Hall of Fame for Great Americans 1925

About the members of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans for 1925 including Booth, John Paul Jones, John Jay and others.



The rules for election were modified in two ways in 1922. First, any candidate for membership had to be dead at least 25 years, and second, a three-fifths vote was required (1925 through 1940). There were 105 electors in 1925, so 63 votes were required for election.

Edwin Booth, actor (85). Booth became the first person to receive 80 votes or more since 1900. Generally regarded as the finest American actor of the 19th century, Booth (1833-1893) was more representative of the profession than Charlotte Cushman. His brother, John Wilkes Booth, was the assassin of Lincoln.

John Paul Jones, naval officer (68)

Chief Justice John Jay got 59 votes and American Revolutionary leader Samuel Adams got 58. Neither was elected in 1925 nor anytime thereafter. Sacagawea, the young Indian woman who acted as interpreter for Lewis and Clark, received 1 vote, becoming the first Indian to be considered as a great American.

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