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1957 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Thomas Carvel*


The Carvel Company

Thomas Carvel was born in Athens, Greece, in 1906 and came to the United States at the age of five. He worked as a shoeshine boy, canvasser, automobile mechanic, and sales manager. Wanting to go into business for himsel...

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1976 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Roy J. Carver*

Chairman and Founder

Bandag, Inc.

Roy Carver was born in Preemption, Illinois, in 1909 and was one of four children. His father drilled wheels, sold pumps, and served as a Mercer County, Illinois, supervisor to support his family. Carver's early jobs in...

Rita L. Case

2022 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Rita L. Case

President and CEO

Rick Case Automotive Group

Rita Case was born in 1955, the third of four children. She was raised in Santa Rosa, California, where her parents owned a small foreign car repair shop. “My dad was the mechanic, and my mother handled the customers—that w...

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1977 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Johnny Cash*


Born in a three-room railroad house in Kingsland, Arkansas, in 1932, Johnny Cash was the fourth of seven children. The life of an Arkansas sharecropper was difficult during the Great Depression, but family hymn-singing around t...

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1963 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Bernard Castro*


Castro Convertible Corporation

Bernard Castro was born in Sicily in 1904 and emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1919 at age 15. Although he did not speak English and was a stranger in a new world, he had ambition and energy. He never went to high s...

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1989 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

S. Truett Cathy*

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

The sixth of seven children, Truett Cathy was born in 1921 in Eatonton, Georgia, to a close-knit but impoverished family. His father was a real estate and insurance salesman, and his mother took in boarders. "My father was caug...

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1970 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Harry F. Chaddick*


Chicago Industrial District, Inc.

Harry F. Chaddick grew up as a poor boy in a family of nine on Chicago's West Side. He left grammar school at age 14. His parents obtained a working certificate for him and dropped him off on a street corner in Chicago's Loop w...

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2003 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Raymond G. Chambers

Ambassador for Global Strategy and Health Financing

World Health Organization

Ray Chambers was born in 1942 in Newark, New Jersey. He is a philanthropist and humanitarian who has directed most of his efforts toward children. He is founding chairman of the Points of Light Institute and co-founder, along w...

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1968 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Marvin Chandler*

Chairman and President

Northern Illinois Gas Company

Marvin Chandler was born and raised in the Boston area. He attended Brookline High School and Philips Exeter Academy. In his second year at Dartmouth College, just at the outset of the Great Depression, Chandler's father died, ...

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1965 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

R. Carl Chandler*


Standard Packaging Company

R. Carl Chandler worked in a grocery store after school while maintaining an "A" average in his schoolwork. He was class president, valedictorian, and best all-around bandsman. He won a statewide oratorical contest sponsored by...

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