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

Sir James Douglas James Douglas

James Douglas began his career working with the fur trading ‘North West Company’, and with the ‘Hudson’s Bay Company’. He quickly rose ...

James K. Polk James 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. Buckley James 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 Monroe James 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. Thompson James R. Thompson

James R. Thompson was among the foremost crusaders against organized crime in Chicago. Working as a federal prosecutor, he convicted many ...

James Wilson James 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 Nehru Jawaharlal Nehru

An iconic politician and a revolutionary, Jawaharlal Nehru is widely admired for his astute idealism and statesmanship. Endowed with a wonderful ...

Jean-Bertrand Aristide Jean-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 Springer Jerry Springer

Gerald Norman ‘Jerry’ Springer is an England born American talk show host of America’s most famous tabloid talk show, ‘The Jerry ...

Jesse Ventura Jesse 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 Balaguer Joaquin 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 Bright John Bright

John Bright was a British Liberal politician. A contemporary of Queen Victoria, this radical politician was a great orator. Belonging to a ...

John Davis Long John 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 ...

John F Kennedy John F Kennedy

A quote by Kennedy, ‘Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men’, perfectly summarizes his philosophy of life. A man with a ...

John Glenn John Glenn

The first American astronaut to orbit the earth, the third and the oldest American to make it to space, John Glenn is a man who has donned ...

John Hancock John Hancock

The first signatory to affix his signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, John Hancock was a prosperous merchant cum politician. He ...

John Hume John Hume

John Hume is one of the most towering figures of the 20th century who played a major role in the Northern Ireland’s peace processes. Regarded ...

John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams

Before becoming the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams essayed many other roles in the field of public service, right from ...

John Tyler John Tyler

John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States of America is best remembered for approving the annexation of Texas and bringing Florida ...

John Wilkes John Wilkes

John Wilkes, who was famous as a libertine of his age, was a journalist, best remembered for introducing the first ‘bill’ in the British ...

Paul Joseph Goebbels Joseph Goebbels

Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda during Hitler’s rule over Germany. He played ...

Joseph McCarthy Joseph McCarthy

Joseph Raymond McCarthy was a Republican U.S. Senator who represented Wisconsin for 10 years from 1947 to 1957. A highly ambitious politician he ...

Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin was one of the greatest leaders of the former Soviet Union and General Secretary of the Communist party of the Soviet Union ...

Joshua Chamberlain Joshua Chamberlain

Joshua Chamberlain was an American professor-turned-soldier who commanded the 20th Maine Regiment to glorious victory at Gettysburg during the ...

Josiah Bartlett Josiah Bartlett

Josiah Bartlett was an American physician and politician who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence on behalf of New Hampshire. As a ...

Josip Broz Tito Josip Broz Tito

Josip Broz Tito was a popular statesman, who served as a Yugoslav Partisan, which was Europe’s most effective anti-Nazi resistance movement. ...

Julius Caesar Julius Caesar

Regarded as ‘the greatest man of all ages’ by many, Julius Caesar is one of the most eternally fascinating figures in history. He was a ...

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Khan Abdul Ghaffar K...

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was a Pashtun independence activist and a spiritual leader nicknamed as “Frontier Gandhi” due to his political ...

Kim Dae Jung Kim Dae Jung

Kim Dae Jung, the fifteenth President of Korea is mainly known for his opposition to and lifelong struggle against the authoritarian rule in ...

Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Il

In the political history of leadership in North Korea, no other personality holds as much an importance as Kim Jong II, the Supreme Leader of ...

King James I of England and Ireland and VI of Scotland King James I

King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England was celebrated for eliminating years of strife in England as well as in Scotland, by ...

Kofi Annan Kofi Annan

Kofi Atta Annan, a diplomat from the West African country of Ghana was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations (UN) staff to serve ...

Kwame Nkrumah Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah and the members of his party, The Convention People’s Party, worked towards starting a peaceful uprising towards British rule by ...

L.K. Advani L. K. Advani

Lal Krishna Advani is an Indian politician and one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been the leader of the ...

Lal Bahadur Shastri Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri was an Indian political leader who served as the third Prime Minister of the Republic of India. Influenced by prominent ...

Lala Lajpat Rai Lala Lajpat Rai

Popularly known as Punjab Kesari or the Lion of Punjab, Lala Lajpat Rai was one of the greatest leaders of India, who actively took part in the ...

Lech Walesa Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa is a former president of Poland and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner. He is also a humanitarian and a co founder of ‘Solidarity’, the ...

Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky was one of the key revolutionaries in the history of Russia, who fought, alongside the likes of Lenin, for the liberation of the ...

Leonid Brezhnev Leonid Brezhnev

Leonid Brezhnev was a Communist Party official and a statesman of the former Soviet Union. He served as the leader of the Soviet Union for ...

Lincoln Davis Lincoln Davis

Lincoln Davis is a member of the Democratic Party in the United States of America and the former U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 4th ...

Lord Acton Lord Acton

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, better known as Lord Acton, was an English Catholic historian and politician who had once served as a Member ...

Lord Mountbatten Lord Mountbatten

A British statesman and naval officer, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten was a man of honor. Born with the title His Serene ...

Lord North Lord North

Popularly known by his title name Lord North, Frederick North was the Prime Minister of Great Britain who served from January 1770 to March ...

Luther Martin Luther Martin

Luther Martin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, was a lawyer and politician who had refused to sign the Constitution ...

Lyman Hall Lyman Hall

Lyman Hall was an American physician and statesman, best known as one of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence, ...

Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi was a major political and spiritual leader of India who led the country in the ...

Mahinda Rajapaksa Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan politician who served as the country’s 6th President. He was first sworn in as the president in November ...

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad served as the sixth President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and was one of the most prominent leaders of the Alliance of ...

Maithripala Sirisena Maithripala Sirisena

Maithripala Sirisena is a Sri Lankan politician who became the 7th President of Sri Lanka in January 2015. Prior to contesting in the ...

Mao Zedong Mao Zedong

Turn down the pages of Chinese history and one name that draws enough eyeballs, both for reasons right and wrong is Mao Zedong. Termed as the ...

Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey was a political activist, entrepreneur and orator of Jamaican origin. The harsh treatment that he received from his white friends ...

Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher

‘I fight on, I fight to win’ asserted Britain’s first female Prime Minister and leader of the British Conservative Party; and win she did. ...

Marion Barry Marion Barry

At a time when African-Americans were not permitted to voice their sentiments related to racism and equality, Marion Barry became one of those ...

Mark Kennedy Mark Kennedy

Mark Raymond Kennedy is an American businessman and politician. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant and went on to receive his ...

Mark White Mark White

A lawyer by profession, Mark White got involved in politics at an early age, and strived to improve the state of Texas in his capacity as the ...

Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren was an illustrious lawyer and a brilliant politician, who became the eighth President of the United States of America. He along ...

Matthew Thornton Matthew Thornton

Matthew Thornton was an Irish born American physician and legislator who was one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in ...

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Maulana Abul Kalam A...

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was the face of communal harmony in modern India. A renowned scholar and an active political leader, he had a ...

Mikhail Gorbachev Mikhail Gorbachev

A great statesman and an outstanding leader, Mikhail Gorbachev played a quintessential role in terminating the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin ...

Morarji Desai Morarji Desai

Morarji Desai’s contribution in the freedom struggle and later as a politician is unparalleled. Starting off as civil service employee in the ...

Moshe Dayan Moshe Dayan

Voted as ‘the 73rd-greatest Israeli of all time’, Moshe Dayan is believed to be one of the greatest generals of all time. He became a ...

Muhammad Ali Jinnah Muhammad Ali Jinnah

The founder and the first Governor General of the state of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was one of the most influential political leaders in ...

Kemal Ataturk Mustafa Kemal Atatur...

Kemal Ataturk was a revolutionary leader of Turkey who let the Turkish National Movement in the Turkish War of Independence and set up the ...

Nandan Nilekani Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is an Indian entrepreneur and one of the founders of the 'Infosys', the famous Indian IT company. He is a hero and an ...

Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte

The latter years of the French Revolution saw the emergence of a man who played a quintessential role in shaping the future of France – ...

Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela

Ironically, his baptized forename, ‘Rolihlahla’ meaning ‘troublemaker’, blended well with his personality over the growing years as ...

Nicholas II Nicholas II

The last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II was an infamous king who was executed at the age of 50. Ascending to the throne at the age of 26, after the ...

Nicolas Sarkozy Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy is a French politician who was President of France from 2007 to 2012. Prior to this, he took up various political positions, ...

Norman Thomas Norman Thomas

Norman Thomas, the American Presbyterian minister is best remembered for being the leader of the socialist movement in United States for more ...

Oliver Cromwell Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell was an English military and political leader. He started his political career as a Member of Parliament for Huntingdon. King ...

Oscar Arias Sanchez Oscar Arias Sanchez

Oscar Arias Sanchez is the present “Head of the State” and president of Costa Rica. Known for his excellent ruling and a popular organizer, ...

Otto Von Bismarck Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck was the driving force behind the unification of the German Empire, who successfully transformed an array of states into a ...

P. V. Narasimha Rao P. V. Narasimha Rao

P. V. Narasimha Rao was an Indian politician who served as the 10th Prime Minister of India. Under his administration several major economic ...

Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda may have evoked a number of controversies throughout his lifetime, but he still remains one of the most influential literati of the ...

Patrick Henry Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry was one of the leading figures of American Revolution and a prominent political founder who saw the formation of initial ...

Paul Keating Paul Keating

Paul John Keating was the 24th Prime Minister of Australia who held the post from December 1991 to March 1996. He had been in politics for long ...

Paul Martin, Sr Paul Martin, Sr

Paul Martin was a distinguished politician from Canada. He is also known as Paul Martin Sr., and was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. ...

Pervez Musharraf Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf is one of the most controversial political figures of Pakistan. He usurped the power through a coup wherein he dethroned the ...

Pierre Trudeau Pierre Trudeau

Pierre Trudeau was one of the iconic leaders of Canada who brought forth a new verve of energy in the country. It was his charismatic ...

Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II

‘Supreme Governor of the Church of England’ and ‘The Defender of the Faith’, Her Highness Queen Elizabeth II is the constitutional ...

Dr Rajendra Prasad Rajendra Prasad

Dr Rajendra Prasad was the first president of independent India. His life has been truly inspiring for all Indians. A lawyer by training and an ...

Ralph Bunche Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche was an American political scientist and diplomat and an active leader who contributed heavily in the Civil Rights Movements in the ...

Raul Castro Raul Castro

Raul Castro is the current President of Cuba and brother of the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Most of his life was spent under the ...

Richard Nixon Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon was a leader of the Republican Party and became the thirty-seventh President of the United States in 1968 and was subsequently ...

Robert F. Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Francis Kennedy was a famous politician of USA in the 1960s. He was the younger brother of the US President John F. Kennedy. He served ...

Robert Mugabe Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe is a former revolutionary and Zimbabwean politician and is best known for his struggles against the British, when Zimbabwe was ...

Robert Treat Paine Robert Treat Paine

Robert Treat Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America who signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of ...

Robert Winston Robert Winston

Robert Winston is arguably one of the most accomplished academicians and medical doctors present in the world. Adorned with various high profile ...

Ron Paul Ron Paul

Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul is a physician turned politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas multiple times. His ...

Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan

Turn the pages of history in the American politics and you are sure to find a name that changed the political and economic condition of the ...

Ross Perot Ross Perot

Ross Perot is a successful American businessman who became one of the wealthiest persons in the world after Dell bought his company, Pero ...

Rudy Giuliani Rudy Giuliani

Rudolph William Louis ‘Rudy’ Giuliani is a former American politician, lawyer, businessman and a public speaker. His public service career ...

Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein

When Saddam Hussein took over as the fifth President of Iraq, hardly did the world realize that an era of strife, war and communal violence ...

Salvador Allende Salvador Allende

Salvador Allende, the former president of Chile who served from 1970 to 1973, was the first Marxist to be democratically elected the president ...

Sam Houston Sam Houston

Samuel “Sam” Houston was an American soldier turned politician who played a key role in the creation of a separate state of Texas in the ...

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sardar Vallabhbhai P...

Popularly known as the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. A statesman of ...

Shirley Chisholm Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was a political leader with a strong moral sense and courage to stand up for her beliefs. She spent her childhood in Barbados ...

Silvio Berlusconi Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi was the longest serving post-war Prime Minister of Italy, who occupied the office for nine years in total, in three different ...

Simon Bolivar Simon Bolivar

Simon Bolivar is regarded as one of the most powerful figures in the history of South America, leading the liberation movement for six nations ...