Famous Home Educators

Constitutional Convention Delegates

Richard Basseti – Governor of Delaware

William Blount – U.S. Senator

George Clymer – U.S. Representative

William Few – U.S. Senator

Benjamin Franklin – Inventor and Statesman

William Houston – Lawyer

William S. Johnson – Columbia College President

William Livingston – Governor of New Jersey

James Madison – 4th President of the U.S.

George Mason – Justice of Virginia County Court

John Francis Mercer – U.S. Representative

Charles Pickney III – Governor of S. Carolina

John Rutledge – Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court

Richard D. Spaight – Governor of North Carolina

George Washington – 1st President of the U.S.

John Witherspoon – President of Princeton

George Wythe – Justice of Virginia High Court


U.S. Presidents

John Adams

John Quincy Adams

Grover Cleveland

James Garfield

William Henry Harrison

Andrew Jackson

Thomas Jefferson

Abraham Lincoln

James Madison

James Polk

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

John Tyler

George Washington

Woodrow Wilson


Konrad Adenauer

Henry Fountain Ashurst

William Jennings Bryan

Winston Churchill

Henry Clay

Pierre du Pont

Benjamin Franklin

Alexander Hamilton

Patrick Henry

William Penn

Daniel Webster


Religious Leaders

Joan of Arc

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

William Carey

Jonathan Edwards

Philipp Melancthon

Dwight L. Moody

John Newton

John Owen

Hudson Taylor

John & Charles Wesley

Brigham Young



William Clark – Lewis & Clark Expedition

Meriwether Lewis – Lewis & Clark Expedition

John Wesley Powell – Colorado River Expedition

Sir Ernest Shackleton – Antarctic Expedition


Wilson A. Bentley – "The Snowflake Man"

George Washington Carver – agricultural research

Pierre Curie – discovered radium

Albert Einstein – theoretical physicist

Paul Erdos – Hungarian mathematician

Michael Faraday – electrochemist

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes – French physicist

Oliver Heaviside – electromagnetism researcher

T.H. Huxley – biologist, zoologist, Darwinist

Ruth Lawrence – mathematician

Gilbert Newton Lewis – physical chemist

Ada Lovelace – founder of scientific computing

Benoit Mandelbrot – pioneer in fractal geometry

Blaise Pascal – French mathematician

Joseph Priestley – father of modern chemistry

Samuel C. C. Ting – Chinese American physicist

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky – Russian rocket scientist



Alexander Graham Bell – invented the telephone

John Moses Browning – firearms inventor/designer

Peter Cooper – built the first modern skyscraper, the first commercial locomotive, and patented the first gelatin dessert which was later named Jell-O

Thomas Edison – invented the stock ticker, mimeograph, phonograph, and electric light bulb

Benjamin Franklin – invented the lightning rod

Elias Howe – invented sewing machine

William Lear – airplane creator

Cyrus McCormick – invented grain reaper

Guglielmo Marconi – developed radio

Eli Whitney – invented the cotton gin

Sir Frank Whittle – invented turbo jet engine

Orville and Wilbur Wright – brothers who built the first successful airplane


William Blake – painter, engraver, poet

John Singleton Copley – American Colonial painter

Evelyn De Morgan – Pre-Raphaelite painter

Christian Grew – American Painter

Donal Hord – San Diego sculptor

Akiane Kramarik- 10-year-old art and poetry prodigy

Claude Monet – French Impressionist

Grandma Moses – American folk artist

Charles Willson Peale – American portrait artist

Lu Pinchang – ceramic sculptor

Leonardo da Vinci – Renaissance artist, sculptor

Andrew Wyeth – American realist painter

Jamie Wyeth – American realist painter



Johann Sebastian Bach – Baroque

Irving Berlin – Patriotic

Anton Bruckner – Symphonies

Noel Coward – Musicals

Felix Mendelssohn – Romantic

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical

John Porcaro – Experimental

Francis Poulenc – Choral

John Philip Sousa – “March King”



Amos Bronson Alcott – innovative teacher, father of Louisa May Alcott

Catharine Beecher – co-founder of the Hartford Female Seminary

Jill Ker Conway – first woman president of Smith College

Erik Demaine – associate professor of Computer Science at MIT

Timothy Dwight – President of Yale University

William Samuel Johnson – President of Columbia College

Horace Mann – "Father of the American Common School"

Charlotte Mason – Founder of Charlotte Mason College of Education

Joyce Reed – Associate Dean of the College, Brown University

Fred Terman – President of Stanford University

Frank Vandiver – President of Texas A&M University

Booker T. Washington – teacher and founder of Tuskegee Institute

John Witherspoon – President of Princeton University


Louisa May Alcott – author of Little Women

Hans Christian Anderson – fairy tale writer

Margaret Atwood – Canadian novelist, poet

Fawn M. Brodie – biographer

Pearl S. Buck – Nobel prize-winning author

William F. Buckley, Jr. – conservative writer

Willa Cather – American novelist

Agatha Christie – mystery author

Samuel Clemens – a.k.a. Mark Twain

Charles Dickens – British novelist

Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Charlotte Perkins Gilman – early feminist writer

Alex Haley – African-American novelist

Sharlot Hall – poet, writer, Arizona historian

Joshua Harris- pastor and author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye

Bret Harte – frontier California journalist

L. Ron Hubbard – science fiction writer

Helen Keller – blind and deaf author and lecturer

Rose Wilder Lane – journalist, ghostwriter, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder

C.S. Lewis – Christian writer and apologist

Amy Lowell – Modernist poet

Gabriela Mistral – Nobel-prize winning Latin American poet

Sean O’Casey – Irish author

Thomas Paine – political writer during the American Revolution, author of Common Sense

Christopher Paolini – teen author of Eragon

Isabel Paterson – conservative political author

Beatrix Potter – author of Peter Rabbit Tales

Jedediah Purdy – author of For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today

Kenneth Rexroth – poet, translator, critical essayist

Carl Sandburg – American poet

George Bernard Shaw – Irish-born playwright

Mattie J. T. Stepanek – 11-year-old author of Heartsongs

Rosemary Sutcliff – historical novels for children

Rabindranath Tagore – Bengali poet, essayist, dramatist, songwriter

Mercy Warren – American Revolution eyewitness

Phillis Wheatley – African-American poet

Walt Whitman – American poet

Laura Ingalls Wilder – children’s book author

Virginia Woolf – English novelist



Abigail Adams – wife of John Adams; mother of John Quincy Adams

Ansel Adams – photographer

Susan B. Anthony – women’s rights leader

John James Audubon – ornithologist and artist

Alyssa Buecker – director, Milbo Productions

John Burroughs – naturalist

Jennie Chancey – historical costumer

Davy Crockett – frontiersman

Edward Curtis – photographer

Robin Lee Graham – youngest person to sail around the world at age 16

Eric Hoffer – social philosopher

Sam Houston – lawyer; first leader of Texas

Abraham Kuyper – Dutch politician, journalist

Mary Leakey – fossil hunter

Charles Fletcher Lummis – journalist, historian, photographer, founder of the Southwest Society

Harriet Martineau – first woman sociologist

Margaret Mead – cultural anthropologist

John Stuart Mill – free-market Economist

Charles Louis Montesquieu – philosopher

John Muir – naturalist

Rosa Parks – Civil Rights activist

Bill Ridell – Newspaperman

Will Rogers – Humorist

Eleanor Roosevelt – wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bertrand Russell – Logician

Emerson Spartz – 12-year-old internet entrepreneur (MuggleNet)

Herbert Spencer – philosopher, sociologist

Gloria Steinem – founder of Ms. magazine

Lester Frank Ward – Father of American Sociology

Martha Washington – wife of George Washington

Frances E. C. Willard – educator, temperance leader, and suffragist

Frank Lloyd Wright – architect

Sho Yano – gifted child prodigy

Elijah ben Solomon Zalman – Jewish scholar

Business Entrepreneurs

Andrew Carnegie – wealthy steel industrialist

Amadeo Giannini – Bank of America’s founder

Horace Greeley – New York Tribune founder

Soichiro Honda – creator of the Honda automobile company

Peter Kindersley – book illustrator and publisher

Ray Kroc – founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain

Jimmy Lai – newspaper publisher; founder of Giordano International

Dr. Orison Swett Marden – founder, Success magazine

Adolph Ochs – New York Times founder

Joseph Pulitzer – newspaper publisher; established Pulitzer Prize

Colonel Harland Sanders – started Kentucky Fried Chicken

Dave Thomas – founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain



Alan Alda – actor, screenwriter, producer

Louis Armstrong – king of jazz

BarlowGirl – Lauren, Alyssa, and Rebecca Barlow

Spencer Breslin – actor

Chris Brown – R&B singer, dancer, actor

The 5 Browns – five siblings who play classical music on five grand pianos

Charlie Chaplin – actor

Cherryholmes – Bluegrass family band

Erika Christensen – actress

Hilary Duff – actress, singer

Dakota Fanning – actress

Whoopi Goldberg – actress

Hanson – sibling singing group

Jennifer Love Hewitt – actress

Hume brothers – Jon, Peter, and Dann of the Evermore alternative rock band from New Zealand

Tiffany Jo – Arizona yodeling star

Josh Layne – harp musician

Lindsay Lohan – actress

Scott MacIntyre – visually impaired pianist

Pat McMahon – television personality

Jena Malone – actress

Yehudi Menuhin – child prodigy violinist

Alyson "Aly" Michalka and Amanda Joy "AJ" Michalka – sister singing duo and actresses

Moffatts – Canadian version of Hanson

Frankie Muniz – actor

Adam Paskowitz – lead singer, The Flys

LeAnne Rimes – teen-prodigy country music star

Rebecca St. James – contemporary Christian recording artist

Jeremy Sumpter – actor

Raven Symone – actress

Maria von Trapp – one of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the third child of Captain von Trapp

Elijah Wood – actor

Evan Rachel Wood – actress



Tanith Belbin – figure skating champion

Chad Compton – surfer

Alexa Glatch – tennis player

Todd Lodwick – U.S. ski team member

Tamara McKinney – World Cup skier

Bode Miller – American alpine skier

Jim Ryan – world runner

Maria Sharapova – tennis player

Jason Taylor – NFL football player

Venus and Serena Williams – twin tennis stars


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