Presenting biographical sketch of some of the most famous political leaders of all times. Biographies of these leaders trace their life history, works & achievements.

Political Leaders

A political leader, or a politician, can be anyone who has taken up the responsibility of governing a tribe, city, state, region or even an entire nation. History has given us a plethora of political leaders, both good and bad, who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of their countries and the people living in the country. Political leaders are not just people who govern nations during peace times but also during times of crisis. They are people who are responsible for making and implementing strategies and policies meant to better serve the interests of the country they govern. These leaders are chosen through various processes, some examples of which would be through elections, in a democratic nation, and through lineage or birthright, in case of a monarchy, or even dictatorships wherein one individual declares himself the head of state. A look at the political leader’s hall of fame would reveal names like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill and even Genghis Khan. What follows next are the biographies of some of the most famous politicians along with information on their life’s story, trivia about them, their timelines and some other interesting facts about their professional and personal lives.
A.P.J. Abdul KalamA.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Little did Jainulabdeen and Ashiamma know that their son would grow up to be the first citizen of India. An Indian scientist and administrator, ...
Aaron BurrAaron Burr
When Aaron Burr Jr was born, little did his parents, Aaron Burr Sr. and Esther Edwards, knew that their son would go on to hold the chair of the ...
Abba EbanAbba Eban
Abba Eban was an Israeli politician, and diplomat. He was a man of great prominence in Israel’s political scene post World War-II. Though his ...
Abdoulaye WadeAbdoulaye Wade
A politician, lawyer and professor by profession, Abdoulaye Wade secured the chair of the President of Senegal for twelve years and has been ...
Abdullah Ahmad BadawiAbdullah Ahmad Badaw...
The 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is one of the most prolific Malaysian politicians that the country has ever had. ...
Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
Turn the pages of America’s political history, and you are sure to find one man who clearly outshines all others and manages to attract the ...
Adlai Stevenson IAdlai Stevenson I
Born in Christian County, Kentucky, Adlai Ewing Stevenson I was twice elected into the United States House of Representatives and eventually ...
Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II
Born into an affluent political family, Adlai Stevenson II was the grandson of Adlai E. Stevenson I, former Vice President of the United States. ...
Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
‘Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all’, said the head of the Nazi Party and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, ...
Agnes MacphailAgnes Macphail
Agnes Campbell Macphail was the first woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons. She was also was one of the first two women elected to the ...
Ahmed Ben BellaAhmed Ben Bella
Ahmed Ben Bella is remembered as one of the greatest figures in Arab nationalism. As a young boy in school, he was deeply affected by the racial ...
Al FrankenAl Franken
Al Franken is one of the most recognized and celebrated politician of United States, who presently serves as the United States Senator from ...
Alan CranstonAlan Cranston
Alan Cranston was an American journalist and a Democratic Senator from California. Hailing from a rich family of real estate developers, he ...
Albert John LuthuliAlbert John Luthuli
Albert John Luthuli, the president of the African National Congress, was an African politician and teacher. A noble man and an adamant leader, ...
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton was one of the important pioneers in the early formation of the American government. He participated in Washington's ...
 	Alexandre Auguste Ledru-RollinAlexandre Auguste Le...
Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin was a French politician and lawyer whose active radical and political activism earned him a prominent place in ...
Alexei KosyginAlexei Kosygin
Alexei Kosygin was an important statesman of Soviet-Russia during the cold war. As part of his evacuation process of civilians from Leningrad, ...
Alija IzetbegovicAlija Izetbegovic
Alija Izetbegovic, the first president of the Bosnia-Herzegovina was a Bosnian activist who ruled the nation during one of the bloodiest phases ...
Andrew Johnson - 17 President of the United States of America From April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of United States of America, rose to the position (while he was serving as the vice-president) when President ...
Anthony WayneAnthony Wayne
Anthony Wayne was one of the important military generals and statesmen who contributed extensively in the American Revolution. During his ...
Ariel SharonAriel Sharon
Ariel Sharon is the former Prime Minister of Israel and a military leader. He is ranked among the most powerful leaders in the history of ...
Duke of WellingtonArthur Wellesley, 1s...
One among the world’s most legendary military leaders, Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington was perhaps the greatest of British ...
Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a highly respected veteran politician who had served as the Prime Minister of India in three non-consecutive terms. He ...
Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi
The rising and shinning face of Burma’s (present day Myanmar) claim for democracy and human rights, Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most ...
B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
B.R. Ambedkar was a leading activist and social reformer who gave his life working for the upliftment of the Dalits and the socially backward ...
Bal Gangadhar TilakBal Gangadhar Tilak
While Gandhi fondly administered the title of ‘Maker of Modern India’ on Tilak, the British labelled him as the ‘Father of Indian Unrest’. The ...
Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan
Barbara Jordan had a lot of firsts in her career and life. She was the first African-American to be elected to the Texas Senate after ...
Barry Morris Goldwate - United States Senator from ArizonaBarry Morris Goldwat...
As a youth, Barry Goldwater steered his family mercantile business to success, little did he know that in the future, he would dominate the U.S. ...
Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto
Popularly known as the Iron Lady of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto opened the doors of politics for women in Pakistan. Not only did she become the ...
Benjamin DisraeliBenjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Disraeli is one of the most prominent names in the history of British politics. He was one of the few who paved the way for a great ...
Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
Benjamin Rush was one of the major political leaders who participated in the American Revolution and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence ...
Betty Williams Betty Williams
Betty Williams is the President of the ‘World Centers of Compassion for Children’ and the Chairperson of ‘Institute for Asian Democracy’. She is ...
Bob WiseBob Wise
Bob Wise is one of the strongest voices in America on education issues. He is one of the first governors to come out with the proposal for the ...
Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington
One of the foremost leaders of the African-American community, Booker T. Washington was a great educator and orator who founded the Tuskegee ...
Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
He is popularly remembered as the first President of the Russian Federation who served from 1991 until 1999. Boris Yeltsin was a prominent ...
Bruce BartonBruce Fairchild Bart...
A multi-dimensional personality, Bruce Barton was a man with many hats - a writer-author by heart, an advertising executive by profession, a ...
C. RajagopalachariC. Rajagopalachari
C. Rajagopalachari was an Indian lawyer, independence activist, politician and writer. He was the first and last Indian Governor General of ...
C.P. ScottC.P. Scott
C. P. Scott was a famous British journalist, who served as the editor of the renowned newspaper “The Guardian” for a number of years. After ...
Carl StokesCarl Stokes
Carl Stokes was an American politician and 51st mayor of Cleveland. His selection as the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio signifies a new era in the ...
Chief SeattleChief Seattle
The indigenous populations in North America occupied large parts of uninhabited land, wherein they sheltered their families and lived with the ...
Chittaranjan DasChittaranjan Das
Chittaranjan Das was one of the most prominent political and nationalist personalities in Bengal when Bengal was going through a very crucial ...
CiceroCicero
Marcus Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist. A strong believer in the ...
Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice is an American diplomat who served as the 66th United States Secretary of State. Often considered a role model for other ...
Cordell HullCordell Hull
Cordell Hull was a major political leader of Tennessee, USA and 47th Secretary of States of the United States. He is credited as the ...
 Dadabhai NaorojiDadabhai Naoroji
The first ever Asian to be a British Member of Parliament, Dadabhai Naoroji was a pioneer in many fields. He was an intellectual and an ...
Dalai LamaDalai Lama
The longest living Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and the present Dalai Lama and holds the profile of a spiritual and political leader of ...
Dan QuayleDan Quayle
Dan Quayle was the 44th Vice President of the United States of America, under the presidency of George H.W. Bush. He also served in the House of ...
Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster
Daniel Webster was a renowned American Senator and politician. Famous for his gift of the gab ability, he vehemently criticised the War of 1812 ...
David Ben-GurionDavid Ben-Gurion
David Ben-Gurion was a prominent personality in the history of Israel who delivered the country’s declaration of independence and was also the ...
Davy CrockettDavy Crockett
Immortalized as the ‘King of the Wild Frontier’, Davy Crockett is one of the most celebrated and notable figures in American history. He is ...
Dick CheneyDick Cheney
Known to be one of the most influential vice-presidents in the history of the United States of America, Dick Cheney is an illustrious politician ...
Dr Zakir HussainDr Zakir Hussain
Dr Zakir Hussain was the third President of India and the first Muslim to occupy that post. He was a renowned educationist and intellectual and ...
Earl WarrenEarl Warren
Earl Warren was a famous American politician and jurist, who served the country as the Governor of California and the Chief Justice of the ...
Edward EverettEdward Everett
Edward Everett was an American politician, pastor, diplomat, educator and orator who served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, Governor of ...
Elbridge GerryElbridge Gerry
Elbridge Gerry was a true patriot who played a significant role in America’s struggle to establish its independent identity, ideology and ...
Eldridge CleaverEldridge Cleaver
Eldridge Cleaver was a renowned political activist and leader of the Black Panther Party. As a writer, he is remembered for his collection of ...
Brigadier J. Enoch PowellEnoch Powell
Brigadier John Enoch Powell was a British politician who had served as a Member of Parliament and Minister of Health. He is best remembered for ...
F D Roosevelt F D Roosevelt
Jean Edward Smith’s quote ‘He lifted himself from a wheelchair to lift the nation from its knees’ best describes Roosevelt’s prominent position ...
Fidel CastroFidel Castro
Fidel Castro is one of the most prominent communist leaders of the last century. He was the Prime Minister, President and Commander-in-Chief of ...
Francis HopkinsonFrancis Hopkinson
Francis Hopkinson was one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and is also credited to have designed the first American ...
Francis LewisFrancis Lewis
Francis Lewis, one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was a businessman and politician who represented New York in the ...
Franklin PierceFranklin Pierce
When Franklin Pierce became the 14th President of the United States, the political atmosphere of the country was that of the calm before the ...
Gamal Abdel NasserGamal Abdel Nasser
Gamal Abdel Naseer was one of the foremost rulers of Egypt who served as the second President of the country from 1956 until his death in 1970. ...
General Aung SanGeneral Aung San
Aung San was a revolutionary nationalist leader of Burmese origin. He is regarded as the father of modern-day Burma. He took the initiative to ...
George CanningGeorge Canning
George Canning was a British politician who later became Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister of the UK. During his parliamentary career, he ...
George WallaceGeorge Wallace
Who would have ever thought, that a young boy, who worked his way through school by boxing professionally or serving as a kitchen helper, would ...
George WashingtonGeorge Washington
George Washington was the first President of the United States who led the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolutionary War against ...
George WytheGeorge Wythe
George Wythe was a prominent lawyer, educator and judge who represented Virginia in the Continental Congress and signed the U.S. Declaration of ...
Gideon Welles - United States Secretary of the NavyGideon Welles
Gideon Welles was the U.S. Secretary of the Navy first under the administration of President Abraham Lincoln and later under the presidency of ...
Giuseppe MazziniGiuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini was an Italian activist and leader who worked tirelessly for the unification of Italy. Committed towards the cause of free, ...
Golda MeirGolda Meir
The first ever woman to be elected the Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir was a person of strong character known for her honest and ...
Gopal Krishna GokhaleGopal Krishna Gokhal...
A pioneer of the Indian National Movement, Gopal Krishna Gokhale was one of the founding social and political leaders who fought all his life ...
Gordon BrownGordon Brown
One of Britain’s most influential politicians, Gordon Brown became the 52nd Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Tony Blair. He ...
Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
America’s first openly gay politician, Harvey Bernard Milk was an icon for the gay community in the United States and a champion of the Lesbian, ...
Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl
Helmut Kohl is one of the most prominent leaders, who is single-handedly responsible for the integration of East and West Germany to a unified ...
Henri La FontaineHenri La Fontaine
Henri La Fontaine was a bibliographer, professor of International law and senator in the Belgium legislature who received the Nobel Peace Prize ...
Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger is a German-born American political scientist, bureaucrat and diplomat who served America as National Security Advisor and later ...
Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
Radiating power, authority and dominance, Hilary Rodham Clinton is one of the most powerful female politicians around the world. Raised in a ...
Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh was one of the prominent Vietnamese communist revolutionary leaders, who fought the colonial forces for the liberation of the ...
Hu JintaoHu Jintao
Popularly adjudged by the media as the second most powerful person in the world, Hu Jintao is a former leader of the Communist Party of China. ...
Hugo ChavezHugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez was one of the most influential figures of the Venezuela politics, who was elected as the President of the country for four ...
I.K. GujralI. K. Gujral
Inder Kumar Gujral, also known as I.K. Gujral, was an Indian politician and served as the thirteenth Prime Minister of India. He was a poetic ...
Imelda MarcosImelda Marcos
Imelda Marcos is a Filipino politician and widow of former President of the Philippines. Known for her flamboyant lifestyle, she took an active ...
Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
Popularly known as the Iron Lady of India, Indira Gandhi earned a formidable reputation across the globe as a ‘statesman’. Her sheer sense of ...
J. B. KirpalaniJ. B. Kripalani
Acharya J. B. Kripalani was an accomplished politician and socialist, who contributed much, both before and after Indian independence. An ardent ...
Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac is a renowned French politician who rose to prominence for his impeccable contribution in French politics. During his active ...
James BuchananJames Buchanan
During one of the most difficult phases in American history, when old resolved issues, were once again getting complicated James Buchanan Jr. ...
James Callaghan James Callaghan
James Callaghan, also known as the Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979. He was also the ...
James K. PolkJames K. Polk
James Knox Polk has the distinction of not only being the 11th President of the United States of America but for also being the youngest among ...
James L. BuckleyJames L. Buckley
A distinguished politician and a former judge, James Lane Buckley is a former United States Senator from the state of New York, representing the ...
James MonroeJames Monroe
The fifth President of the United States of America, James Monroe was last of the veterans of the American Revolutionary War to hold this ...
James R. ThompsonJames R. Thompson
James R. Thompson was among the foremost crusaders against organized crime in Chicago. Working as a federal prosecutor, he convicted many ...
James WilsonJames Wilson
James Wilson, a lawyer by profession, was one of the many delegates from Pennsylvania who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776. A ...
Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru
An iconic politician and a revolutionary, Jawaharlal Nehru is widely admired for his astute idealism and statesmanship. Endowed with a wonderful ...
Jean-Bertrand AristideJean-Bertrand Aristi...
Famous as the first elected President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is a staunch supporter of democracy. When he ended the dictatorship in ...
Jerry SpringerJerry Springer
Gerald Norman ‘Jerry’ Springer is an England born American talk show host of America’s most famous tabloid talk show, ‘The Jerry Springer Show’. ...
Jesse VenturaJesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura served as the 38th governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He had successful careers as a wrestler, actor and author. Born as ...
Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of America and aspired to establish a government which was both, competent and compassionate. He won the ...
Joaquin BalaguerJoaquin Balaguer
It is not often that aging politicians with numerous health problems get to rule over a country, but Joaquin Balaguer, a three-time President of ...
John D. LongJohn Davis Long
John Davis Long was an American politician, lawyer and writer, and served as the Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish-American War. Long ...