Civil War - "The most famous of the dozens of young drummer boys was Johnny Clem of Newark, Ohio. He went to war at the age of ten. In Clem's first battle, a shell fragment ripped his drum apart. He became known as "Johnny Shiloh." Gallantry in action two years later brought him promotion to sergeant. Clem made the army a career, and he retired in 1916 with the rank of major general."
World War II. Seated, From Left Us Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett
World War II. Seated, from left US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and British Major General Alexander Cambridge, Earl of Athlone. Standing, from left Canadian Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Second Quebec Conference, (codenamed OCTAGON), Quebec City, Canada, September 1944.
Jesse Owens and his wife Ruth arrive home from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The son of a sharecropper and grandson of slaves, Owens won a record 4 gold medals in the very presence of Adolph Hitler. Owens said, “When I came back to my native country... I couldn’t ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn’t live where I wanted. I wasn’t invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either.”
Ralph E. Madsen, the Tall Cowboy. at Capitol in Washington, D.C., Shaking Hands With Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas in 1919. Known simply as "Tex", Ralph E. Madsen, born in 1897, grew to be 7'6" and was considered the tallest man in the United States at that time. He spent most of his life on a ranch in Texas, acquired veterinary skills and was an authority on horses, sheep, cows and pigs. He eventually traveled to every state, Mexico and Canada, always accompanied by his minature horses.
Victoria Claflin Woodhull, born in 1838, married at age fifteen to an alcoholic and womanizer. She became the first woman to establish a brokerage firm on Wall Street and played an active role in the woman's suffrage movement. She became the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872. Her name is largely lost in history. Few recognize her name and accomplishments.