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Meet the People in U.S. History

U.S. History--Meet the People
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Thomas Paine
author of the pamphlet "Common Sense"
Thomas Jefferson
author of the Declaration of Independence; President at the time of the Louisiana Purchase
Patrick Henry
Virginian patriot; said "Give me liberty or give me death."
Samuel Adams
Massachusetts patriot; member of Sons of Liberty; leader of Boston Tea Party
Crispus Attucks
Colonial man of African descent who was killed in Boston Massacre
John Smith
leader at Jamestown, Virginia; "If you don't work, you don't eat."
John Adams
Massachusetts patriot; 2nd President
George Washington
Military commander of the American Revolution. He was the first elected president of the United States (1789-1799). (p. 581)
Pocahontas
daughter of Powhatan, acted as an intermediary between settlers and Indians
William Penn
The founder of the Quaker colony, Pennsylvania
Abigail Adams
Wife of John Adams, fought for women's rights and voice as early as the Revolution
King George III
King of England during the American Revolution
James Oglethorpe
founder of Georgia as a colony for debtors
Benjamin Franklin
American patriot, writer, printer, and inventor. During the Revolutionary War he persuaded the French to help the colonists.
Marquis de Lafayette
French soldier who served under George Washington in the American Revolution
John Hancock
American revolutionary patriot who was president of the Continental Congress
John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court establish judicial review
Abraham Lincoln
U.S. statesmen, 16th president. Led Union to victory in Civil War. Assassinated.
Andrew Jackson
7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency; Indian Removal Act
James Monroe
5th President of the U.S. 1817-1825 acquired Florida from Spain; declared Monroe Doctrine to keep foreign powers out.
James Madison
President during the War of 1812; Father of the US Constitution
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
United States suffragist and feminist; Co-founded the 1848 Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York
John Paul Jones
American naval commander in the American Revolution (1747-1792) said " I have not yet begun to fight."
Frederick Douglass
United States abolitionist who escaped from slavery and became an influential writer and lecturer in the North
Eli Whitney
invented the cotton gin and interchangeable parts
Robert Fulton
inventor of the steam boat that could sail against current and wind
Samuel F.B. Morse
inventor who patented the telegraph
Samuel Slater
brought over from Britain the idea of a textile factory and one building for all processes
Cyrus McCormick
invented the mechanical reaper
John Deere
invented the steel plow
William Tecumseh Sherman
Union General who destroyed South during "march to the sea" from Atlanta to Savannah, example of total war
Harriet Tubman
Former slave who helped slaves escape on the Underground Railroad
Sojourner Truth
former slave who became an abolitionist and women's rights activist; "Ain't I a Woman?" speech
James K. Polk
President of United States who had territorial aspirations, leading to conflict with Mexico, resulting in a war.