Profiles in Courage Character Descriptions

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John Quincy Adams

The son of a former U.S. President, he was groomed from an early age for a political career. He became the first President whose father had also held that office.

Thomas Hart Benton

A senator from Missouri from 1821 to 1844, he refused to go along with Missouri's political leanings toward secession from the Union.

Sam Houston

His political career included being Governor of Tennessee, Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Militia, Senator from Texas, and Governor of Texas until he resigned when Texas voted to secede from the Union.

Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar

An eloquent Southerner who worked for reconciliation and unity after the Civil War. He ultimately ended up as a justice of the United States supreme Court.

George Norris

He was noted for opposing President Woodrow Wilson who wanted to arm American merchant marine ships during World War I, and for being a tireless supporter...

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