Politics

Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes Biography Guy Fawkes was born on 13 April 1570 in Stonegate, which is in York, in the North of England. His parents were a proctor called Edward Fawkes and Edith, a recusant Catholic. His great-grandfather on his father’s side of the family was Lord Mayor of York in the 1530’s. He also had three siblings, a sister called ...

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Mary I, Queen of England

Mary I of England

“When I am dead and opened, you shall find Calais lying in my heart.” – Mary I of England Mary I Biography Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VIII became Mary I of England and Ireland in the 1500s. She was known for the violent execution of Protestants, which earned her the unfortunate nickname ‘Bloody Mary’ after her death. Mary ...

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Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” – Thomas Paine Thomas Paine Biography Thomas Paine was born on 9 February 1737, in Thetford, Norfolk, England. He was the son of a Quaker father called Joseph and an Anglican mother called Frances. He attended Thetford Grammar School between the ages of 7 and 13 after which he was apprenticed ...

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Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Biography The man who would become the 26th president of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt, Teddy or TR to his friends, was born on October 27, 1858. He was the second of four children to arrive at the four story brownstone house at 28 Easy 20th Street in Manhattan New York to parents Martha Stewart Bulloch, ...

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton Biography Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. He was heavily involved in promoting the US Constitution in addition to founding the nation’s financial system, The US Coast Guard, and the New York Post. Hamilton was born on 11 January 1757 in the British West Indies in the Caribbean, on the ...

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J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover Biography John Edgar Hoover was born on 1 January 1895, in Washington D.C. in the United States. His mother, Anna Marie was from a Swiss-German background. There was also German, mixed with English ancestry in his father’s background too. Interestingly, although two of his siblings had birth certificates, which was a requirement at the time in Washington, ...

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Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket Biography Thomas Becket was born on 21 December 1119 or as later historians would have it, 1120, in Cheapside, London. His father was Gilbert Beket who’s father was from Thierville, which is in Normandy, France. Thomas’s mother, Matilda, was also descended from Normans and it is thought that her family was from near Caen, which is also in ...

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Biography Archduke Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria was born on 20 November, 1875 in Graz, Austria. It is his assassination that is credited with triggering World War I, though this was really just the tipping point in a complex geo-political web that led to the greatest loss of life in human history. Franz Ferdinand ...

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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson Biography Woodrow Wilson is perhaps best remembered as being the 28th president of the United States, serving two terms in office during which he guided America through World War 1 and played a large part in the creation of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations. However, he is also widely recognised as one of the ...

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Paul Revere

Paul Revere

Paul Revere Biography Paul Revere is one of the most prominent figures of the American Revolution and achieved infamy thanks to his storied ‘Midnight Ride’. However, outside of his military and revolutionary history, Revere was also an important figure in the Boston community, where he worked as a silversmith and engraver whilst helping to plant the seeds of early American ...

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Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln Biography Mary Ann Todd was born into a world of social prominence and affluence.  She was well educated and as a young lady was considered attractive, witty, and intelligent.  As wife of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, Mary would become one of history’s most controversial first ladies.  Biographers, supporters and detractors have described ...

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette Biography “S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” – translated, “If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!” These words came to symbolize an individual’s, and a government’s, callous and supreme indifference to the well-being of its people.  They are attributed to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre. But Marie Antoinette was ...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt Biography In her unprecedented 12 years as First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt accumulated a surprising number of “firsts”.  She became the first First Lady to travel by air, first to hold press conferences, first to be a radio commentator, and first to become a syndicated columnist. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on 11th October, 1884, to socialites Elliott Bulloch ...

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Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter Biography Naval officer, senator, governor, president… and the only peanut farmer to ever win the Nobel Prize. Jimmy Carter served only one term as President of the United States, but his competent and compassionate approach to government left behind a long legacy that continues to affect American life every day. The boy who would be the thirty-ninth president ...

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