My Top 10 Redheads: 5 – 1

5.Patrick Henry: Patrick Henry was a prominent figure in the American Revolution, known and remembered primarily for his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech – a speech made in the House of Burgesses on March 23, 1775, urging that legislature to take military action against the encroaching British military force.

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Henry was trained as an attorney, and he was noted for his public speaking skills. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he was one of the most influential advocates of the American Revolution and republicanism, especially in his denunciations of corruption in government officials and his defense of historic rights. Emory and Henry College is named in his honor, and Henry helped to establish the Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

4.William Clark: William Clark was a Scottish-American explorer who accompanied Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark Expedition –the first United States overland expedition to the Pacific coast and back, led by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark of the United States Army (also known as the Corps of Discovery). Clark concentrated chiefly on the drawing of maps, the management of the expedition’s supplies, and the identification of native plants and animals.

Clark was commissioned a lieutenant in the regular Army in 1792 and was assigned to Anthony Wayne’s Legion of the United States. Lewis and Clark left the army in 1796, and in 1803, they were asked to share command of the newly-formed Corps of Discovery. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the explorers after he made the Louisiana Purchase. The duo spent three years on the expedition, and Jefferson wanted them to study the Indian tribes, botany, geology, and wildlife in the region.

Clark was also a member of the fraternal organization known as the Freemasons.

3.Bobby Flay: Bobby Flay is a celebrity chef and restaurateur. He is the owner and executive chef of five restaurants: Mesa Grill, Bolo and Bar Americain in New York City, Mesa Grill Las Vegas, and Bobby Flay Steak. Flay’s father William was a partner in Joe Allen’s New York City restaurant, where Flay began working at 17. Owner Joe Allen was so impressed by Flay’s talents that he personally paid for Flay’s tuition to the French Culinary Institute. Flay did not take to French cooking, and he developed his own style of American southwestern food incorporating ingredients such as chiles, avocados, and beans.

Flay also hosts four Food Network television programs (Foodnation, Boy Meets Grill, BBQ with Bobby Flay, and Throwdown! with Bobby Flay) and appears regularly on a fifth (Iron Chef America). His wife is a former Law & Order: SVU actress Stephanie March.

2.Conan O’Brien: Conan O’Brien is the Emmy-winning host of NBC’s late-night talk Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Throughout his college career at Harvard University, he was a writer for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine, and during his sophomore and junior years, O’Brien served as the Lampoon’s president. After college O’Brien worked as a writer for shows such as Not Necessarily the News, Wilton North Report, Saturday Night Live, and The Simpsons.

On April 25, 1993, Lorne Michaels chose O’Brien to be David Letterman’s successor as host of Late Night with David Letterman, and on September 13, 1993 O’Brien started Late Night with Conan O’Brien. On Late Night, Conan has become known for his more active and spontaneous hosting style. His stage habits include, but are not limited to: pantomime, self-deprecation, dramatic expressions, various impressions and use of awkward pauses or responses. O’Brien is extremely popular among some people for jumping around like a mad man, rowing, licking the TV camera, and headbutting the TV camera. He frequently makes fun of the audience. NBC has announced that O’Brien will take over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in 2009.

1.Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States (1801-09), and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). In 1760 Jefferson entered the College of William and Mary at the age of 16, and he was a member of the secret Flat Hat Club. After college Jefferson practiced law and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.

Jefferson also served as the wartime Governor of Virginia, first United States Secretary of State, second Vice President, and Minister to France. Jefferson was a “Renaissance Man,” and he was noted as a horticulturist, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author, inventor, and the founder of the University of Virginia. He is most famous for the Louisiana Purchase, his “Academical Village” at UVA, and his beautiful retirement home, Monticello. Jefferson has a monument in Washington, D.C., his face is on Mount Rushmore, and he is portrayed on the nickel and two dollar bill.


  1. finnegan

    What, no Maureen O’Hara?

    Ditto the Conan, though.

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