Soldier & Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte

On 15 August 1769 Napoleone di Buonaparte was born to Carlo and Leticia (Ramolino) Buonaparte in Ajaccio, Corisca. The fairly influential family of Italian heritage was of some substance. As a result Carlo was able to send Napoleone to study … Continue reading

Property of His Country: Stephen Decatur Jr.

On 5 January 1779 Stephen Decatur Jr. was born to Stephen Sr. and Ann (Pine) Decatur in Berlin, Maryland. Stephen Sr. was a merchant mariner who had been a Patriot during the American Revolution. His father before him had also been a … Continue reading

Signature Patriot: John Hancock III

On 23 January 1737 John Hancock III was born in Braintree, Massachusetts (present day Quincy) to John and Mary (Thaxter) Hancock. John III was the second of three children. As a boy John tagged along with future Patriot John Adams. Adams, incidentally, … Continue reading

The Wanderer: James Cook

It is almost certain that James and Grace (Pace) Cook could little guess what the future held for their second born, James Cook II. Born 27 October 1728 in Morton-in-Cleveland, Yorkshire, England James II had a knack for wandering and … Continue reading

The Outsider: Alexander Hamilton

On 11 January 1755 or 1757 (the date is uncertain, but for the sake of clarity we shall assume it is 1755) Alexander Hamilton was born to James Hamilton and Rachel Faucett on Nevis Island, a British territory  James was a … Continue reading