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Lyman Abbott (1835 - 1922)

Lyman Abbott (December 18, 1835 – October 22, 1922) was an American Congregationalist theologian, editor, and author. Early years Lyman Abbott was born at Roxbury, Massachusetts on Decembe...

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Josephine Aspinwall Roche (1886 - 1976)

Josephine Aspinwall Roche (December 2, 1886 - July 1976) was a Colorado humanitarian, industrialist, activist, and politician. She was born in Neligh, Nebraska, and raised in Omaha, attending private g...

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Helen Hunt Jackson MP (1830 - 1885)

Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske (October 15, 1830 – August 12, 1885), was an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by t...

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Helen Storrow (1864 - 1944)

Helen Osborne Storrow (September 22, 1864 – November 12, 1944) was a prominent American philanthropist, early Girl Scout leader, and chair of the World Committee of the World Association of Gi...

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Thomas Mott Osborne (1859 - 1926)

Thomas Mott Osborne (September 23, 1859 – October 20, 1926) was an American prison administrator, prison reformer, industrialist and New York State political reformer. He was also known as "To...

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Josephine Lowell (Shaw) (1843 - 1905)

Josephine Shaw Lowell (December 16, 1843 - October 12, 1905) was a Progressive Reform leader in the United States in the Nineteenth century. She is best known for creating the New York Consumers Leag...

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Charles Eliot Norton (1827 - 1908)

Charles Eliot Norton (November 16, 1827 – October 21, 1908) was a leading American author, social critic, and professor of art. He was a progressive social reformer and a liberal activist whom...

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Robert Burnett Choate, Jr. (1924 - 2009)

. Robert Burnett Choate, Jr. (November 6, 1924 – May 3, 2009) was an American businessman, political activist, and self-described "citizen lobbyist" most famous for his work in consumer protec...

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Joseph Lupton MP (1816 - 1894)

Joseph Lupton (1816–1894) was a committed Liberal, on the executive of the National Reform Union. Like many of his family, he was a leading Unitarian, serving as president and later vice-preside...

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Reverend Thomas Scales (1786 - 1860)

Rev. Thomas Scales (1786-1860) Identified as one of the people in the portrait (based on National Portrait Gallery description) The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840 by Benjamin Robert Haydon. ...

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Gobnait Ní Bhruadair (1861 - 1955)

Gobnait Ní Bhruadair (17 December 1861 – 16 January 1955) was one of the foremost Irish republican women of the twentieth century. A lifelong radical, Gobnait campaigned passionately fo...

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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, KG MP (1801 - 1885)

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury KG (28 April 1801 – 1 October 1885), styled Lord Ashley from 1811 to 1851, was an English politician, philanthropist and social reformer.

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William Lloyd Garrison MP (1805 - 1879)

William Lloyd Garrison (December 13, 1805 – May 24, 1879) was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, and social reformer. He is best known as the editor of the radical abolitionist newsp...

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Albert Brisbane MP (1809 - 1890)

Albert Brisbane (1809–1890) was an American utopian socialist, the chief popularizer of the theories of Charles Fourier in the United States in several books, notably Social Destiny of Man (1840...

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Jacob August Riis MP (1849 - 1914)

Jacob August Riis (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) was a Danish American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He is known for using his photographic and jo...

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Anna Strunsky (1879 - 1964)

Birth: Mar. 21, 1879, Russian Federation Death: 1964 Anna Strunsky Walling, author, was born in Babinotz, Russia in 1879. She emigrated to the United States in 1893, and received an A.B. degree f...

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Maria Susan Rye MP (1829 - 1903)

Maria Susan Rye , (31 March 1829 – 12 November 1903), was an English social reformer and a promoter of emigration, especially of young women living in Liverpool workhouses. She was the daughter ...

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Eglantyne Louisa Jebb (1845 - 1925)

Eglantyne Louisa Jebb (1845-1925) was a social reformer. Born in Killiney, Ireland, she married her cousin Arthur Trevor Jebb (1839-1894), a barrister and landowner from Ellesmere, Shropshire. Her br...

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Max Forrester Eastman (1883 - 1969)

Max Forrester Eastman (January 4, 1883 – March 25, 1969) was an American writer on literature, philosophy and society, a poet, and a prominent political activist. For many years, Eastman was a...

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Anne Hopkins Aitken (1911 - 1994)

Anne Arundel Hopkins Aitken (February 8, 1911 – June 13, 1994) was an American writer on Zen. Named Anna Stinchfield Hopkins when she was born in Cook County, Illinois on February 8, 1911 (bir...

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Robert Baker Aitken (1917 - 2010)

Robert Baker Dairyu Chotan Aitken Rōshi (June 19, 1917 – August 5, 2010) was a Zen teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage. He co-founded the Honolulu Diamond Sangha in 1959 together wit...

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Sir Ebenezer Howard MP (c.1850 - 1928)

Sir Ebenezer Howard OBE (29 January 1850 – 1 May 1928) is known for his publication Garden Cities of To-morrow (1898), the description of a utopian city in which people live harmoniously togethe...

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Charles Loring Brace (1826 - 1890)

Charles Loring Brace (June 19, 1826 – August 11, 1890) was an American philanthropist who contributed to the field of social reform. He is considered a father of the modern foster care movemen...

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Robert McAfee Brown (1920 - 2001)

Robert McAfee Brown (28 May 1920 Carthage, Illinois – 4 September 2001 Greenfield, Massachusetts) was an American theologian and activist. Life Brown was the son of a Presbyterian minist...

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Elizabeth Saunders (1762 - 1851)

From Massachusetts Historical Society - Saltonstall Family Papers - Guide to the collection Elizabeth Elkins Sanders [or Saunders] (1762-1851) was the daughter of Thomas Elkins and Elizabeth White El...

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Arria Sargent Huntington (1848 - 1921)

Arria Sargent Huntington (1848-1921) From Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers Arria was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, January 22, 1848. She was the eldest daughter of Frederic Dan and Hannah H...

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Rebecca Harding Davis (1831 - 1910)

Rebecca Blaine Harding Davis (June 24, 1831–September 29, 1910; born Rebecca Blaine Harding) was an American author and journalist. She is deemed a pioneer of literary realism in Ameri...

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Margaret Louise Sanger (1879 - 1966)

Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term birth control, opened the first bi...

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Carrie Amelia Nation MP (1846 - 1911)

Carrie Amelia (Moore) Nation November 25, 1846- June 9, 1911. Born in Garrard, Kentucky, USA; died in Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. Parents: George Moore c.1845-1883 and Mary James Campbell 1825-1893 H...

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Lewis Wickes Hine (1874 - 1940)

Lewis Wickes Hine (September 26, 1874 – November 3, 1940) was an American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in c...

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Eliza Woodson Farnham (1815 - 1864)

Eliza Farnham (November 17, 1815 – December 15, 1864) was a 19th-century American novelist, feminist, abolitionist, and activist for prison reform. Biography Her maiden name was Burhans. S...

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Maria Weston Chapman (1806 - 1885)

Maria Weston or Maria Weston Chapman (July 25, 1806 - July 12, 1885) was an American abolitionist. She was elected to the executive committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1839 and from 183...

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Mary Hunter Austin (1868 - 1934)

Mary Hunter Austin (September 9, 1868 – August 13, 1934) was an American writer. One of the early nature writers of the American Southwest, her classic The Land of Little Rain (1903) describes...

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Josephine Elizabeth Butler MP (1828 - 1906)

Josephine Elizabeth Butler (née Grey) (13 April 1828 – 30 December 1906) was a Victorian era British feminist who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes. She led the lon...

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Emmeline Pankhurst MP (1858 - 1928)

From - (please visit for full citations) Emmeline Pankhurst (born Emmeline Goulden) (15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928) was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movemen...

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Lucretia Mott MP (1793 - 1880)

Lucretia Coffin Mott was born 3 January 1793 in Nantucket, Massachusetts and died on 11 November 1880 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was an American Quaker, abolitionist (Underground Railroad), s...

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Olaudah Equiano MP (1745 - 1797)

Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797) also known as Gustavus Vassa, was a prominent African involved in the British movement for the abolition of the slave trade. He was enslaved as a child,...

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Allard K. Lowenstein (1929 - 1980)

Allard Kenneth Lowenstein (January 16, 1929 – March 14, 1980) was a liberal Democratic politician, a one-term congressman representing the 5th District in Nassau County, New York from 1969 u...

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Thomas Wilson Dorr, Governor (extralegal) (1805 - 1854)

Thomas Wilson Dorr (November 5, 1805 – December 27, 1854), was American politician and reformer, best known for leading the Dorr Rebellion. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son...

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Michael Francis Moore MP

Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American filmmaker, author, social critic and activist. He is the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11, which is the highest-grossing documentary o...

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Hannah Clark Johnston Bailey (1839 - 1923)

Hannah Clark Johnston Bailey (July 5, 1839-October 23,1923) was born at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, New York. She was the eldest of 11 children of a family of Quaker pacifists. Hannah Johnston taught for 1...

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Catherine Courtney, Baroness Courtney of Penwith (1847 - 1929)

Catherine "Kate" Courtney, Baroness Courtney of Penwith (née Potter; 4 April 1847 - 26 February 1929), was a British social worker and internationalist. Active in charitable organizations in h...

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Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield PC OM (1859 - 1947)

Sidney James Webb, 1st Baron Passfield PC OM (13 July 1859 – 13 October 1947) was a British socialist, economist, reformer and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. He was one of the...

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Beatrice Webb (1858 - 1943)

Martha Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield (née Potter; 22 January 1858 – 30 April 1943), was an English sociologist, economist, socialist and social reformer. Although her husband became...

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Octavia Hill MP (1835 - 1912)

Octavia Hill From Wikipedia (3 December 1838 – 13 August 1912) was an English social reformer, whose main concern was the welfare of the inhabitants of cities, especially London, in the se...

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Ellen Gates Starr MP (1859 - 1940)

Ellen Gates Starr (March 19, 1859, near Laona, Illinois – February 10, 1940, in Suffern, New York) was an American social reformer and activist. Biography Ellen Starr was born in Laona...

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William Wilberforce MP (1759 - 1833)

William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, a philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshir...

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John Brooks Leavitt (1849 - 1930)

John Brooks Leavitt (1849–1930) was a New York City attorney, author and reformer. As member of the "Good Government" movement, Leavitt crusaded against Tammany Hall municipal corruption, dema...

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Samuel Hoare, Jr. (1751 - 1825)

Samuel Hoare Jr (9 August 1751 – 14 July 1825) was a wealthy British Quaker merchant and abolitionist born in Stoke Newington, the north of London. He was one of the twelve founding members of...

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Elizabeth Fry of Norwich MP (1780 - 1845)

Elizabeth (Betsy) Fry (21 May 1780 – 12 October 1845), née Gurney, was an English prison reformer, social reformer and, as a Quaker, a Christian philanthropist. She has sometimes been r...

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Sophonisba Ann Breckenridge (1866 - 1948)

Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (April 1, 1866 – July 30, 1948) was an American activist, Progressive Era social reformer, social scientist and innovator in higher education. Background ...

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William Allen MP (1770 - 1843)

) William Allen FRS, FLS (29 August 1770 – 30 September 1843) was an English scientist and philanthropist who opposed slavery and engaged in schemes of social and penal improvement in early ni...

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Sir Thomas Buxton, 1st Baronet MP (1786 - 1845)

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Baronet (7 April 1786 – 19 February 1845) was an English Member of Parliament, brewer, abolitionist and social reformer. Buxton was born at Castle Hedingham, ...

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Eglantyne Jebb (1876 - 1928)

Eglantyne Jebb (25 August 1876 – 17 December 1928) was a British social reformer and founder of the Save the Children organisation. Early life She was born in 1876 in Ellesmere, Shrops...

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John Fairbairn MP (1794 - 1864)

John Fairbairn (9 April 1794 – 5 October 1864) was a newspaper proprietor, educator, financier and politician of the Cape Colony. According to the Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, &#...

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Sir Andries Stockenstrom MP (1792 - 1864)

The eldest son of Anders Stockenström (1757-1811), he received an elementary education in Cape Town and in 1808 took up an appointment as clerk in his father’s office at Graaff-Reinet. On...

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William Booth MP (1829 - 1912)

William Booth (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was a British Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation Army and became its first General (1878–1912). The Christian movement with a quas...

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Victoria Woodhull (Claflin) MP (1838 - 1927)

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin, (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) was an American leader of the woman's suffrage movement. Woodhull was an advocate of free lov...

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Mary Wollstonecraft MP (1759 - 1797)

"I am going to be the first of a new genus. I am not born to tread in the beaten track - the peculiar bent of my nature pushes me on" Mary Wollstonecraft in letter to Everina, 1774 Mary Wollstonecr...

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Harriet Tubman MP (c.1822 - 1913)

BIRTH DATE : c.1820. Because she was a slave, and owners did not record their slaves' birthdates, the exact date of Harriet's birth is unknown -- different accounts list 1820 or 1821. BIRTH PLACE : (...

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Lev Davidovich Bronshtein / Leon Trotsky MP (1879 - 1940)

Note: The hypothesis, that Leon Trotsky was the great grandson of Alexander Pushkin, is disputed.

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Arnold Toynbee MP (1852 - 1883)

Arnold Toynbee (23 August 1852 – 9 March 1883) was a British economic historian also noted for his social commitment and desire to improve the living conditions of the working classes. Bio...

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Lucy Stone MP (1818 - 1893)

Lucy Stone From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lucy Stone Daguerreotype of Lucy Stone, circa 1840–1860 Born August 13, 1818 West Brookfield, Massachusetts Died Octob...

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Gloria Steinem MP

Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the Women's...

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton MP (1815 - 1902)

Burial Find A Grave Memorial# 974 Life Wikipedia article on Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902) was an American social activist, abolitio...

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Hannah Tatum Smith (Whitall) MP (1832 - 1911)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hannah Tatum Whitall Smith (February 7, 1832 – May 1, 1911) was a lay speaker and author in the Holiness movement in the United States and the Higher Life...

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Florida Scott-Maxwell (1883 - 1979)

Florida Pier Scott-Maxwell (14 September 1883 - 6 March 1979) was a playwright, author and psychologist. Florida Pier was born in Orange Park, Florida, and educated at home until the age of ten. She ...

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Florence Nightingale ("The Lady with the Lamp") MP (1820 - 1910)

Florence Nightingale Born 12 May 1820, Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Died 13 August 1910 (aged 90),Park Lane, London, United Kingdom. Profession: Nurse and Statistician. Institutions: Selimiye Ba...

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Karl Heinrich Marx MP (1818 - 1883)

Karl Marx Documents on Geni Karl Heinrich Marx (Trier, May 5, 1818 - London, 14 March 1883) was a philosopher, historian, sociologist, economist, writer and thinker German Jewish socialist. Father th...

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Martin Luther MP (1483 - 1546)

German theologian, professor, pastor, and church reformer, Luther began the Protestant Reformation with the publication of his Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 1517. In this publication, he attacked t...

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Clare Boothe Luce (1903 - 1987)

Clare Boothe Luce (born Ann Boothe) was the second illegitimate child of Anna Clara Schneider and William Franklin Boothe. Raised in New York City by her divorced mother, she attended private schools...

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Coretta Scott King MP (1927 - 2006)

Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. The widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King helped lead the African...

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Julia Ward Howe MP (1819 - 1910)

Julia Ward Howe, little known today except as author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," was famous in her lifetime as poet, essayist, lecturer, reformer and biographer. She worked to end slavery, ...

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Abbie Hoffman MP (1936 - 1989)

Dedicated to Abbie: Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was a political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party ("Yippies"). Hoffman wa...

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Che Guevara MP (1928 - 1967)

Familiarmente llamado "Ernestito", para sus amigos fue "Fuse". Desde los dos años y durante toda su vida, padeció asma. Como consecuencia, su familia se mudó a Alta Gracia, Provinc...

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Angelina Emily Grimke MP (1805 - 1879)

Angelina Emily Grimké (1805–1879) was an American abolitionist and suffragist. Angelina was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to John Faucheraud Grimké, an aristocratic Episcop...

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Horace Greeley, US Congress MP (1811 - 1872)

Editor and reformer Horace Greeley changed the direction of American journalism and played an important role in the social and political movements surrounding the Civil War. His New York Tribune was Am...

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Emma Goldman MP (1869 - 1965)

Emma Goldman (June 27 , 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosop...

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Sarah Margaret Ossoli [Margaret Fuller] MP (1810 - 1850)

Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, commonly known as Margaret Fuller, (May 23, 1810 – July 19, 1850) was an American journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American tra...

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Betty Friedan MP (1921 - 2006)

Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 - February 4, 2006) was an American writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the Women's Movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique ...

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Eugene V. Debs MP (1855 - 1926)

Eugene Victor Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the International Labor Union and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW...

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Dorothy Day ("Servant of God") MP (1897 - 1980)

Dorothy Day (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert; she advocated the Catholic economic theory of Distributism. She was ...

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Antoinette Louisa Blackwell MP (1825 - 1921)

Antoinette Louisa Brown, later Antoinette Brown Blackwell (May 20, 1825 – November 5, 1921), was the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the United States. She was a well-versed public...

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Susan B. Anthony MP (1820 - 1906)

Biographical Summary #1: "...Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 - March 13, 1906) was born in Adams, Massachusetts. "...Quaker, teacher, temperance and abolition organizer, outstanding women's rig...

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Jane Addams, Nobel Peace Prize, 1931 MP (1860 - 1935)

Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In a long, complex career, she was a pioneer settlement worker, founder of Hull...

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Gov. Samuel Adams, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" MP (1722 - 1803)

DAR Ancestor #: A000577 Sam Adams, founder of the Boston Tea Party. The Adams Family, a Massachusetts family of statesmen, scholars, and authors that included two Presidents of the United States. I...

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Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, First President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize, 1993 MP (1918 - 2013)

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918- 5 December 2013) served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democr...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. MP (1929 - 1968)

I HAVE A DREAM .... He was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil...

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Olive Emilie Albertina Schreiner MP (1855 - 1920)

From the attached article by H Giliomee - Olive Schreiner, who later would become one of the major feminists in England, who realised that the expression of racial superiority by British officials to...

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Emily Hobhouse MP (1860 - 1926)

Emily Hobhouse (9 April 1860 – 8 June 1926) was a British welfare campaigner, who is primarily remembered for bringing to the attention of the British public, and working to change, the deprived...

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Rev. Dr. John Philip MP (1775 - 1851)

Philip, John 1775 to 1851 Congregational (LMS) South Africa In 1819 the Reverend Doctor John Philip, a tall, dark, strongly built Scots Congregationalist minister, began a career as resident di...

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