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Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners

Established in 1963, this gold medal is the highest civilian honor in the United States. It recognizes contributions to the advancement of world peace, or endeavors in the interest of the United States or American culture.

  • Adela Rogers St. John (born 1894, died 1988)

    American journalist, novelist and screenwriter.

    • 1970 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Anne Legendre Armstrong
    • 1987 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Annie D. Wauneka
    • 1963 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ariel Durant (born 1898, died 1981)

    American historian.

    • 1977 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (born 1936, died 1996)

    American lawyer, legislator and professor. The first African-American woman elected to Congress by a Southern state.

    • 1994 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Clare Boothe Luce (born 1903, died 1987)

    American journalist, legislator and diplomat.

    • 1983 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Claudia ''Lady Bird'' Johnson (born 1912)

    American first lady.

    • 1977 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Dorothy Irene Height (born 1912)

    American civil-rights leader. President of the National Council of Negro Women.

    • 1994 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Elizabeth Bloomer Warren ''Betty'' Ford (born 1918)

    American first lady. Known for her drug and alcohol treatment centers.

    • 1991 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver (born 1920)

    American philanthropist who founded the Special Olympics. Sister of President John F. Kennedy.

    • 1984 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Genevieve Caulfield
    • 1963 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Georgia O'Keeffe (born 1887, died 1986)

    American painter.

    • 1977 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Hanna Holborn Gray
    • 1991 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Helen A. Keller (born 1880, died 1968)

    American author and lecturer. Left blind and deaf by an illness at the age of 19 months.

    • 1964 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Helen Brooke Taussig (born 1898, died 1986)

    American physician who pioneered pediatric cardiology.

    • 1964 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jean Faircloth MacArthur
    • 1988 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Kate Smith (born 1909, died 1986)

    American singer. Best known for ''God Bless America.''

    • 1982 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Katherine Filene Shouse
    • 1977 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Lena F. Edwards
    • 1964 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Lila Wallace (born 1889, died 1984)

    American publisher.

    • 1972 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Lucia Chase (born 1907, died 1986)

    American ballerina.

    • 1979 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Lucille Ball (born 1911, died 1989)

    American actress and comedian.

    • 1989 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Lynn Fontanne (born 1887, died 1983)

    English-born American actress.

    • 1964 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Mabel Mercer (born 1900, died 1984)

    English-born American cabaret singer.

    • 1983 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Margaret Chase Smith (born 1897, died 1995)

    American legislator.

    • 1989 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Margaret Mead (born 1901, died 1978)

    American anthropologist.

    • 1979 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Marian Anderson (born 1902, died 1993)

    American singer. First African-American member of the Metropolitan Opera Company (1955). Performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.

    • 1963 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas
    • 1993 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Mary Lasker

    American art dealer and philanthropist.

    • 1969 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Pearl Bailey Bellson
    • 1988 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Roberta Wohlstetter
    • 1985 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Rosa L. Parks (born 1913)

    American civil-rights leader.

    • 1996 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta (born 1910, died 1997)

    Albanian missionary who founded schools, orphanages, shelters and clinics in India, ministering to ''the poorest of the poor.'' Original name: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhu.

    • 1985 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Beverly Sills (born 1929)

    American opera singer. Original name: Belle Silverman.

    • 1979 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jeane J. Kirkpatrick (born 1926)

    American diplomat.

    • 1985 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Audrey Hepburn (born 1929, died 1993)

    Belgian-born American actress and activist for famine relief in Africa.

    • 1992 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Martha Raye (born 1916)

    American comedian and singer. Original name: Margaret Reed.

    • 1993 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Helen Hayes (born 1900, died 1993)

    American actress.

    • 1986 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Margaret Thatcher (born 1929)

    First female, and longest-serving, prime minister of Great Britain. Nicknamed the ''Iron Lady.''

    • 1991 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Wilma Mankiller (born 1945)

    Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

    • 1988 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Leontyne Price (born 1927)

    American opera singer.

    • 1964 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ella Fitzgerald (born 1918, died 1996)

    American jazz singer.

    • 1992 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Martha Graham (born 1894, died 1991)

    American dancer and choreographer.

    • 1976 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ella T. Grasso (born 1919, died 1981)

    American politician. Governor of Connecticut from 1975-80, she was the first female governor in the U.S. elected in her own right rather than being chosen to succeed her husband.

    • 1981 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Rachel Louise Carson (born 1907, died 1964)

    American biologist, environmentalist and writer. Her books were among the first to draw attention to human environmental devastation.

    • 1979 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Peggy Charren

    American activist who campaigned for the Children's Television Act.

    • 1995 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Joan Ganz Cooney

    American television producer and founder of the Children's Television Workshop.

    • 1995 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Antonia Pantoja

    American activist known for her work in the Puerto Rican community.

    • 1996 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ginetta Sagan

    A member of the Italian resistance during WWII, Sagan later became a leader in Amnesty International.

    • 1996 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Brooke Astor

    American philanthropist.

    • 1998 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Frances Hesselbein

    American management expert. Leader of the Girl Scouts of America, 1976-90.

    • 1998 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Margaret ''Mardy'' Murie

    American environmental activist.

    • 1988 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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