Important and Famous People Who Were Homeschooled

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Homeschooling has produced some of the greatest men and women in history. Here is a list of famous people-people who have made a difference in this word- who were homeschooled:

 

Constitutional Convention Delegates

 

* Richard Basseti – Governor of Delaware

* William Blount – U.S. Senator

* George Clymer – U.S. Representative

* William Few – U.S. Senator

* Benjamin Franklin – Inventor and Statesman

* Alexander Hamilton – Lawyer and Economist

* William Houston – Lawyer

* William S. Johnson – Columbia College President

* William Livingston – Governor of New Jersey

* James Madison – 4th President of the U.S.

* George Mason – Justice of Virginia County Court

* John Francis Mercer – U.S. Representative

* Charles Pickney III – Governor of S. Carolina

* John Rutledge – Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court

* Richard D. Spaight – Governor of North Carolina

* George Washington – 1st President of the U.S.

* John Witherspoon – President of Princeton

* George Wythe – Justice of Virginia High Court

 

 

Presidents

 

* John Adams

* John Quincy Adams

* Grover Cleveland

* Jefferson Davis (the only president of the short-lived Confederate States of America)

* James Garfield

* William Henry Harrison

* Andrew Jackson

* Thomas Jefferson

* Abraham Lincoln

* James Madison

* James Polk

* Franklin Delano Roosevelt

* Theodore Roosevelt

* John Tyler

* George Washington

* Woodrow Wilson

 

 

Statesmen

 

* Henry Fountain Ashurst

* William Jennings Bryan

* Winston Churchill

* Henry Clay

* John Dickinson

* Pierre du Pont

* Benjamin Franklin

* Patrick Henry

* William Penn

* Daniel Webster

 

 

Military Officers

 

* John Barry – Senior Navy Officer

* George Rogers Clark – Revolutionary War hero

* Nathanael Greene – Revolutionary War hero

* Nathan Hale – Revolutionary War hero

* Stonewall Jackson – Civil War General

* John Paul Jones – Father of the American Navy

* Robert E. Lee – Civil War General

* Douglas MacArthur – U.S. General

* George Patton – U.S. General

* Matthew Perry – U.S. Naval Officer

* John Pershing – U.S. General

* David Dixon Porter – Civil War Admiral

* Joseph Bradley Varnum – Revolutionary War hero

 

 

U.S. Supreme Court Judges

 

* Charles Evans Hughes

* John Jay

* John Marshall

* John Rutledge

* Sandra Day O’Connor

 

 

Religious Leaders

 

* Joan of Arc

* Dietrich Bonhoeffer

* William Carey

* Jonathan Edwards

* Philipp Melancthon

* Dwight L. Moody

* John Newton

* John Owen

* Hudson Taylor

* John & Charles Wesley

* Brigham Young

 

 

Explorers

 

* William Clark – Lewis & Clark Expedition

* Meriwether Lewis – Lewis & Clark Expedition

* John Wesley Powell – Colorado River Expedition

* Sir Ernest Shackleton – Antarctic Expedition

 

 

Scientists

 

* Wilson A. Bentley – “The Snowflake Man”

* George Washington Carver – agricultural research

* Pierre Curie – discovered radium

* Albert Einstein – theoretical physicist

* Paul Erdos – Hungarian mathematician

* Michael Faraday – electrochemist

* Pierre-Gilles de Gennes – French physicist

* Oliver Heaviside – electromagnetism researcher

* T.H. Huxley – biologist, zoologist, Darwinist

* Ruth Lawrence – mathematician

* Gilbert Newton Lewis – physical chemist

* Ada Lovelace – founder of scientific computing

* Benoit Mandelbrot – pioneer in fractal geometry

* Blaise Pascal – French mathematician

* Joseph Priestley – father of modern chemistry

* Samuel C. C. Ting – Chinese American physicist

* Konstantin Tsiolkovsky – Russian rocket scientist

 

 

Inventors

 

* Alexander Graham Bell – invented the telephone

* John Moses Browning – firearms inventor/designer

* Peter Cooper – built the first modern skyscraper, the first commercial locomotive, and patented the first gelatin dessert which was later named Jell-O

* Thomas Edison – invented the stock ticker, mimeograph, phonograph, and electric light bulb

* Benjamin Franklin – invented the lightning rod

* Elias Howe – invented sewing machine

* William Lear – airplane creator

* Cyrus McCormick – invented grain reaper

* Guglielmo Marconi – developed radio

* Eli Whitney – invented the cotton gin

* Sir Frank Whittle – invented turbo jet engine

* Orville and Wilbur Wright – brothers who built the first successful airplane

 

 

Artists

 

* William Blake – painter, engraver, poet

* John Singleton Copley – American Colonial painter

* Evelyn De Morgan – Pre-Raphaelite painter

* Christian Grew – American Painter

* Donal Hord – San Diego sculptor

* Akiane Kramarik- 10-year-old art and poetry prodigy

* Claude Monet – French Impressionist

* Grandma Moses – American folk artist

* Charles Willson Peale – American portrait artist

* Lu Pinchang – ceramic sculptor

* Leonardo da Vinci – Renaissance artist, sculptor

* Andrew Wyeth – American realist painter

* Jamie Wyeth – American realist painter

 

 

Composers

 

* Johann Sebastian Bach – Baroque

* Irving Berlin – Patriotic

* Anton Bruckner – Symphonies

* Noel Coward – Musicals

* Felix Mendelssohn – Romantic

* Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical

* John Porcaro – Experimental

* Francis Poulenc – Choral

* John Philip Sousa – “March King”

 

 

Writers

 

* Louisa May Alcott – author of Little Women

* Hans Christian Anderson – fairy tale writer

* Margaret Atwood – Canadian novelist, poet

* Fawn M. Brodie – biographer

* Pearl S. Buck – Nobel prize-winning author

* William F. Buckley, Jr. – conservative writer

* Willa Cather – American novelist

* Agatha Christie – mystery author

* Samuel Clemens – a.k.a. Mark Twain

* Charles Dickens – British novelist

* Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

* Charlotte Perkins Gilman – early feminist writer

* Alex Haley – African-American novelist

* Sharlot Hall – poet, writer, Arizona historian

* Joshua Harris- pastor and author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye

* Bret Harte – frontier California journalist

* L. Ron Hubbard – science fiction writer

* Helen Keller – blind and deaf author and lecturer

* Rose Wilder Lane – journalist, ghostwriter, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder

* C.S. Lewis – Christian writer and apologist

* Amy Lowell – Modernist poet

* Gabriela Mistral – Nobel-prize winning Latin American poet

* Sean O’Casey – Irish author

* Thomas Paine – political writer during the American Revolution, author of Common Sense

* Christopher Paolini – teen author of Eragon

* Isabel Paterson – conservative political author

* Beatrix Potter – author of Peter Rabbit Tales

* Jedediah Purdy – author of For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today

* Kenneth Rexroth – poet, translator, critical essayist

* Carl Sandburg – American poet

* George Bernard Shaw – Irish-born playwright

* Mattie J. T. Stepanek – 11-year-old author of Heartsongs

* Rosemary Sutcliff – historical novels for children

* Rabindranath Tagore – Bengali poet, essayist, dramatist, songwriter

* Leo Tolstoy – Russian writer

* Mercy Warren – American Revolution eyewitness

* Phillis Wheatley – African-American poet

* Walt Whitman – American poet

* Laura Ingalls Wilder – children’s book author

* Virginia Woolf – English novelist

 

 

Educators

 

* Amos Bronson Alcott – innovative teacher, father of Louisa May Alcott

* Catharine Beecher – co-founder of the Hartford Female Seminary

* Jill Ker Conway – first woman president of Smith College

* Erik Demaine – associate professor of Computer Science at MIT

* Timothy Dwight – President of Yale University

* William Samuel Johnson – President of Columbia College

* Horace Mann – “Father of the American Common School”

* Charlotte Mason – Founder of Charlotte Mason College of Education

* Joyce Reed – Associate Dean of the College, Brown University

* Fred Terman – President of Stanford University

* Frank Vandiver – President of Texas A&M University

* Booker T. Washington – teacher and founder of Tuskegee Institute

* Noah Webster – “Father of American Christian Education”

* John Witherspoon – President of Princeton University

 

 

Medical Practitioners

 

* Clara Barton – started the Red Cross

* Elizabeth Blackwell – first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree

* Florence Nightingale – Nurse

* Susan La Flesche Picotte – first American Indian woman physician

* Albert Schweitzer – Physician

* Mary Walker – Civil War physician; recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

 

 

Business Entrepreneurs

 

* Andrew Carnegie – wealthy steel industrialist

* Amadeo Giannini – Bank of America’s founder

* Horace Greeley – New York Tribune founder

* Soichiro Honda – creator of the Honda automobile company

* Peter Kindersley – book illustrator and publisher

* Ray Kroc – founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain

* Jimmy Lai – newspaper publisher; founder of Giordano International

* Dr. Orison Swett Marden – founder, Success magazine

* Adolph Ochs – New York Times founder

* Joseph Pulitzer – newspaper publisher; established Pulitzer Prize

* Colonel Harland Sanders – started Kentucky Fried Chicken

* Dave Thomas – founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain

 

 

Others

 

* Abigail Adams – wife of John Adams; mother of John Quincy Adams

* Ansel Adams – photographer

* Susan B. Anthony – women’s rights leader

* John James Audubon – ornithologist and artist

* Alyssa Buecker – director, Milbo Productions

* John Burroughs – naturalist

* Jennie Chancey – historical costumer

* Davy Crockett – frontiersman

* Edward Curtis – photographer

* Robin Lee Graham – youngest person to sail around the world at age 16

* Alex and Brett Harris – twin teen writers and conference speakers for “The Rebelution,” a Christian ministry/youth organization

* Eric Hoffer – social philosopher

* Sam Houston – lawyer; first leader of Texas

* Abraham Kuyper – Dutch politician, journalist

* Mary Leakey – fossil hunter

* Charles Fletcher Lummis – journalist, historian, photographer, founder of the Southwest Society

* Harriet Martineau – first woman sociologist

* Margaret Mead – cultural anthropologist

* John Stuart Mill – free-market Economist

* Charles Louis Montesquieu – philosopher

* John Muir – naturalist

* Raymond Parks – Civil Rights activist, husband of Rosa Parks

* Sofia, Susan, and Judit Polgar – chess masters

* Bill Ridell – Newspaperman

* Will Rogers – Humorist

* Eleanor Roosevelt – wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt

* Bertrand Russell – Logician

* Drew Ryun – co-founder of Generation Joshua, director of Jim Ryun Running Camp

* Ned Ryun – co-founder of Generation Joshua, president of American Majority

* Deborah Sampson – female soldier in the American Revolution

* Emerson Spartz – 12-year-old internet entrepreneur (MuggleNet)

* Herbert Spencer – philosopher, sociologist

* Gloria Steinem – founder of Ms. magazine

* Timmy Teepell – chief of staff for Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana

* Lester Frank Ward – Father of American Sociology

* Martha Washington – wife of George Washington

* Frances E. C. Willard – educator, temperance leader, and suffragist

* Frank Lloyd Wright – architect

* John Lloyd Wright – architect, toy designer, inventor of Lincoln Logs

* Sho Yano – gifted child prodigy

* Elijah ben Solomon Zalman – Jewish scholar

 

 

This list was compiled by Compiled by Teri Ann Berg Olsen, author of “Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom”

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