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Biographies of Famous People

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Famous, Celebrity and Historical Biographies

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Notable Texans Before 1900

Biographical statistics of people that performed key roles in the development of Texas before 1900 are listed at Lone Star Junction.

Presidents and First Ladies of the United States

Learn about the past Presidents and First Ladies that have led our country.

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Abbott, Greg

Abbott was elected to serve as the 48th Governor of State of Texas in 2014.

Adams, John

Biography and picture of the second president of the U.S., shaper of the revolutionary war.

Addams, Jane

Jane Addams is the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for work with labor reform.

Santa Anna

Led the Mexican troops in the Texas Revolution.

Armstrong, Lance

Lance Armstrong is a world champion cyclist.

Austin, Stephen F.

Stephen F. Austin is known as the "Father of Texas." Type in Austin's last name in the search box.

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Barton, Clara Harlow

The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.

Bell, Alexander Graham

The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.

Boone, Daniel

Daniel Boone, a frontiersman who lived from 1734 to 1820, explored the unknown land of Kentucky, and blazed trails to lead the other settlers there.

Borden, Gail

Founded the Borden company known for milk and much more.

Bowie, James

Biography of one of the true folk heroes in early Texas.

Bunyan, Paul

Paul Bunyan is a larger-than-life folk hero who embodies frontier vitality.

Bush, George W.

The is the former governor of Texas and the 43rd President of the United States.

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Chavez, Cesar

Biography and pictures of this union activist.

Cleary, Beverly

The biography of Beverly Cleary and insights into the many books she has written.

Cobb, Ty

Official website of the Major League Baseball (MLB) player.

Columbus, Christopher

Read a brief biography of this explorer or get details about his voyages.

Coronado, Francisco Vazquez de

Description of the life and journeys of this Spanish Conquistador.

Crockett, Davy

Davy Crockett was a statesman, frontiersman, and participant in the Battle of the Alamo.

Crusoe, Robinson

A fictional character, Robinson Crusoe, is a castaway who spends his life on a tropical island.

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Daguerre, Louis-Jacques-Mande

The father of photography.

de Leon, Martin and Patricia

A more honest, courageous and determined Texan has never been recorded in Texas history.

de Zavala, Lorenzo

Played an important role in Texas' battle for independence from Mexico.

Dickinson, Susana

Susana Dickinson is remembered as the sole adult survivor who witnessed the Battle of the Alamo.

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Earhart, Amelia

Amelia Earhart is the first woman to make a trans-Atlantic flight.

Edison, Thomas

Bio of the man who invented tons of cool stuff like the phonograph, the telegraph, and the light bulb.

Eisenhower, Dwight

American general and 34th president of the United States. He was the principal architect of the successful Allied invasion of Europe during World War II.

Esteban or Estevanico

Read about the amazing adventures of this African slave.

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Fannin, James

Part of the fight for freedom from Mexico, famous for the Battle in Goliad.

Ford, Gerald

First Vice President chosen under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment and, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was succeeding the first President ever to resign.

Ford, Henry

Henry Ford first introduced one of the first automobiles and created a successful automobile company.

Frank, Anne

Anne Frank is known for her famous diary written during World War II.

Franklin, Benjamin

Benjamin Franklin was one of America's founding fathers and an inventor, scientist, printer, and musician.

Fulton, Robert

Robert Fulton is best know for his invention of the steamboat.

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Gates, Bill

Gates is known world-wide in the computer industry as the founder of Microsoft.

Gehrig, Lou

The baseball player known for the most grand slams.

Goodnight, Mary Ann

Goodnight is know as the "Mother of the (Texas) Panhandle.

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Hale, Nathan

Nathan Hale was a spy during the American Revolution.

Hodini, Harry

Hodini is the most famous magician ever. Learn about Hodini and his magic tricks.

Houston, Sam

Sam Houston was the first president of the Republic of Texas and a governor of Texas.

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Jones, Casey

Water Valley Railroad Museum Home Page. Featuring stories about the Illinois Central Railroad, Mississippi Division, Water Valley District.

Johnson, Lady Bird

Lady Bird Johnson was a first lady of the United States and continues to today

Johnson, Lyndon Baines

Texan L. B. J. was the 36th President of the United States.

Jordan, Barbara

Barbara Jordan was the first black woman to hold a seat in U. S. Congress.

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Keller, Helen

Biography of this famous woman who lost her hearing and sight when she was 19 months old.

Kennedy, John F.

Biography of the 35th president of the United States.

Kennedy, Rose

Story of Rose Kennedy (1880-1995)

King, Henrietta Chamberlain

King was rancher and philanthropist in Texas.

King, Jr., Martin Luther and MLK Day

The biography of the civil rights leader.

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L'Enfant, Pierre Charles

L'Enfant was an architect and engineer who designed the layout of Washington, DC.

Lewis, Meriwether

Meriwether Lewis was an explorer, soldier, and governor. He helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Lincoln, Abraham

Biography of one of America's most famous presidents. Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and served during the Civil War.

Long, Jane

Jane Long is known as the "Mother of Texas."

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Marshall, Thurgood

Marshall is the first African American elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McCormick, Cyrus Hall

Cyrus McCormick was an industrialist and the inventor of the first mechanical reaper of wheat.

Milam, Ben

Ben Milam was killed when the Texas Revolution was just getting underway. But his leadership prior to his death helped inspire his fellow Texans to retake San Antonio in 1835 at the Siege of Baxer, and ultimately to win Texas independence.

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Narvaez, Panfilo de

Read a biography of this Spanish conquistador.

Nightingale, Florence

Florence Nightingale was one of the first people to establish a nursing school. She is know for her nursing skills and as an advocate for public health.

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Pasteur, Louis

Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and biologist.

Pearl, Minnie

Learn about one of the most famous Grand Ole Opry comediennes who wore a price tag on her hat.

Pecos Bill

Pecos Bill is a cowboy hero with superhuman abilities.

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Queen Elizabeth

The Queen is Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms.

Queen of Sheba

The story of the Queen of Sheba appears in religious texts sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

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Revere, Paul

Paul Revere made the midnight ride to Lexington to warn Americans of the approaching British troops.

Ross, Betsy

Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. Learn about her life and the history of our flag.

Ruth, Babe

Babe Ruth biography: the life and baseball accomplishments of Babe Ruth.

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Salk, Jonas

Jonas Salk is best known for the discovery of a polio vaccine.

Schweitzer, Albert

German Philosopher, Physician & Humanitarian

Seguin, Juan

Juan Seguin played an active role in the Texas revolution.

Selena

Selena was a popular Tejano and Latino music star.

Silverstein, Shel

Have fun and laugh at Shel Silverstein's poetry site.

Squanto

Squanto was an Indian who helped map the new colonies and assisted the Pilgrims in the New World.

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Truman, Harry S.

Links to essays, letters, speeches, photographs and other materials that paint a picture of Harry S. Truman's life and times.

Travis, William B.

William B. Travis was the Texas commander at the Battle of the Alamo.

Truth, Sojourner

Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and civil rights activist during the 1800s.

Tubman, Harriet

Harriet Tubman is known as the conductor of the Underground Railroad.

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United States Presidents

All the Presidents Portraits gives a small biography of the president and it also shows each president's portrait.

United States Presidents

American Presidents gives you facts about the life of each president. At the top of the page, pick the president of your choice.

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Vaca, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de

Find out all about this Spanish explorer of the Americas.

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Washington, Booker T.

Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington became one of America's important educators and leaders of black Americans.

Washington, George

Farmer, soldier, and first president of the United States of America. Students can learn all about him on the Internet.

White, E. B.

Tribute to the literary stylist and author of "Stuart Little" includes a bio, pictures, and related White resources.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

Read the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family as they cross the United States and settle in the West.

Wright, Wilbur and Orville

The Wright brothers invented one of the first flying machines.

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Detrichtson Zaharias, Mildred (Babe)

Babe Detrichtson is know as one of the great female athletes of all time.