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Famous Male Historians

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List of famous male historians, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male historians list contains the most prominent and top males known for being historians. There are thousand of males working as historians in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic historians have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a historian then the people below should give you inspiration.

People on this list include Philip Wayne Powell and W.W. Law.

While this isn't a list of all male historians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male historians?" and "Who are the best male historians?"
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  • Winston Churchill
    Photo: British Government / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was a member of the Liberal Party. Of mixed English and American parentage, Churchill was born in Oxfordshire to a wealthy, aristocratic family. Joining the... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
    • Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom
  • Newt Gingrich
    Photo: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
    Newton Leroy Gingrich (; né McPherson, June 17, 1943) is an American politician, author, and historian who served as the 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. A member of the Republican Party, he was the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district from 1979 until his resignation in 1999. In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate for the presidential nomination of his party. A professor of history and geography at the University of West Georgia in the 1970s, Gingrich won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1978, the first Republican in the history of Georgia's 6th congressional district to do so. He served as House... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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  • Harry Houdini
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    Harry Houdini (; born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry 'Handcuff' Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it. In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1874-1926)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He served as the 25th vice president from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. He is generally ranked in polls of historians and political scientists as one of the five best... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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