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American National Biography Online
Covers more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. Includes illustrations and links to select web sites. Also includes articles from The Oxford Companion to United States History, which gives context to the lives included in ANB Online. All articles originally included in the ANB Online were on biographical subjects who died before the end of 1995. Articles on important figures who have died since 1995 are being added in quarterly updates, but coverage of people in this category is not yet complete.

Biographical information on over 28,000 people from ancient times to the present day.

Biographical information of U.S. congressional officials. Searchable by name, position, state, party, year, or congress.

Searchable collection of 20,000 biographical entries from the Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia. This site from the A&E Television Network also has excerpts from best selling biographies, quiz and anagram games, and schedules of future episodes of the biography television program.

Biography Reference Bank
Biography Reference Bank provides biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images.

Here you will find biographies and links to resources about notable women throughout history and the present. Search or browse by women or subject.

Includes scientific biographies listed by: branch of science; gender/minority status; historical periods; nationality; and prize winners.

Arranged in chronological order, each entry provides a one page biography, a portrait/photograph, and a link to their husband's biography. Maintained by the official White House web page.

Includes general, entertainment, and sports almanacs; over 30,000 biographies; the Columbia Encyclopedia 5th ed.; and a dictionary for searching "more than 125,000 complete, precisely defined entries."

Marquis Who's Who (1985 - Current)
Marquis Who’s Who on the Web, a 'high-speed', searchable online database, features comprehensive profiles on over 1.3 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. Search by name, gender, occupation, geography, hobbies and interests, religion and much more.

Arranged in chronological order, each entry provides a one page biography, a portrait/photograph, and a link to their husband's biography. Maintained by the official White House web page.

Includes "background information, election results, cabinet members, presidency highlights, and some odd facts on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included to enrich this site."

Provides listings of Pulitzer Prize winners in all categories from 1917 to the present. Also has a history of the prize, plus links to resources on the Pulitzer.

"Lists heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders which don't occupy either of those formal positions) of all currently existing countries and territories...Foreign ministers of all countries are listed separately."

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A collection of annotated web sites which link to various biographical resources including authors, presidents, celebrities, women, Nobel prize winners, and more.