Fall’s Historical Figures
President James (Jimmy) Carter was born in Georgia on October 1, 1924. He served in the U.S. Navy before being appointed the governor of Georgia in 1971 and was later elected as the 39th U.S. president in 1976. In 1982, Carter founded the Carter Center, which set out to improve worldwide peace and health. He is also known for working with Habitat for Humanity and in 2002, he received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York on October 11, 1884. Roosevelt was involved in many women’s rights organizations such as The League of Women Voters, Women’s Trade Union League, and the Women’s Division of the Democratic State Committee. In 1933, Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady when her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, became President. Mrs. Roosevelt held all-female press conferences, defied segregation laws, and even became the Head of the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission in 1946. She passed away on November 7, 1962.
President John Quincy Adams was born in Massachusetts on October 27, 1735. Adams was the son of the second president of the U.S., John Adams. John Quincy Adams was appointed the Minister to the Netherlands, Minister to Prussia, and Minister to Great Britain in the timespan of 1794-1816. He served as Secretary of State for two terms before becoming the sixth U.S. president in 1825. Adams finished his political career in the House of Representatives and passed away in 1848.
Marie Antoinette was born in Vienna, Austria on November 2, 1755. Through marriage, she became part of the widely hated French Monarchy and was forced to live under the supervision of Revolutionaries. As the queen of France, Marie Antoinette spent most of her time basking in extravagant indulgences, until the beginning of the French Revolution. When the revolution began, she was arrested, accused of treason, and sent to the guillotine in October 1793.
Samuel Clemens (A.K.A Mark Twain) was born in Missouri on November 30, 1835. As an adult, he loved to travel and explore the wild West. He worked at a reporter but also began his career as a storyteller. Twain became a well-known novelist from his works The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Even after his death in 1910, his legacy lives on and many students and adults alike read his literature today.