There’s a wealth of research on the impact of a father’s absence on children. For some, a father’s absence can leave a permanent ache. But let’s remember that family support, education, hard work and perseverance can help overcome any obstacle and lead to great success.
Looking ahead to Monday’s President’s Day holiday, I investigated the idea of fatherless presidents. It turns out there are several of them. And other famous fatherless people? Plenty of those, too. This list is by no means comprehensive, but I wanted to share some names that I found very interesting. (Fatherless by means of father’s death, incarceration, non-shared custody, father abandonment or basic lack of parental involvement from biological father)
Famous Fatherless Presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Grover Cleveland, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, William Jefferson Clinton, Barack Obama
Famous Fatherless People – Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, George Washington Carver, Fredrick Douglas, Michael Phelps, Jackie Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Aristotle, Mother Theresa, Julies Caesar, Cleopatra, Confucius, Nicolas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Leonardo da Vinci, Maya Angelou, Lance Armstrong, Jane Austen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Michele Bachmann, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan, James Brown, Carol Burnett, Coco Chanel, Charlie Chaplin, Cher, Agatha Christie, Eric Clapton, Patsy Cline, Bill Cosby, Tom Cruise, Rodney Dangerfield, James Dean, Ella Fitzgerald, Jodie Foster, Robert Frost, Whoopie Goldberg, Cuba Gooding, Gene Hackman, Audrey Hepburn, Julius Erving, Jesse Jackson, B.B. King, Larry King, Stephen King, George Lopez, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Shaquille O’Neal, Al Pacino, Rosa Parks, Edgar Allen Poe, Wolfgang Puck, Rev. Al Sharpton, Gene Simmons, Jon Stewart, Quentin Tarantino, Leo Tolstoy, Mr. T, Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Mike Tyson, Hank Williams, and Malcolm X.