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Historic List

List of Allowed Lesser Known Historic Figures

Updated December 15, 2021

Original List

Edwin Booth (Actor)

Cleisthenes (Political reformer)

Abram Petrovich Gannibal (Hannibal)

Dr. Edward Jenner (Physician scientist)

Ada Lovelace (Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace)

Fanny Mendelssohn (Musical composer)

Mansa Musa (Ruler of Mali)

Sequoyah (Creator of Cherokee writing system)

Murasaki Shikibu (Author)

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (Architect)

Expanded List

Sybil Ludington (American Revolutionary War messenger)

Nana Asma’u (Poet and Educator)

Alice Ball (Chemist)

Nancy Johnson (Inventor)

Joseph Storrs Fry (Inventor 1728 – 1787)

Grace O’Malley (Head of the Ó Máille Dynasty)

Jesse Williams (Farmer and Cheese maker)

Ignaz Sammelweis (Physician and scientist)

Emilia Casanova de Villaverde (Cuban political activist)

Deborah Sampson (American Revolutionary War soldier)

Margaret Knight (Inventor)

Joseph Bramah (Inventor)

Marie-Antoine Careme (Chef)

Harriet Quimby (Pilot)

Tycho Brahe (Astronomer)

Elizabeth Nutt (Printer)

Buffalo Calf Road Woman (Cheyenne Leader)

Elizabeth Blackwell (Physician)

George MacDonald (Author)

Joseph Grimaldi (Performer)

Samuel Ward Francis (Inventor)

Christine de Pizan (Poet & Author)

Timothy Dexter (Businessman)

Mary Anning (Paleontologist)

Juan Sebastian Elcano (Navigator)

Peter Francisco (American Revolutionary War soldier)

Elisha Gray (Electrical Engineer)

David Brewster (Physicist)

Kate Warne (Private Detective)

William Addis (Entrepreneur)

John Kemp Starley (Inventor)

John Muir (Mountaineer)

Nikola Bizumic (Inventor)

Phineas Gage (Construction Foreman)

Amelia Simmon (Cookbook Author)

Maria Sibylla Merian (Scientific Illustrator)

Miyamoto Musashi (Philosopher)

Mary Ann Brown Patten (Merchant Vessel Commander)

Aryabhata The Elder I (Mathematician)

Shajar Al-Durr (Sultana of Egypt)

Sir John Harington, Courtier

Wang Wei (Wei Wang) (Poet)

Zhang Heng (Heng Zhang) (Inventor)

Li Shizhen (Shizhen Li) (Scientist)

Huang Daopo (Huang Po) (Textile Expert)

Cai Lun (Lun Cai) (Inventor)

Xu Guangqi (Guangqi Xu) (Astronomer)

Simiao Sun (Sun Simiao) (Doctor)

Eunice Foote (Scientist)

Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck  (Hydrotherapist)

Charles De Lorme (Doctor)

William Caton (Fox/Fell) (Minister)

Amelia Bloomer (Humanitarian)

Zu Chongzhi (Astronomer)

Peter Henlein (Inventor)

Emily Warren Roebling (Engineer)

Dmitri Mendeleev (Chemist)

Aurelian (Emperor )

Metrodora (Physician)

Niccolo “Tartaglia” Fontana (Mathematician)

Napoleon Cybulski (Physiologist)

Vincenz Priessnitz (Hydrotherapist)

Anna Jurkovičová-Hurbanová (Actor)

Henryka Pustowojtowna (Activist)

Martha Maxwell (Naturalist)

Ignacy Lukasiewicz (Engineer)

Antoni Patek (Watchmaker)

Hercules Posey (Chef)

Franz Anton Mesmer (Physician)

Olympe de Gouges (Playwright)

Heo Nanseolheon (Painter and Poet)

Alphonse Pénaud (Designer)

Yi Bingheogak (Bingheogak Yi) (Author)

The deadline has passed to submit a name to the list. Thank you to all teams for being part of this new process! We hope you enjoy solving the problem and learning about historic people. Remember, when portraying your lesser-known figure be sure it is appropriate for all ages!