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Famous Political Activists from the United States

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

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Aaron Russo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Dec. at 64 (1943-2007)
Aaron Russo (February 14, 1943 – August 24, 2007) was an American entertainment businessman, film producer and director, and political activist. He was best known for producing such movies as ...more
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Afeni Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 72
Afeni Shakur Davis (born Alice Faye Williams; January 10, 1947 – May 2, 2016) was an American activist and businesswoman who was the mother of American rapper and actor Tupac Shakur.
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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 75
Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Communist ...more
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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)
Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, ...more
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Burt Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 86
Burt Wilson is a philosopher, writer, broadcaster, jazz musician, political activist, playwright, and former advertising executive.
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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 58
Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (born August 1, 1960), known professionally as Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. As the leader of the rap group Public Enemy, he helped create ...more
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Dashiell Hammett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Dashiell Hammett Dec. at 67 (1894-1961)
Samuel Dashiell Hammett (; May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. He was also a screenwriter and political activist. Among the ...more
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David Bossie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 53
David Norman Bossie (born November 1, 1965) is an American political activist. Since 2000, he has been president and chairman of conservative advocacy group Citizens United and in 2016, Bossie ...more
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Debbie Willhite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Debbie Willhite age 67
Debbie Willhite (born December 28, 1951) is an American Democratic political consultant and activist who has worked on six presidential campaigns, served as Policy Director for the Speaker of ...more
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Doris
Dec. at 100 (1910-2010)
Doris "Granny D" Haddock (January 24, 1910 – March 9, 2010) was an American political activist from New Hampshire. Haddock achieved national fame when, between the ages of 88 and 90, ...more
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Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 89
Yitzhak Edward Asner (; born November 15, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the ...more
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Eldridge Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Dec. at 63 (1935-1998)
Leroy Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998) was an American writer, and political activist who became an early leader of the Black Panther Party.In 1968, Cleaver wrote Soul on Ice, a ...more
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Elizabeth Anne Hull is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 82
Elizabeth Anne Hull (born January 10, 1937) is an American academic, political activist and science fiction expert. She is Professor Emerita of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, ...more
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Geo Anne Sosa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Geo Anne Sosa age 64
Born Joanne Sosa, began career in  1970's  series of  message films Billy Jack, The Trial of Billy Jack, Master Gunfighter directed by Tom Laughlin. In 1981 appeared opposite ...more
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Gregory Žatkovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Dec. at 81 (1886-1967)
Gregory Ignatius Zhatkovich (Rusyn: Ґріґорій Жатковіч) (December 2, 1886 – March 26, 1967) was an American lawyer and political activist for Rusyns in the United States and Europe. He was the ...more
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Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 92
Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.; March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he ...more
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Huey P. Newton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Dec. at 47 (1942-1989)
Huey Percy Newton (February 17, 1942 – August 22, 1989) was a revolutionary African-American political activist who, along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. In 1967, ...more
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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 70
Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States. Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has ...more
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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 78
Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, political activist and former fashion model. She is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA ...more
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Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 54
Janeane Marie Garofalo (; born September 28, 1964) is an American actress, voice artist, stand-up comedian, and writer. Garofalo began her career as a stand-up comedian and became a cast member ...more
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Jim Hightower is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 76
James Allen Hightower (born January 11, 1943) is an American syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author. From 1983 to 1991 he served as elected commissioner of the Texas ...more
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Kahn-Tineta Horn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 78
Kahn-Tineta Horn (born 16 April 1940, New York City) is a Mohawk political activist, civil servant, and former fashion model. Since 1972 she has held various positions in the social, community ...more
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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 35
Kristen Anne Bell (born July 18, 1980) is an American actress. She began her acting career by starring in stage productions while attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. ...more
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M-1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
age 42
Mutulu Olugbala (born Lavonne Alford on May 12, 1972), better known by his stage name M-1, is an American rapper, activist and author from Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his work as ...more
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Marietta Peabody Tree is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Political Activists from the United States
Dec. at 74 (1917-1991)
Marietta Peabody Tree (April 17, 1917 – August 15, 1991) was an American socialite and political supporter, who represented the United States on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, ...more