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Hail, Columbia! happy land!
Hail, ye heroes! heaven-born band!
Who fought and bled in Freedom's cause.
-- Joseph Hopkinson
Hero: A person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her
brave deeds and noble qualities.
Patriot: A person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and
its interests with devotion.
Heroes and patriots in the United States are made every
day, a fact that has occurred since the first man set foot on the soil
of this great nation. From the smallest deeds of kindness to the brave
soldiers that have given their lives for this country, these hundreds
of thousands of men and women come from every race, religion and ethic
group. Their stories and histories are varied, their actions and deeds
diverse, leaving their marks on every part of our culture and
heritage. They are law officers, politicians, soldiers, inventors,
explorers, artists, activists, writers, business people and ordinary
folks. Some are famous -- most are not.
We cannot begin to list them here, nor can we even
begin to know about the vast majority. But, their "legendary" deeds
and accomplishments belong on the pages of
Legends of America, and to
that end, this page begins.
U.S. Heroes & Patriots:
Adams (1735-1826) - Vice President to
President, and Founding Father of the United States.
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) - The son of
Founding Father, John Adams, he was a
politician, diplomat, and served as the 6th
President of the United
Adams (1722-1803) - One of Founding Fathers of the United States,
Adams was a statesman, political philosopher, and leader of the
movement that became the American Revolution.
Susan "Doc Susie" Anderson
(1870-1960) - One of the first female pioneer physician in the West.
Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) Leader in the American AntiSlavery
Society, she later turned her life's devotion to women's suffrage and,
with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded the National Woman Suffrage
Association and the newspaper Revolution.
Bacon (1640s-1676) - A wealthy colonist of the Virginia Colony who
instigated Bacon's Rebellion of 1676.
B. Wells Barnett (1862-1931) - A black journalist and militant civil rights leader, she was a cofounder
of the NAACP and the first president of the Negro Fellowship League.
Clara Barton (1824-1912) Called the "Angel
of the Battlefield" for her first aid heroism during the
she was instrumental in founding the American Red Cross.
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) -
Scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with
inventing the first practical telephone.
(1817-1901) - An energetic heroine whose sole aim during the
was to more efficiently care for wounded Union soldiers.
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) The
daughter of former slaves, Mary became a writer, educator, a champion of
humanitarian causes, and an advocate of civil rights and education for
(1734-1820) - Frontiersman, pioneer, surveyor and Indian Fighter
who blazed the trail known as the Wilderness Road in 1775.
(1796-1836) - An aggressive frontiersman, pioneer, explorer, and commander of
the volunteers at the Alamo,
where he died.
Buffalo Soldiers - Though African Americans have fought in various
military conflicts since colonial days, they did not receive the nickname of
"Buffalo Soldiers” until they began to battle
warriors in 1867.
Soldier who fought bandits in the Wham
Paymaster Robbery and awarded the Medal of Honor.
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) -
Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, entrepreneur and a major
Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-1868) -
Carson was a
daring and brave explorer, mountain man, trapper, scout,
soldier, and buffalo
George Washington Carver (1864-1943) -
American scientist, botanist, educator and inventor.
George Rogers Clark - (1752-1818) -
Soldier from Virginia and the highest ranking American military
officer on the northwestern frontier during the
American Revolutionary War.
(1770-1838) - Explorer and geographical expert who co-lead the
Lewis and Clark
Henry Clay (1777-1852) -
Nineteenth-century American statesman, orator, negotiator, and
politician who has been dubbed one of the greatest Senators in U.S.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka: Mark Twain
(1835-1910) - Author and humorist, he is sometimes called the "Father
of American Literature."
(1786-1836) - Frontiersman, explorer, and American folk hero,
represented Tennessee in the U.S. Congress, served in the
Texas Revolution, and died at the age of 49 at the
Battle of the Alamo.
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) - Inventor,
scientist and businessman who developed many devices that greatly
influenced life around the world.
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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (1890-1969)
- A five-star general in the United States Army and the 34th
of the United States. Eisenhower ranks highly among former U.S.
presidents in terms of approval rating.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) - German-born
Swiss-American theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is
widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known
scientists and intellectuals of all time. He is often regarded as the
father of modern physics.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) - Essayist,
philosopher, and poet, best remembered for leading the
Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
Ewing, Jr (1829-1896) - Military officer, Free-State advocate and
first Chief Justice of the State of Kansas
Henry Ford (1863-1947) - Inventor
who introduced the Model T automobile, which revolutionized
transportation and American industry and founder of the Ford Motor
Company. During his lifetime, he was awarded 161 U.S. patents.
Intellectual, author, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist,
statesman, soldier, and diplomat, Franklin is noted as being one of the
Founding Fathers of the United States.
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A hero is someone who understands the responsibility
that comes with his freedom. --
Bob Dylan, American folksinger
A man's country is not a certain area of
land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and
patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
-- George William Curtis, American social
reformer, author and editor in the 19th Century
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is
braver five minutes longer. --
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, lecturer and essayist in the 19th
A hero is a man who is afraid to run away. - Old English proverb
Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for
yourself by looking out for your country
-- Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. President
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