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Peleg Wadsworth -- b.5/6/1748 d.11/12/1829 (81)
Revolutionary, Soldier, Congressperson

Robert F. Wagner -- b.4/20/1910 d.2/12/1991 (80)
Mayor
Misc: Mayor of New York

Robert Ferdinand Wagner -- b.6/8/1877 d.5/4/1953 (75)
Senator

John D. Waihee III -- b.5/19/1946
Governor, Hawaiian
Misc: Governor of Hawaii 1986-1994

Morrison Remick Waite -- b.11/29/1816 d.3/23/1888 (71)
Supreme Court Chief Justice
Misc: Seventh Supreme Court Chief Justice 1874-88

Kurt Waldheim -- b.12/21/1918 d.6/14/2007 (88)
Head of State, Austrian
Misc: Austrian President; U.N. secretary general

Bill Walker -- b.4/16/1951 N.S.
Governor

Marcy Walker -- b.11/26/1961
Minister, Actress
Names/Places: aka Marcy Smith
Misc: some say b. 1962
TV Shows: All My Children, Santa Barbara, Palace Guard (as Christy Cooper), Guiding Light

Scott Walker -- b.11/2/1967
Governor

George C. Wallace -- b.8/25/1919 d.9/13/1998 (79)
Politician, Governor

Henry Agard Wallace -- b.10/7/1888 d.11/18/1965 (77)
Vice President
Misc: 33rd U.S. Vice President 1941-45

Horace Wallace -- b.2/26/1817 d.12/16/1852 (35)
Author, Poet, Jurist
Misc: art and literature critic

Lew Wallace -- b.4/10/1827 d.2/15/1905 (77)
Author, General, Soldier, Politician, Governor, Diplomat, Lawyer, American
Misc: a Union general in the American Civil War, a governor of the New Mexico Territory
Book Titles: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Raoul Wallenberg -- b.8/4/1912 d.7/17/1947 (34)
Architect, Statesman, Swedish
Misc: credited with saving 100,000 Jews in Budapest from the Nazis during World War II. Presumed deceased on July 17, 1947. He was the second person to receive honorary U.S. citizenship [1981]

Edmund Waller -- b.3/3/1606 J-LD d.10/21/1687 J-LD (81)
Poet, Politician, English

Malcolm Wallop -- b.2/27/1933 d.9/14/2011 (78)
Senator

Horace Walpole -- b.9/24/1717 d.3/2/1797 (79)
Architect, Author, Novelist, Historian, Statesman, English
Names/Places: NN:4th Earl of Oxford
Misc: gothic romance

Sir Robert Walpole -- b.8/26/1676 O.S. or 9/5/1676 N.S. d.3/18/1745 O.S. (68) or 3/29/1745 N.S. (68)
Prime Minister, Statesman, English
Misc: the first prime minister of England (1721-42)

Laurence E. Walsh -- b.1/8/1912 d.3/19/2014 (102)
Politician, Attorney/Lawyer, Canadian
Misc: Former Independent Counsel

Thomas James Walsh -- b.6/12/1859 d.3/2/1933 (73)
Senator

Vernon A. Walters -- b.1/3/1917 d.2/10/2002 (85)
Congressperson, Ambassador
Misc: ex-U.S. permanent rep to the UN.

George Walton -- b.??/??/1740 or ??/??/1749 d.2/2/1804
Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

Paul Wamke -- b.1/31/1920 d.10/31/2001 (81)
Diplomat

Judge Joseph A. Wapner -- b.11/15/1919 d.2/26/2017 N.S. (97)
Judge
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles
TV Shows: The People's Court (Judge, Retired)

Artemas Ward -- b.11/26/1727 d.10/28/1800 (72)
Revolutionary, Congressperson

David Wark -- b.2/19/1804 d.8/20/1905 (101)
Senator, Canadian
Misc: in office 1841-1905

John William Warner -- b.2/18/1927
Senator
Names/Places: Elizabeth Taylor's ex-

Earl Warren -- b.3/19/1891 N.S. d.7/9/1974 N.S. (83)
Supreme Court Chief Justice, Governor
Misc: California governor, the 14th supreme court chief justice (1953-69); d. July 19?

Elizabeth Warren -- b.6/22/1949
Senator

Gerald Warren -- b.8/17/1930 N.S. d.3/20/2015 N.S. (84)
Journalist, Editor, Presidential Aide
Misc: assistant press secretary for Nixon & Ford

Bushrod Washington -- b.6/5/1762 N.S. d.11/26/1829 N.S. (67)
Supreme Court Justice
Names/Places: George's nephew
Misc: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 1798-1829

George Washington -- b.2/11/1731 J-LD or 2/22/1732 N.S. or 2/11/1732 Ju-1 d.12/14/1799 N.S. (67)
General, President, American
Names/Places: b. at his parents' plantation near Fredricksburg, Virginia; he died at his Mount Vernon home nearly three years after leaving office.
Misc: the first U.S. President 1789-96; led Continental army; 6 star general is history's highest ranking officer of the U.S. Army; on a $1 bill & quarter; you'd think that when asked to show his I.D. he'll pull out a quarter?

Harold Washington -- b.4/15/1922 d.11/25/1987 (65)
Mayor
Misc: the first Black Mayor of Chicago

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington -- b.6/2/1731 O.S. or 6/13/1731 N.S. d.5/22/1802 (70)
First Lady
Names/Places: George's wife
Misc: the first First Lady

Walter E. Washington -- b.4/15/1915 d.10/27/2003 (88)
Mayor
Misc: Washington D.C. mayor

Maxine Waters -- b.8/15/1938
Congressperson

James D. Watkins -- b.3/7/1927 d.7/26/2012 (85)
Government Official
Misc: ex-Secretary of Energy

Albert Watson -- b.8/30/1922 d.9/25/1994 (72)
Congressperson

James G. Watt -- b.1/31/1938
Presidential Aide
Misc: ex-interior secretary 1981-83

J. C. Watts Jr. -- b.11/18/1957
Congressperson

Henry A. Waxman -- b.9/12/1939
Congressperson

James M. Wayne -- b.??/??/1790 d.7/5/1867 N.S.
Supreme Court Justice

George Weah -- b.10/1/1966 N.S.
Politician, Humanitarian, Soccer Striker, Liberian

Meshech Weare -- b.1/16/1713 d.1/14/1786 (72)
Revolutionary, Lawyer, Farmer
Misc: the first President of New Hampshire 1776-1785

Jim Weaver -- b.8/8/1927
Congressperson

Dr. Robert Clifton Weaver -- b.12/29/1907 d.7/17/1997 (89)
Presidential Aide
Misc: Department of Housing & Urban Development head; the first black to serve in the U.S. Cabinet

James E. Webb -- b.10/7/1906 d.3/27/1992 (85)
Government Official
Misc: the second head of NASA (1961-68)

James "Jim" Webb -- b.2/9/1946
Author, Senator, Presidential Aide
Misc: ex-Secretary of Navy

Daniel Webster -- b.1/18/1782 d.10/24/1852 (70)
Orator, Statesman, Government Official, Attorney/Lawyer
Names/Places: b. in Salisbury, NH
Misc: secretary of state

Noah Webster -- b.10/16/1758 d.5/28/1843 (84)
Author, Lexicographer, Journalist, Politician, Teacher
Book Titles: American Dictionary of the English Language (compiler)

William H. Webster -- b.3/6/1924
Judge/Jurist, Government Official, Attorney/Lawyer
Misc: ex-FBI & CIA director

Herman Wedemeyer -- b.5/20/1924 d.1/25/1999 (74)
Politician, Actor, College Football Player
Misc: 1940s star athlete
TV Shows: Hawaii Five-O (as Duke Lukela)

Lowell Weicker Jr. -- b.5/16/1931
Senator, Governor

Caspar Willard Weinberger -- b.8/18/1917 d.3/28/2006 (88)
Government Official
Misc: Defense Secretary under President Reagan

Ted Weiss -- b.9/17/1927 d.9/14/1992 (64)
Congressperson

Chaim Weizmann -- b.11/27/1874 d.11/9/1952 (77)
Scientist, Head of State, Russian
Misc: the first president of Israel in 1948

Joseph Welch -- b.10/22/1890 d.10/6/1960 (69)
Attorney/Lawyer

William F. Weld -- b.7/31/1945
Politician, Governor, Attorney, Businessperson

Gideon Welles -- b.7/1/1802 d.2/11/1878 (75)
Government Official
Names/Places: NN: Neptune
Misc: U.S. secretary of the navy under presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

Arthur Wellesley -- b.5/1/1769 d.9/14/1852 (83)
General, Statesman, British, Irish
Misc: 1st Duke of Wellington (C)/victor at Waterloo/British PM (1828-30) who made Napoleon very unhappy.

H. G. Wells -- b.9/21/1866 d.8/13/1946 (79)
Novelist, Historian, Congressperson, English
Names/Places: b. in Kent; RFMN:Herbert George; d. in London
Book Titles: The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds

Paul Wellstone -- b.7/21/1944 d.10/25/2002 (58)
Senator

Alan Wheat -- b.10/16/1951
Congressperson

Earle Wheeler -- b.1/13/1908 d.12/18/1975 (67)
General, Government Official

William Almon Wheeler -- b.6/30/1819 d.6/4/1887 (67)
Vice President
Misc: 19th U.S. Vice President

William Whipple -- b.1/14/1730 J-LD or 1/14/1731 Ju-1 or 1/25/1731 N.S. d.11/28/1785 (55)
Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White -- b.6/8/1917 N.S. d.4/15/2002 N.S. (84)
Supreme Court Justice, NFL Runningback
Misc: All-America HB at Colorado (1935-37); signed with Pittsburgh in 1938 for the then largest contract in pro history ($15,800); took Rhodes scholarship in 1939; returned to NFL in 1940 to lead league in rushing and retired in 1941; named to U.S. Supreme Court by President Kennedy in 1962 and stepped down in 1993; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Colorado at Boulder, Pittsburgh Pirates (1938), Detroit Lions (1940-1941)

Edward Douglass White -- b.11/3/1845 d.5/19/1921 (75)
Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court Chief Justice
Misc: 9th CJ 1911-21

John C. White -- b.11/26/1924 d.1/20/1995 (70)
Politician
Misc: DNC chairman

Mark White Jr. -- b.3/17/1940 d.8/5/2017 N.S. (77)
Governor, Attorney/Lawyer

Sheldon Whitehouse -- b.10/20/1955
Senator

Mal Whitfield -- b.10/11/1924 d.11/19/2015 N.S. (91)
Ambassador, Runner
Misc: American middle-distance runner, world-record holder for the 880-yard race (1950-54), for the 1,000-metre race (1953), and as a member of the U.S. team for the 4 {times} 440-yard relay race (1952-56), etc.

Christie Whitman -- b.9/26/1946
Author, Government Official
Misc: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Kathryn Whitmire -- b.8/15/1946
Mayor
Misc: the first female Mayor of the city of Houston, Texas

John Hay Whitney -- b.8/17/1904 d.2/8/1982 (77)
Publisher, Diplomat, Philanthropist, Sports Figure

Bob Whittaker -- b.9/18/1939
Congressperson

Charles Evans Whittaker -- b.2/22/1901 d.11/26/1973 (72)
Supreme Court Justice
Misc: Associate justice of the United States Supreme Court (1957-62).

Jamie Whitten -- b.4/18/1910 d.9/9/1995 (85)
Congressperson
Misc: served a record 53 years in the House

Joko Widodo -- b.6/21/1961 N.S.
President, Indonese
Misc: President of Indonesia

Charles Wiggins -- b.12/3/1927 d.3/2/2000 (72)
Congressperson

William Wilberforce -- b.8/24/1759 d.7/29/1833 (73)
Politician, Philanthropist, Social Reformer, British
Misc: House of Commons; campaigned successfully for the abolition of slavery (1807) in the British Empire.

L. Douglas Wilder -- b.1/17/1931
Governor
Names/Places: FN:Lawrence
Misc: Governor of Virginia 1990-1994

John Wilkes -- b.10/17/1725 d.12/26/1797 (72)
Journalist, Politician, English

Bruce Williams -- b.2/18/1932 N.S. d.2/9/2019 N.S. (86)
Author, Mayor, Entrepreneur, Radio Talk Show Host
Misc: host of The Bruce Wiliams Show

Edward Bennett Williams -- b.5/31/1920 d.8/13/1988 (68)
Attorney/Lawyer, NFL Owner
Sports Teams: Washington Redskins/Baltimore Orioles (owner)

John Bell Williams -- b.12/4/1918 d.3/25/1983 (64)
Politician

Hugh Williamson -- b.12/5/1735 d.5/22/1819 (83)
Scientist, Politician
Misc: legislator

Wendell Lewis Willkie -- b.2/18/1892 d.10/8/1944 (52)
Author, Politician, Attorney/Lawyer
Misc: Republican presidential candidate in 1940, who tried unsuccessfully to unseat President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He subsequently became identified with his famous "One World" concept of international cooperation.

Bertha Wilson -- b.9/18/1923 d.4/28/2007 (83)
Supreme Court Justice, Canadian

Charlie Wilson -- b.6/1/1933 d.2/10/2010 (76)
Congressperson

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson -- b.10/15/1872 d.12/28/1961 (89)
First Lady
Names/Places: Woodrow's wife #2

Ellen Louise Axson Wilson -- b.5/15/1860 d.8/6/1914 (54)
First Lady
Names/Places: Woodrow's wife #1; MN:Axson

Sir Harold Wilson -- b.3/11/1916 d.5/24/1995 (79)
Prime Minister, British, English
Names/Places: FN: James; aka Lord Wilson and Baron Wilson of Rievaulx
Misc: Prime Minister 1964-70,74-76

Henry Wilson -- b.2/16/1812 d.11/22/1875 (63)
Vice President
Misc: 18th U.S. Vice President 1873-75

James Wilson -- b.9/14/1742 d.8/21/1798 (55)
Supreme Court Justice, Judge/Jurist
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

Pete Wilson -- b.8/23/1933
Senator, Governor
Misc: former California governor

William (Politician) Wilson -- b.4/2/1862 d.5/25/1934 (72)
Politician, Leader, Scotish
Misc: United Mine Workers of America

Woodrow Wilson -- b.12/28/1856 d.2/3/1924 (67)
President
Names/Places: b. in Staunton, Virginia; FN:Thomas; d. in his home in Washington
Misc: 28th U.S. President 1913-21

Edward Winslow -- b.10/18/1595 J-LD d.5/8/1655 J-LD (59)
Governor, English
Misc: founder of the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts.

John Winthrop -- b.2/22/1606 d.4/15/1676 (70)
Governor
Names/Places: aka John Winthrop the Younger

John Winthrop -- b.1/12/1588 Ju-1 or 1/12/1587 J-LD or 1/22/1588 N.S. d.3/26/1649 J-LD (61)
Governor, Lawyer, English
Misc: the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

John-Fitz Winthrop -- b.3/14/1638 Ju-1 or 3/14/1637 J-LD d.11/27/1707 J-LD (69)
Governor
Misc: governor of colonial Connecticut

Timothy E. Wirth -- b.9/22/1939
Senator

Manfred Woerner -- b.9/24/1934 d.8/13/1994 (59)
Statesman, Government Official, German
Misc: NATO secretary general

Harris Wofford -- b.4/9/1926
Senator, Attorney

Oliver Wolcott -- b.11/20/1726 J-LD or 12/1/1726 N.S. d.12/1/1797 (71)
Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist, Governor
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer; Nov 20=O.S./Dec 1=N.S.

Naomi Wolf -- b.11/12/1962
Author, Writer, Journalist, Government Official

Howard Wolpe -- b.11/3/1939 d.10/25/2011 (71)
Congressperson

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey -- b.3/??/1473 or 3/??/1475 d.11/29/1530
Statesman, English
Misc: King Henry advisor

John Wood Jr. -- b.3/31/1916 d.5/29/1979 (63)
Judge/Jurist, Attorney/Lawyer

Levi Woodbury -- b.12/22/1789 d.9/4/1851 (61)
Supreme Court Justice
Misc: Associate Justice 1846-51

Leonard F. Woodcock -- b.2/15/1911 d.1/16/2001 (89)
Statesman
Misc: labor officer, former head of the UAW

Lauren Woodland -- b.10/29/1977
Attorney, Actress
TV Shows: Alien Nation

Rose Mary Woods -- b.12/26/1917 d.1/22/2005 (87)
Government Official
Misc: secretary who erased parts of Watergate tapes

William B. Woods -- b.8/3/1824 d.5/14/1887 (62)
Supreme Court Justice
Misc: associate justice 1880-87

James Woolsey -- b.9/21/1941 N.S.
Government Official, Diplomat, Lawyer
Names/Places: aka Jim Woolsey; RN: Robert James Woolsey Jr.
Misc: ex-CIA director

James C. Jr. "Jim" Wright -- b.12/22/1922 N.S. d.5/6/2015 N.S. (92)
Congressperson
Misc: House speaker

Marian Wright-Edelman -- b.6/6/1939
Attorney/Lawyer, Founder, Civil Rights Leader
Misc: Children's Defense Fund president

Ron Wyden -- b.5/3/1949
Senator

Chalmers P. Wylie -- b.11/23/1920 d.8/14/1998 (77)
Politician, Congressperson, Attorney/Lawyer

Willard Wyman -- b.3/21/1898 d.3/29/1969 (71)
Army Officer, Presidential Aide
Misc: the first army chief of staff

George Wythe -- b.??/??/1726 d.6/8/1806 (79)
Revolutionary, Attorney/Lawyer
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer; d. age estimated

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