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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.

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 Springer Show’. ...

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 D. 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 futuristic ...

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 by ...

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 a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. She ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 – Napoleon ...

Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela

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

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 ...

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, ...

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 monarch and ...

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 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 ...

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 United ...

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

Slobodan Milosevic Slobodan Milosevic

Slobodan Milosevic is best remembered as the dictator and politician of the Serbian and Yugoslavia. He served as the President of Serbia from ...

Stephen F. Lynch Stephen F. Lynch

Stephen F. Lynch is an American politician who has been serving as a Representative in the United States House of Representatives, ...

Steve King Steven King

Steven Arnold “Steve” King is a Congressman who has been serving as the U.S. Representative for Iowa’s 4th congressional district since 2003. He ...

Subhas Chandra Bose Subhas Chandra Bose

A true revolutionary and an Indian nationalist leader, Subhas Chandra Bose is, undoubtedly, one of the prominent names that feature in the list ...

Sun Yat Sen Sun Yat Sen

Sun Yat-Sen was a major politician and a Chinese revolutionary who co founded the Kuomintang and served as its first leader. Known as the Father ...

Syama Prasad Mookerjee Syama Prasad Mookerj...

The man who founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), the predecessor of the modern day Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee ...

Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most eminent politicians of United States who went on to serve as the 26th President of the country. It would ...

Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was a major political leader and the third president of the United States serving from 1801 to 1809. He was also a co-founder ...

Tony Blair Tony Blair

Tony Blair (Anthony Charles Lynton Blair) was one of the youngest and the longest serving Prime Ministers of Britain, belonging to the Labour ...

Tunku Abdul Rahman Tunku Abdul Rahman

Sir Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah was the Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya from 1955 and ...

 V.K. Krishna Menon V. K. Krishna Menon

Brilliant, astute, and point blank, V.K. Krishna Menon was undoubtedly one of the most successful yet aggressive diplomats and statesmen from ...

Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Lenin

A communist philosopher, founder of the Soviet Republic and a devout follower of Marxist views, Vladimir Lenin is remembered as the leader of ...

William Ellery William Ellery

William Ellery was a merchant-cum-lawyer who along with Stephen Hopkins signed the famous U.S. Declaration of Independence on behalf of Rhode ...

William Ewart Gladstone William Ewart Gladst...

One of the most formidable men the history of UK politics, William Ewart Gladstone was the Prime Minster of United Kingdom four times. Known as ...

William Henry Harrison William Henry Harris...

Way before becoming the ninth President of the United States, William Henry Harrison had become a household name and a military hero. He managed ...

William Hooper William Hooper

William Hooper, one of the Founding Fathers of America, was a lawyer and politician who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence on behalf of ...

William Jennings Bryan William Jennings Bry...

Deemed as one of the “celebrity politicians” of the 20th century, William Jennings Bryan was a famous American politician during the last decade ...

Winston Churchill Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was one of the greatest politicians of the United Kingdom who went on to become the Prime Minister of the ...

Yasser Arafat Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat was a leader of the state of Palestine and 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority. The leader is also known as the ...

Yitzhak Rabin Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin was the 5th Prime Minister of Israel and served the country from 1974–1977 and from 1992 until his assassination in 1995. While ...

Yoshiro Mori Yoshiro Mori

Yoshiro Mori is a Japanese politician and former Prime Minister of Japan who served the country from the year 2000 to 2001 as its 85th and 86th ...

Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor served as the 12th president of the United States from the period 1849 to 1850. He was a successful military leader and his ...

Gyani Zail Singh Zail Singh

Gyani Zail Singh, who served as the seventh President of the Republic of India was the first Sikh to serve in this post. He was a very religious ...