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American Political Leaders, Third Edition
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  • Authored by: Richard L. Wilson; Revised by Alison D. Howard
  • From the Series: American Biographies
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  • ISBN-10: 9781646938704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-64693-870-4
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2021
  • Dewey Number: 973.09
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up


Praise for previous editions:

"...accessible...this book is an excellent addition to collections serving general readers, high schools, and undergraduates."-American Reference Books Annual

"This readable volume is recommended for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries..."-Booklist

"...[an] outstanding reference tool...Biographical dictionaries abound, in political science as in other fields...[but] Wilson's work is more accessible, benefitting from his straightforward approach and simpler organization...Highly recommended."-Choice

"Recommended."-Library Media Connection

"...an authoritative and readable guide...serves as a helpful resource for high school, college, and public libraries..."-Christian Library Journal

American Political Leaders, Third Edition contains 286 biographical profiles of men and women in the United States who have demonstrated their political leadership primarily by being elected, nominated, or appointed to significant political offices in the United States or by having attained some special prominence associated with political leadership. This reference work provides students and general readers with a concise, readable guide to present and past leaders in U.S. politics.

Included in this book are presidents, vice presidents, major party candidates for president, significant third-party candidates, important Supreme Court justices, Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives, senators, representatives, cabinet officers, significant agency heads, and diplomats. Since much of U.S. political leadership involves the representation of successive waves of new groups within the U.S. political system, special care has been taken to include the contributions of women, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Americans who represented earlier waves of immigrants to the United States.

Profiles include:

  • John Adams: president, vice president, diplomat, Revolutionary leader, author
  • Amy Coney Barrett: justice of the Supreme Court
  • Pete Buttigieg: secretary of transportation; candidate for president
  • Andrew Cuomo: governor of New York
  • Jefferson Davis: secretary of war, senator, representative, president of the Confederate States of America
  • Kamala Harris: senator; vice president
  • John Lewis: civil rights activist; representative
  • Gavin Newsom: governor of California
  • Barack Obama: senator, president
  • Sonia Sotomayor: associate justice of the Supreme Court
  • Elizabeth Warren: senator; candidate for president



About the Author(s)

Richard L. Wilson is a professor of political science, academically trained in both American history and government. He has taught history and political science to undergraduates and graduate students for thirty years in five major institutions, including as a Fulbright lecturer abroad. He coedited The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court. Previously, he was a consulting editor for Ready Reference: Censorship, which received the Outstanding Adult Reference Source Award for 1998. He has contributed dozens of articles for reference books published by Salem Press, M.E. Sharpe, Marshall Cavendish, and Sage Publications. An active scholar, he has published dozens of journal articles and professional papers as well as American government and Tennessee state government texts.

Alison D. Howard currently teaches courses on the presidency, Congress, and campaigns and elections at Dominican University of California. She received her M.A. degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on presidential rhetoric, specifically the State of the Union Address. She is the co-author of Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution and Impact of the President's Big Speech and has published articles in PS: Political Science and PoliticsAmerican Behavioral ScienceJournal of Political Science EducationSocial Science Quarterly, and Perspectives on Political Science.


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