People of the 19th Century
By Robert McNamara, About.com Guide
Part of what made the 19th century a fascinating time are astonishing characters who appeared on the world stage and remade civilization.
- American Political Figures
- Great Leaders of the 19th Century
- Writers and Editors of the 19th Century
- Innovators of the 19th Century
American Political Figures
Learn about people who who were heroes, or villains, in the American political system in the 19th century.
Great Leaders of the 19th Century
The 1800s were a century of profound change, and leaders who emerged reflected that. Some of them transcended national leadership and defined their times.
Writers and Editors of the 19th Century
The written word had an enormous impact on the 19th century. Advances in printing technology made books more available, and ideas from brilliant writers influenced society in ways never before possible.
Innovators of the 19th Century
Above all else, the 19th century was a time of innovation. Men and women came along who saw the world differently and they led the way to new possibilities in a number of fields.
- Phineas T. Barnum - Entertainment
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Engineering
- John and Washington Roebling - Engineering
- Clara Barton - Nursing