Leaders

From head-girl in school to a lieutenant in the army, leadership skills matter throughout life. It is said that leaders are not always born; sometimes people acquire the skills and talent eventually to become a leader. Whatever may be the case, leaders are crucial in bringing out the best and providing the much required guidance to their followers. The qualities of a good leader are often debated. It is often questioned if a dynamic personality, good management skills and a notable finesse in everything he or she does is enough to make a good leader. However, in addition to this a great leader often shows empathy towards his subordinates and encouragement for their skills and talent. A leader shows the way to a group but has to always remain humble and rooted. From Mahatma Gandhi to Abraham Lincoln, the whole world has needed a leader from time immemorial. A leader leads, helps to fight for our rights, revolt and bring about change and finally to achieve the impossible. Discover this space for the list of famous Leaders of the world with their biographies that include trivia and interesting facts about them and also tracing their timeline and life history.

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 1 Barack Obama

Barack Obama
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Famous As: 44th U.S. President
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has the distinction of being the first African-American president of the nation. A civil rights attorney and an academic, he has been credited with bringing about a significant improvement in America’s reputation abroad. His efforts to strengthen international diplomacy was recognized with the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

 2 John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy
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Famous As: 35th President of the United States
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 22, 1963

The 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy was a charismatic leader who, during his tenure, ably dealt with Cuban missile crisis, proposed public service programmes and lent support to the growing civil rights movement. Before becoming one of the youngest Presidents of the country, he served in the navy, U.S. House of Representatives and the US Senate.

 3 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
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Famous As: American President.
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 15, 1865

A self-educated lawyer, Abraham Lincoln rose from modest background to become one of the greatest presidents of America. The 16th president of the country, who is also known as Honest Abe and the Great Emancipator, played a crucial role in establishing a truly democratic government, abolished slavery, modernised economy and led the country during the American Civil War.

 4 Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton
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Famous As: Economist, Political Philosopher, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Birthdate: January 11, 1755
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Saint Kitts And Nevis, American
Died: July 12, 1804

Known as America’s one of the most influential Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and served as the first secretary of the treasury. He also fought in the American Revolutionary War and was considered as a leading votary of the strong central government.

 5 Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan
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Famous As: 40th U.S. President
Birthdate: February 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 5, 2004

An actor turned union leader turned politician, Ronald Wilson Reagan served as the 40th president of America. Hailed for his public speaking and communication skills, Reagan is one of the most popular Presidents of USA, mainly due to his ‘America First’ economic policies which led to a decrease in inflation and unemployment rates during his tenure.

 6 Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 24, 1965

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdoms, Winston Churchill, is known for successfully leading his country during the Second World War against the Nazi Germany. An officer in the British army, he also served as a war correspondent before venturing into politics. One of the most influential peoples in British history, Churchill was also an accomplished painter.

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 7 George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush
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Famous As: 41st U.S. President
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 1, 2018

The 41st president of the U.S, George H.W. Bush also twice served as the vice president of the country and held various other important political positions before assuming the presidency. During his presidency, he led successful military operation against Panama and Iraq which made him popular, but domestic issues prevented him from winning a second term at the office.

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 8 Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1945

 9 George Washington

George Washington
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Famous As: First U.S. President
Birthdate: February 22, 1732
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1799

America’s first president, George Washington led the country with integrity, firmness and prudence that made him one of the greatest presidents in American history. He became a national hero before assuming presidency, when he led the Continental Army to victory against the British during the American Revolution.

 10 Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi
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Famous As: Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: January 30, 1948

An Indian lawyer and anti-colonial nationalist, Mahatma Gandhi was a major figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He is renowned for his employment of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience methods. Despite his popularity, he had numerous detractors as well and was assassinated in 1948. He is widely considered the Father of the Nation in India.

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 11 Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ
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Famous As: Founder of Christianity
Birthdate: 0000 AD
First-century Jewish preacher Jesus, known as the Son of God, led to the formation of Christianity, the world’s largest religion. He was born to Joseph and the Virgin Mary. His miracles irked the Roman government, who then tried him and crucified him. Jesus later rose from the dead.

 12 Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
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Famous As: 26th U.S. President
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 6, 1919

The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is generally ranked as one of the five best presidents of the country. A man of many talents, he was a politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer. He supported  Progressive Era policies in the early 20th century and championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies.

 13 Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
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Famous As: 3rd U.S. President
Birthdate: April 13, 1743
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 1826

The 2nd Vice President and the 3rd President of America, Thomas Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers of USA and the principal draftsman of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was a staunch advocate of democracy and a strong believer of individual rights and religious freedom, despite the fact that he himself owned nearly 600 slaves.

 14 Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: April 8, 2013

United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister and also the longest serving Prime Minister in the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher served three consecutive terms in the office from 1979 till 1990. Her political views and leadership approach, known as Thatcherism, got her the nickname of Iron Lady. Though controversial, she prominently ranks high in the list of the best British Prime Ministers.

 15 Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa
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Famous As: Founder of Missionaries of Charity
Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Albanian, Indian
Died: September 5, 1997

An Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and a missionary, Mother Teresa was the founder of Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation. She was both an admired and controversial figure and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. While she was admired by many for her charitable work, she also earned criticism for her stance against abortion and contraception.

 16 Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Famous As: 34th U.S. President
Birthdate: October 14, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: March 28, 1969

The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower held office from 1953 to 1961. An army officer During World War II, he was part of many successful operations. He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and his two terms as president saw widespread economic prosperity in USA. He is ranked high among American presidents.

 17 Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter
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Famous As: 39th U.S. President
Birthdate: October 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of USA, is one of the rare Presidents whose legacy continues even after leaving office. He is known as a champion of human rights and a mediator of peace efforts across the world. His humanitarian works earned him the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

 18 Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
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Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa
Birthdate: July 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South African
Died: December 5, 2013
Revered as the Father of the Nation by the South Africans, Nelson Mandela was a statesman who rose to become the country’s first black head of state. He reconciled a nation divided along racial lines and dismantled the legacy of apartheid.

 19 Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy
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Famous As: Brother of President John F. Kennedy
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: June 6, 1968

Robert F Kennedy, the brother of the 35th US president John F Kennedy, was a politician who served as US Attorney General and as US Senator. He was known as a civil rights and human rights activist and fought against organised crime and the Mafia. He opposed America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was assassinated by a 24-year-old Palestinian.

 20 Gerald R. Ford

Gerald R. Ford
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Famous As: 38th U.S. President
Birthdate: July 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 26, 2006

 21 Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford
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Famous As: President of the USA
Birthdate: July 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 26, 2006

Gerald Ford Jr served as the 38th president of US from August 1974 to January 1977. His 895 day-long stint as the American president is the shortest in US history for any president who did not die in office. In a controversial act, he granted a presidential pardon to his predecessor Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.

 22 Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha
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Famous As: Founder of Buddhism
Birthdate: 0563 BC
Nationality: Nepalese
Died: 0483 BC

Gautama Buddha is said to have lived in the 5th to 4th century BC and is revered as the founder of Buddhism. He is said to have spread his teachings for around 45 years based on his insights regarding suffering, nirvana and cycle of birth and rebirth. He had a large following. He obtained ‘enlightenment’ in India’s Bodh Gaya.

 23 Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman
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Famous As: 33rd President of the United States
Birthdate: May 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 26, 1972

Harry Truman was the US president from 1945 to 1953 and his administration successfully guided the US economy through the post-war challenges. He established the Truman Doctrine to contain Soviet geopolitical expansion during the Cold War. He authorised the first and only use of nuclear weapons during a war when he sanctioned bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

 24 Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Ted Cruz is the US Senator from Texas since 2013. He also made a bid for the presidential office in 2016 when he threw in his hat for the nominee from the Republican party but ended as a runner-up and later on endorsed the Republican party candidate Donald Trump, who was ultimately elected President. 

 25 Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon
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Famous As: 37th President of the United States
Birthdate: January 9, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 22, 1994

Richard Nixon is the only American president in the history so far to resign from the office. His name is synonymous with the infamous Watergate scandal which led to his resignation. But his regime saw several positives too, such as end to the U.S involvement in the Vietnam War, improvement in the relationship with Soviet Union and China, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

 26 Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley
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Famous As: Governor of South Carolina
Birthdate: January 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Born to Indian immigrant parents, Nikki Haley went on to become the first Indian-American to hold an office in South Carolina and later became its governor—the first woman and second Indian American to be appointed governor in the US. A published author, she has also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

 27 Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson
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Famous As: 7th President of the United States
Birthdate: March 15, 1767
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 8, 1845

Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of USA. His presidential reign has been termed as Jacksonian democracy and witnessed the shift of political power from established elites to ordinary voters. Coming from humble beginnings, Jackson knew the struggle of the masses and thus, worked towards creating a more inclusive country.  His picture has been featured on the front side of $20 bill since 1928.

 28 Moses

Moses
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Famous As: Hebrew Religious Leader, Lawgiver, Prophet
Birthdate: 1391 BC
Nationality: Egyptian, Jordanian
Died: 1272 BC

A prominent prophet in Islam, Christianity, and the BaháΚΌí Faith among other Abrahamic religions, Moses is also the most important prophet in Judaism. One of the most important biblical characters, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments are fundamental to both Christianity and Judaism. The authorship of the Torah is also attributed to Moses.

 29 Martin Luther

Martin Luther
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Famous As: Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer
Birthdate: November 10, 1483
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: February 18, 1546

German monk Martin Luther challenged the dogmas of Roman Catholicism and the authority of the pope, in his Ninety-five Theses, and was thus excommunicated. His German translation of the Bible enriched the German culture, and his marriage set an example for clerical marriage. His teachings are now known as Lutherans.

 30 John Adams

John Adams
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Famous As: 2nd U.S. President
Birthdate: October 30, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 1826

One of the Founding Fathers of America, John Adams was a statesman, attorney, and diplomat who served as the second president of the United States. He was a principal leader of the American Revolution. As a lawyer, he was devoted to the right to counsel and presumption of innocence. His administration has been favorably ranked by historians and scholars.

 31 Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant
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Famous As: 18th U.S. President
Birthdate: April 27, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 1885

The 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant held office from 1869 to 1877. He led the Union Army as Commanding General of the United States Army during the American Civil War and was a war hero. As president, he stabilized the post-war national economy and created the Department of Justice. Historians generally recognize his presidential accomplishments.

 32 Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan
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Famous As: Khagan of the Mongol Empire
Birthdate: 1162 AD
Nationality: Mongolian
Died: August 18, 1227

The founder and first Great Khan and Emperor of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan is often considered to be the greatest conqueror of all time. A brutal ruler, he enjoyed exceptional military successes and occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China. Besides his military accomplishments, he is also credited with revitalizing the Mongol Empire's writing system.

 33 Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
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Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Birthdate: January 17, 1706
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, American
Died: April 17, 1790

Benjamin Franklin is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States as he was a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He was a writer, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, an accomplished diplomat and much more. He is a key figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.

 34 Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson
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Famous As: 28th U.S. President
Birthdate: December 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 3, 1924

From presidential cabin of Princeton University to presidential office of the White House, Woodrow Wilson ushered a series of progressive reforms that changed the American politics forever. The 28th President of USA, Woodrow Wilson introduced several ground-breaking policies including the Federal Reserve Act. He played a key role in founding the first intergovernmental organisation—the League of Nations—for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 35 Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev
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Famous As: Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Birthdate: March 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Russian

Born into a poor peasant family, Mikhail Gorbachev went on to become one of the most influential figures of the Soviet Union. He served in various positions, most notably as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He is regarded as one of the most prominent personalities of the 20th century.

 36 Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin
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Famous As: Former Governor of Alaska
Birthdate: February 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

In 2006, American politician Sarah Palin became the youngest and first female governor of Alaska. A couple of years later, she became the first Republican woman to become a vice presidential candidate. After resigning as the governor of Alaska, she got associated with Fox News, authored a number of books and also appeared in a reality television series. 

 37 Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover
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Famous As: 31st U.S. President
Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 20, 1964

The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, was sworn into the office in 1929, the year the Great Depression struck the American economy. Earlier, Hoover was a successful mining engineer and had earned a reputation of a humanitarian who fed numerous Europeans during and after WWI. His policies during the depression, though, could not provide relief to people.

 38 James Madison

James Madison
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Famous As: 4th President of the United States
Birthdate: March 16, 1751
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 28, 1836

James Madison played an important role in drafting the US Constitution and the US Bill of Rights and is hailed as the Father of the Constitution. He also co-wrote The Federalist Papers, considered to be a seminal work of political science. As president, he led the country into the 1812 war and historians place him as an above-average president.

 39 St Paul

St Paul
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Famous As: Religious Preacher
Birthdate: 0005 AD
Nationality: Italian, Turkish
Died: 0067 AD
Paul the Apostle, or Saint Paul, was a Christian apostle who disseminated Christ’s teachings and established Christian communities in Asia and Europe. Of the 27 books in the New Testament, about 14 are said to be authored by Paul, though only seven are said to be genuinely written by him.

 40 Paul of Tarsus

Paul of Tarsus
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0005 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 0064 AD

 41 Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
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Famous As: Empress of Russia
Birthdate: May 2, 1729
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian
Died: November 17, 1796

The Empress of Russia for almost 35 years, Catherine the Great was the country's longest-ruling female leader. An ambitious ruler, she rapidly expanded the Russian Empire and is credited with modernizing the country along Western European lines. She supported the ideals of the Enlightenment and the period of her rule—the Catherinian Era—is considered the Golden Age of Russia.

 42 Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 7, 1962

Feminist and civil rights icon Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the longest-serving U.S First Lady. She was a prominent human rights activist, wrote columns, and hosted a radio show. She was named to Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century in 1999.

 43 Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson - 17 President of the United States of America From April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869
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Famous As: 17th U.S. President
Birthdate: December 29, 1808
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: July 31, 1875

The 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency while serving as the vice president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Born in poverty, Andrew Johnson did not attend school. However, he worked his way up to become a prominent politician—an inspiring story indeed!

 44 John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams
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Birthdate: July 11, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 23, 1848

The sixth president of the United States of America John Quincy Adams played a key role in shaping America during its formative years. He helped develop the Monroe Doctrine, which eventually became a vital tenet of the U.S. foreign policy. He is also widely regarded as one of the greatest secretaries of state and diplomats in the American history.

 45 Louis XIV of France

Louis XIV of France
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Famous As: King of France
Birthdate: September 5, 1638
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: September 1, 1715

Louis XIV of France reigned as the King of France from 1643 to 1715. Louis XIV is the longest-reigning monarch of a sovereign country in the history of Europe. Under his rule, France often asserted its military prowess and emerged as the most dominant European monarchy. His life inspired several films, such as The Taking of Power by Louis XIV.

 46 George Patton

George Patton
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: November 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German, American
Died: December 21, 1945

George Patton was a general of the US Army, remembered for his work as a commander of the Seventh United States Army during World War II. He is also remembered for commanding the Third Army in the Western Front in June 1944 after the Allied invasion of Normandy. His life and work inspired the 1970 epic biographical war film Patton.

 47 George S. Patton

George Smith Patton, Jr.
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: November 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 21, 1945

 48 Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 49 Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 50 Augustus

Augustus
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Famous As: Roman roman emperor
Birthdate: September 23, 0063
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: August 19, 0014

Augustus, the first Emperor of the Roman Empire, ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD. He transformed Rome from a republic to an empire after Julius Caesar’s assassination. He annexed new territories, brought about peace and prosperity and laid the foundation of an empire that lasted for nearly 1500 years. Historians regard him as an effective but controversial leader.

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