Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is known for his many novels. Whether or not you have read them all, you most likely have come across or heard some of his many writings. Some of his more popular writings were The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities.

He lived from February 1812 to June 1870. He left school young to work in a factory when his father went to debtor’s prison. His first writing was The Pickwick Papers which was serialized, a common practice at one time. This also allowed him to evaluate his audience’s reaction and modify based on feedback. Some of his life experiences were used in his stories – people and places. His most autobiographical novel was David Copperfield.

He visited the United States and Canada. In his second visit, delayed by the Civil War, he met with such giants as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He died in 1870 after a stroke.

No matter how you have heard of Charles Dickens, almost everyone has seen or heard A Christmas Carol in some form. There have been many renditions of this story in plays and movies.

You can see a more comprehensive outline of his life here.

Davy Crockett

The Victor crew wanted to learn more about Davy Crockett. Here is what we found:

Born David de Crocketagne, born in 1786 in Kentucky, Davy Crockett is best known for fighting at the Alamo.

He grew up in Tennessee and had a reputation for hunting and story-telling. He married Polly Finley in 1806. They had three children together: John Wesley Crockett who became a US Congressman, William Finley Crockett, and Margaret Finley Crockett. Polly died in 1815. He married the widow Elizabeth Patton who had her own children: Margaret Ann and George. Together they had Robert Patton, Rebecca Elvira, and Matilda.

He became a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, TN in 1818, and elected to state legislature in 1821. In 1825 he was elected to U.S. Congress. He opposed President Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act.

In 1835, Crockett moved his family to Little Rock, Arkansas. He went to Texas in early 1836. He enrolled as a volunteer and set out for the Rio Grande under the Provisional Government of Texas. He went to the Alamo in San Antonio and found the Mexican soldiers had initiated a siege. The siege went from February 23 to March 6. When Crockett paused briefly in the chapel to pray, Mexican soldiers breached the walls of the Alamo complex. This Battle of the Alamo lasted less than 90 minutes. Davy Crockett was 49 years old when he died.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett

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Biography: Hillary Clinton

Hillary (Rodham) Clinton was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Hugh and Dorothy Rodham, the eldest of three children. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Hillary attended Wellesley College and became involved in student politics. She graduated in 1969 and attended Yale Law School. She met Bill Clinton at Yale and graduated Yale in 1973.

Hillary married Bill Clinton in 1975. In 1980 Chelsea was born.

In 1992 her husband was elected president and she became first lady. During this time they invested in the Whitewater real estate project which late became the subject of congressional hearings. In 1998 the White House went through the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Despite her husband’s impeachment, he was not convicted and remained in office.

In 1999, Hillary sought and won the New York U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the retiring incumbent. In early 2007, she announced her plans to run for president but when it became apparent she wouldn’t get enough support she withdrew.

Hillary became the secretary of state when she was nominated by Obama. Her leadership went under investigation after an attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed 4. She stepped down February 2013 citing she was only interested in serving one term.

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the 2016 Democratic Nominee in July 2016.

Donald Trump was born in Queens, NY in 1946. He was the fourth of five children born to Frederick and Mary Trump. Frederick was a real estate developer and builder. Donald attended the New York Military Academy when he was 13. He graduated in 1964 and went on to Fordham University. After two years he transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics.

He worked with his father in the summers while a student in the real estate business. In 1971 he started with building projects in Manhattan when he went off on his own to Manhattan. In 1973 his business practices were called in question and there was a Fair Housing Act complaint against him. It was settled in 1975.

In 1980 he opened the Grand Hyatt. He also acquired property in Atlantic City which eventually became known as Trump Plaza. In 1982, he opened Trump Tower. There are many more holdings and hotels.

In 1999, he formed an exploratory committee to see if he wanted to seek nomination of the Reform Party for the 2000 race. When he had a poor showing in the California primary, he withdrew.

In 2004 he started the series The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice and became famous for the catch-phrase “You’re fired.”

He became the Republican candidate for president on July 19, 2016. He chose Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate for Vice President.

http://www.biography.com/people/hillary-clinton-9251306#benghazi-testimony-and-resignation