While working at our partner blog Famous Redheads in History I couldn’t help but notice the great number of “firsts” and “founders” among our famous redheads. Here’s a first list, which (since the blog is a work in progress) probably will get longer in the future.
1) Francis Drake: he carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580, and was the first to complete the voyage as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation.
3) Galileo Galilei: he has been called the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of the scientific method", and even the "father of science".
4) Tycho Brahe: he has been described as "the first competent mind in modern astronomy to feel ardently the passion for exact empirical facts."
5) Camille Jenatzy: He is known for breaking the land speed record three times and being the first man to break the 100 km/h barrier.
6) Dodge Brothers: founders of dodge Brothers Company. Horace invented the first dirt-proof ball bearing.
7) Christopher Colombus: discoverer of the American continent.
8) Suzanne Valadon: in 1894, Valadon became the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.
9) George Washington: first American president.
10) Nathaniel Lyon: first Union general to be killed in the American Civil War.
11) Elizabeth of York: first Tudor queen.
12) Ismail I: founder of the Safavid dynasty of Iran.
13) Geoffrey I Plantagenet: first Plantagenet king.
14) Cato the Elder: first historian to write history in Latin.
15) Alexander Mackenzie: he is known for his overland crossing of what is now Canada, that reached the Pacific Ocean in 1793. This was the first east to west crossing of North America north of Mexico and preceded the Lewis and Clark Expedition by 12 years.
16) H. S. Lewis: first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
17) Tamerlane: as the founder of the Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia he became the first ruler in the Timurid dynasty.
18) Philip I of Castile: first member of the house of Habsburg to be King of Castile.
19) John Glenn: first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times.
20) Herbert B. Swope: first Pulitzer Prize for Reporting.
21) Mona von Bismark: first American to be named "The Best Dressed Woman in the World" by a panel of top couturiers, including Coco Chanel, and she was also named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
22) Patrick Henry: a Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia.
23) Anna Bronwell Jameson: first English art historian.
24) Brigham Young: he founded Salt Lake City and served as the first governor of the Utah Territory.
25) Gerda Taro: she is regarded as the first woman photojournalist to have died while covering the frontline in a war.
26) William Sherman: British military historian B. H. Liddell Hart declared that Sherman was "the first modern general".
27) Henry IV of France: first French monarch of the House of Bourbon, a branch of the Capetian dynasty.
28) Venus Ramey Murphy: first Miss America to be photographed in colour.
29) Anita Snook: pioneer aviator who achieved a long list of firsts. She was the first woman aviator in Iowa, first woman student accepted at the Curtiss Flying School in Virginia, first woman aviator to run her own aviation business and first woman to run a commercial airfield.
30) Amelia Earhart: first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
31) Fulk I of Anjou: first count of Anjou.
32) Abd-ar-Rahman I: founder of a Muslim dynasty that ruled the greater part of Iberia for nearly three centuries (including the succeeding Caliphate of Córdoba).
33) Gustav Vasa: he has been labelled the founder of modern Sweden, and the "father of the nation". He founded one of the now oldest orchestras of the world, the Kungliga Hovkapellet (Royal Court Orchestra).
34) Andrew Jackson: founder of the Democratic Party.
35) L. R. Hubbard: founder of Scientology.
36) Isabella Stewart Gardner: founder of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
37) Florence Nighingale: founder of modern nursing.
38) Vittorio Alfieri: he is considered the founder of Italian tragedy.
39) Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote is considered the first modern novel, a classic of Western literature, and among the best works of fiction ever written. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes ("the language of Cervantes").
40) Charlemagne: he was the first recognised emperor to rule from western Europe since the fall of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. The expanded Frankish state that Charlemagne founded is called the Carolingian Empire.
41) H. P. Blavatsky: co-founder of the Theosophical Society.
42) Edward VI of England: first monarch to be raised as a Protestant.
43) Richard Henry Lee: American founding father.
44) Bernardo O’Higgins: he is considered one of Chile's founding fathers, as he was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state.
45) Alexander Hamilton: American founding father.
46) Giuseppe Garibaldi: Italian founding father.
47) Infanta Beatrice of Portugal: she was the one who introduced the name Emanuele into the House of Savoy through his son Emmanuel Philibert.
48) William Holman Hunt: co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
49) Henry VIII of England: his disagreement with the Pope about the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon led him to initiate the English Reformation, separating the Church of England from papal authority. He appointed himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Henry is also known as "the father of the Royal Navy"; he invested heavily on the navy, increasing its size greatly from a few to more than 50 ships.
50) Henry IV of England: Henry's mother was Blanche, heiress to the considerable Lancaster estates, and thus he became the first King of England from the Lancaster branch of the Plantagenets and the first King of England since the Norman Conquest whose mother tongue was English rather than French.
51) James VI and I of England and Scotland: first Stuart to become king of England.
52) Archduchess Magdalena of Austria: founder and first abbess of the convent in Hall in Tirol.
53) Eglantyne Jebb: founder of Save the Children.
54) Ronald A. Fisher: he is described as the founder of modern statistical science.
55) Jesse White Mario: first woman journalist in England.
56) David M. Ogilvy: founder of Ogilvy & Mather and known as the father of advertising.
57) Jacopo Peri: he is considered the inventor of opera.
58) Eleonora Gonzaga the Younger: she founded a literay academy and established two female orders: the Order of Virtuosity (1662) and the Order of the Starrry Cross (1668).
59) Cyrus West Field: along with other entrepreneurs, he created the Atlantic Telegraph Company and laid the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858.
60) Horace Wells: American dentist who pioneered the use of anesthesia in dentistry, specifically nitrous oxide.
61) Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Yusuf ibn Nasr: first ruler of the Emirate of Granada, the last independent Muslim state on the Iberian Peninsula, and the founder of its ruling Nasrid dynasty.
62) Sir Robert Peel: he is regarded as the father of modern British policing and as one of the founders of the modern Conservative Party.
63) Edmund Burke: in the twentieth century he became widely regarded as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism.
64) Louisa Adams: she is the first First Lady to be born outside the United States, a distinction that would not be replicated until 192 years later by Melania Trump.
65) James I the Conqueror, King of Aragon: his reign has been the longest of any Iberian monarch.
66) Finnan McDonald: he is considered by many to be the "Father" of the Idaho Territories, as he was the first white man to build a dwelling there.
67) George Moore: he is as often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist.
68) Praskovia Kovalyova: Russian serf actress. Her most important role was Eliane in Grétry's opera Les Mariages samnites. Assuming the part for the first time in 1785, Praskovia sang Eliane for 12 years — a first in the history of serf theatre.
69) Catherine II of Russia: Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, the country's longest-ruling female leader.
70) Elisabeth of Bavaria: she was the longest serving Empress of Austria at 44 years.
71) Otto von Bismarck: he was the first Chancellor of the German Empire between 1871 and 1890. He also created the first welfare state in the modern world.
72) Lillie Langtry: she is regarded as the first pin-up.
73) Nellie Bly: American journalist who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days and an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism.
74) Billy Wilder: with The Apartment, Wilder became the first person to win Academy Awards as producer, director, and screenwriter for the same film.
75) Katharine Hepburn: she received four Academy Awards—a record for any performer—for Best Actress.
76) Janet Gaynor: she won the first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929. At 22, she was also the youngest to receive the award until 1986, when deaf actress Marlee Matlin, 21, won for her role in Children of a Lesser God.
77) James Mayer de Rothschild: founder of the French branch of the Rothschild bank.
78) Myrna Loy: in 1991 Myrna Loy became the first actress (the second being Maureen O’Hara) to receive an Honorary Oscar without having previously been nominated for an Oscar in a competitive category.
79) F. W. Murnau: his film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927, starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, and Margaret Livingston) won the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production in 1929, during the first Academy Awards ceremony. The film is considered one of the greatest of all time.
80) Frank Borzage: his film 7th Heaven (1927, starring Janet Gaynor) won the first Academy Award for Best Director.
81) Greer Garson: she is the only actress to have received five consecutive Academy Award nominations for acting, all in Best Actress category (1940 - 1945), winning the award for Mrs. Miniver (1942).