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People in American History


Who were the fascinating individuals who helped shape America's past? What impact have they had on America today? Discover the founders, presidents, politicians, inventors, and other significant figures who have been important throughout America's history.
  1. Presidents
  2. Colonial Leaders and Founding Fathers
  3. Military Leaders and Soldiers
  1. Women in American History
  2. Inventors and Inventions
  3. Gunfighters, Lawmen, and Native Americans of the Old West


George Washington - Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division LC-USZ62-7585 DLC

There have been 43 individuals who have been President of the United States. Studying these men and their time in office can help guide your study of American hsitory. Following you will find biographies, quotes, quizzes and more about these interesting individuals.

Colonial Leaders and Founding Fathers

Engraving of William Penn's Treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1681.

From the founders of each of the thirteen colonies to the founders who signed the Declaration of Independence, these men and women had a huge impact on the future United States of America.

Military Leaders and Soldiers

Ulysses S Grant, Commander of Union Forces

The United States has been involved in many conflicts throughout its history and has created many significant military leaders. These leaders, good and bad, have shaped America's past and present.

Women in American History

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, and Susan B. Anthony, standing

Women have helped shaped American History from its beginning. From Anne Hutchinson to Harriet Tubman to Susan B. Anthony and beyond, women have played a central role in forming America's culture and society.

Inventors and Inventions

Benjamin Franklin

American inventors have created such varied inventions as the light bulb, vulcanized rubber, the polio vaccine, and bifocals. Learn more about famous American inventors and their amazing inventions.

Gunfighters, Lawmen, and Native Americans of the Old West

Harry Longabaugh, aka the Sundance Kid

The Wild West is a period shrouded in lore. It was a time of gunfighters, hanging judges, and many clashes with Native Americans. Here we look at some the most colorful individuals to have lived in and in some cases 'tamed' the Wild West.

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