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Ernest L. Boyer*

1990 Horatio Alger Award Winner

President

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1928, Ernest L. Boyer was seven when he started helping his father with door-to-door sales during the Great Depression. He also assisted with a typewriter business, another of his father’s sidelines. ...

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Donald R. Brann*

1954 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Directions Simplified, Inc.

After failing twice at starting his own business, Donald Brann tried a third time and succeeded. He realized that full-size patterns could be used on all types of surfaces and with that idea began his own company, Easi-Bild Pat...

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Walter Brennan*

1966 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Actor

Born in 1894 in Lynn, Massachusetts, Walter Brennan was the son of Irish immigrants. He studied engineering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and became interested in acting in school plays. During his summer breaks, he worked as a ...

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Andrew F. Brimmer*

1974 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Board of Governors

Federal Reserve System

The son of a sharecropper, Andrew Brimmer was born in Newellton, Louisiana, in 1926. He grew up in the 1930s in that small, poor, and racially segregated Mississippi River farm town. To earn extra money, his mother raised chick...

Norman Brinker

Norman Brinker*

1985 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman and CEO

Chili's Inc.

Born in 1931, Norman Brinker was raised on a small farm in Roswell, New Mexico. He spent his days milking cows, feeding chickens, picking cotton, raising rabbits, and riding horses. “I wanted to be a rancher,” he said. “A...

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Gary P. Brinson

2008 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Founder and Chairman

The Brinson Foundation

Gary Brinson was born in 1943 in Seattle. His father was a bus driver, and his mother worked as a clerk at Sears. After graduating from Renton High School, Brinson enrolled at Seattle University, where he earned a bachelor’s ...

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Shepard Broad*

1979 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman of the Board

American Savings & Loan Association

Born in 1906 in Pinsk, Russia, into an Orthodox Jewish family, Shmuel Bobrowicz lost his mother at age three and became an orphan at 10, when his father died in World War I. He and his younger brother survived the German occupa...

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Louis C. Brock

2002 Horatio Alger Award Winner

President

Brockworld Products, Inc.

Lou Brock, the seventh of nine children, was born in 1939 in El Dorado, Arkansas, to sharecropper parents. When he was two, his parents separated, and his mother moved with the children to Collinston, Louisiana, where the famil...

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Thomas J. Brokaw

2007 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Former Anchor and Managing Editor/Special Correspondent

NBC Nightly News/NBC News

Tom Brokaw was born in Webster, South Dakota, in 1940 and was raised in the small towns and rural culture of the Great Plains. His father, the youngest of 10 children, left school in the third grade to work in construction, a t...

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Benjy F. Brooks*

1983 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Professor & Chief of Pediatric Surgery

University of Texas

Born in 1918 in the northern Texas town of Lewisville, Benjy Brooks moved with her parents to Oklahoma at a young age. From age four, she wanted to be a doctor and operate on her sister’s dolls with manicure scissors. ...

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