Category: Biographica

John L. Stevens

John L. Stevens

John L. Stevens (1820-1895) WHO S/HE WAS: Ambassador John Leavitt Stevens was a United States ambassador to Paraguay, Uruguay, Sweden, Norway and Hawaii during the second half of the nineteenth century. WHAT S/HE SAID: The Hawaiian pear is now fully ripe, and this is the golden hour for the United States to pluck it. WHY

Queen Liliuokalani

Queen Liliuokalani

Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917) WHO S/HE WAS: Queen Liliuokalani was the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She assumed the monarchy after the death of her brother, King David Kalakaua, in 1891. WHAT S/HE SAID: Hawaii for Hawaiians WHY S/HE MATTERED: Queen Lilíuokalani was the sitting monarch at the time of

Baron Eduard de Stoeckl

Eduard de Stoeckl

Eduard de Stoeckl (1804-1892) WHO S/HE WAS: Eduard de Stoeckl was a Russian diplomat best known today for having negotiated the American purchase of Alaska on behalf of the Russian government. He occasionally used the bogus title of Baron. WHY S/HE MATTERED: On March 30, 1867, the United States reached an agreement to purchase Alaska

William H. Seward

William Howard Seward

William H. Seward (1801-1872) WHO S/HE WAS: William H. Seward was Governor of New York, United States Senator and the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. On the night of Lincoln’s assassination, he survived an attempt on his life in the conspirators’ effort to decapitate the Union government. His contemporary

Matthew Calbraith Perry

Matthew Calbraith Perry

Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858) WHO S/HE WAS: Matthew Calbraith Perry was Commodore of the United States Navy who served in several wars, most notably the Mexican-American War and the War of 1812. WHAT S/HE SAID: Many of the large ships-of-war destined to visit Japan have not yet arrived in these seas, though they are hourly

Jane Addams

Jane Addams

Jane Addams (1860-1935) WHO S/HE WAS: Jane Addams devoted her life to social and political reform and to the betterment of the economic condition of the masses. She worked for women’s rights, to help the poor and to stop the use of children as industrial laborers. She founded Hull House in Chicago, a center which

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1836) WHO S/HE WAS: Rudyard Kipling was a British writer whose works of fiction include _The Jungle Book_ and _The Man Who Would be King_. His poems include “Mandalay”, The Gods of the Copybook Headings” and “The Young British Soldier.” Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom during

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