Hall of Fame for Great Americans 1935

About the members of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans for 1935 including Henry George, Newcomb, Cleveland and others.



There were 101 electors, and 61 votes were required for election.

William Penn, statesman (83). Penn, Roger Williams, and Jonathan Edwards are the only members who belong exclusively to the colonial period of American history.

Simon Newcomb, scientist (78). An astronomer, Newcomb (1835-1909) had an international reputation for his discoveries and inventions.

Grover Cleveland, statesman (77). Cleveland (1837-1908) was the first person to have been an elector who was later chosen for membership. The only other one was Woodrow Wilson.

Economist Henry George gathered 56 votes in 1935 but has never been elected. Others considered but failing to win included American Revolutionary hero George Rogers Clark with 46 votes, architect Charles Follen McKim with 44, and educator Henry Barnard with 33. One vote each went to philosopher Borden Parker Bowne, educator Edward Austin Sheldon, and clergyman Peter Bulkeley.

Ten women were considered for election in 1935 (including women's rights activist Lucretia Mott, spiritualist Elena Petrovna Blavatsky, and author Sarah Josepha Buell Hale) but none was chosen. John C. Calhoun had received 49 votes in 1900 but was not considered in 1935. William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, abolitionists of the 19th century, had been recipients of votes every year since the beginning but were not nominated in 1935.

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