Archive for Biography

Characteristics of the 115th Congress

This brief CRS report presents a statistical overview of this Congress:

“Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service.”  (Summary)

Also, consult The Hill’s 115th Congress Will be the Most Racially Diverse in History for more data.



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The Opinions of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch

As is pointed out in the CRS publication, Judge Gorsuch has authored more than 800 opinions in his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals. This aforementioned report lists what are considered essential cases he has reviewed and written on, ranging from administrative law to constitutional law; links are provided to the individual cases. A good biographical overview, coupled with an analysis of his judicial record, can be found at SCOTUSblog.

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Biography of the New UN Secretary General

Here is his official biography from the United Nations; additional profiles are available courtesy of the BBC and Time. A video of his swearing-in is available.

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Donald Trump Is Time Magazine’s 2016 “Person of the Year”

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Who’s Who in Trump’s Cabinet

So far, seven out of the fifteen positions, all of whom require Senate approval, have been selected; other Cabinet positions have candidates being interviewed. The president-elect has also tapped other advisers who do not need Senate confirmation. The updated list is here.

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Hudson’s Bay Company Employee Records

The HBC is a unique enterprise, spanning the centuries until the present day. At times, it was an entity unto itself, almost a sovereign country. Being a business, detailed records were kept, among them biographies of its employees. Where possible, these records include parish of birth, birth date, death date, appointments, positions and postings, date of entering service, names of wife/wives and child(ren), and annotations if available. Additional information (including by-laws, correspondence, and other primary source material) on the company can be found here; maps of its numerous posts can also be consulted online. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography presents fuller life stories on some of these HBC worthies.

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2016 Olympians from New Jersey

There are thirty-eight athletes from New Jersey at this year’s summer games;  biographical profiles on eight of them are online. Pictures and brief profiles of all of them can be accessed online as well.

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