Grateful American® Foundation

Historic Men

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

Ralph Ellison
(1914-1994)
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
(1901-1971)
Trumpeter. Jazz Musician. Vocalist. Actor.
Arthur Ashe
(1943-1993)
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
(1898-1976)
Actor of Stage and Screen. Activist. Writer.
Frank Sinatra
(1915-1998)
Actor. Producer. Crooner of The Century.
Albert Sabin
(1906-1993)
Created “Sugar Cube” Inoculation for Polio,
Which Has Practically Eradicated the Disease.
Jonas Salk
(1914-1995)
Developed First Polio Vaccine (Syringe).
C. Everett Koop
(1916-2013)
Pediatric Surgeon. Ronald Reagan’s Surgeon General; 1982-1989.
Lee Iacocca
(1924-2019)
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.
Chairman/CEO/
Vice Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway.
Bill Gates
(b. 1955)
Co-founder, Microsoft Corporation. Philanthropist.
Elvis Presley
(1935-1977)“The King”
Michael Jackson
(1958-2009)
Singer. Songwriter. Dancer. “King Of Pop”.
Tennessee Williams
(1911-1983)
America’s Shakespeare.
Author of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cat on A Hot Tin Roof,”
“The Glass Menagerie.”
John Steinbeck
(1902-1968)
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
(1904-1967)
“Father of the Atomic Bomb”.
Devised The First Nuclear Weapons.
George Marshall
(1880-1959)
Soldier. Chief-of-Staff to Franklin Roosevelt;
Harry Truman. Secretary of Defense and State
In Truman’s Administration.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1890-1969)
Five-Star Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe,
World War ll. Thirty-Fourth President of The United States.
Mark Twain
(1835-1910)
Publisher. Humorist. Lecturer.
Author of “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.”
Ernest Hemingway
(1899-1961)
Journalist. Sportsman. Writer of Novels And Short Stories.
Winner Of the 1954 Nobel Prize; “The Old Man and The Sea.”
William Faulkner
(1897-1962)
Mississippi Novelist. Short Story Writer. Playwright. Winner of The 1949 Nobel Prize “For His…Unique Contribution To The Modern American Novel.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
(1882-1945)
Thirty-Second President. Longest Serving: 1933-1945.
Theodore Roosevelt
(1858-1919)
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
(1942-2016)
The Best Boxer in American History.
Frederick Douglass
(c.1818-1895)
Abolitionist. Orator. Newspaper Publisher. Writer. Ally of Abraham Lincoln.
Alex Haley
(1921-1992)
Author, “Roots: The Saga of An American Family.”
Martin Luther King
(1929-1968)
Baptist Minister. Civil Rights Activist. Winner 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.