
Cold War policy architect; 1904-2005
George Kennan
   was a/an   
Diplomat
Ambassador to the Soviet Union under Truman and to Yugoslavia under Kennedy
George Kennan
   was a/an   
Historian
Pulitzer Prize for History, the National Book Award and the Francis Parkman Prize
George Marshall
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Chief military advisor to Franklin Roosevelt in WWII; winner, Nobel Peace Prize, 1953
George Marshall
   was a/an   
Secretary of State
50th US Secretary of State, 1947-49; 1880-1959
George Raft
   was a/an   
Actor
Identified with portrayals of gangsters; 1895-1980
George Santayana
   was a/an   
Author
Poet, philosopher, essayist and man of letters
George Santayana
   was a/an   
Philosopher
Spanish born, raised and educated in the US; 1863-1952
George Washington Carver
   was a/an   
Botanist
Educator and inventor, 1864-1943
George Washington Carver
   was a/an   
Inventor
Botanist and educator credited with the development of many peanut and sweet potato products
Georgia O'Keeffe
   was a/an   
Painter
Known chiefly for her paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones and landscapes synthesizing abstraction and representation; 1887-1986P
Glenn Ford
   was a/an   
Actor
Canadian-born American actor whose career spanned seven decades; 1916-2006
Harold Arlen
   was a/an   
Songwriter
Over 500 songs
Harriet Tubman
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Escaped slave, made 13 missions to rescue more than 70 other slaves; Union spy in the Civil War and activist for women's suffrage after the war; c. 1820-1913
Hart Crane
   was a/an   
Poet
Modernist poet, 1899-1932
Heinmot Tooyalaket
   was a/an   
Native North American
Better known as Chief Joseph of the Nez Perc├ęs
Henry Clay
   was a/an   
Speaker of the House
Also Senator from Kentucky, orator and Secretary of State; 1777-1852
Henry Clay
   was a/an   
US Senator
Henry Ford
   was a/an   
Businessman
Automobile manufacturer; developer of the assembly line technique of mass production and founder of the Ford Motor Company; 1863-1947
Henry James
   was a/an   
Author
One of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism; 1843-1916
Henry McCarty
   was a/an   
Outlaw
Better known by the alias, William H. Bonney, or by Billy the Kid; 1859-1881
Henry Miller
   was a/an   
Author
Novelist: Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring, others; 1891-1980
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
   was a/an   
Poet
1807-1882; works include "Evangeline" and "The Song of Hiawatha"
H. L. Mencken
   was a/an   
Journalist
Magazine editor, satirist and critic of American life and culture; 1880-1956
Isadora Duncan
   was a/an   
Dancer
Considered by many to be the creator of modern dance, 1877-1927
Jack Benny
   was a/an   
Comedian
Vaudevillian, radio, television and film actor; 1894-1974
Jack Dempsey
   was a/an   
Boxer
Heavyweight champion, 1919-1926
Jackie Robinson
   was a/an   
Baseball Player
First player to integrate the big leagues (1947); 1919-1972
Jack Kerouac
   was a/an   
Author
Author of "On the Road", generally considered the father of the Beat movement; 1922-1969
Jack Paar
   was a/an   
Television Personality
Best known as host of The Tonight Show, 1918-2004
Jacob Javits
   was a/an   
US Senator
Liberal Republican, New York, 1957-1981; d. 1986
James Abbot McNeill Whistler
   was a/an   
Painter
American-born British based influential artist best known for "Whistler's Mother"; 1834-1903
James Baldwin
   was a/an   
Author
Novelist, playwright, poet, essayist and civil rights activist; 1924-1987
James Fenimore Cooper
   was a/an   
Author
Prolific writer, 1789-1851
Janis Joplin
   was a/an   
Singer
Songwriter and music arranger, 1942-1970
Jason Robards, Jr
   was a/an   
Actor
Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor, 1976; 1922-2000
Jefferson Davis
   was a/an   
Confederate States President
Military officer and only president of the Confederancy
Jesse James
   was a/an   
Outlaw
Bank and train robber; 1847-1882
Jim Garrison
   was a/an   
Attorney
Orleans Parish District Attorney, investigated a Kennedy assassination conspiracy
Jim Thorpe
   was a/an   
Baseball Player
Played sporadically for the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds
Jim Thorpe
   was a/an   
Football Player
Early pre-NFL professional career
Jim Thorpe
   was a/an   
Native North American
Mixed Sauk and European athlete; 1888-1953
Jim Thorpe
   was a/an   
Olympic Athlete
Gold medalist in the 1912 games, later stripped of his metals and then restored in 1983
Joe Louis
   was a/an   
Boxer
Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, reigning heavyweight champion for nearly 12 years; died 1981, age 66
John Adams
   was a/an   
Classical Composer
Pulitzer-prize winner composer, born, 1947
John Adams
   was a/an   
President
2nd President
John Adams
   was a/an   
Vice President
Under George Washington and then President.
John Bell Hood
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Confederate general, 1831-1879
John Brown
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Abolitionist, advocated armed insurrection as a means to end slavery; hanged, 1859
John Calhoun
   was a/an   
Secretary of State
Served in the Tyler Administration
John Calhoun
   was a/an   
US Senator
Orator, writer and Vice President, 1782-1850
John Calhoun
   was a/an   
Vice President
7th, from South Carolina
John Dewey
   was a/an   
Author
Complete writings in 37 volumes from Southern Illinois University Press
John Dewey
   was a/an   
Philosopher
Psychologist and educational reformer; 1859-1952
John D. Rockefeller
   was a/an   
Businessman
Founded Standard Oil; philanthropist, 1839-1937
John Houseman
   was a/an   
Actor
English-American, 1902-1988; Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, 1973
John Jacob Astor
   was a/an   
Businessman
First multi-millionaire from fur trading, real estate and opium
John J. Audubon
   was a/an   
Ornithologist
Naturalist and painter, cataloguer of the birds of North America
John Kenneth Galbraith
   was a/an   
Economist
Canadian-American Keynesian champion of American liberalism and progressivism; 1908-2006
John Marshall
   was a/an   
Supreme Court Justice
Longest serving Chief Justice, d. 1835
John Muir
   was a/an   
Author
Nature writer, especially of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California
John Muir
   was a/an   
Naturalist
Scottish-born American, 1838-1914; early advocate of preservation of wilderness
John Philip Sousa
   was a/an   
March Composer
Known particularly for military and patriotic marches, 1854-1932
John Scopes
   was a/an   
Teacher
Defendant in the 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial" when he was accused of violating the Tennessee law prohibiting the teaching of evolution
John Wilkes Booth
   was a/an   
Assassin
Jonathan Edwards
   was a/an   
Theologian
Missionary to Native Americans, 1703-1758
Joseph Brant
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Mohawk, 1743-1807; relocated in Canada after the American Revolutionary War
Joseph Brant
   was a/an   
Native North American
Mohawk military leader associated with Great Britain at the time of the American Revolution
Josephine Baker
   was a/an   
Actress
First African American to star in a major motion picture
Josephine Baker
   was a/an   
Dancer
Nicknamed the Bronze Venus, received the French Croix de guerre
Josephine Baker
   was a/an   
Singer
Cabaret, music hall, French pop; 1906-1975
Joseph McCarthy
   was a/an   
US Senator
Known for the term "McCarthyism" to denote a period of reckless unsubstantiated accusations of Communist connections; 1908-1957
Joseph Wood Krutch
   was a/an   
Naturalist
Author of books on natural history and desert ecology; 1893-1970
Josh Gibson
   was a/an   
Baseball Player
Negro League star is considered to be one of the best catchers and power hitters in the history of the game, 1911-1947
J. P. Morgan
   was a/an   
Businessman
Banker and art collector; oversaw the formation through mergers of General Electric and U. S. Steel; 1837-1913
J. Robert Oppenheimer
   was a/an   
Theoretical Physicist
Director of the Manhattan Project; 1904-1967
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
   was a/an   
Basketball Player
All-time leading NBA scorer, born 1947
Katharine Graham
   was a/an   
Publisher
Publisher of the Washington Post; 1917-2001
Kathryn D. Sullivan
   was a/an   
Astronaut
First American woman to make a space walk, 10/11/1984
Langston Hughes
   was a/an   
Author
Poet, playwright, short story writer, and columnist; 1902-1967
Langston Hughes
   was a/an   
Poet
"I, Too, Sing America" and others
Lenny Bruce
   was a/an   
Comedian
Influential and controversial; 1925-1966
Leonard Pennario
   was a/an   
Classical Pianist
Recorded over 60 LP's; 1924-2008
Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Highly decorated officer of the US Marine Corps; served in WWII and Korea
Lillian Hellman
   was a/an   
Playwright
Linked throughout her life with left-wing causes, 1905-1984
Louis Agassiz
   was a/an   
Geologist
Swiss-American paleontologist, glaciologist, professor of natural history, 1807-1873
Louis Jordan
   was a/an   
Football Player
First All-American from the University of Texas and the first officer from Texas killed in WWI; 1890-1918
Lucretia Mott
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Credited as being the first American feminist, 1793-1880
Lynn Harrell
   was a/an   
Cellist
B. 1944, New York City; son of baritone Mack Harrell
Madeleine Albright
   was a/an   
Secretary of State
First woman appointed to the post, serving under Bill Clinton; born in Czechoslovakia in 1937
Marian Anderson
   was a/an   
Singer
Lieder and opera to traditional songs and spirituals, 1897-1993
Marianne Moore
   was a/an   
Poet
Modernist poet noted for her irony and wit; 1887-1972
Martha Gellhorn
   was a/an   
Author
Travel writer and journalist; 3rd wife of Ernest Hemingway; 1908-1998
Martha Gellhorn
   was a/an   
War Correspondent
Reported on every major conflict that took place over her 60-year career
Mary Cassatt
   was a/an   
Painter
Impressionist; 1844-1926
Mathew Brady
   was a/an   
Photographer
One of the greatest artists in US photographic history, he died a pauper's death in 1896. Known primarily for his Civil War work.
Mel Brooks
   was a/an   
Film Director
Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, others
Meriwether Lewis
   was a/an   
Explorer
Leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
Mickey Cochrane
   was a/an   
Baseball Player
Only ML catcher with at least 3000 at-bats to achieve a .400 on-base percentage
Mildred "Micky" Axton
   was a/an   
Aviator
Test pilot, WWII; first woman to fly a B-29; 1919-2010
Millard Fillmore
   was a/an   
President
13th President, d. 1874
Milton Babbitt
   was a/an   
Classical Composer
Noted for his serial and electronic music; b. 1916
Milton Berle
   was a/an   
Comedian
First major star of American television, known as Uncle Miltie; 1908-2002
Oliver La Farge
   was a/an   
Author
Author of Pulitzer Prize winner, Laughing Boy; 1901-1963
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
   was a/an   
Supreme Court Justice
Noted for his long service and for his concise opinions; oldest justice in the history of the Court
Oliver Wendell Holmes
   was a/an   
Supreme Court Justice
Served on the court from 1902-1932; known for his concise and pithy opinions
Omar Bradley
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Last surviving 5-star general and first Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; 1893-1981
Pat Boone
   was a/an   
Singer
Pop singer, b. 1934
Paul Robeson
   was a/an   
Actor
Film and stage
Paul Robeson
   was a/an   
Singer
Bass-baritone concert singer; 1898-1976
Paul Robeson
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Active in civil rights and trade unionism
Peter DeVries
   was a/an   
Author
Novelist, 1910-1993
Peter Perkins Pitchlynn
   was a/an   
Native North American
Or Hat-choo-tuck-nee (The Snapping Turtle); Choctaw chief of Anglo-American ancestry; aided George Washington as interpreter
Philip Hart
   was a/an   
US Senator
Democrat from Michigan, 1959-1976; nicknamed "The Conscience of the Senate"; wounded on D-Day on Utah Beach; 1912-1976
Phillis Wheatley
   was a/an   
Poet
First published African-American woman; a freed slave she died in poverty, c. 1784
Phil Mickelson
   was a/an   
Golfer
Three-time Masters champion, b. 1970
Phineas Taylor Barnum
   was a/an   
Businessman
Coined the phrase "there's a sucker born every minute"
Phineas Taylor Barnum
   was a/an   
Showman
Better known as P. T. Barnum, founder of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; 1810-1891
Pocahontas
   was a/an   
Native North American
Daughter of Chief Powhatan; assisted colonial settlers; buried in England
Rachel Carson
   was a/an   
Author
Silent Spring, The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea
Rachel Carson
   was a/an   
Marine Biologist
And nature writer, 1907-1964
Ralph Waldo Emerson
   was a/an   
Author
Poet and essayist, 1803-1882
Ralph Waldo Emerson
   was a/an   
Philosopher
Led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century
Red Cloud
   was a/an   
Native North American
War leader of the Oglala Lakota Sioux; 1822-1909
Robert E. Lee
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Robert Moses
   was a/an   
Urban Planner
"master builder" of modern New York City, 1888-1981
Rogers Hornsby
   was a/an   
Baseball Player
Highest career batting average in National League history
Roger Tory Peterson
   was a/an   
Author
Author of a series of Field Guides; 1908-1996
Roger Tory Peterson
   was a/an   
Ornithologist
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Rosa Parks
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Civil rights leader, 1913-2005
Sammy Kaye
   was a/an   
Bandleader
"Sing and sway with Sammy Kaye"; 1910-1987
Samuel Colt
   was a/an   
Inventor
Inventor of the revolver
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
   was a/an   
Author
Well known by his pen name, Mark Twain; d. 1910
Satchel Paige
   was a/an   
Baseball Player
Negro Leagues standout and arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball history
Sequoyah
   was a/an   
Native North American
Cherokee silversmith who in 1821 created a Cherokee syllabary, thus making reading and writing in Cherokee possible
S. I. Hayakawa
   was a/an   
Author
Canadian-American of Japanese descent; author of books on psychology and language; 1906-1992
S. I. Hayakawa
   was a/an   
US Senator
One-term conservative Republican from California; author and controversial figure in 1960's student protests against the Vietnam War
Sojourner Truth
   was a/an   
Social Activist
Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree, 1797; abolitionist, women's rights activist (her speech, "Ain't I a Woman?," in 1851, galvanized the women's movement)
Stanley Kunitz
   was a/an   
Centenarian
Poet, 1905-2006
Stanley Kunitz
   was a/an   
Poet
Two time Poet Laureate of the United States
Stonewall Jackson
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Confederate general, considered one of the great tactical commanders; 1824-1863
Susan B. Anthony
   was a/an   
Social Activist
1820-1906; leader in the women's suffrage movement
Tallulah Bankhead
   was a/an   
Actress
And all around bonne vivant, 1902-1968
Tatanka Iyotanka
   was a/an   
Native North American
Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux, d. 1890
Theodore Dreiser
   was a/an   
Author
Novelist, 1871-1945
Theodore Roberts
   was a/an   
Actor
Pre-film and silent film star; Moses in 1923 "Ten Commandments"
Thomas Alva Edison
   was a/an   
Businessman
Often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory
Thomas Alva Edison
   was a/an   
Inventor
Scientist and businessman, 1847-1931; considered one of the most prolific inventors in history
Thomas J. Dodd
   was a/an   
US Senator
Connecticut; father of US Senator Christopher Dodd; 1907-1971
Ulysses S. Grant
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Commander of Union Forces, Civil War
Ulysses S. Grant
   was a/an   
President
Virgil Fox
   was a/an   
Organist
1912-1980; one of the most beloved organists of the 20th century
Wallace Stevens
   was a/an   
Poet
Modernist poet, 1879-1955
Walt Whitman
   was a/an   
Poet
Arguably the most influential poet in US history; 1819-1892
Warren Buffett
   was a/an   
Investor
And philanthropist; in 2010, the third wealthiest person in the world; born, 1930
Washington Irving
   was a/an   
Author
Essayist, biographer and historian, best known for short stories, "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"; d. 1859
W. C. Handy
   was a/an   
Blues Composer
Often referred to as the "Father of the Blues"; 1873-1958
Wilbur Wright
   was a/an   
Aviator
With brother Orville, is credited with making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight in 1903; 1871-1948
Willard Frank Libby
   was a/an   
Chemist
Noted for his role in the development of radiocarbon dating; Nobel Laureate
Willa Cather
   was a/an   
Author
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, 1873-1947
William E. Cody
   was a/an   
Showman
"Buffalo Bill", soldier and buffalo hunter, famous for his shows with cowboy themes; 1846-1917
William F. Buckley, Jr
   was a/an   
Author
Conservative philosophy and spy novels; 1925-2008
William F. Buckley, Jr
   was a/an   
Television Personality
Conservative commentary
William Halsey
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Commander of Naval Forces, South Pacific, 1882-1959
William James
   was a/an   
Author
"The Varieties of Religious Experience"
William James
   was a/an   
Philosopher
Brother of novelist Henry James; 1842-1910
William Jennings Bryan
   was a/an   
Politician
Ran unsuccessfully for President 3 times: 1896,1900 and 1908
William Jennings Bryan
   was a/an   
Secretary of State
1913-1915, under Woodrow Wilson
William Marcy Tweed
   was a/an   
Politician
"Boss" Tweed of Tammany Hall; 1823-1878
William Quinby De Funiak
   was a/an   
Lexicographer
Wrote what was probably the first American-British dictionary to aid "two peoples divided by a common language"; 1901-1981
William Shirer
   was a/an   
Historian
1904-1993; author of "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"
William Tecumseh Sherman
   was a/an   
Military Leader
Wilt Chamberlain
   was a/an   
Basketball Player
Single season scoring record; 1936-1999
Woody Guthrie
   was a/an   
Singer
Folk music, 1912-1967
Woody Guthrie
   was a/an   
Songwriter
Hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs and ballads
Zora Neale Hurston
   was a/an   
Author
Author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, as well as short stories, plays and essays


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