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Biographical Collecions

Who Was Who: 
5000 BC - 1914 Biographical Dictionary of the Famous and Those Who Wanted to be
by Irwin Leslie Gordon
Gutenberg Text

Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans 
by Edward Eggleston
Gutenberg Text
2nd to 4th grade reading level

Four Great Americans: Washington, Franklin, Webster, Lincoln 
by James Baldwin
Gutenberg Text
4th to 5th grade reading level

Famous Men of the Middle Ages
by John H. Haaren and Addison B. Poland
Gutenberg Text

Four Famous American Writers: Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe,
by Sherwin Cody
Gutenberg Text

American Men of Action, 
by Burton E. Stevenson
Gutenberg Text

Famous Americans of Recent Times,
by James Parton
Gutenberg Text

The Red Book of Heroes 
by Leonora Blanche Lang
Gutenberg Text

Religious Figures

John Wesley
by Bonamy Dobrée
Remnant Prophesy

Life of Luther
by Julius Koestlin
Gutenberg Text

Life of Bunyan [Works of the English Puritan divines] 
by James Hamilton
Gutenberg Text

The Life of John Bunyan
by Edmund Venables
Gutenberg Text

A Life of St. John for the Young 
by George Ludington Weed
Gutenberg Text

The Life of St. Frances of Rome, and Others 
by Georgiana Fullerton
Gutenberg Text

Americans

True Story of Christopher Columbus, Admiral; 
Told for youngest readers 
by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
Gutenberg Text

The Life of Columbus; in his own words 
by Edward Everett Hale
Gutenberg Text

Christopher Columbus 
by Mildred Stapley Byne
Gutenberg Text

The Life of General Francis Marion
by M. L. Weems
Gutenberg Text

American Men of Action 
by Burton E. Stevenson
Gutenberg Text

Thomas Jefferson, a Character Sketch 
by Edward S. Ellis
Gutenberg Text
short and amusing story, suitable for 5th grade up

George Washington 

Theodore Roosevelt; an Intimate Biography 
by William Roscoe Thayer
Gutenberg Texts

Captain John Smith
by Charles Dudley Warner
Gutenberg Text

The True George Washington
by Paul Leicester Ford
Gutenberg Text

George Washington, 
Volume I      Volume II
by Henry Cabot Lodge

Edison, His Life and Inventions 
by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
Gutenberg Text

The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson for Boys and Girls 
by Jacqueline M. Overton
Gutenberg Text

The Boys' Life of Mark Twain 
by Albert Bigelow Paine
Gutenberg Text

The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne
by Frank Preston Stearns
Gutenberg Text

An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) 
by William Frederick Cody
Gutenberg Text
7th to 8th grade reading level

Last of the Great Scouts
the life story of Col. William F. Cody, "Buffalo Bill" as told by his sister
Wetmore, Helen Cody
Gutenberg Text

Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance
by Frances Cavanah
Gutenberg Text

The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln 
by Helen Nicolay
Gutenberg Text

 Lincoln's Yarns and Stories: 
a complete collection of the funny and witty anecdotes that made Lincoln famous as America's greatest story teller
by Alexander McClure
Gutenberg Text

The Lincoln Story Book
by Henry Llewellyn Williams
Gutenberg Text

A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln 
[or the long version below]
 Abraham Lincoln: a History —
Volume 1    Volume 2
by John Hay &  John G. Nicolay
Gutenberg Text

Lincoln's Personal Life 
by Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Gutenberg Text

Abraham Lincoln 
by Lord Charnwood
Gutenberg Text

Complete Project Gutenberg Abraham Lincoln Writings 
by Abraham Lincoln
Gutenberg Text

Life of Stephen A. Douglas 
by William Gardner
Gutenberg Text

Life and Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boon
by John Filson
Gutenberg Text

Life & Times of Col. Daniel Boone
by Cecil B. Harley
Gutenberg Text
for High School

David Crockett
by John Stevens Cabot Abbott
Gutenberg Text

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 
by Benjamin Franklin
Gutenberg Text
8th to 9th grade reading level

The Colored Cadet at West Point 
by Henry Ossian Flipper
Gutenberg Text
8th to 9th grade reading level

Up from Slavery: an autobiography
by Booker T. Washington
Gutenberg Text
6th to 7th grade reading level

The Life of Kit Carson
by Edward S. Ellis
Gutenberg Text

Christopher Carson
by John S. C. Abbott
Gutenberg Text

The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson,
the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself
by de Witt C. Peters
Gutenberg Text

A Life of General Robert E. Lee
by John Esten Cooke
Gutenberg Text

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 
by Frederick Douglass
Gutenberg Text

John James Audubon 
by John Burroughs
Gutenberg Text

The Life of Phineas T. Barnum
by Joel Benton
Gutenberg Text

Theodore Roosevelt; an Autobiography 
by Theodore Roosevelt
Gutenberg Text

The Authoritative Life of General William Booth
by George Scott Railton
Gutenberg Text

Daniel Webster
by Henry Cabot Lodge
Gutenberg Text

From Boyhood to Manhood
Life of Benjamin Franklin
by William M. Thayer

The Princess Pocahontas
by Virginia Watson
Gutenberg Text

My Life and Work 
by Henry Ford
Gutenberg Text

The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne 
by Frank Preston Stearns
Gutenberg Text

Will Rogers, A Biography
by Donald Day
DjVu File from Internet Archive

John Jacob Astor
by Elbert Hubbard
Internet Archive Text File

Nelson Rockefeller
by Joe Alex Morris
Internet Archive DjVu File

Interview with Matthew Henderson 
(explored the North Pole)
PDF document from MatthewHenderson.com

A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
by Matthew A. Henson
Gutenberg Text

Biographies of Folks from Other Countries

The Story of David Livingston

The Story of H.M. Stanley
by Vautier Golding
Baldwin Texts

Mein Kampf
by Adolf Hitler
Gutenberg Australia

Alexander the Great  
by  Jacob Abbott
Baldwin Text

The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 
by Charles Darwin
Gutenberg Text

The Boy Life of Napoleon
by Eugenie Foa
Gutenberg Text

King Alfred of England
by Jacob Abbott
Gutenberg Text

In the Days of Alfred the Great  

In the Days of William the Conqueror
by  Eva March Tappan 
Baldwin Project

History of King Charles the Second of England 

History of Romulus
DjVu file at Internet Archives

History of Julius Caesar 
Also DjVu file at Internet Archive

Cleopatra
Also DjVu file at Internet Archive
by Jacob Abbott
Gutenberg Text

Life of Lafayette
by E. Cecil
Internet Archive DjVu file

Women

Women of Influence
US.Info.State.Gov

The Story of My Life
Helen Keller
Gutenberg Text

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth 
by Olive Gilbert and Sojourner Truth
Gutenberg Text

Lives of Girls Who Became Famous
by Sarah Knowles Bolton
Gutenberg Text
6th to 7th grade reading level

Historic Girls
by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
Gutenberg Text

Life and Adventures of Calamity Jane 
by Calamity Jane
Gutenberg Text
This is a short biography at about 7th to 8th grade reading level.  It's quite amusing.

The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France
by Charles Duke Yonge
Gutenberg Text

Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe 
by Charles Edward Stowe and Harriet Beecher Stowe
Gutenberg Text

Susan B. Anthony 
by Alma Lutz

The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2) 
by Ida Husted Harper
Gutenberg Text

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 
by Harriet Ann Jacobs
Gutenberg Text

The Use and Need of the Life of Carrie A. Nation
by Carrie Amelia Nation

Queen Victoria, her girlhood and womanhood
by Grace Greenwood
Gutenberg Text

Queen Victoria, Story of Her Life & Rein
by Anonymous
Gutenberg Text

In The Days of Queen Elizabeth

In The Days of Queen Victoria
by Eva March Tappan
Baldwin Project

A New England girlhood, outlined from memory (Beverly, MA) 
by Lucy Larcom
Gutenberg Text

An Unwilling Maid
Being the History of Certain Episodes during the American
Revolution in the Early Life of Mistress Betty Yorke, born Wolcott
by Jeanie Gould Lincoln
Gutenberg Text

Great Women
Beacon Lights of History, Volume 07 
by Lord John
Gutenberg Text

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Volume 1     Volume 2
by Mark Twain
Gutenberg Text

Jeanne D'Arc: her life and death 
by Mrs. Oliphant
Gutenberg Text

Excellent Women
several short biographies by Various
Gutenberg Text

A Woman's Life-Work — Labors and Experiences
by Laura S. Haviland
Gutenberg Text