America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
Franklin Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
Richard Nixon faced impeachment but also ended the Vietnam War. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
Mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash's work became a foundation of modern economic theory.