Directory of Biographies


Return to the Century Past Library Catalog

Go to Catalog


920a Biography Index

Biography Locations: Every person who is the subject of a biography or memoir is listed below, under the page where entries for their eBooks are found. Clicking the page title will take you there. Each entry has descriptive information and a link to the webpage where the free eBook can be viewed or downloaded. Page links are also at the Century Past Free Online Library Home page, at section 920 Biographies.

In addition to biographies of individuals, we have three web pages of Collective Biographies, or books about groups of people. The titles are below, after the names of individuals. Collective Biographies are organized by authors’ names.

For tips on reading online and downloading free eBooks, see the note at the bottom of this page.


920 Biography A & B

Adams, Charles Francis
Adams, Henry
Adams, John, U.S. President
Adams, Abigail Smith
Adams, John Quincy, U.S. President
Adams, Samuel
Agassiz, Louis
Alcott, Louisa May
Alexander the Great
Alfred the Great, King of England
Andersen, Hans Christian
Antin, Mary
Audubon, John James
Austen, Jane
Barnum, Phineas Taylor
Barr, Amelia Edith Huddleston
Barton, Clara Harlowe
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Benton, Thomas Hart
Bernhardt, Sarah
Bismarck, Otto, furst von
Blake, William
Bly, Nellie (Seaman, Elizabeth)
Bochkareva, Maria Leontievna (Frolkova)
Bolton, Sarah Knowles
Bonaparte, Napoleon, Napoleon I, Emperor of the French
Boone, Daniel
Booth, Catherine Mumford
Brahms, Johannes
Bronte, Charlotte
Bronte, Emily
Bronte, Anne
Brooke, James, Rajah of Sarawak
Browning, Robert
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Buffalo Bill (Cody, William Frederick)


920 Biography C

Caesar, Gaius Julius
Calhoun, John Caldwell
Calvin, John
Cantacuzène, Julia Dent Grant (Princess Cantacuzène)
Carlyle, Thomas
Carnegie, Andrew
Carroll, Lewis
Carson, Christopher
Cartier, Jacques
Cary, Alice
Cary, Phoebe
Cass, Lewis
Caterina da Siena, Saint
Cavour, Camillo Benso, Conte di
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
Charlemagne
Chase, Salmon Portland
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek
Clarke, Mrs. Caroline Cowles
Clay, Henry
Clemenceau, Georges Eugene Benjamin
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne (Mark Twain)
Cobden, Richard
Cody, William Frederick (Buffalo Bill)
Cohen, Rose Gollup
Columbus, Christopher
Cooper, James Fenimore
Crane Gartz, Kate
Cromwell, Oliver
Custer, George Armstrong


920 Biography D, E & F

Daly, Augustin
Dante (Alighieri, Dante)
Darwin, Charles Robert
Davies, William Henry
Davis, Jefferson
Deutsch, Leo
Dewey, George
Dickens, Charles
Diderot, Denis
Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
Dostoevsky, Fedor Mikhailovich
Douglass, Frederick
Edison, Thomas Alva
Edwards, Jonathan
Eggleston, Edward
Elizabeth, Queen of England
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Isabella d’Este, Consort of Giovanni Francesco II, Marquis of Mantua
Evans, Robley Dunglison
Farragut, David Glasgow
Ford, Henry
Francis of Assisi, Saint
Franklin, Benjamin
Franklin, John
Fraser, Mary Crawford
Frederick the Great, King of Prussia
Fulton, Robert


920 Biography G & H

Galileo
Gallatin, Albert
Gambetta, Leon Michel
Garrison, William Lloyd
Gauguin, Paul
George, Henry
Geronimo, Apache Chief
Gladstone, William Ewart
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Goldsmith, Oliver
Gordon, Charles George
Grant, Ulysses Simpson, U. S. President
Hale, Edward Everett
Hamilton, Alexander
Hannibal
Hardie, James Keir
Hardy, Thomas
Harte, Bret
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Hegermann-Lindencrone, Lillie de
Henry the Navigator
Henry, Patrick
Hill, Lucy Ann
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Homer, Winslow
House, Edward Mandell
Howe, Julia (Ward)
Houston, Samuel
Hugo, Victor
Hyndman, Henry Mayers


920 Biography I, J, K & L

Ibsen, Henrik
Irving, Washington
Iswolsky, Alexander Petrovich
Jackson, Andrew, U.S. President
Jackson, Thomas Jonathan
James, William
Jaures, Jean (Auguste Marie Joseph Jean Léon Jaurès)
Jay, John
Jeanne d’Arc, Saint (Joan of Arc)
Jefferson, Thomas, U. S. President
Johnson, William, 1st Baronet
Jones, John Paul
Kartini, Raden Adjeng
Keats, John
Keller, Helen Adams
Kellogg, Clara Louise
Kropotkin, Pyotr Alexeyevich, Prince
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert de Motier, Marquise de
Laurier, Wilfrid
Lee, Robert Edward
Lincoln, Abraham, U. S. President
Liszt, Franz
Lloyd George, David
London, Jack
Loyola, Ignacio de, St
Luther, Martin


920 Biography M, N & O

MacDonald, John Alexander
Machiavelli, Niccolo
Madison, Dolley Payne Todd
Madison, James Jr., U.S. President
Magellan, Ferdinand
Mann, Horace
Marquette, Jacques
Marshall, John
Marx, Karl
McKinley, William, U. S. President
Catherine de Medicis, Queen of Henry II, King of France
Melville, Herman
Milton, John
Monroe, James, U. S. President
Morgan, James Morris
Morris, Gouverneur
Morris, William
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
Mozart, Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus
Muir, John
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French
Napoleon III, Emperor of the French
Nelson, Horatio Nelson, Viscount
Newman, John Henry, Cardinal
Nightingale, Florence
O’Connell, Daniel
Owen, Robert


920 Biography P, Q & R

Paine, Ralph Delahaye
Paine, Thomas
Parkman, Francis
Pasteur, Louis
Patrick, Saint
St. Vincent de Paul
Penn, William
Pennell, Elizabeth Robins
Pepys, Samuel
Perry, Oliver Hazard
Peter I, the Great, Emperor of Russia
Petrarca, Francesco
Pitt, William, 1st Earl of Chatham
Pizarro, Francisco
Poe, Edgar Allan
Pryor, Sara Agnes (Rice)
Pumpelly, Raphael
Raleigh, Sir Walter
Randolph, John
Ravage, Marcus Eli
Redmond, John Edward
Reed, Anna Stevens
Reid, Whitelaw
Rhodes, Cecil John
Richards, Caroline Cowles
Richelieu, Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal
Riel, Louis
Riis, Jacob August
Robespierre, Maximilien Marie Isidore de
Roosevelt, Theodore, U.S. President
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel
Rossetti, Christina Georgina
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Ruskin, John


920 Biography S

Samuels, Captain Samuel
Savonarola, Girolamo Maria Francesco Matteo
Schubert, Franz Peter
Schurz, Carl
Schuyler, Catherine (Van Rensselaer)
Sedgwick, Catharine M.
Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de
Seward, William H.
Shackleton, Sir Ernest Henry
Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of
Shaw, Anna Howard
Shaw, George Bernard
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Slessor, Mary Mitchell
Smith, Adam
Smith, John
Spencer, Herbert
Stanley, Sir Henry Morton
Steiner, Edward Alfred
Stevens, Thaddeus
Stillman, William James
Straus, Oscar Solomon
Strindberg, August
Mary Stuart, Queen of the Scots
Sullivan, Louis Henry
Sumner, Charles
Swedenborg, Emanuel


920 Biography T, U & V

Talon, Jean
Thomas, Augustus
Thoreau, Henry David
Thurston, Lucy G.
Titian, Vecelli
Tolstoy, Leo (Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy)
Torquemada, Tomas de
Trudeau, Edward Livingston
Tubman, Harriet
Twain, Mark (Clemens, Samuel Langhorne)
Vaka, Demetra (Mrs. Kenneth Brown)
Van Buren, Martin, U.S. President
Venizelos, Eleftherios
Verlaine, Paul Marie
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain
Villiers, Frederic
St. Vincent de Paul
Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet de


920 Biography W, X, Y & Z

Waddington, Mary Alsop King
Wagner, Richard
Ward, Mary Augusta
Warwick. Richard Neville, Earl of
Washington, Booker Taliaferro
Washington, George, U.S. President
Waterbury, Maria
Watson, Jeannette Grace
Webster, Daniel
Wellesley, Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington
Wesley, John
Westinghouse, George
Whitman, Walt
William, the Conqueror, King of England
Williams, Roger
Wilson, Woodrow, U.S. President
Winslow, Anna Green
Winthrop, John
Wister, Sarah
Wolsey, Thomas, Cardinal
Wycliffe, John
Yeats, William Butler
Younghusband, Sir George John


For a guide to recommended biographies published before 1927, see: – Wilson, H.W.; Sears, Minnie Earl, comp., Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section in Section 016 Bibliographies of Special Subjects in Bibliographies, Subject Book Lists & Study Outlines

Also see: Tappert, Katherine, Viewpoints in Biography; an Arrangement of Books According to their Essential Interest in Section 016.9 History in Subject Book Catalogs & Books on Librarianship


920.1a Collective Biography Index


920.1 Collective Biography: Authors A-F

Adams, Elmer Cleveland and Foster, Warren Dunham; Heroines of modern progress
Adams, Oscar Fay; Dictionary of American authors
Alden, Carroll Storrs and Earle, Ralph; Makers of naval tradition
Beebe, Mabel Borton; Four American naval heroes: Paul Jones, Oliver H. Perry, Admiral Farragut, Admiral Dewey
Bolton, Sarah Knowles; Famous American statesmen
Bolton, Sarah Knowles; Famous leaders among women
Bolton, Sarah Knowles; Famous voyagers and explorers
Bolton, Sarah Knowles; Lives of girls who became famous
Bradford, Gamaliel; American portraits, 1875-1900
Bradford, Gamaliel; Confederate portraits
Bradford, Gamaliel; Portraits of American women
Bradford, Gamaliel; Union portraits
Brower, Harriette Moore; Story lives of master musicians
Bruce, Henry Addington Bayley; Woman in the making of America
Bryan, Michael; Dictionary of painters and engravers
Burton, Alma Holman; Four American patriots: Patrick Henry, Andrew Jackson, Alexander Hamilton, Ulysses S. Grant
Caffin, Charles Henry; American masters of painting
Clement, Clara Erskine and Hutton, Laurence; Artists of the nineteenth century and their works
Clement, Clara Erskine and Hutton, Laurence; Painters, sculptors, architects, engravers, and their works
Dole, Nathan Haskell; Famous composers
Ellis, Ellet, Elizabeth Fries Lummis; Women of the American Revolution
Erskine, John; Leading American Novelists
Farrar, Frederick W.; Lives of the fathers; sketches of church history
Fitchett, William Henry; Nelson and his captains
Fraser, C. L.; Pirates
Frothingham, Jessie Peabody; Sea fighters from Drake to Farragut


920.1 Collective Biography: Authors G-P

Greely, Adolphus Washington; Explorers and travellers
Hadow, W. H.; Studies in modern music
Halsey, Francis Whiting, ed.; Women Authors of our Day in their Homes
Harkins, E. F. and C. H. L. Johnston; Little Pilgrimages Among the Women who have Written Famous Books
Headley, Joel Tyler; Washington and his generals
Hubert, Philip G. Jr.; Inventors
Husband, Joseph; Americans by adoption
Iles, George; Leading American inventors
Johnston, Robert M.; Leading American Soldiers
Jordan, David Starr, ed.; Leading American Men of Science
La Farge, John; Great masters
Laut, Agnes Christina; Pathfinders of the West
Maitland, John Alexander Fuller; Masters of German music
Mason, Daniel Gregory; From Grieg to Brahms; studies of some modern composers and their art
Masson, Thomas Lansing; Our American humorists
Mauclair, Camille; French impressionists
McCarthy, Justin; British political portraits
McCarthy, Justin; Portraits of the sixties
Metcalf, Frank Johnson; American writers and compilers of sacred music
Morgan, Henry James, ed.; Canadian men and women of the time
Morris, Charles; Heroes of progress in America
Oliphant, Mrs M. O.; Makers of Florence; Dante, Giotto, Savonarola, and their city
Parkman, Mary Rosetta; Heroines of service
Patrick, David and Groome, F. H., eds.; Chambers’s biographical dictionary
Payne, William Morton; Leading American Essayists
Perry, Francis Melville, & Beebe, Katherine; Four American pioneers: Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark, David Crockett, Kit Carson


920.1 Collective Biography: Authors Q-Z

Seawell, Molly Elliot; Twelve naval captains
Sharp, Robert Farquharson; Dictionary of English authors, biographical and bibliographical
Smiles, Samuel; Industrial Biography: Iron-workers and tool-makers
Smiles, Samuel; Lives of the engineers, with an account of their principal works
Smith, Charles Sprague; Barbizon days
Smith, Sir William; Classical dictionary of Greek and Roman biography, mythology and geography
Sparks, Jared; American biography. 12 volumes
Stephen, Sir Leslie; Studies of a biographer. 4 volumes
Stoddard, William O.; Men of business
Strachey, Giles Lytton; Eminent Victorians
Strang, Lewis C.; Famous actors of the day in America
Strang, Lewis C.; Famous actresses of the day in America
Strickland, Agnes and Kaufman, Rosalie; Queens of England
Taylor, George Robert Stirling; Modern English statesmen
Thayer, William Roscoe; Throne-makers
Trent, William P.; Southern statesmen of the old regime
Tulloch, John; Luther and other leaders of the reformation
U. S. Congress; Biographical Congressional directory
Vasari, Giorgio; Lives of seventy of the most eminent painters, sculptors and architects
Vedder, Henry C.; American writers of to-day
Warren, Arthur; London days; a book of reminiscences
Wilkinson, Spenser, ed.; From Cromwell to Wellington: twelve soldiers
Wilson, J. G. & John Fiske, eds.; Appleton’s cyclopaedia of American biography
Wilson, John Grant, ed.; Presidents of the United States
Winship, A. E.; Great American educators
Who’s Who; Who’s who in America
Who Was Who; Who was who in America
Worthington & Co.; Our Famous Women. Distinguished American Women of our Times
Worthington & Co.; Our Famous Women. American Women… in Literature, Science, Art, Music, Drama …
Youmans, William Jay, M.D.; Pioneers of science in America


For a guide to recommended biographies published before 1927, see: – Wilson, H.W.; Sears, Minnie Earl, comp., Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section in Section 016 Bibliographies of Special Subjects in Bibliographies, Subject Book Lists & Study Outlines

Also see: Tappert, Katherine, Viewpoints in Biography; an Arrangement of Books According to their Essential Interest in Section 016.9 History in Subject Book Catalogs & Books on Librarianship


Tips for Reading Online and Downloading eBooks

More than half the books on our website at History of the Great Lakes States are hosted by Internet Archive or Open Library. They are sister organizations and use the same online viewer application. In most cases this viewer will give you nearly perfect text if you;

1. switch from the double-page to the single-page view by using the icons in the bottom right corner, and;

2. Keep zooming in until the text snaps into a clear focus.

Using the single-page view allows you to scroll pages down with your mouse wheel.

You can download books from these two sites by clicking on the book name at the top-left corner of the page (in the viewer) to get to the download menu.



Return to the Century Past Library Catalog

Go to Catalog




Your comments and feedback are welcome!