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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-

  • A. M. Rosenthal1

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Greenspan2

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alan Page3

    Alan Page

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, USA

    Awarded by Donald Trump in 2018

    Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945) is a retired jurist and former professional American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alan Tower Waterman4

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Albert Sabin5

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Albert Shanker6

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexander Calder7

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • Álvaro Uribe8

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Andrée de Jongh9

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Andrew Berry10

    Andrew Berry

  • Andrew Goodpaster11

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Andy Griffith12

    Andy Griffith

    Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)

    BirthplaceMount Airy, North Carolina, USA

     Awarded by George W. Bush in 2005

    Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, comedian, television... more on Wikipedia

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  • Angela Merkel13

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

     Awarded by Barack Obama in 2011

    Angela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ansel Adams14

    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... more on Wikipedia


    #3 of 66 The Best Photographers in the World#4 of 50 The Best Landscape Photographers of All Time

  • Anthony Fauci15

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    #3 of 33 The Most Influential People Of 2020#49 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • Antonia Pantoja16

    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,... more on Wikipedia
  • Antonin Scalia17

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, USA

     Awarded by Donald Trump in 2018

    Antonin Gregory Scalia ( (listen) AN-tə-nin skə-LEE-ə; March 11, 1936 – February 13, 2016) was... more on Wikipedia
  • Ariel Durant18

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Arnall Patz19

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Arnold Aronson20

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Arnold Palmer21

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • Arthur Ashe22

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    #1371 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#8 of 216 The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

  • Babe Ruth23

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    #34 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#297 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Audrey Hepburn24

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi25

    BirthplaceYangon, Myanmar

     Awarded by Bill Clinton in 2000

    Aung San Suu Kyi (; Burmese: အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည်; MLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany Burmese... more on Wikipedia

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