Leaders From New York

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New York has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Kathy Hochul, F. D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and others.
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Theodore Roosevelt
(26th President of the United States (1901-1909))
Theodore Roosevelt
110
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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.

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F. D. Roosevelt
(32nd President of the United States)
F. D. Roosevelt
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Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 12, 1945

F D Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States and was in the office from 1933 to1945. Qualified as a lawyer, he entered politics as an ambitious young man, inspired by his relative Theodore Roosevelt, a fellow politician. F D Roosevelt had an illustrious political career and is rated by scholars among the nation's greatest presidents.

 3 
Colin Powell
(The First African-American Secretary of State)
Colin Powell
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Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 18, 2021

A veteran politician who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. A member of the Republican Party, he was an army man prior to entering politics. He was a  four-star general at the time of his retirement. After leaving politics, he pursued a career as a public speaker.

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Martin Van Buren
(8th President of the United States (1837-1841))
Martin Van Buren
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Birthdate: December 5, 1782
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 24, 1862

Martin Van Buren was an American statesman credited with co-founding the Democratic Party, one of the world's oldest and contemporary political parties. He served as the eighth president of the US and later became a prominent anti-slavery abolitionist leader. He also played a key role in forming the two-party system in the US.

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Jeanine Pirro
(American Conservative Television Host and A Former New York State Judge)
Jeanine Pirro
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Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

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Harvey Milk
(American Politician and First Openly Gay Man to be Elected to a Public Office in California)
Harvey Milk
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Birthdate: May 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 27, 1978
LGBT rights activist Harvey Milk became California’s first openly gay elected official when he became a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978. Milk and San Francisco mayor George Moscone were later assassinated by politician Dan White. Milk's story later inspired the 2008 biopic Milk.
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Millard Fillmore
(13th President of the United States (1850 - 1853))
Millard Fillmore
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Birthdate: January 7, 1800
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 8, 1874
Millard Fillmore was the U.S. president from 1850 to 1853, succeeding Zachary Taylor after his death. The last Whig U.S. president, Fillmore had previously been a representative from New York’s 32nd District and the U.S. vice president. He played a crucial role in the passage of the Compromise of 1850.
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Shirley Chisholm
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 12th District (1969 - 1983))
Shirley Chisholm
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Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 1, 2005

A courageous political leader, Shirley Chisholm made history when she became the first African-American woman to be elected the United States Congresswoman. Later, she yet again created history when she—though unsuccessfullyVran for Democratic Party's presidential nomination to contest for US presidency. Throughout her career, she advocated racial equality and women empowerment. As an author, she penned two books.

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David Petraeus
(4th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2011 - 2012))
David Petraeus
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Birthdate: November 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
David Petraeus was the director of the CIA from 2011 till his resignation in 2012 due to his extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. He was also charged with mishandling classified information. He had previously been the commander of U.S. Central Command and of the International Security Assistance Force
 10 
Al Franken
(Former United States Senator from Minnesota (2009 - 2018))
Al Franken
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Birthdate: May 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini

Al Franken served as the U.S. senator from Minnesota, from 2009 to 2018. He has also gained fame as a Saturday Night Live writer, has authored several bestsellers, has hosted The Al Franken Show on radio, and has starred in screen projects such as Stuart Saves His Family.

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John Jay
(1st Chief Justice of the United States (1789 - 1795))
John Jay
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Birthdate: December 12, 1745
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 17, 1829

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States who signed the famous Paris Treaty, John Jay was best known as the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, although he occupied various other important public positions. He was a diplomat, who shaped his country’s foreign policy. He passed legislation to gradually abolish slavery, but he himself owned five enslaved people.

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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
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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Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
(Military Leader)
Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
5
Birthdate: September 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 12, 1944
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Ed Koch
(105th Mayor of New York City)
Ed Koch
7
Birthdate: December 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 1, 2013
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George Clinton
(4th Vice President of the United States)
George Clinton
4
Birthdate: July 26, 1739
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 20, 1812

George Clinton is one of the pioneers of funk music. He initially released multiple hits with the collective Parliament-Funkadelic and then launched a solo career with the album Computer Games and the singles Loopzilla and Atomic Dog. He has also lent his voice to the TV movie Freaknik: The Musical.

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Elise Stefanik
(Politician)
Elise Stefanik
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Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Kirsten Gillibrand
(United States Senator from New York)
Kirsten Gillibrand
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Birthdate: December 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Lawyer and politician Kirsten Gillibrand is a member of the Democratic Party. Since 2009, she has served as the junior United States Senator from New York. An alumnus of the UCLA School of Law, she practiced law for a few years before entering politics. She is known for speaking against sexual harassment.

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William H. Seward
(Former United States Secretary of State)
William H. Seward
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Birthdate: May 16, 1801
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 10, 1872
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George P. Shultz
(Economist)
George P. Shultz
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Birthdate: December 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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David Eisenhower
(Writer and Grandson of Former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower)
David Eisenhower
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Birthdate: March 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries

Author, academic, and public policy fellow David Eisenhower teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted book Eisenhower at War: 1943-1945, he is the grandson of former U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower and the son of John Eisenhower. He is also the son-in-law of Richard Nixon.

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Lewis Nixon
(Was a United States Army officer who, during World War II)
Lewis Nixon
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Birthdate: September 30, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 11, 1995
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Meg Whitman
(Former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
Meg Whitman
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Birthdate: August 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Meg Whitman has previously been the CEO of HP and eBay. She has also been associated with companies such as The Walt Disney Company and P&G. She was part of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns and also ran for California’s governor in 2010. She later supported Joe Biden’s presidential run.
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Bob Menendez
(Political Leader)
Bob Menendez
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Birthdate: January 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Howard Dean
(Former Governor of Vermont)
Howard Dean
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Birthdate: November 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Jay Rockefeller
(Former United States Senator from West Virginia (1985 - 2015))
Jay Rockefeller
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Birthdate: June 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini

Jay Rockefeller has been the U.S. senator from West Virginia from 1985 to 2015. He has also chaired the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is the great-grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, and became the first Democrat in a prominently Republican household.

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William Weld
(Lawyer)
William Weld
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Birthdate: July 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
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Mario Cuomo
(52nd Governor of New York)
Mario Cuomo
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Birthdate: June 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 1, 2015
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Alfred Emanuel Smith
(42nd Governor of New York (1923-28))
Alfred Emanuel Smith
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Birthdate: December 30, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 4, 1944
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George Pataki
4
Birthdate: June 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Philip Sheridan
(Military Officer)
Philip Sheridan
3
Birthdate: March 6, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 5, 1888
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Benjamin Tallmadge
(Military Leader)
Benjamin Tallmadge
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Birthdate: February 25, 1754
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 7, 1835
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Philip John Schuyler
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Birthdate: November 20, 1733
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 18, 1804
 33 
Jack Lew
(76th United States Secretary of the Treasury (2013-17))
Jack Lew
5
Birthdate: August 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
 34 
David Paterson
(Politician)
David Paterson
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Birthdate: May 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
 35 
Yonatan Netanyahu
('Israel Defense Forces' Officer Best Remembered for Commanding 'Operation Entebbe')
Yonatan Netanyahu
4
Birthdate: March 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 4, 1976

Yonatan Netanyahu was an Israel Defense Forces officer best remembered for commanding Sayeret Matkal, an elite commando unit, during Operation Entebbe. The operation, which was a planned mission to rescue hostages at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, was successful. However, Yonatan Netanyahu was killed in action. His life and career inspired the 2012 film Follow Me.

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Charles Evans Hughes
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Birthdate: April 11, 1862
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 27, 1948
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Donald Trump
(45th President of the United States (2017 - 2021))
Donald Trump
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Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini

The former President of the United States, Donald Trump was arguably the most controversial president in the American history. He has been characterised as racist and his actions and policies divided America like never before. He lost his bid for re-election to Joe Biden in a bitterly fought election .

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Bernie Sanders
(United States Senator from Vermont)
Bernie Sanders
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Birthdate: September 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo

The current junior US Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders is the longest-serving nonpartisan politician in the history of the United States Congress. Sanders is an ardent advocate of progressive policies and is well-known for his opposition to neoliberalism and economic inequality. He also supports paid parental leave, universal and single-payer healthcare, and labor rights.

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W Averell Harriman
(Former Governor of New York)
W Averell Harriman
3
Birthdate: November 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 26, 1986
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Paul Martin
(21st Prime Minister of Canada (2003 - 2006))
Paul Martin
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Birthdate: August 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo

Though a qualified lawyer, Paul Martin never practiced law. He focused on business instead and purchased the domestic-freight carrier Canada Steamship Lines. He later joined the Liberal Party and also served as the prime minister of Canada. He has also received awards such as the Companion of the Order of Canada.

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John Lindsay
(Mayor of New York City (1966-73))
John Lindsay
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Birthdate: November 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 19, 2000
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Sean Spicer
(30th White House Press Secretary)
Sean Spicer
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Birthdate: September 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra

Sean Spicer is an American political aide. In 2017, Spicer served as the White House Communications Director and as White House Press Secretary under President Donald Trump. He also served as the Republican National Committee's chief strategist between 2015 and 2017. His press conferences have been satirized on Saturday Night Live.

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Janet Napolitano
(Politician)
Janet Napolitano
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Birthdate: November 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Chuck Schumer
(Politician)
Chuck Schumer
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Birthdate: November 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Leland Stanford
(Entrepreneur)
Leland Stanford
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Birthdate: March 9, 1824
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 21, 1893
 46 
Jeh Johnson
(Lawyer)
Jeh Johnson
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Birthdate: September 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
 47 
Alfred Thayer Mahan
(Naval Officer)
Alfred Thayer Mahan
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Birthdate: September 27, 1840
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 1, 1914
 48 
Charlie Baker
(72nd Governor of Massachusetts)
Charlie Baker
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Birthdate: November 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Charlie Baker is an American businessman and politician. Since 2015, Baker has been serving as the governor of Massachusetts. Widely regarded as a popular governor, Charlie Baker has been playing an important role in the community and economic development of Massachusetts. 

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Barbara Boxer
(Politician)
Barbara Boxer
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Birthdate: November 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Leslie Groves
(United States Army Officer in Charge of the Construction of 'The Pentagon' and Director of 'The Manhattan Project')
Leslie Groves
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Birthdate: August 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 13, 1970

US Army officer Leslie Groves is best remembered for his association with the Manhattan Project, which was aimed at developing atom bombs during World War II. He was also in-charge of building a place to house the War Department’s staff in a structure that later became the Pentagon.