A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali grew up under the name Cassius Marcellus Clay. It was not until 1967 when he converted to the religion of Islam that his name became Muhammad Ali. He was a great boxer, in fact he is considered the greatest of all time. Throughout his fighting career he set and broke records with ease. The current all-time record is still held by Ali, as he was the only person to ever win the world championship title three times. Shortly after he retired, Muhammad Ali developed Parkinsonís disease. Today, although heavily stricken with the disease, Ali continues to be an inspiration of courage and strength to millions. He now fights Parkinsonís disease by holding awareness camps and groups in hopes of one day finding a cure for the disabling disease. I think Muhammad Ali is a hero because of his never giving up regardless of the obstacles he has faced in life. I also admire him because he has strong convictions and supports his beliefs.
A Hodgenville, Kentucky, native who was very influential in early American history. He initially was a self-taught lawyer during the 1830s and 1840s. He resided in Illinois where he would eventually marry Mary Todd. Throughout his life Lincoln was faced with a great deal of controversy. During his law career he was set back several times in his quest to become a member of the U.S. Senate. Five different times he lost in the political race, but he still tried his best to succeed. Soon after this, his wife Mary died which was a huge setback and loss for Lincoln, but he still continued to fight for his goals. All of Lincolnís hard work and perseverance would pay off in 1860, the year he was elected as President of the United States. This was a time when the nation was threatening to split asunder from Civil War. Not only did the Lincoln-backed North win the war, but for the