Find out more about the greatest American Biographers, including Washington Irving, David McCullough, Ida Tarbell, Robert Osborne and Garry Wills.
Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783
Author, Historian, Diplomat
David McCulloughDavid McCullough
07 July 1933
Author, Historian

Dorothy Bush KochDorothy Bush Koch
18 August 1959
Author

Henry AdamsHenry Adams
16 February 1838
Historian

John George NicolayJohn George Nicolay
26 February 1832
Biographer

Chesley SullenbergerChesley Sullenberger
23 January 1951
Aviator
Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
12 November 1977
Author

Patty DukePatty Duke
14 December 1946
Actress

Sumner RedstoneSumner Redstone
27 May 1923
Businessman
Jon MeachamJon Meacham
20 May 1969
Journalist, Historian, Biographer

Carl BernsteinCarl Bernstein
14 February 1944
Journalist
Julie AdamsJulie Adams
17 October 1926
Actress

Paul FeigPaul Feig
17 September 1962
Actor

Karrine SteffansKarrine Steffans
24 August 1978
Writer

Jennifer O'NeillJennifer O'Neill
20 February 1948
Actress

Lacey SturmLacey Sturm
04 September 1981
Musician
Richard DonnerRichard Donner
24 April 1930
Director

Felicia PearsonFelicia Pearson
18 May 1980
Actress

Essie Mae Washington-WilliamsEssie Mae Washington-Williams
12 October 1925
Teacher

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
01 August 1949
Writer
Dave PelzerDave Pelzer
29 December 1960
Autobiographer

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
03 August 1922
Diplomat, Military historian, Author, Writer,
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
03 March 1949
Writer, Historian, Journalist, Biographer

Christopher LawfordChristopher Lawford
29 March 1955
Writer

Frank ZaneFrank Zane
28 June 1942
Bodybuilder
James MeredithJames Meredith
25 June 1933
Writer

Lee IsraelLee Israel
03 December 1939
Author
David WilkersonDavid Wilkerson
19 May 1931
Evangelist

Walter IsaacsonWalter Isaacson
20 May 1952
Writer

Ann RuleAnn Rule
22 October 1931
Writer
Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
23 October 1958
Historian, Biographer

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Barbara BarrieBarbara Barrie
23 May 1931
Actress
Caitlin DoughtyCaitlin Doughty
19 August 1984
Funeral director

Robert CaroRobert Caro
30 October 1935
Journalist

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
03 May 1932
Actor, Television actor, Biographer, Film actor,

Jensen KarpJensen Karp
08 November 1979
Writer
Rona BarrettRona Barrett
08 October 1936
Journalist
Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
19 September 1968
Radio personality, Biographer, Journalist

Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
07 December 1950
Spiritual Leader

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
05 June 1887
Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher,

Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
10 April 1979
Author
Charles Francis Adams Sr.Charles Francis Adams Sr.
18 August 1807
Writer

John LahrJohn Lahr
12 July 1941
Biographer, Journalist

Carole SimpsonCarole Simpson
07 December 1941
Broadcaster

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
08 April 1869
Physician, Neuroscientist, Neurosurgeon, Academic,

Garry WillsGarry Wills
22 May 1934
Historian, Biographer
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
02 April 1941
Historian, University teacher, Biographer

James FarleyJames Farley
30 May 1888
Politician
Randy ShiltsRandy Shilts
08 August 1951
Author

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
01 April 1922
Author

Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
01 October 1914
Librarian, Historian, Writer, Sociologist, Lawyer,
Leon Leonwood BeanLeon Leonwood Bean
13 October 1872
Inventor

William Allen WhiteWilliam Allen White
10 February 1868
Editor
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
18 October 1878
Historian of the modern age, Historian, Biographer

Irving StoneIrving Stone
14 July 1903
Writer

Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
26 October 1961
Historian, Author, Journalist, Writer, Biographer

Peter MaasPeter Maas
27 June 1929
Journalist

Douglas Southall FreemanDouglas Southall Freeman
16 May 1886
Historian
Louis UntermeyerLouis Untermeyer
01 October 1885
Author

Clarence DayClarence Day
18 November 1874
Author

David Herbert DonaldDavid Herbert Donald
01 October 1920
Historian

Mason Locke WeemsMason Locke Weems
11 October 1759
Author
Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
14 September 1857
Journalist, Poet, Biographer, Feminist

Richard EllmannRichard Ellmann
15 March 1918
American scholar
Franklin Benjamin SanbornFranklin Benjamin Sanborn
15 December 1831
Journalist

Sloan WilsonSloan Wilson
08 May 1920
Writer

Francis H. UnderwoodFrancis H. Underwood
12 January 1825
Writer
Cornelia Otis SkinnerCornelia Otis Skinner
30 May 1899
Author

Josephine Shaw LowellJosephine Shaw Lowell
16 December 1843
Biographer
Mari SandozMari Sandoz
11 May 1896
Novelist

Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
14 March 1921
Journalist, Writer, Biographer, Curator

Thomas E. GaddisThomas E. Gaddis
14 September 1908
Author
Clifford Whittingham BeersClifford Whittingham Beers
30 March 1876
Author

Frank ConroyFrank Conroy
15 January 1936
Author
Karl ShapiroKarl Shapiro
10 November 1913
Poet

Samuel Ringgold WardSamuel Ringgold Ward
17 October 1817
Author

Carl Van DorenCarl Van Doren
10 September 1885
Critic

Dumas MaloneDumas Malone
10 January 1892
Historian
Van Wyck BrooksVan Wyck Brooks
16 February 1886
Critic
Nina BerberovaNina Berberova
26 July 1901
Writer

Margaret C. AndersonMargaret C. Anderson
24 November 1886
Editor

Leon EdelLeon Edel
09 September 1907
Critic

Joseph PennellJoseph Pennell
04 July 1857
Artist
Moncure D. ConwayMoncure D. Conway
17 March 1832
Writer

Hervey AllenHervey Allen
08 December 1889
Writer, Novelist, Literary critic, Poet,

Walter Jackson BateWalter Jackson Bate
23 May 1918
Literary Critic

Justin KaplanJustin Kaplan
05 September 1925
Writer

Catherine Drinker BowenCatherine Drinker Bowen
01 January 1897
Witer
Tad SzulcTad Szulc
25 July 1926
Author

Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
01 April 1855
Essayist, Biographer
Mark HarrisMark Harris
19 November 1922
Novelist

Edgar SaltusEdgar Saltus
08 October 1855
Writer
Carlos BakerCarlos Baker
05 May 1909
Writer
Arthur GelbArthur Gelb
03 February 1924
Author