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1967 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Carl E. Anderson*

Chairman and President

E.W. Bliss Company

Carl Anderson was adopted by a Swedish family when he was an infant. He sold home-grown vegetables door to door, raised chickens, and worked as office boy at Westinghouse. After high school, he took a job in a steel fab...

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1962 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Charles W. Anderson*


Ametek, Inc.

Dedicated to helping his family in whatever way he could, Charles Anderson went to work at the age of 14 while attending New York's Brooklyn Technical High School. Later, he worked his way through Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute...

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2015 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Charles C. Anderson, Sr.

Chairman Emeritus

Anderson Companies

Charles Anderson was born in 1934 in Florence, Alabama. At the age of 14, Anderson's father left school to help support the family by selling newspapers to out-of-town construction workers from a newsstand that he built out of ...

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2014 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Lee R. Anderson, Sr.

LRA Family LLC

Lee Anderson, an only child, was born in 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother, Lucille, orphaned at seven, went to an orphanage and eventually became a saleswoman in a department store. His father, Reuben, was orphaned a...

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1994 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Walter Anderson

Chairman & CEO, Retired

Parade Magazine

Walter Anderson, who defines dignity as the "ability to be ourselves," grew up with more fear and anxiety than dignity. Encouraged and protected when possible by his mother, Anderson often received beatings at the hands of an a...

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1994 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Dwayne O. Andreas*

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Born in Minnesota in 1918, Dwayne Andreas was less than a year old when his family moved to a farm near Lisbon, Iowa. There, Andreas and his five brothers and a sister learned to live off the land. Their father was a Mennonite ...

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2022 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

James R. Andrews, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Andrews Institute


Andrews Research & Education Foundation


American Sports Medicine Institute

When James Andrews was born in 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana, his father was leaving for overseas duty as America ventured further into World War II. He was gone for nearly four years. Jimmy moved with his older sister and mot...

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1992 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Maya Angelou*


Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, Maya Angelou was three when her parents separated. She and her younger brother went to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Her grandmother became a posi...

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2010 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Al Annexstad

Chairman Emeritus

Federated Insurance Companies

AMA Investments, LLC

Al Annexstad, the youngest of four children, was born on a small dairy farm in the early 1940s near St. Peter, Minnesota. The farm had no plumbing or electricity, and the Annexstads did their chores tirelessly without the help ...

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2011 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Anousheh Ansari


XPRIZE Foundation

Anousheh Ansari, was born in 1966 in the Iranian holy city of Mashhad, a town of parks and mosques, nestled in the valley of the Nashaf River. Her mother came from a long line of holy men, and her father from a proud family of ...

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