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Sir John A. Macdonald

John A. Macdonald was born in Scotland, then emigrated to Canada as a young boy. After practicing law in Kingston, Ontario, Macdonald went into politics and during the 1860s championed the confederat…

William A. Koshland

William A. Koshland publishing executive Koshland served as president and chairman of the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house. His list of authors included Julia Child, Willa Cather, John Hersey…

Henry A. Wallace

Name at birth: Henry Agard WallaceHenry A. Wallace of Iowa was the vice president of the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, from 1941 until 1945. Wallace was Roosevelt's second vice…

Michael A. Spence

Michael A. Spence scholar, economistBorn: 1943Birthplace: Montclair, N.J. A bi-coastal economist specializing in the study of dynamic competition and the economics of information, he taught at…

Robert A. Taft

Robert A. Taft was known as "Mr. Republican" for his dominance during the years 1939-1953, when he served as a U.S. senator from Ohio. Robert Taft is most famous for his steady opposition to Franklin …

Chester A. Arthur

Vice President Chester Alan Arthur became President on September 20, 1881, after the death of President James Garfield. Trained as a lawyer, Chester A. Arthur had long been a leader in Republican part…

George A. Hormel

George A. HormelmeatpackerBorn: 1860Birthplace: Buffalo, N.Y. Hormel settled in Austin, Minnesota after working throughout the Midwest, opening the George A. Hormel and Company meat packing bu…

Phyllis A. Whitney

authorDied: February 8, 2008Best Known as: author of best-selling romantic mystery, young-adult, and children's mystery novels Deathplace: Faber, Virginia…

George A. Vicas

George A. Vicasproducer, director Emmy award-winning producer of television documentaries and historical films on politics and culture, including The Pope and the Vatican and Germany: Fathers …