Famous American Spies

Did you know that the spy films that you just can’t get much of are actually more or less virtual presentation from real life episodes? Do you know that howsoever it may seem to be too good to be true, spies actually exist? Though Hollywood has glorified the image of spies in the virtual world, spies in the real world rarely get their worth. They risk their life for their country and play the greatest role in gathering valuable information both for peace and war but rarely get acknowledged for their deeds. Every country in the world has its own list of spies who have given much to their nation at the cost of even death and their American counterparts are no less. While talking of American spies the first name that strikes the mind is that of Nathan Hale. He is famously known as the first American spy. Hale voluntarily served as espionage during the Battle of Long Island. Other prominent names include James Armistead Lafayette who became the first African American double agent, Belle Boyd who served during the American civil war. Check this segment and find out in detail about famous American spies who provided top-secret classified information to America about their rival nations and groups.

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 1 Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: June 6, 1755
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coventry, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 22, 1776

 2 Robert Hanssen

Robert Hanssen
Birthdate: April 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Robert Hanssen is a former FBI agent who was convicted of spying against the U.S., for the Russian intelligence agencies. Hanssen reportedly sold countless classified documents containing U.S. nuclear and military strategies. He pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. He eventually received 15 life sentences, without parole.

 3 Ethel Rosenberg

Ethel Rosenberg
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: September 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 19, 1953
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 4 Aldrich Ames

Aldrich Ames
Famous As: Former CIA Officer & Agent for the Soviet Union & Russia
Birthdate: May 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: River Falls, Wisconsin

Aldrich Ames is a former CIA officer who later became a KGB double agent. He was convicted of spying and is currently serving a life sentence. He allegedly worked as a Soviet spy and revealed classified CIA data. He inspired the 1998 film Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within.

 5 Clyde Tolson

Clyde Tolson
Famous As: Associate Director of the FBI
Birthdate: May 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laredo, Missouri, United States
Died: April 14, 1975

 6 Virginia Hall

Virginia Hall
Famous As: Espionage agent
Birthdate: April 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: July 8, 1982
Virginia Hall worked as a spy, with the U.K. and the U.S., in France during World War II, under the alias Marie and Diane. Her main objective was to conduct espionage for the Allies, against the Nazi regime and the Axis powers. After the war ended, she joined the CIA.

 7 E. Howard Hunt

E. Howard Hunt
Famous As: Author, Intelligence officer
Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, New York, United States
Died: January 23, 2007
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 8 Peggy Shippen

Peggy Shippen
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: July 11, 1760
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 24, 1804

 9 Theodore Hall

Theodore Hall
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 1, 1999

 10 James Armistead Lafayette

James Armistead Lafayette
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: December 10, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Kent County, Virginia, or Elizabeth City
Died: August 9, 1830

 11 Noshir Gowadia

Noshir Gowadia
Famous As: Spy, Engineer
Birthdate: April 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 12 David Greenglass

David Greenglass
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: March 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: July 1, 2014

 13 Edwin P. Wilson

Edwin P. Wilson
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nampa, Idaho, United States
Died: September 10, 2012

 14 Belle Boyd

Belle Boyd
Famous As: Confederate Spy in the American Civil War
Birthdate: May 9, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Martinsburg, Virginia
Died: June 11, 1900

 15 Miles Copeland, Jr.

Miles Copeland, Jr.
Famous As: Musician, businessman, CIA founder
Birthdate: July 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: January 14, 1991

 16 Elizabeth Van Lew

Elizabeth Van Lew
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: October 12, 1818
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: September 25, 1900

 17 Rose O'Neal Greenhow

Rose O'Neal Greenhow
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: 1814 AD
Birthplace: Montgomery County, Maryland, United States
Died: October 1, 1864

 18 Sarah Emma Edmonds

Sarah Emma Edmonds
Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: November 30, 1841
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magaguadavic, Canada
Died: September 5, 1898

 19 Sam Davis

Sam Davis
Famous As: Spy, Soldier
Birthdate: October 6, 1842
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 27, 1863

 20 Lydia Barrington Darragh

Lydia Barrington Darragh
Famous As: War Heroine
Birthdate: 1729 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 28, 1789

 21 Edward Bancroft

Edward Bancroft
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 20, 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Westfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 7, 1821

 22 John Honeyman

John Honeyman
Famous As: Spy primarily responsible for spreading disinformation and gathering the intelligence crucial to Washington's victory in the Battle of Trenton
Birthdate: 1729 AD
Birthplace: Armagh, Ireland
Died: August 18, 1822

 23 Lafayette C. Baker

Lafayette C. Baker
Famous As: Investigator
Birthdate: October 13, 1826
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stafford, New York, United States
Died: July 3, 1868

 24 Herbert Philbrick

Herbert Philbrick
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: May 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rye, New Hampshire, United States
Died: August 16, 1993

 25 Frank Sturgis

Frank Sturgis
Famous As: Spy, Criminal
Birthdate: December 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 4, 1993

 26 Ralph McGehee

Ralph McGehee
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: United States
Died: May 2, 2020

 27 Benjamin Thomas Wolf

Benjamin Thomas Wolf
Famous As: Former FBI Agent
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Kent, Ohio

 28 Robert J. Lamphere

Robert J. Lamphere
Famous As: Intelligence officer
Birthdate: February 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wardner, Idaho, United States
Died: January 7, 2002