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-28 Items- 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-
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A. M. Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)

Birthplace: Sault 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 ...more
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Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Age: 93

Birthplace: Manhattan, 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 ...more

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Age: 70

Birthplace: Canton, 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

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Alan Tower Waterman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 75 (1892-1967)

Birthplace: Cornwall 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 ...more
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Albert Sabin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 87 (1906-1993)

Birthplace: Białystok, 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 ...more
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Albert Shanker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 69 (1928-1997)

Birthplace: New 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 ...more
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Alexander Calder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 78 (1898-1976)

Birthplace: Lawnton, 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 ...more
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Álvaro Uribe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Age: 66

Birthplace: Medellín, 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 ...more
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Andrée de Jongh ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Andrée de Jongh Dec. at 91 (1916-2007)

Birthplace: Schaerbeek, 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 ...more
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Andrew Berry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
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Andrew Goodpaster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 90 (1915-2005)

Birthplace: Granite 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 ...more
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Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)

Birthplace: Mount 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 ...more

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Age: 64

Birthplace: Hamburg, 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 ...more

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Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Ansel Adams Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

Birthplace: Western 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, ...more

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Anthony Fauci is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Age: 78

Birthplace: New 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 ...more
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Antonia Pantoja is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 80 (1922-2002)

Birthplace: San 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 ...more
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Antonin Scalia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Age: 82

Birthplace: Trenton, 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. ...more
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Ariel Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 83 (1898-1981)

Birthplace: Khmelnytskyi, 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 ...more
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Arnall Patz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 90 (1920-2010)

Birthplace: Elberton, 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 ...more
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Arnold Aronson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Arnold Aronson Dec. at 87 (1911-1998)

Birthplace: Boston, 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
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Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Age: 89

Birthplace: Latrobe, 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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Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 50 (1943-1993)

Birthplace: Richmond, 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 ...more

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 53 (1895-1948)

Birthplace: Pigtown, 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 ...more

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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

Birthplace: Ixelles, 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 ...more

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Aung San Suu Kyi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners
Age: 73

Birthplace: Yangon, 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, ...more

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