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Horatio Alger

Name at birth: Horatio Alger, Jr.Horatio Alger, Jr. was a prolific American author of the 19th century whose name became synonymous with "rags to riches" stories -- tales of plucky boys who overcome…

Alger, Horatio

(Encyclopedia) Alger, Horatio ăl´jər [key], 1834–99, American writer of boys' stories, b. Revere, Mass. He wrote over 100 books for boys, the first, Ragged Dick, being…

Alger, Russell Alexander

(Encyclopedia) Alger, Russell Alexander, 1836–1907, U.S. secretary of war (1897–99), b. near Medina, Ohio. After moving to Michigan he engaged in the lumber business, in which he made a…

Hiss, Alger

(Encyclopedia) Hiss, Alger ăl´jər [key], 1904–96, American public official, b. Baltimore. After serving (1929–30) as secretary to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes , Hiss practiced…

Horatio Nelson

Admiral Horatio Nelson is the greatest hero in British naval history, an honor he earned by defeating Napoleon's fleet in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar. Horation Nelson entered the Royal Navy at age…

Alger Hiss

Alger Hiss was a central figure in a post-World War II scandal that became emblematic of political differences within the United States during the Cold War. A graduate of John Hopkins University (…

Smith, Horatio

(Encyclopedia) Smith, Horatio or Horace, 1779–1849, and James Smith, 1775–1839, English parodists, brothers. They wrote the famous Rejected Addresses (1812)…

Walker, Horatio

(Encyclopedia) Walker, Horatio, 1858–1938, Canadian painter, b. Ontario, largely self-taught. Though he lived in Rochester and New York City, he painted chiefly scenes from the simple…

Parker, Horatio William

(Encyclopedia) Parker, Horatio William, 1863–1919, American composer, b. Auburndale, Mass.; pupil of Rheinberger in Munich. He was an organist and choirmaster in Boston and New York…

Greenough, Horatio

(Encyclopedia) Greenough, Horatio grē´nō [key], 1805–52, American sculptor and writer, b. Boston, grad. Harvard, 1824, and studied in Italy under Thorvaldsen. A protégé of Washington…