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All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners

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Complete list of Presidential Medal of Freedom winners since its inception. Photos are included for almost every Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. Winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in every year are listed here alphabetically, but you can sort this Presidential Medal of Freedom list by any column. Items include everything from Andrew Goodpaster to Homer Morrison Byington. You can use the items in this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your views, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to.-28 Items-

  • 1

    A. M. Rosenthal

    Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)

    BirthplaceSault Ste. Marie, Canada


    Awarded by George W. Bush  in 2002

    Abraham Michael "Abe" Rosenthal (May 2, 1922 – May 10, 2006) was a US journalist who served as The New York Times Executive Editor from 1977 to 1988, having served previously as the City Editor and...  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America


    Awarded by George W. Bush  in 2005

    Alan Greenspan (; born March 6, 1926) is an American economist who served as Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006. He currently works as a private adviser and provides...  more

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  • 3

    Alan Page

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America


    Awarded by Donald Trump in 2018

    Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945) is a retired jurist and former professional American football player. He gained national recognition as a defensive tackle in the National Football League...  more
  • 4

    Alan Tower Waterman

    Dec. at 75 (1892-1967)

    BirthplaceCornwall on Hudson, New York


    Awarded by John F. Kennedy in 1963

    Alan Tower Waterman (June 4, 1892 – November 30, 1967) was an American physicist. Born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, he grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts. His father was a professor of physics...  more
  • 5

    Albert Sabin

    Dec. at 87 (1906-1993)

    BirthplaceBiałystok, Poland


    Awarded by Ronald Reagan in 1986

    Albert Bruce Sabin (born Abram Saperstein; August 26, 1906 – March 3, 1993) was a Polish American medical researcher, best known for developing the oral polio vaccine, which has played a key role in...  more
  • 6

    Albert Shanker

    Dec. at 69 (1928-1997)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York


    Awarded by Bill Clinton in 1998

    Albert Shanker (September 14, 1928 – February 22, 1997) was president of the United Federation of Teachers from 1964 to 1985 and president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) from 1974 to...  more
  • 7

    Alexander Calder

    Dec. at 78 (1898-1976)

    BirthplaceLawnton, Pennsylvania


    Awarded by Gerald Ford in 1977

    Alexander Calder (; July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976) was an American sculptor who is best known for his innovative mobiles (kinetic sculptures powered by motors or air currents) that embrace chance...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia


    Awarded by George W. Bush in 2009

    Álvaro Uribe Vélez (born 4 July 1952) is a Colombian politician who served as the 31st President of Colombia from 7 August 2002 to 7 August 2010. Uribe studied law. Álvaro Uribe focused his political...  more
  • 9

    Andrée de Jongh

    Dec. at 91 (1916-2007)

    BirthplaceSchaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium


    Countess Andrée Eugénie Adrienne de Jongh GM (30 November 1916 – 13 October 2007) was a member of the Belgian Resistance during the Second World War. She organised the Comet line (Le Réseau Comète)...  more
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    Andrew Berry

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    Andrew Goodpaster

    Dec. at 90 (1915-2005)

    BirthplaceGranite City, Illinois


     Awarded by Ronald Reagan in 1984

    Andrew Jackson Goodpaster (February 12, 1915 – May 16, 2005) was an American Army General. He served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) from July 1, 1969 and Commander in Chief of...  more
  • 12

    Andy Griffith

    Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)

    BirthplaceMount Airy, North Carolina, United States of America


     Awarded by George W. Bush in 2005

    Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern Gospel singer, and writer whose career spanned seven decades in music and television....  more

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  • 13

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany


     Awarded by Barack Obama in 2011

    Angela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the centre-right...  more

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  • 14

    Ansel Adams

    Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

    BirthplaceWestern Addition, California


     Awarded by Jimmy Carter in 1980

    Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was a landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. He helped found Group f/64, an...  more


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  • 15

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York


     Awarded by George W. Bush in 2008

    Anthony Stephen "Tony" Fauci ( ) (born December 24, 1940) is an American immunologist who has made substantial contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiencies, both as a scientist and...  more

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  • 16

    Antonia Pantoja

    Dec. at 80 (1922-2002)

    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico


     Awarded by Bill Clinton in 1996

    Antonia Pantoja (September 13, 1922 – May 24, 2002), is an educator, social worker, feminist, civil rights leader and founder of ASPIRA, the Puerto Rican Forum, Boricua College and Producir. In 1996,...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, United States of America


     Awarded by Donald Trump in 2018

    Antonin Gregory Scalia ( (listen) AN-tə-nin skə-LEE-ə; March 11, 1936 – February 13, 2016) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2016. He was...  more

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  • 18

    Ariel Durant

    Dec. at 83 (1898-1981)

    BirthplaceKhmelnytskyi, Ukraine


     Awarded by Gerald Ford in 1977

    Ariel Durant (; 10 May 1898 – 25 October 1981) was a Russian-born American researcher and writer. She was the coauthor of The Story of Civilization with her husband Will Durant. They were awarded the...  more
  • 19

    Arnall Patz

    Dec. at 90 (1920-2010)

    BirthplaceElberton, Georgia


     Awarded by George W. Bush in 2004

    Arnall Patz (June 14, 1920 – March 11, 2010) was an American medical doctor and research professor at Johns Hopkins University. In the early 1950s, Patz discovered that oxygen therapy was the cause...  more
  • 20

    Arnold Aronson

    Dec. at 87 (1911-1998)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts


     Awarded by Bill Clinton in 1998

    Arnold Aronson was a founder of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and served as its executive secretary from 1950 to 1980. In 1941 he worked with A. Philip Randolph to pressure President...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceLatrobe, Pennsylvania, United States of America


     Awarded by George W. Bush in 2004

    Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in the sport's...  more

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  • 22

    Arthur Ashe

    Dec. at 50 (1943-1993)

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America


     Awarded by Bill Clinton in 1993

    Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States...  more

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  • 23

    Babe Ruth

    Dec. at 53 (1895-1948)

    BirthplacePigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America


     Awarded by Donald Trump in 2018

    George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935....  more

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  • 24

    Audrey Hepburn

    Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

    BirthplaceIxelles, Belgium


     Awarded by George H.W. Bush in 1992

    Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden...  more

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  • 25

    BirthplaceYangon, Myanmar


     Awarded by Bill Clinton in 2000

    Aung San Suu Kyi (; Burmese: အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည်; MLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany Burmese pronunciation: [àʊɴ sʰáɴ sṵ tɕì]; born 19 June 1945) is a Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and Nobel Peace Prize...  more

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