Historical Figures in an alternate reality

Should these alternate historical figures come from the one reality or multiple realities

  • One reality

    Votes: 14 21.5%
  • Multiple realities (allowing for repeats of the same historical figures)

    Votes: 51 78.5%

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Then-Governor Philip Fox LaFollette in 1935

President Philip Fox LaFollette (1937 - 1949)

Born in 1897, Philip "Phil" Fox LaFollette was the second son of Wisconsin Governor and Senator, Robert M. LaFollette Sr. As the son of one of the leading Progressive leaders in the United States, LaFollette's early life was dominated by politics. From an early age, he took part in the political activities of his family, speaking on the stump, and leading the ins and outs of effective grassroots political organization. He, along with his elder brother Robert M. LaFollette Jr., also absorbed much of his father's political attitudes, which stressed an activist Federal government, strong state governments and isolationism - though this latter belief would challange him in later years. At the outbreak of The FIrst Great War, the elder LaFollette became a one of the leading anti-interentionist spokesmen in the nation - a fact which won him the general approval of Wisconsin's German-American population, but also the ire of the state and nation's pro-war factions and would eventually lead to him being burned in effigy on the campus of the University of Wisconsin - an incident which Phil LaFollette witnessed as a student.

Haunted by the scene, Phil volunteered with the US Marine Corp - a decision which lead to a major conflict between himself and his father. Serving on the Western front, LaFollette was cited cited for bravery and also wounded while storming German lines: he would later he commended for his actions by President Charles E. Hughes. Despite the strained relationship with his Father lasting throughout the war, Phil's wounding and honorable discharge mollified his father and upon his return, he continued to work toward's his Father's political interests. His status as a war veteran would serve him well on the campaign trail for his Father's campaign for the Presidency in 1924. Although the elder LaFollette was not successful, Phil's contributions helped to cement his status as heir apparent to the LaFollette political machine. Though due to his age, this status did not allow him to capture the nomination for his Father's senate seat when the elder LaFollette passed away in 1926 - the nomination, and the seat, going instead to his elder brother. A fact which caused some bitterness between the brothers for years to come.

Denied the Senate seat he desired, Phil instead threw himself into his law practice and was able to secure his election as Dane County District Attorney and from there, made his play for the GOP nomination for Wisconsin Governor in 1930. Campaigning on the need for a strong response to the then worsening Great Depression, LaFollette attacked United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his preceived inaction in dealing with the crisis, as well as painting sitting Wisconsin Governor Herbert J. Kohler as equally inept. In the GOP primary, LaFollette handedly defeated Kohler and went on to an easy victory over the Democrats as part of a national landslide. At the age of 33, LaFollette would be the youngest governor in the history of the State and the youngest then serving.

The LaFollette adminsitration won national laudations for its response to the Depression, but Phil's age would prevent him from securing the nomination for President in 1932. Instead, the GOP nominated Herbert Hoover who campaigned on his record of bring relief to war-torn Europe after the Great War. LaFollette campaigned vigoriously for the candidate, and many believed he was angling for a position in the Hoover cabinet, though such an appointment never came - whether this was because he believed "I could do more work in Wisconsin" as he later claimed, or whether he was snubbed by Hoover is still a matter of debate. Some believed that Hoover feared being upstaged by the young LaFollette, who was already becoming known as a colorful and engaging speaker, and who's war record made him a dashing figure in his own right. for LaFollette's part, though he refused to criticize Hoover openly, LaFollette Monthly the family's political mouthpiece did so frequently in veiled terms for the next four years, pushing for a more vigorious engagement with the Depression.

Whatever bad feelings may have existed between Hoover and LaFollette, they were mollified in 1936. Hoover's response to the Depression had been more moderate than many had hoped, and the economic conditions had yet to greatly improve. Sensing an opportunity, the Democrats nominated the flamboyant and mercurial Huey P. Long for the Presidency. Hoover wished to stay above the fray and continue to be seen as an statesman, and this neccesitated a member of the ticket who could take on Long openly. And so, Phil LaFollette was offered the vice-presidency - a position which he later claimed that he had not wished as it would take him away from the State, and the Senate seat he desired. He would later claim that it was his brother who talked him into accepting the spot on the ticket.

Hoover decisively won reelection in 1936, and much of the credit went to LaFollette who tirelessly toured the nation, speaking out against Long and praising the work of the administration (drawing some questions from those who remembered his criticisms of Hoover from just a year prior). LaFollette immeidately set in, attemptign to make his Vice-Presidency the most influential in American history - efforts which immediately won the ire of Hoover loyalists and the President himself, who felt that the new Vice-President was "getting too big for his britches."

Conflicts between LaFollette and Hoover became a moot point on October 9, 1937 however, when the President was gunned down by a Long-loyalist while visiting Florida. LaFollette was sworn in later that day and, at only 40 years of age, becoming the youngest President in American history. Following a short preiving period, LaFollette set to work putting his stamp on the Presidency. What followed what a purging of the cabinet of Hoover loyalists and their replacement with younger officials - many of whom where considered experts in their field but who had not held office in the past - perhaps one his most important nominees was Governor Quintin Roosevelt of New York as Secretary of the Navy (thereby ending the family feud which had developed between their fathers). While the new President gained credit for injecting new blood into his administration, these same actions caused bad blood within some circles as well. He then turned to the Senate where he engaged his brother, Bob Jr., as the official spokesman of the administration and tasked him with guiding needed legislation through Congress. This position,though initially unofficial, would eventually grow into the modern position of Senate Majority Leader.

Having grown up in a political environment from a young age, LaFollette proved an expert at using the politicla appartus of the Republic party to further his own aims. Through the deft use of patronage, as well as the bully pulpit, he was able to rewards Progressives within the party while undermining conservative Stalwarts. Though Conservative Republicans would remain an important faction for years to come, LaFollette's administration is often credited as beginning the process of party realignment which would dominate the middle decades of the 20th century.

A dedicated isolationist like his father before him, LaFollette would be troubled by the growing strength of the Soviet Union throughout his first term but would dedicate himself to domestic issues. However, the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1941, shortly after his inaugeration for his second term (or "First full term" as he often styled it) would begin the process of dragging the United States into the Second Great War. At first, LaFollette would continue to focus primarily upon the passing of his legislation package, dubbed "The American Idea," but speed at which the Soviets conquered Poland and then pushed into Germany and other Central European nations, shocked him and other Americans, as did the Soviet alliance with Italy and Spain. LaFollette was put in an awkward political position, especially as several quotes he had made in the 1920s which appeared to paint Fascist Italy in a positive manner, came to light. As Europe began to descend into war for the second time in a generation, the United States found itself pulled pulled into it - despite his own isolationism, LaFollette began to grow closer to the interventionist wing of the government which was headed by Seretary of the Navy Roosevelt. This would eventually lead to a public break with his own brother - a relationship which would not be fully mended until after the war had ended.

The United States' entry into the Second Great War occurred on May 24th, 1942 when a United States merchant vessel was sunk by a Soviet submarine. The resulting furor made continued neutrality impossible, and LaFollette formally asked Congress for a declaration of war. One of the only votes in the negative was cast by his own brother. The US' entry into the war is considered to be instrumental in the eventual defeat of Soviet forces and their allies. Despite this, the war itself would last until 1946. By this time, LaFollette had secured election to what many considered to be an unprecidented third term in 1944, but which he, sensitive to criticisms that he was attempting to secure too much power, argued was in line with tradition as it was only his second full and elected term.

In 1948, having overseen the United States during the end of the Great Depression, its entry into the Second Great War, and the dismantling of the Soviet Union and the beginnign of European Reconstruction, LaFollette chose to not run for a fourth term and retired from elected politics. Having secured the nomination of his friend Quintin Roosevelt, LaFollette returned to Wisconsin, confident that his legacy was secure. His retirment would be spent working on his memoirs and repairing relations with his brother. An consumate politician though, he was unable to stay out of the spotlight forever, and helped to manage the successful campaign of his eldest son, Robert M. LaFollette III for Wisconsin governor in 1956. He also spoke frequently and widely, stressing the continued needs for reform in the nation. LaFollete would pass away at the family home in Madison in the 8th of April, 1973 at the ae of 76.
Gonzalo Campofrío de Carvajal y de los Ríos-Lisperguer (1627-81)

Colonial-era Chilean landowner and popular culture cult figure, son of Gonzalo Campofrío de Carvajal and Catalina de los Ríos y Lisperguer, also known as "La Quintrala".

Born in Santíago, Gonzalo was brought up in the aristocratic traditions of both his parents, although as latter-day historians pointed out that he was mostly influenced by maternal side, especially the accusations of being secret practitioners of witchcraft.

Said to be inherited the handsomeness of his father and the intense (and seductive) passion of his mother, not to mention the sky blue eyes that he indeed passed from La Quintrala, the attractiveness of Don Gonzalo was completemented by his competency as a soldier fighting in the Araucanian Wars and being an able administrator in all of his mother's estates; on the other hand, as both his own diaries and latter-day historians had confirmed, Don Gonzalo's seduction had attracted both male and female lovers, most notably in the period after he married Doña Inés García de Leizarán y Montes de Oca, the youngest daughter of a prominent landowner in Mendoza, the capital of Cuyo.

Having his own personal weakness on the Mapuche/Auracanian people, his more well-known lovers include the nurse of his children Doña Milaray Alecoyán, the caretaker of his stables Don Remolcoy Necul and Doña Fernandina Aleñanco, the daughter of a machí (Mapuche spiritual leader) that was caught in a battle shortly before his marriage; curiously, the three lovers of Don Gonzalo were descendants of Mapuche men and Moriscan women who intermarried either under then developing colonial Chilean society or as presumed hostages freed by the Mapuches after the battles with the Spaniards. It was said that alongside three legitimate children with Doña Inés García de Leizarán y Montes de Oca, Don Gonzalo had other eight illegitimate children with the mistresses that he have within his own lifetime.
Georgy Zhukov​
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High Ranking General Of The Russian Empire and eventual Prime Minister under The Russian Social Democratic Party. Famous for leading Imperial Russian Troops Against The Forces Of Albert Speer’s Reich To Victory During Operation Enduring Scourge,Where German Army Groups 9-15 Were Destroyed Accelarating The Reich’s Eventual Collapse and Defeat In The 2nd World War.
Vasily Zyatsev
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Governor Of Ukraine and Later Finance Minister. Was a devout believer in moderate politics and was extremely concerned with the increase of extremism within the Duma(Russian Parliament).
Tsar Alexei II
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Tsar Of Russia From 1918-1978.
(Sorry for the Short and Lackluster Writing).​
Does Alexi, in this ATL, NOT have hemophila?
Otomo Sorin (1530-1587) - Japanese daimyo and head of the Otomo clan, considered to be the founder of Christian/South Japan. After meeting the Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier, he converted to Christianity and undertook a campaign of unification, first trouncing the Shimazu clan (paving the way for their conversion) and uniting Kyushu, then turning eastwards towards southern Honshu and Shikoku. Sorin's high water mark came at the Second Battle of Okehazama, where he earned a pyrrhic victory against Oda Nobunaga, preventing Oda rule of southwestern Japan yet also stymieing Sorin's ambitions to unify the archipelago.
George Washington, 1st Baron Washington (1732-1799): Military leader and politician in British North America. Commissioned as a colonel in the British Army during the French and Indian Wars, he would later be promoted to general and tasked with suppressing the Massachusetts revolt of 1776, after which he was appointed the first native-born Royal Governor of Virginia.

Alexander Hamilton (1755 or 1757 - 1804): Merchant and rum distiller who rose from the illegitimate son of a storekeeper to become the richest man in the Caribbean before being killed in a duel. His life would become the subject of a play by Derek Walcott.

Lady Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): British scientist who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1991.

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004): American actor and labor leader. After his tenure as President of the Screen Actors Guild, he was appointed to lead a blue-ribbon commission on labor relations in 1957, during which he befriended Robert F. Kennedy, then serving as a lawyer on the committee. Reagan would later record voice-overs for the TV advertisements in Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign before retiring to his California ranch in the 1970s.
Winston Churchill: A famed British actor who career spans from 1902 to 1962, the famed Actor was known for his short comedy films. He was a frequent collaborator of Charlie Chaplin and is an important figure in modern comedy.

Alexander Hamilton: A famed American theatre actor who performed in many plays. He is known for his role as Romeo in the 1779 revival of Romeo and Juliet. He also played Hamlet in Hamlet, Macbeth in Macbeth, Doctor Faustus in Doctor Faustus, Brutus in Julius Caesar and the Duke of York in Henry VI. He died in 1824 due to an illness.

Catherine of Aragon: A 16th century soldier, who like Joan of Arc had a vision from God. She helped lead Spanish forces in Italy and helped the Spanish conquer Italy and establish the Kingdom of Italy. In return she was made Duchess of Aragon. She would marry her long time lover in 1520 and had 3 kids, 2 sons and a daughter. She died in 1560 at the age of 75.
Martin Luther (1483-1546): German lawyer and scholar who was instrumental in the codification of a unified common law across the Holey Roman Empire.

Jehan Cauvin (1509-1564): French legal scholar commissioned by Henry II to draft a uniform law code for the French realms.

Michael Servetus (1509-1563): Pioneering Spanish physician who introduced the concept of pulmonary circulation to Christian Europe and pioneered the modern study of anatomy.
Yin Sun-Sin (1545 - 1587): A notable Korean general known for his excellent string of victories against the raiding Jurchen peoples, managing to completely annihilate a major invasion from a large Jurchen tribe when they penetrated through the Yalu river. However, court bureaucracy served to obstruct his rise through the ranks, repeatedly demoting him to the lowest rank in the military and transferring him to a number of outposts in the northern frontier.

Ultimately he would be falsely executed for treason in 1587, becoming another victim within the growing corruption of Joseon.
So I decided to revive this:

Christopher Marlowe: A famed English explorer who sailed down too south Africa and later discovered Christoria [1].
Edward Plantagenet III: A famed English poet who wrote several poems that later contributed to the Renaissance. They often feature his adaptations of King Arthur. He has been described as the English Homer.
Mary of Burgundy: A Nun turned preacher then warrior who travelled across Europe preaching the word of God. She later became a soldier and helped free Constantinople from the Ottomans.
Joseph Stalin: A Georgian revolutionary who founded the Caucus Union and was it's first President. He soon turned into a dictatorship and ruled from 1930 to 1953. When he died his successor restored Democracy.

[1] OTL Australia
Eddie Van Halen (1955-2020): Lead singer of the Dutch rock band Daddy Longlegs, winner of the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest

Mick Jagger (1943-): Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1990-1997, known for keeping Britain out of the European single market, negotiating peace in Northern Ireland, and his tabloid-fodder personal life.

Fred Bulsara (1946-1991): British painter and recipient of the 1990 Turner Prize

Sir Brian May (1947-): British astrophysicist and television host

Greg Gaffin (1964-): Professor of biology at UCLA, known as a leading advocate of the New Atheist movement.

Bryan Holland (1965-): Molecular biologists known for his work on HIV

Eric Boucher (born 1958): Dental hygienest and perrenial candidate for office in San Francisco

Roger Waters (1943-): British architect
Interesting I never heard of these people before, also I think something happened to Erich Boucher's birth date
Interesting I never heard of these people before, also I think something happened to Erich Boucher's birth date

IOTL Eric Boucher is Jello Biafra (8+) turns into an emoticon for some reason), Fred Bulsara is Freddie Mercury, Greg Gaffin is the lead singer of the punk band Bad Religion (and did complete a Ph.D in biology), and Bryan "Dexter" Holland is the lead singer of The Offspring.
Inspired by the infamous famous people in alternate realities (Famous People In Alternate Realities | alternatehistory.com) here is a thread with historical figures in alternate realities. Basically the same as original thread get a historical figure and create an alternate bio for them. It can be as long or as short as you like. So I'll start off.

Martin Luther: A famous German renaissance artist, he his best known for his religious paintings and sculptures. Martin Luther was often sponsored by the Papacy or the Habsburgs. Some of his famous works include "The birth of the Christ", "The crucifixion of the lord" and "The ten commandments". His only surviving sculpture is of Moses holding the ten commandments. He lived from 1483 to 1550.

Leonardo de Vinci: A famous Italian General who fought for the French during the Italian Wars of 1495-1499 and of 1508-1516. He helped the French conquer Savoy and Milan and establish French hegemony in Italy. He died in 1520.
Steven Paul Jandali. Californian born Syrian Politican and Parliament speaker. American mother named Joanne Carole Schieble. Arab Syrian father named Abdulfattah Jandali. As a child he moved with his mother to Syria where he grew up and went to school and university.
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George "Babe" Ruth (1895-1948): Prohibition-era bootlegger and boss of the Baltimore underworld.

Anne "Nancy" Robbins (1921-2016): Broadway actress and three-time Tony winner.

Edgar Poe (1809-1849): American actor and playwright, considered the Father of American Theatre.

Leslie King, Jr. (1913-2006): U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1962-1978, known for his advocacy on behalf of spousal abuse victims.

Dean Cain (born 1966): American football player who spent most of his professional career as a free safety for the Buffalo Bills.
Ed Wood: Distinguished but eccentric United States Marine Corps general who claimed to have fought at least one battle wearing a bra and panties under his uniform. While straight, he was an early advocate for LGBT participation in the American military.
Iemao Tokugawa
1893 - 1960
The leader of Communist Party of Japan that made japan into a communist country from a Shogunate and later a Socialist Country while China remains a Constitutional Monarchist under the House of Chu(Ming Dynasty), he implemented Cultural revolution to the country
Theodore Roosvelt-1920-1980
A Detroit born US Author famous for his dark, weird and cult-like stories. These horrific stories wound up being named 'Roosveltian'. Eventually, Roosveltian were adapted into comic book form and video games. Despite this, they never actually entered mainstream until 2020 on what would have been Theodore's 100th birthday. He married at least eight times throughout his life with fourteen known children though it was speculated he had many, many more. By the 1970's it was evident Roosvelt's mental state had deteriorated. Serving in The Second World War and The Korean War combined with growing up homeless as an orphan alongside several messy divorces only worsened Teddy's PTSD. By 1980, he had already been in and out-of mental institutes. Halloween of 1980 saw the release of his last book and subsequent hanging.
Anna May Wong (1905-1961): American film producer and philanthropist. She began her career as an actress, playing mainly supporting roles, before founding Anna May Wong Productions in 1924. The studio began with a series of films based on Chinese mythology, including 1926's Mulan, in which Wong played the starring role. The advent of 'talkies' saw Wong Productions branch out into a wider range of topics, and Wong facilitate the entry into Hollywood of a number of groundbreaking actors and directors, including Leni Reifenstahl, Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg. In the1930s, Wong's China-set films became more political, leading to conflict with censors of the Hays Code era, and she became active in raising funds to aid China. America's entry into WWII silenced Wong's critics in Hollywood, and she produced a series of propaganda films showcasing the courage of Chinese resistance against the Japanese invasion. Following the war, Wong pioneered the new medium of television, purchasing the DuMont Television Network in 1951, and building the fledgling station into a national network through a series of affiliation agreements. Wong never married or had children, and her assets were divided among her nieces and nephews after her death in 1961.