Grateful American® Foundation

Historic Men

Educators. Inventors. Scientists. Writers.
Financiers. Activists. Presidents.
Sons. Husbands. Fathers.

Ralph Ellison
Literary Critic. Scholar.
Best Known for His Novel, “Invisible Man.”
Steven Spielberg
(b. 1946)
Producer. Screenwriter.
Director of “Jaws,” “Schindler’s List,”
“Close Encounters of The Third Kind,” and “E.T.”
Louis Armstrong
Trumpeter. Jazz Musician. Vocalist. Actor.
Arthur Ashe
Champion African American Tennis Player.
The Only One to Win The Singles Title At Wimbledon.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
(1902-1979) (1895-1960)
Musical Duo of The Century.
“The Sound of Music,” “The King And I,” and “Oklahoma!”
Paul Robeson
Actor of Stage and Screen. Activist. Writer.
Frank Sinatra
Actor. Producer. Crooner of The Century.
Albert Sabin
Created “Sugar Cube” Inoculation for Polio,
Which Has Practically Eradicated the Disease.
Jonas Salk
Developed First Polio Vaccine (Syringe).
C. Everett Koop
Pediatric Surgeon. Ronald Reagan’s Surgeon General; 1982-1989.
Lee Iacocca
Developed the Mustang and Pinto for Ford in the 1960s.
Rescued Chrysler From Bankruptcy in the 1980s.
Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger
(1930) (1924)
Buffet: Investor.
Munger: Former Real Estate Attorney.
Vice Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway.
Bill Gates
(b. 1955)
Co-founder, Microsoft Corporation. Philanthropist.
Elvis Presley
(1935-1977)“The King”
Michael Jackson
Singer. Songwriter. Dancer. “King Of Pop”.
Tennessee Williams
America’s Shakespeare.
Author of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cat on A Hot Tin Roof,”
“The Glass Menagerie.”
John Steinbeck
Author of “The Grapes of Wrath,” “East Of Eden,” “Of Mice And Men.”
Winner; 1962 Nobel Prize “For His Realistic and Imaginative Writings…”
J. Robert Oppenheimer
“Father of the Atomic Bomb”.
Devised The First Nuclear Weapons.
George Marshall
Soldier. Chief-of-Staff to Franklin Roosevelt;
Harry Truman. Secretary of Defense and State
In Truman’s Administration.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Five-Star Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe,
World War ll. Thirty-Fourth President of The United States.
Mark Twain
Publisher. Humorist. Lecturer.
Author of “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.”
Ernest Hemingway
Journalist. Sportsman. Writer of Novels And Short Stories.
Winner Of the 1954 Nobel Prize; “The Old Man and The Sea.”
William Faulkner
Mississippi Novelist. Short Story Writer. Playwright. Winner of The 1949 Nobel Prize “For His…Unique Contribution To The Modern American Novel.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Thirty-Second President. Longest Serving: 1933-1945.
Theodore Roosevelt
Conservationist. Historian. Adventurer. Twenty-Sixth–And Youngest–President When He Succeeded William McKinley.
Wilbur and Orville Wright
(1867-1912) (1871-1948)
Invented, Built, Financed and Flew The First Successful Airplane.
Mohammad Ali
The Best Boxer in American History.
Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist. Orator. Newspaper Publisher. Writer. Ally of Abraham Lincoln.
Alex Haley
Author, “Roots: The Saga of An American Family.”
Martin Luther King
Baptist Minister. Civil Rights Activist. Winner 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

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