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Famous Educators from the United States

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List of notable or famous educators from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top educators born in the United States and even some popular educators who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American educators then this list is the perfect resource for you. These educators are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known educator from the United States is included when available.

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This historic educators from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American educators of note?" and "Who are the most famous educators from the United States?" These prominent educators of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American educators.

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  • Bill Cosby1

    Bill Cosby

    Age: 83

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Booker T. Washington2

    Booker T. Washington

    Dec. at 59 (1856-1915)

    BirthplaceHale's Ford, Virginia

    Booker Taliaferro Washington (c. 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bill Nye3

    Bill Nye

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    William Sanford Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Robby Benson4

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Robby Benson (born Robin David Segal; January 21, 1956), is an American actor, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Adam Savage5

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Adam Whitney Savage (born July 15, 1967) is an American special effects designer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Fred Rogers6

    Fred Rogers

    Dec. at 75 (1928-2003)

    BirthplaceLatrobe, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television... more on Wikipedia

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    #863 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#13 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • Mary McLeod Bethune7

    Mary McLeod Bethune

    Dec. at 80 (1875-1955)

    BirthplaceMayesville, South Carolina, United States of America

    Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (born Mary Jane McLeod; July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Frank Lloyd Wright8

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Dec. at 92 (1867-1959)

    BirthplaceRichland Center, Wisconsin

    Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who... more on Wikipedia

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  • James Randi9

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    James Randi (August 7, 1928 – October 20, 2020) was a Canadian-American retired stage magician... more on Wikipedia

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  • Stedman Graham10

    BirthplaceWhitesboro, New Jersey, New Jersey

    Stedman Graham Jr. (born March 6, 1951) is an American educator, author, businessman, speaker,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jonathan Kozol11

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Jonathan Kozol (born September 5, 1936) is an American writer, educator, and activist, best... more on Wikipedia
  • David B. Yoffie12
    David B. Yoffie is the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration... more on Wikipedia
  • Elizabeth E. Bailey13
    Elizabeth Ellery Bailey is an American economist. She is John C. Hower Professor of Business... more on Wikipedia
  • Salman Khan14

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Salman “Sal” Khan (born October 11, 1976) is an American educator and mathematician who... more on Wikipedia
  • Septima Poinsette Clark15

    Septima Poinsette Clark

    Dec. at 89 (1898-1987)

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898 – December 15, 1987) was a black American educator and... more on Wikipedia
  • Cheryl Clarke16

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Cheryl L. Clarke (born Washington DC, May 16, 1947) is a lesbian poet, essayist, educator and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jesmyn Ward17

    BirthplaceDe Lisle, Mississippi

    Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane... more on Wikipedia
  • James D. Plummer18

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    James D. Plummer has been a director of Intel since 2005. He has been a Professor in...
  • Frank C. Baxter19

    Frank C. Baxter

    Dec. at 86 (1896-1982)

    BirthplaceCamden, New Jersey, United States of America

    Francis Condie Baxter (May 4, 1896 – January 18, 1982) was an American TV personality and... more on Wikipedia
  • Christopher Bobonich20
    Christopher Bobonich is an American philosopher and a leading scholar of ancient philosophy,... more on Wikipedia
  • Patricia Hampl21

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Patricia Hampl (born March 12, 1946) is an American memoirist, writer, lecturer, and educator.... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Venturi22

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Robert Charles Venturi, Jr. is an American architect, founding principal of the firm Venturi,... more on Wikipedia
  • Benedict Anderson23

    BirthplaceKunming, China

    Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson (August 26, 1936 – December 13, 2015) was an Irish... more on Wikipedia
  • John L. Thornton24
    John Lawson Thornton (born January 2, 1954) is a Professor and Director of the Global... more on Wikipedia
  • Roger Y. Tsien25

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Roger Yonchien Tsien (Chinese: 錢永健; February 1, 1952 – August 24, 2016) was a Chinese-American... more on Wikipedia