Famous Homeschoolers

Constitutional Convention Delegates

 Richard Basseti - Governor of DE
William Blount - U.S. Senator
George Clymer - U.S. Representative
William Few - U.S. Senator
Benjamin Franklin
William Houston
– Lawyer
William S. Johnson
William Livingston - Governor of NJ
James Madison - 4th U.S. President
George Mason - Justice of VA
John Francis Mercer - U.S. Rep.
Charles Pickney III - Governor of SC
John Rutledge - Chief Justice

Richard D. Spaight - Governor of NC
George Washington
John Witherspoon
George Wythe - Justice of VA


John Adams

John Quincy Adams

Grover Cleveland

James Garfield

William Henry Harrison

Andrew Jackson

Thomas Jefferson

Abraham Lincoln

James Madison

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


Military Leaders

Alexander the Great  - Greek Ruler

John Barry - Senior Navy Officer

Stonewall Jackson - Civil War General

John Paul Jones - Father of the American Navy

Robert E. Lee - Civil War General

Douglas MacArthur - U.S. General

George Patton - U.S. General

Matthew Perry - naval officer who opened up trade with Japan

John Pershing - U.S. General

David Dixon Porter - Civil War Admiral


U.S. Supreme Court Judges


John Jay

John Marshall

John Rutledge

Sandra Day O'Connor


George Washington Carver

Pierre Curie

Albert Einstein

Michael Faraday - electrochemist

Oliver Heaviside - physicist and electromagnetism researcher

T.H. Huxley

Blaise Pascal

Booker T. Washington

Erik Demaine - Popular Science Mag: One of the Most Brilliant Scientists in America


William Blake

John Singleton Copley

Claude Monet

Grandma Moses

Charles Peale

Leonardo da Vinci

Andrew Wyeth

Jamie Wyeth

Religious Leaders

Joan of Arc

William Carey

Jonathan Edwards

Philipp Melancthon

Dwight L. Moody

John Newton

John Owen

Hudson Taylor

John & Charles Wesley

Brigham Young



Alexander Graham Bell - invented the telephone

John Moses Browning - firearms inventor and designer

Peter Cooper - invented skyscraper, built first U.S. commercial locomotive

Thomas Edison - invented the stock ticker, mimeograph, phonograph, and perfected the 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 - built the first successful airplane



Irving Berlin

Anton Bruckner

Noel Coward

Felix Mendelssohn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Francis Poulenc

John Philip Sousa


Hans Christian Anderson

Margaret Atwood

Pearl S. Buck

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Willa Cather

Agatha Christie

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

Charles Dickens

Robert Frost - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Alex Haley

Brett Harte

L. Ron Hubbard

C.S. Lewis

Amy Lowell

Gabriela Mistral

Sean O'Casey

Christopher Paolini - author of #1 NY Times bestseller, Eragon

Isabel Paterson

Beatrix Potter - author of the beloved Peter Rabbit Tales

Carl Sandburg

George Bernard Shaw

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

Mercy Warren

Phillis Wheatley

Walt Whitman

Laura Ingalls Wilder


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

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

Fred Terman - President of Stanford University

Frank Vandiver - President of Texas A&M University

Booker T. Washington - Founder of Tuskegee Institute

John Witherspoon - President of Princeton University


Performing Artists

Louis Armstrong - king of jazz

Charlie Chaplin - actor

Whoopi Goldberg - actress

Hanson - sibling singing group

Jennifer Love Hewitt - actress

Yehudi Menuhin - child prodigy violinist

Moffatts - Canadian version of Hanson

Frankie Muniz - child actor

LeAnne Rimes - teen-prodigy country music singer

Barlow Girl - Alyssa, Rebecca, and Lauren Contemporary Christian Music

Jonas Brothers - Kevin, Joe, and Nick Performers

Jacob Clemente - Broadway Actor 

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

Mariah Witcher - founder of Mariahs Famous Cookies

Daniel Mills - founder of Salem Ridge Press



Abigail Adams - Wife of John Adams; mother of John Quincy Adams

Ansel Adams - Photographer

Susan B. Anthony - reformer and women’s rights leader

John James Audubon - ornithologist and artist

Clara Barton - Started the Red Cross

Elizabeth Blackwell - first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree

John Burroughs - Naturalist

George Rogers Clark - Explorer

Davy Crockett - frontiersman

Eric Hoffer - social philosopher

Sam Houston - lawyer; first president of the Republic of Texas

Charles Evans Hughes - jurist; Chief Justice

Mary D. Leakey - fossil hunter; wife of Richard Leakey

Tamara McKinney - World Cup Skier

Harriet Martineau - first woman sociologist

Margaret Mead - cultural anthropologist

John Stuart Mill - Free-market Economist

Charles Louis Montesquieu - Philosopher

John Muir - naturalist

Florence Nightingale - Nurse

Thomas Paine - political writer during the American Revolution

Bill Ridell - Newspaperman

Will Rogers - Humorist

Bertrand Russell - Logician

Jim Ryan - World Runner

Albert Schweitzer - Physician

Sir Ernest Shackleton - Explorer

Herbert Spencer - philosopher, sociologist

Gloria Steinem - founder and long-time editor of Ms. magazine

Jason Taylor - plays in the National Football League

Mary Walker - Civil War physician; recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

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

Elijah ben Solomon Zalman - Jewish scholar

Balaram Stack - Award winning Surfer

Lia Del Priore - Award Winning Gymnast

Taylor Gladstone - Ballerina

Famous People Who Homeschool Their Kids

Will Smith - singer, actor

Michael Card - singer, songwriter

Mike Farris - lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

Robert Frost - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Christopher Klicka - attorney and Senior Counsel of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

Len Munsil - attorney and President of The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)

Paul Overstreet - musician, songwriter

Kelly Preston - actress, wife of John Travolta

Mike Smith - lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

John Travolta - actor, pilot

Lisa Whelchel - former actress, "The Facts of Life", now a pastor's wife and author

Darrell Waltrip - NASCAR Racer