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Famous Homeschoolers


Performers

  • Bindi Irwin
  • Alan Alda – actor, screenwriter, producer
  • Louis Armstrong – king of jazz
  • BarlowGirl – Lauren, Alyssa, and Rebecca Barlow
  • Taylor Swift
  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Spencer Breslin – actor
  • The 5 Browns – five siblings who play classical music on five grand pianos
  • Erika Christensen – actress
  • Hilary Duff – actress, singer (Cheaper by the Dozen)
  • Hanson – sibling singing group
  • Hume brothers – Jon, Peter, and Dann of the Evermore alternative rock band from New Zealand
  • Tiffany Jo – Arizona yodeling star
  • Josh Layne – harp musician
  • Scott MacIntyre – visually impaired pianist
  • Pat McMahon – television personality
  • Jena Malone – actress
  • Yehudi Menuhin – child prodigy violinist
  • Alyson “Aly” Michalka and Amanda Joy “AJ” Michalka – sister singing duo and actresses
  • Moffatts – Canadian version of Hanson
  • Frankie Muniz – actor
  • Adam Paskowitz – lead singer, The Flys
  • LeAnne Rimes – teen-prodigy country music star
  • Rebecca St. James – contemporary Christian recording artist
  • Jeremy Sumpter – actor
  • Raven Symone – actress
  • Maria von Trapp – one of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the third child of Captain von Trapp
  • Elijah Wood – actor (Frodo in the Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Evan Rachel Wood – actress

Athletes

  • Tanith Belbin – figure skating champion
  • Chad Compton – surfer
  • Alexa Glatch – tennis player
  • Todd Lodwick – U.S. ski team member
  • Tamara McKinney – World Cup skier
  • Bode Miller – American alpine skier
  • Jim Ryan – world runner
  • Maria Sharapova – tennis player
  • Jason Taylor – NFL football player
  • Venus and Serena Williams – twin tennis stars

Constitutional Convention Delegates 

  • Richard Basseti – Governor of Delaware
  • William Blount – U.S. Senator
  • George Clymer – U.S. Representative
  • William Few – U.S. Senator
  • Benjamin Franklin – Inventor and Statesman
  • William Houston – Lawyer
  • William S. Johnson – Columbia College President
  • William Livingston – Governor of New Jersey
  • James Madison – 4th President of the U.S.
  • George Mason – Justice of Virginia County Court
  • John Francis Mercer – U.S. Representative
  • Charles Pickney III – Governor of S. Carolina
  • John Rutledge – Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court
  • Richard D. Spaight – Governor of North Carolina
  • George Washington – 1st President of the U.S.
  • John Witherspoon – President of Princeton
  • George Wythe – Justice of Virginia High Court

Presidents

  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Grover Cleveland
  • James Garfield
  • William Henry Harrison
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James Madison
  • James Polk
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • John Tyler
  • George Washington
  • Woodrow Wilson

Military Leaders

  • John Barry – Senior Navy Officer
  • George Rogers Clark – Revolutionary War hero
  • 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 – U.S. Naval Officer
  • John Pershing – U.S. General
  • David Dixon Porter – Civil War Admiral

Religious Leaders

  • Joan of Arc
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • William Carey
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Philipp Melancthon
  • Dwight L. Moody
  • John Newton
  • John Owen
  • Hudson Taylor
  • John & Charles Wesley
  • Brigham Young

Scientists

  • Wilson A. Bentley – “The Snowflake Man”
  • George Washington Carver – agricultural research
  • Pierre Curie – discovered radium
  • Albert Einstein – theoretical physicist
  • Paul Erdos – Hungarian mathematician
  • Michael Faraday – electrochemist
  • Pierre-Gilles de Gennes – French physicist
  • Oliver Heaviside – electromagnetism researcher
  • T.H. Huxley – biologist, zoologist, Darwinist
  • Ruth Lawrence – mathematician
  • Gilbert Newton Lewis – physical chemist
  • Ada Lovelace – founder of scientific computing
  • Benoit Mandelbrot – pioneer in fractal geometry
  • Blaise Pascal – French mathematician
  • Joseph Priestley – father of modern chemistry
  • Samuel C. C. Ting – Chinese American physicist
  • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky – Russian rocket scientist

Inventors

  • Alexander Graham Bell – invented the telephone
  • John Moses Browning – firearms inventor/designer
  • Peter Cooper – built the first modern skyscraper, the first commercial locomotive, and patented the first gelatin dessert which was later named Jell-O
  • Thomas Edison – invented the stock ticker, mimeograph, phonograph, and 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 – brothers who built the first successful airplane

Artists

  • William Blake – painter, engraver, poet
  • John Singleton Copley – American Colonial painter
  • Evelyn De Morgan – Pre-Raphaelite painter
  • Christian Grew – American Painter
  • Donal Hord – San Diego sculptor
  • Akiane Kramarik- 10-year-old art and poetry prodigy
  • Claude Monet – French Impressionist
  • Grandma Moses – American folk artist
  • Charles Willson Peale – American portrait artist
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Renaissance artist, sculptor
  • Andrew Wyeth – American realist painter
  • Jamie Wyeth – American realist painter

Composers

  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Baroque
  • Irving Berlin – Patriotic
  • Anton Bruckner – Symphonies
  • Noel Coward – Musicals
  • Felix Mendelssohn – Romantic
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical
  • John Porcaro – Experimental
  • Francis Poulenc – Choral
  • John Philip Sousa – ?March King?

Writers

  • Louisa May Alcott – author of Little Women
  • Hans Christian Anderson – fairy tale writer
  • Margaret Atwood – Canadian novelist, poet
  • Fawn M. Brodie – biographer
  • Pearl S. Buck – Nobel prize-winning author
  • William F. Buckley, Jr. – conservative writer
  • Willa Cather – American novelist
  • Agatha Christie – mystery author
  • Samuel Clemens – a.k.a. Mark Twain
  • Charles Dickens – British novelist
  • Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman – early feminist writer
  • Alex Haley – African-American novelist
  • Sharlot Hall – poet, writer, Arizona historian
  • Joshua Harris- pastor and author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye
  • Bret Harte – frontier California journalist
  • L. Ron Hubbard – science fiction writer
  • Helen Keller – blind and deaf author and lecturer
  • Rose Wilder Lane – journalist, ghostwriter, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • C.S. Lewis – Christian writer and apologist
  • JRR Tolkien – Catholic writer
  • Amy Lowell – Modernist poet
  • Gabriela Mistral – Nobel-prize winning Latin American poet
  • Sean O’Casey – Irish author
  • Thomas Paine – political writer during the American Revolution, author of Common Sense
  • Christopher Paolini – teen author of Eragon
  • Isabel Paterson – conservative political author
  • Beatrix Potter – author of Peter Rabbit Tales
  • Jedediah Purdy – author of For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today
  • Kenneth Rexroth – poet, translator, critical essayist
  • Carl Sandburg – American poet
  • George Bernard Shaw – Irish-born playwright
  • Mattie J. T. Stepanek – 11-year-old author of Heartsongs
  • Rosemary Sutcliff – historical novels for children
  • Rabindranath Tagore – Bengali poet, essayist, dramatist, songwriter
  • Mercy Warren – American Revolution eyewitness
  • Phillis Wheatley – African-American poet
  • Walt Whitman – American poet
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder – children?s book author
  • Virginia Woolf – English novelist

Educators

  • 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
  • Erik Demaine – associate professor of Computer Science at MIT
  • 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
  • Joyce Reed – Associate Dean of the College, Brown University
  • Fred Terman – President of Stanford University
  • Frank Vandiver – President of Texas A&M University
  • Booker T. Washington – teacher and founder of Tuskegee Institute
  • John Witherspoon – President of Princeton University

Medical Practitioners

  • Clara Barton – started the Red Cross
  • Elizabeth Blackwell – first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree
  • Florence Nightingale – Nurse
  • Susan La Flesche Picotte – first American Indian woman physician
  • Albert Schweitzer – Physician
  • Mary Walker – Civil War physician; recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

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

FAMOUS HOMESCHOOL PARENTS

  • Garth Brooks – country music singer
  • Michael Card – contemporary Christian songwriter
  • Duane G. Carey – NASA astronaut
  • Mike Farris – lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
  • Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • David Guterson – educator and author of Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Kimberly Hahn – Catholic apologist and author
  • Gregg and Sono Harris – pioneers in the modern Christian homeschooling movement
  • Barbara Howe – Libertarian activist
  • Eric Jackson – whitewater paddler
  • Christopher Klicka – attorney and Senior Counsel, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
  • Len Munsil – attorney, President of The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), and gubernatorial candidate
  • Paul Overstreet – musician, songwriter
  • Jada Pinkett – actress, wife of Will Smith
  • Kelly Preston – actress, wife of John Travolta
  • Rick Santorum – U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
  • Mike Smith – lawyer and co-founder of HSLDA
  • Will Smith – actor
  • R.C. Sproul, Jr. – pastor, author of When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling
  • Stefan von Trapp – grandson of Captain von Trapp from The Sound of Music
  • John Travolta – actor, pilot
  • Darrell Waltrip – NASCAR racer.

Nerf War at Iona


The kids had a good time setting up barricades and having an all out nerf gun battle in the classrooms last Friday.