| Biography (145) |
Find biographies of famous male and female historial characters throughout the last thousand years.
|Harriet Beecher Stowe.|
In a plain home, in the town of Litchfield, Conn., was born, June 14,
1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe. The house was well-nigh full of little
|Helen Hunt Jackson.|
Thousands were saddened when, Aug. 12, 1885, it was flashed across the
wires that Helen Hunt Jackson was dead. The _Nation_ said, "The new...
| "helen Jackson."|
That same day she wrote her last touching poem:--
"Father, I scarcely dare to pray,
So clear I see, now it is done,
That I have wa...
Years ago I attended, at some inconvenience, a large public meeting,
because I heard that Lucretia Mott was to speak. After several
|Mary A. Livermore.|
When a nation passes through a great struggle like our Civil War,
great leaders are developed. Had it not been for this, probably Mrs.
|Margaret Fuller Ossoli.|
From engraving by Hall]
Margaret Fuller, in some respects the most remarkable of American
women, lived a pathetic life and died a tragic d...
In the quiet, picturesque island of Nantucket, in a simple home, lived
William and Lydia Mitchell with their family of ten children. Willi...
The answer showed that Miss Mitchell had indeed made a new discovery.
Frederick VI., King of Denmark, had, sixteen years before, offered a...
|Louisa M. Alcott.|
A dozen of us sat about the dinner-table at the Hotel Bellevue,
Boston. One was the gifted wife of a gifted clergyman; one had written
There are two women whose memory the girls in this country should
especially revere,--Mary Lyon and Catharine Beecher. When it was
|Harriet G. Hosmer.|
Some years ago, in an art store in Boston, a crowd of persons stood
gazing intently upon a famous piece of statuary. The red cur...
|Madame De Stael.|
From the painting by Mlle. Godefroy.]
It was the twentieth of September, 1881. The sun shone out mild and
beautiful upon Lake Geneva, as w...
In a simple home in Paris could have been seen, in 1829, Raymond
Bonheur and his little family,--Rosa, seven years old, August,
|Elizabeth Barrett Browning.|
Ever since I had received in my girlhood, from my best friend, the
works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in five volumes in blue and gold,
Going to the Exposition at New Orleans, I took for reading on the
journey, the life of George Eliot, by her husband, Mr. J.W. Cross,
When a woman of beauty, great wealth, and the highest social position,
devotes her life to the lifting of the lowly and the criminal, and
|Elizabeth Thompson Butler.|
While woman has not achieved such brilliant success in art, perhaps,
as in literature, many names stand high on the lists. Early history
Eminent Men and Women."]
One of the most interesting places in the whole of London, is St.
Thomas' Hospital, an immense four-story structu...
One of my pleasantest days in England was spent at old Battle Abbey,
the scene of the ever-memorable Battle of Hastings, where William of
We hear, with comparative frequency, of great gifts made by men:
George Peabody and Johns Hopkins, Ezra Cornell and Matthew Vassar,
The same friend who had given me Mrs. Browning's five volumes in blue
and gold, came one day with a dainty volume just published by Robert...
|Ellis And Acton Bell|
It has been thought that all the works published under the names of
Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell were, in reality, the production of
| The Story Of Antony And Cleopatra|
Of all love stories that are known to human history, the love
story of Antony and Cleopatra has been for nineteen centuries the
| Abelard And Heloise|
Many a woman, amid the transports of passionate and languishing
love, has cried out in a sort of ecstasy:
"I love you as no woman e...
| Queen Elizabeth And The Earl Of Leicester|
History has many romantic stories to tell of the part which women
have played in determining the destinies of nations. Sometimes it
| Mary Queen Of Scots And Lord Bothwell|
Mary Stuart and Cleopatra are the two women who have most
attracted the fancy of poets, dramatists, novelists, and painters,
| Queen Christina Of Sweden And The Marquis Monaldeschi|
Sweden to-day is one of the peaceful kingdoms of the world, whose
people are prosperous, well governed, and somewhat apart from the
| King Charles Ii. And Nell Gwyn|
One might classify the kings of England in many ways. John was
undoubtedly the most unpopular. The impetuous yet far-seeing Henry
| The Story Of Prince Charles Edward Stuart|
The royal families of Europe are widely known, yet not all of them
are equally renowned. Thus, the house of Romanoff, although
| The Empress Catharine And Prince Potemkin|
It has often been said that the greatest Frenchman who ever lived
was in reality an Italian. It might with equal truth be asserted
| Marie Antoinette And Count Fersen|
The English-speaking world long ago accepted a conventional view
of Marie Antoinette. The eloquence of Edmund Burke in one
| The Story Of Aaron Burr|
There will come a time when the name of Aaron Burr will be cleared
from the prejudice which now surrounds it, when he will stand in
| George Iv. And Mrs. Fitzherbert|
In the last decade of the eighteenth century England was perhaps
the most brilliant nation of the world. Other countries had been
| Charlotte Corday And Adam Lux|
Perhaps some readers will consider this story inconsistent with
those that have preceded it. Yet, as it is little known to most
| Napoleon And Marie Walewska|
There are four women who may be said to have deeply influenced the
life of Napoleon. These four are the only ones who need to be
| The Story Of Pauline Bonaparte|
It was said of Napoleon long ago that he could govern emperors and
kings, but that not even he could rule his relatives. He himself
| The Story Of The Empress Marie Louise And Count Neipperg|
There is one famous woman whom history condems while at the same
time it partly hides the facts which might mitigate the harshness
| The Wives Of General Houston|
Sixty or seventy years ago it was considered a great joke to chalk
up on any man's house-door, or on his trunk at a coaching-station...
| Lola Montez And King Ludwig Of Bavaria|
Lola Montez! The name suggests dark eyes and abundant hair, lithe
limbs and a sinuous body, with twining hands and great eyes that
| Leon Gambetta And Leonie Leon|
The present French Republic has endured for over forty years.
Within that time it has produced just one man of extraordinary
| Lady Blessington And Count D'orsay|
Often there has arisen some man who, either by his natural gifts
or by his impudence or by the combination of both, has made
| Byron And The Countess Guiccioli|
In 1812, when he was in his twenty-fourth year, Lord Byron was
more talked of than any other man in London. He was in the first
| The Story Of Mme. De Stael|
Each century, or sometimes each generation, is distinguished by
some especial interest among those who are given to fancies--not
| The Story Of Karl Marx|
Some time ago I entered a fairly large library--one of more than
two hundred thousand volumes--to seek the little brochure on Karl
| Ferdinand Lassalle And Helene Von Donniges|
The middle part of the nineteenth century is a period which has
become more or less obscure to most Americans and Englishmen. At
| The Story Of Rachel|
Outside of the English-speaking peoples the nineteenth century
witnessed the rise and triumphant progress of three great tragic
| Dean Swift And The Two Esthers|
The story of Jonathan Swift and of the two women who gave their
lives for love of him is familiar to every student of English
| Percy Bysshe Shelley And Mary Godwin|
A great deal has been said and written in favor of early marriage;
and, in a general way, early marriage may be an admirable thing.
| The Story Of The Carlyles|
To most persons, Tennyson was a remote and romantic figure. His
homes in the Isle of Wight and at Aldworth had a dignified
| The Story Of The Hugos|
Victor Hugo, after all criticisms have been made, stands as a
literary colossus. He had imaginative power which makes his finest
| The Story Of George Sand|
To the student of feminine psychology there is no more curious and
complex problem than the one that meets us in the life of the
| The Mystery Of Charles Dickens|
Perhaps no public man in the English-speaking world, in the last
century, was so widely and intimately known as Charles Dickens.
| Honore De Balzac And Evelina Hanska|
I remember once, when editing an elaborate work on literature,
that the publisher called me into his private office. After the
| Charles Reade And Laura Seymour|
The instances of distinguished men, or of notable women, who have
broken through convention in order to find a fitting mate, are
| The Nibelungs|
The time came when the people of Western Europe learned to believe
in one God and were converted to Christianity, but the old ...
| Alaric The Visigoth|
King from 394-410 A.D.
Long before the beginning of the period known as the Middle Ages
a tribe of barbarians called the Go...
| Attila The Hun|
King from 434-453 A.D.
The fierce and warlike tribe, called the Huns, who had driven the
Goths to seek new homes, came from A...
| Genseric The Vandal|
King from 427-477 A.D.
The Vandals were another wild and fierce tribe that came from the
shores of the Baltic and invaded cen...
| Theodoric The Ostrogoth|
King from 475-526 A.D.
The Ostrogoths, or East Goths, who had settled in Southern Russia,
at length pushed southward and west...
King from 481-511 A.D.
While the power of the Roman Empire was declining there dwelt on
the banks of the River Rhine a number...
| Justinian The Great|
Emperor from 527-565 A.D.
In the time of Clovis the country now called Bulgaria was inhabited
by Goths. One day a poor sheph...
Lived from 570-632 A.D.
A great number of people in Asia and Africa and much of those in
Turkey in Europe profess the Mohamme...
| Charles Martel|
714-741 A.D. and Pepin, 741-768 A.D.
After the death of Mohammed the Saracens, as Mohammedans are also
called, became great warrior...
King from 768-814 A.D.
Pepin had two sons Charles and Carloman. After the death of their
father they ruled together, but...
Caliph from 786-809 A.D.
The most celebrated of all Mohammedan caliphs was Harun-al-Rashid,
which means, in English, Aaron th...
King from 802-837 A.D.
Egbert the Saxon lived at the same time as did Harun-al-Rashid and
Charlemagne. He was the first king...
| Rollo The Viking|
Died 931 A.D.
For more than two hundred years during the Middle Ages the Christian
countries of Europe were attacked on the s...
| Alfred The Great|
King from 871-901 A.D.
The Danes were neighbors of the Norwegian Vikings, and like them
were fond of the sea and piracy. The...
| Henry The Fowler|
King from 919-936 A.D.
About a hundred years had passed since the death of Charlemagne,
and his great empire had fallen to pi...
| Canute The Great|
King from 1014-1035
The Danes, you remember, had the eastern and northern parts
of England in the time of Alfred. Alfred's s...
| The Cid|
Late one sunny afternoon one and twenty knights were riding along
the highway in the northern part of Spain. As they were passi...
| Edward The Confessor|
King from 1042-1066
The Danish kings who followed Canute were not like him. They were
cruel, unjust rulers and all the peopl...
| William The Conqueror|
King from 1066-1087
On the death of Edward the Confessor the throne of England was
claimed by William, Duke of Normandy.
| Peter The Hermit|
During the Middle Ages the Christians of Europe used to go to the
Holy Land for the purpose of visiting the...
| Frederick Barbarossa|
Emperor from 1152-1190
Frederick I was one of the most famous of German emperors. He was
a tall, stalwart man of majestic ap...
| Henry The Second|
1154-1189 and His Sons 1189-1216
In 1154, while Barbarossa was reigning in Germany, Henry II, one
of England's greatest monarchs, c...
| Louis The Ninth|
King from 1226-1270
After the time of Barbarossa and Richard Cœur de Lion lived another
great Crusading king. This was a gra...
| Robert Bruce|
King from 1306-1329
The most famous king that Scotland ever had was Robert Bruce. He
lived in the days when Edward I, Edward II,...
| Marco Polo|
Lived from 1254-1324
Some years before St. Louis led his last Crusade there was born in
Venice a boy named Marco Polo. His f...
| Edward The Black Prince|
Lived from 1330-1376
One of the most famous warriors of the Middle Ages was Edward the
Black Prince. He was so called becaus...
| William Tell And Arnold Von Winkelried|
Far up among the Alps, in the very heart of Switzerland, are three
districts, or cantons, as they are called, which are known as...
Lived from 1333-1405
Tamerlane was the son of the chief of a Mongolian tribe in Central
Asia. His real name was Timour, but ...
| Henry V|
King from 1413-1422
Of all the kings that England ever had Henry V was perhaps the
greatest favorite among the people. They ...
| Joan Of Arc|
Lived from 1412-1431
In the long wars between the French and English not even the Black
Prince or King Henry V gained such fa...
Lived from 1400-1468
While Joan of Arc was busy rescuing France from the English, another
wonderful worker was busy in German...
| Warwick The Kingmaker|
Lived from 1428-1471
The earl of Warwick, known as the "kingmaker," was the most famous
man in England for many years after t...
| George Peabody|
If America had been asked who were to be her most munificent givers in
the nineteenth century, she would scarcely have pointed to tw...
| Bayard Taylor|
Since Samuel Johnson toiled in Grub Street, London, literature has
scarcely furnished a more pathetic or inspiring illustration of s...
| Captain James B Eads|
On the steamship "Germanic" I played chess with the great civil
engineer, Captain Eads, stimulated by the thought that to beat him w...
| James Watt|
The history of inventors is generally the same old struggle with
poverty. Sir Richard Arkwright, the youngest of thirteen children, ...
| Sir Josiah Mason|
One sunny morning in June, I went out five miles from the great
manufacturing city of Birmingham, England, to the pretty town called...
| Bernard Palissy|
In the Louvre in Paris, preserved among almost priceless gems, are
several pieces of exquisite pottery called Palissy ware. Thousand...
| Bertel Thorwaldsen|
A few months ago we visited a plain old house in Copenhagen, the boyhood
home of the great Danish sculptor. Here he worked with his ...
The quaint old city of Salzburg, Austria, built into the mountain-side,
is a Mecca for all who love music, and admire the immortal M...
| Dr Samuel Johnson|
In a quaint old house in Lichfield, England, now used as a draper's
shop, Samuel Johnson, son of a poor bookseller and bookbinder, w...
| Oliver Goldsmith|
On a low slab in a quiet spot, just north of the Church of Knight
Templars, in London, are the simple words, "Here lies Oliver Golds...
| Michael Faraday|
In the heart of busy London, over a stable, lived James and Margaret
Faraday, with their four little children. The father was a blac...
| Sir Henry Bessemer|
A little way from London, England, at Denmark Hill, looking toward the
Crystal Palace, is a mansion which is fit for royalty. The gr...
| Sir Titus Salt|
I spent a day, with great interest, in visiting the worsted mills and
warehouses at Saltaire, just out from Bradford, England, which...
| Joseph Marie Jacquard|
The small world which lives in elegant houses knows little of the great
world in dingy apartments with bare walls and empty cupboard...
| Horace Greeley|
Among the hills of New Hampshire, in a lonely, unpainted house, Horace
Greeley was born, Feb. 3, 1811, the third of seven children. ...
| William Lloyd Garrison|
For a great work God raises up a great man. Usually he is trained in the
hard school of poverty, to give him courage and perseveranc...
| Giuseppe Garibaldi|
Few men come to greatness. Most drift on with the current, having no
special plan nor aim. They live where their fathers lived, taki...
| Jean Paul Richter|
Vasari, who wrote the lives of the Italian painters, truly said, "It is
not by sleeping, but by working, waking, and laboring contin...
| Leon Gambetta|
On January 6, 1883, Paris presented a sad and imposing spectacle. Her
shops were closed; her public buildings and her homes were dra...
| David Glasgow Farragut|
The possibilities of American life are strikingly illustrated by the
fact that the two names at the head of the army and navy, Grant...
| Ezra Cornell|
In the winter of 1819 might have been seen travelling from New Jersey to
De Ruyter in New York, a distance of two hundred and fifty ...
| Lieutenant General Sheridan|
It is sometimes said that circumstances make the man; but there must be
something in the man, or circumstances, however favorable, c...
| Thomas Cole|
Four of my favorite pictures from childhood have been Cole's "Voyage of
Life." I have studied the tiny infant in the boat surrounded...
| Ole Bull|
In the quaint old town of Bergen, Norway, so strange with its narrow
streets, peculiar costumes, and open-hearted people, that no tr...
The old maxim, that "the gods reward all things to labor," has had fit
illustration in Meissonier. His has been a life of constant, ...
| George W Childs|
The "Public Ledger" of Philadelphia, and its owner, are known the world
over. Would we see the large-hearted, hospitable millionaire...
| Dwight L Moody|
"There's no chance to get in there. There's six thousand persons inside,
and two thousand outside."
This was said to Dr. Magoun, ...
| Abraham Lincoln|
In Gentryville, Indiana, in the year 1816, might have been seen a log
cabin without doors or window-glass, a dirt floor, a bed made ...
| Galileo Galilei|
"The same memorable day is marked by the setting of one of the most
brilliant stars in the firmament of art and the rising of ano...
| Sir Isaac Newton|
In the same year, 1642, in which Galileo, sad and blind, went away from
the earth, Sir Isaac Newton came to make his home upon it...
| Carl Linnaeus|
It was on the 24th of July that we left Stockholm, the Venice of the
North, built on her nine islands, for the famous university ...
| Baron Cuvier|
In the town of Montbeliard, France, then belonging to the Duke of
Wuertemberg, August 23, 1769, was born the founder of the Scien...
| Sir William And Caroline Herschel|
In Hanover, Germany, in the year 1732, Isaac Herschel and a plain,
industrious girl, Anna Ilse Moritzen, began their home life to...
| Alexander Von Humboldt|
The great Agassiz, in his eloquent address, in Boston, on the hundredth
anniversary of the birth of Humboldt, said: "All the fund...
| Sir Humphrey Davy|
Coleridge said, "Had not Davy been the first chemist, he probably would
have been the first poet of his age."
Said Professor S...
| John James Audubon|
The problem why certain men and women come to eminence, and why others,
with apparently as much ability, remain forever in obscur...
| Samuel Finley Breese Morse|
Samuel F. B. Morse was born at the foot of Breed's Hill, Charlestown,
Mass., April 27, 1791. He was the eighth child in a family of ...
| Sir Charles Lyell|
Galileo studied and found out the truth that the earth moves around the
sun, and died recanting it.
Buffon, the great French natu...
| Joseph Henry Lld|
On Thursday evening, January 16, 1879, a large company gathered in the
hall of the House of Representatives at Washington. They c...
| Louis Agassiz|
In the midst of as beautiful scenery as one finds on earth, snow-white
Alps, blue lakes, great fields of purple crocus, and pictu...
| Charles Robert Darwin|
On Wednesday, April 26, 1882, sitting in the North Transept of
Westminster Abbey, I looked upon a sad and impressive scene. Under...
| Francis Trevelyan Buckland|
Most of those whose lives are sketched in this volume lived to be old
men; but Frank Buckland, the pet and pride of thousands in Eng...
| John Sebastian Bach|
THE CHILD MUSICIAN
Long ago, in a little German town, lived a jolly old miller. From
morning till night he sang...
| George Frederick Handel|
THE WONDER CHILD
[Music: (The Messiah.) He shall feed His flock like a shepherd.]
It is a bright, sunshiny morni...
| Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
THE CHILD MOZART
Far, far away over land and sea lies the little town of Salzburg. What a
beautiful place it is! O...
| Francis Joseph Haydn|
THE CHOIR BOY
Once upon a time there lived, in a tiny village in Austria, a
wheelwright and his family. The wheelw...
| Ludwig Van Beethoven|
EARLY LIFE OF BEETHOVEN
Some day you may be fortunate enough to cross the broad Atlantic and
visit European countr...
| Felix Mendelssohn|
If you were to go into the woods and hear the rustling of the leaves,
the singing of the birds, and the babbling of t...
| Frederick Chopin|
A POLISH LAD WHO BECAME FAMOUS
Many famous men were born in the year 1809. We are proud to number among
| Robert Schumann|
BOYHOOD OF SCHUMANN
"Left, face! Forward, march!" Clear rang out the words of the little
commander. Quickly the st...
| Franz Peter Schubert|
God sent his singers upon earth
With songs of gladness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of m...
| Richard Wagner|
EARLY LIFE OF WAGNER
[Music: (Die WalkÃ¼re.) (Sword Motif.)]
Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, in 1813. He was...
| Robert Boyle|
Robert Boyle was descended from a family who, in Saxon times, held
land in the county of Hereford, and whose name in the Doomsday Bo...
| Benjamin Franklin|
Among those whose contributions to physics have immortalized their
names in the annals of science, there is none that holds a more
| Henry Cavendish|
It would not be easy to mention two men between whom there was a
greater contrast, both in respect of their characters and lives, th...
| Count Rumford|
Benjamin Thompson, like Franklin, was a native of Massachusetts, his
ancestors for several generations having been yeomen in that pr...
| Thomas Young|
"We here meet with a man altogether beyond the common standard, one in
whom natural endowment and sedulous cultivation rivalled each...
| Michael Faraday|
The work of Michael Faraday introduced a new era in the history of
physical science. Unencumbered by pre-existing theories, and
| James Clerk Maxwell|
The story of the life of James Clerk Maxwell has been told so recently
by the able pen of his lifelong friend, Professor Lewis Campb...