Famous American Revolutionaries

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United States of America today is far, far different from what it was decades back. Like every other country in the world, US had its own set of problems and glitches that it was dealing with before becoming a super power and a world leader. Its celebrated status and powerful political, economic and social standing is the result of the revolutionary work of American activists who helped the country gain an envious position globally. At present a superpower, America once was under the authority of the Great Britain. Had it not been for the American revolutionaries who rejected the British monarchy and aristocracy, America wouldn’t exude a global influence that it does. The period between 1765 and 1783 marked the American Revolution. It was the result of the American revolution that a new constitution was created which established a strong federal system for America. Some of the American revolutionaries who contributed in America’s struggle for freedom include James Wilkinson, Jonathan Plowman Jr, Samuel Edward Konkin III, Fred Hampton, Daniel Penfield and so on. Check this section to find out more about the life and works of American revolutionaries.
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Huey P. Newton
(Political Activist, Revolutionary Leader and Co-Founder of the ‘Black Panther Party’)
Huey P. Newton
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Birthdate: February 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Died: August 22, 1989

Huey P. Newton was an African-American civil and political rights activist. He is credited with co-founding The Black Panther Party (BPP), which went on to become one of black movement's most influential organizations of the late-1960s. The party, under Newton's leadership, founded more than 60 community support programs, including Free Breakfast for Children, which provided food to thousands of children.

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John Paul Jones
(United States' First Well-Known Naval Commander in the American Revolutionary War)
John Paul Jones
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Birthdate: July 6, 1747
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: July 18, 1792
John Paul Jones was an American Revolutionary War naval commander. Named the Father of the American Navy, he was part of the Continental Navy against the Kingdom of Great Britain. He later joined the Imperial Russian Navy and became a rear admiral. His life later inspired an Alexandre Dumas novel.
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Éamon de Valera
(Former President of Ireland)
Éamon de Valera
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Birthdate: October 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 29, 1975

Irish statesman Éamon de Valera served as the 3rd President of Ireland from 1959 to 1973. An influential political leader in 20th-century Ireland, he played a key role in introducing the Constitution of Ireland. Prior to becoming the president, he served as Taoiseach on three different occasions. He was an austere, stern, and unbending figure.

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Chief Joseph
(Nez Perce leader)
Chief Joseph
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Birthdate: March 3, 1840
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wallowa River
Died: September 21, 1904

Chief Joseph, a leader of the Nez Percé tribe of Native Americans, had initially agreed to the U.S. demand of them moving into a reservation in Idaho. However, fearing retaliation after his men killed a few whites, he attempted an escape to Canada, leading his people through an arduous trek.

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Ethan Allen
(Revolutionary War Hero)
Ethan Allen
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Birthdate: January 21, 1738
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 12, 1789

As a child, Ethan Allen was fond of deciphering passages from the Bible. He grew up to co-establish Vermont and led the Green Mountain Boys during the American Revolutionary War. After failing to achieve Vermont’s separation from New York, he tried to unite Vermont with Canada.

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Sybil Ludington
(American Revolutionary War Heroine)
Sybil Ludington
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Birthdate: April 5, 1761
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ludingtonville, New York, United States
Died: February 26, 1839

Born to a militia officer, Sybil Ludington later made history with her fearless resistance to the British during the American Revolutionary War. Most of her statues today find her perched on a horse, in a tribute to her night-long horseback ride to inform American soldiers of an impending British attack.

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Thomas Paine
(Founding Father of the United States)
Thomas Paine
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Birthdate: January 29, 1737
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thetford, England
Died: June 8, 1809

English-born American political activist, philosopher, and revolutionary, Thomas Paine, is credited to have penned some of the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution. His works inspired the common people of America and motivated them to fight for independence from British rule. He was ostracized for criticizing Christianity and died a lonely man.

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Francisco de Miranda
(Venezuelan Revolutionary and Military Leader)
Francisco de Miranda
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Birthdate: March 28, 1750
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Died: July 14, 1816

Francisco de Miranda was a Venezuelan revolutionary and military leader. He is considered a predecessor of Simón Bolívar, who liberated much of South America during the Spanish American wars of independence. Miranda is best remembered for his role in three major political movements of his time: the French Revolution, the American Revolutionary War, and the Spanish American Wars of Independence. 

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James Wilkinson
(American Soldier and 1st Governor of Louisiana Territory (1805 - 1807))
James Wilkinson
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Birthdate: March 24, 1757
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charles County, Maryland, United States
Died: December 28, 1825

James Wilkinson served the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and also revealed Aaron Burr’s conspiracy to the U.S. government. While he worked against the Spanish people as part of the U.S. army, he was later revealed to be a Spanish spy, also known as Number Thirteen.

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Juan Seguín
(Former Mayor of San Antonio (1834 - 1835, 1841 - 1842))
Juan Seguín
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Birthdate: October 27, 1806
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Texas, United States
Died: August 27, 1890

Tejano revolutionary Juan Seguín was a significant part of the revolution for the independence of Texas. The son of one of the drafters of the Mexican constitution, he grew up to become the mayor of San Antonio and also led the Republic of Texas as an elected senator.

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Gabriel Prosser
(Blacksmith)
Gabriel Prosser
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Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 10, 1800

One of the rare literate slaves of the colonial era, Gabriel Prosser was born into slavery at a tobacco plantation in Virginia. He led one of the first great slave revolutions of the U.S., aspiring to create an all-Black state, with himself as the king. He was eventually hanged.

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Carl Schurz
(13th United States Secretary of the Interior (1877 - 1881))
Carl Schurz
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Birthdate: March 2, 1829
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Erftstadt, Germany
Died: May 14, 1906

Carl Schurz was a German-born American statesman, reformer, and journalist. After immigrating to the USA during the German revolutions of 1848–49, Schurz became an important member of the Republican Party. He also helped found the Liberal Republican Party which was organized to oppose the reelection of Ulysses S. Grant.  

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Baruch Goldstein
(Physician, Murderer)
Baruch Goldstein
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Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 1994

Born in New York, Baruch Goldstein had a medical degree and later moved to Israel as a doctor for the IDF. After firing at a crowd gathered in a Muslim prayer hall in Hebron, and thus killing 29 and injuring many, he was beaten to death by the survivors.

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Mary Hays
(Woman Who Fought in the American War of Independence at the Battle of Monmouth)
Mary Hays
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Birthdate: October 13, 1754
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 22, 1832

Mary Ludwig Hays, an American brave heart who is considered to have fought at the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778 during the American War of Independence, is mostly identified as the woman behind the legend of Molly Pitcher. She reportedly took her husband's place working a gun after he was wounded and brought water to troops at the battle  

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Timothy Murphy
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Birthdate: 1751 AD
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1818 AD

Irish-American sniper of the American Revolutionary War, Timothy Murphy was the man who inspired John Brick's novel The Rifleman. He is best remembered for his bravery at the Second Battle of Saratoga, in which he killed two British generals, aiming at them from a tree.

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Kintpuash
(Tribal chief)
Kintpuash
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Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Tule Lake, California, United States
Died: October 3, 1873
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Pascual Orozco
(Revolutionary)
Pascual Orozco
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Birthdate: January 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guerrero Municipality, Mexico
Died: August 30, 1915

Initially a muleteer at various mining companies, Pascual Orozco grew up to be a famous guerrilla leader from Chihuahua who made a significant contribution to the Mexican Revolution. Though he initially helped Francisco I. Madero depose Porfirio Díaz, he later sided with Victoriano Huerta in a coup against Madero.

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Betty Zane
(Heroine)
Betty Zane
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Birthdate: July 19, 1765
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States
Died: August 23, 1823

Betty Zane is remembered as the heroine of the second siege of Fort Henry that took place in September 1782, during the American Revolutionary War. She volunteered and thrived in carrying gunpowder from her brother’s home to the fort when the garrison was running low on ammunition, thus allowing them to continue to fight and hold the fort.

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Abraham Clark
(Politician, Lawyer)
Abraham Clark
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Birthdate: February 15, 1726
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elizabeth
Died: September 15, 1794

American politician and slaveholder Abraham Clark, a Revolutionary War figure who earned the reputation as "the poor man's councilor," signed the United States Declaration of Independence as a delegate for New Jersey to the Continental Congress. He later served as Member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey's At-large district in both the Second and Third United States Congress.

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Abraham Whipple
(Revolutionary Commander)
Abraham Whipple
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Birthdate: September 26, 1733
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island
Died: May 27, 1819

Abraham Whipple, an American Revolutionary War commander in the Continental Navy is counted among the brave hearts who fought for America’s freedom from British colonial rule. His achievements include attacking and burning the British customs schooner HMS Gaspee, and commanding privateer Game Cock that captured 23 French ships in six months. He was also a founding pioneer of Marietta, Ohio.

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Ann Bailey
(American Revolutionary Who Served in the Fights of the 'American Revolutionary War' and the 'Northwest Indian War')
Ann Bailey
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Birthdate: 1742 AD
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 22, 1825

A legend during the American Revolutionary War, Ann Bailey was a British-born American woman, who took up arms to become a frontier scout, messenger and spy. She became a heroine when during the seize of Fort Lee, she made a hundred miles single-person ride through host of besiegers and forestland to get powder supply and thus saved the Clendenin's Settlement.

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John Gates
(American Communist)
John Gates
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Birthdate: 1913 AD
Died: May 23, 1992

American Communist businessman John "Johnny" Gates is best-remembered as one of those who made attempt but failed in liberalising the Communist Party USA. He headed the Young Communist League. He was among the 11 communist leaders who were convicted in Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders in 1949 and sentenced to five years in prison.

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Senya Fleshin
(Anarchist revolutionary and photographer)
Senya Fleshin
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Birthdate: December 19, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: June 19, 1981
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Ralph Randolph Gurley
(Abolitionist)
Ralph Randolph Gurley
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Birthdate: May 26, 1797
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lebanon, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 30, 1872

Considered one of the founders of Liberia, a name he himself coined, Ralph Randolph Gurley was an American clergyman and abolitionist, who believed in separation of races. A major force behind American Colonization Society, he worked to relocate freeborn blacks and emancipated slaves to society’s colony in West Africa. He visited the area thrice and drafted plans for its governance.