Messner Biographies

This is a long, partial list of Julian Messner Publishing Company history books and biographies for young people.
Excepting sports heroes and popular culture idols, I am working on making this list complete for 1940-1975. After 1975 I include only the more important historical figures who were not covered in older books.

If you'd like a more complete list for your own use, try a Guided Keyword Search at the Library of Congress. Enter "Messner" as "Publication Information" (drop-down list) and "juvenile biography" (searching "all of these") in "Keyword Anywhere."

Messner Biographies are important first, because they include historical figures not addressed by other popular out-of-print series' and second, because they contracted with some excellent children's authors! Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft, Jeannette Covert Nolan, Gladys Malvern and others on this list wrote well-researched, engaging living books. Books by many of these authors are worth finding whether they were published by Messner or some other house!

These biographies generally are labelled "Messner" at the base of the spine or on the title page. Some were chosen as Junior Literary Guild book club selections and will read "A Guild Book" at the base of the spine. Others were published as a part of Archway Books, a Messner series.



Abe Lincoln's Other Mother, The Story of Sarah B. Lincoln by Bernadine Bailey [1941]
Abraham Lincoln by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1953]
Admiral Byrd of Antarctica by Michael Gladych [1960]
African Firebrand, Kenyatta of Kenya by Jules Archer[1969]
Albert Einstein by Pamela Zanin Bradbury [1988]
Alice Fitzgerald, Nurse Around the World by Iris Noble [1964]
Amelia Earhart , Heroine of the Skies by Shannon Garst [1947]
America's First Trained Nurse, Linda Richards, Born July 27, 1841, Died April 16, 1930 by Rachel Baker [1959]
America's First Woman Astronomer, Maria Mitchell by Rachel Baker and Joanna Baker Merlen [1960]
America's First Woman Chemist, Ellen Richards by Esther M. Douty [1961]
Andrew Jackson by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1949]
Angel of Appalachia, Martha Berry by Elisabeth P. Myers [1968]
Angel of Mercy, The Story of Dorothea Lynde Dix by Rachel Baker [1955]
Angry Abolitionist, The Story of William Lloyd Garrison by Jules Archer [1969]
Annie Oakley by Shannon Garst [1958]
Behind the Silken Curtain, The Story of Townsend Harris by I. E. Levine [1961]
Belle Boyd, Secret Agent by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1967]
Benedict Arnold, Traitor to His Country by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1956]
Big Foot Wallace of the Texas Rangers by Shannon Garst [1951]
Black Patriot and Martyr, Toussaint of Haiti by Ann Griffiths [1970]
Black Women of Valor by Olive W. Burt [1974]
"Blood and Guts," The True Story of General George S. Patton by John Devaney [1982]
Booker T. Washington; Educator of Hand, Head, and Heart by Shirley Graham [du Bois][1955]
Brigham Young by Olive Burt [1956]
Broken Hand Fitzpatrick, Greatest of Mountain Men by Shannon Garst [1961]
Brotherhood of Pirates by Judith Schoder [1979]
Buffalo Bill by Shannon Garst [1948]
Cameras and Courage, Margaret Bourke-White by Iris Noble [1973]
Chaim Weizmann, Builder of a Nation by Rachel Baker [1950]
Champion of Liberty, Henry Knox by Justin F. Denzel [1969]
Champion of World Peace, Dag Hammarskjold by I. E. Levine [1962]
Charlemagne by Manuel Komroff [1964]
Chief Joseph of the Nez Perces by Shannon Garst [1953]
Civil War Nurse, Mary Ann Bickerdyke by Adele de Leeuw [1973]
Clarence Darrow Defense Attorney by Iris Noble [1958]
Cochise, Great Apache Chief by Enid Johnson
Colossus of Europe, Metternich by Jules Archer [1970]
Conquerer of Small Pox, Dr. Edward Jenner by I. E. Levine [1960]
Contemporary Woman Scientists of America by Iris Noble [1979]
Courage in Her Hands [SUBJECT UNKNOWN] by Iris Noble [1967]
The Courage of Doctor Lister by Iris Noble [1960]
Cowboy Artist, Charles M. Russell by Shannon Garst [1960]
Curtain Going Up, The Story of Katharine Cornell by Gladys Malvern [1943]
Custer, Fighter of the Plains by Shannon Garst [1944]
Dancing Star, The Story of Anna Pavlova by Gladys Malvern [1942]
Desert Fighter, Story of Yigael Yadin & the Dead Sea Scrolls by Shane Miller
Dick Wootton, Trailblazer of Raton Pass by Shannon Garst [1956]
Disaster 1906, The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire by Edward F. Dolan, Jr.
The Discoverer of Insulin, Dr. Frederick G. Banting (The) by I. E. Levine [1959]
The Discoverer of Oxygen, Joseph Priestly by William D. Crane [1962]
The Discoverer of X-Ray, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen by Arnulf K. Esterer [1968]
Disraeli by Manuel Komroff [1963]
Dr. George Washington Carver, Scientist by Shirley Graham and George D. Lipscomb [1944]
Dr. Morton, Pioneer in the Use of Ether by Rachel Baker [1946]
The Doctor who Dared, Sir William Osler by Iris Noble [1959]
Dolley Madison by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1967]
Douglas MacArthur, Front-line General by Jules Archer
Edith Cavell, Heroic Nurse by Juliette Elkon
Edna St. Vincent Millay, America's Best Loved Poet by Toby Shafter
Egypt's Queen Cleopatra by Iris Noble [1963]
Electrical Genius, Nikola Tesla by Arthur J. Beckhard
Electronics Pioneer, Lee DeForest by I. E. Levine [1964]
Emmeline & Her Daughters: The Pankhurst Suffragettes by Iris Noble [1971]
Empress of all Russia, Catherine the Great by Iris Noble [1966]
Ernest Thompson Seton , Naturalist by Shannon Garst with Warren Garst
Explorer with a Dream, John Ledyard by S. G. Mantel [1969]
Famous Young Rebels by Jules Archer [1973]
Fearless Adventurer, Sir Richard Burton by Arthur Orrmont [1969]
Fidel Castro of Cuba by Judith Bentley [1991]
Fighter for Independence, Jawaharlal Nehru by Alfred Apsler
Fighting Journalist: Horace Greeley by Jules Archer
The First Woman Ambulance Surgeon, Emily Barringer by Iris Noble [1962]
The First Woman Doctor, The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D. by Rachel Baker [1944]
The First Woman Editor, Sarah J. Hale by Olive Burt [1960]
Florence Nightingale/The Story of Florence Nightingale by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1946]
Fossil Feud, The Rivalry of America's First Dinosaur Hunters by Thom Holmes [1998]
Francis Marion, Swamp Fox of the Revolution by Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein [1967]
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Man of Destiny by David E. Weingast
Frederick Law Olmstead, Park Designer by Iris Noble [1974]
Freedom Fighter, Casimir Pulaski by David J. Abodaher [1969]
From Spinning Wheel to Spacecraft, The Story of the Industrial Revolution by Henry Edward Neal [1964]
Frontier Nurse, Mary Breckenridge by Katharine E. Wilkie and Elizabeth R. Mosely [1969]
Frontier Scientist, Clarence King by Bob and Jan Young [1968]
The Gay Poet, the Story of Eugene Field by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1940]
Gene Rhodes, Cowboy by B. F. Day
Genius with a Scalpel, Harvey Cushing by Justin F. Denzel [1971]
George Patton, General in Spurs by Alden Hatch
George Rogers Clark, Soldier & Hero by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1954]
Ghost Towns of the West by Olive W. Burt [1976]
Glenn Curtiss, Pioneer of Naval Aviation by Alden Hatch
Goethals and the Panama Canal by Howard Fast
Great Houdini , Magician Extraordinary by Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein [1950]
Great Lady of the Theatre, Sarah Bernhardt by Iris Noble [1960]
Hafiz al-Asad of Syria by Charles Patterson [1991]
Harry S. Truman, the Man from Independence by Karin Clafford Farley
Haym Salomon, Son of Liberty by Howard Fast
He Freed the Minds of Men, Rene Descartes by Edwin P. Hoyt [1969]
He Heard America Sing, The Story of Stephen Foster by Claire Lee Purdy
Henry Ford by Cy Caldwell
Heroes of Texas by Edward Allen [1970]
The Honor of Balboa by Iris Noble [1970]
Hoosier City, The Story of Indianapolis by Jeannette Covert Nolan[1943] (Cities of America)
In Search of Peace, The Story of Four Americans Who Won the Nobel Peace Prize, Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht [1970]
The Indestructible Commodore Matthew Perry by Arthur Orrmont
Indian Chiefs of the West by Felix Sutton [1970]
Interpol, International Crime Fighter by Iris Noble [1975]
Inventive Wizard, George Westinghouse by I. E. Levine [1962]
Isaac Newton by Harry Sootin
Israel's Golda Meir, Pioneer to Prime Minister by Iris Noble [1974]
Ivan the Terrible by Alfred Apsler [1971]
Jack London, Magnet for Adventure by Shannon Garst [1944]
James Bowie and His Famous Knife by Shannon Garst [1955]
James Whitcomb Riley, Hoosier Poet by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1941]
The Jimmy Carter Story by Margaret Poynter [1978]
Joe Magarac and His U. S. A. Citizen Papers by Irwin Shapiro [1948]
Joe Meek, Man of the West by Shannon Garst [1954]
Joel Chandler Harris [Uncle Remus stories], Plantation Story Teller by Alvin F. Harlow [1941]
John Brown by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1950]
John Baptiste Pointe de Sable: Founder of Chicago by Shirley Graham
John Charles Fremont, Trail Marker of the Old West [1955]
John Henry and the Double-Jointed Steam Drill by Irwin Shapiro [1948]
John Muir, Father of Our National Parks by Charles Norman
Joseph Brant, Chief of Six Nations by Clifford Lindsey Alderman [1958]
Joseph Pulitzer, Front Page Pioneer by Iris Noble [1957]
Julian Messner's Young Reader's Guide to Dates and Events by David Herman [1986]
Julius Caesar by Manuel Komroff [1955]
Julius K. Nyerere, Teacher of Africa by Shirley Graham [du Bois] [1975]
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor by Judith Bentley [1991]
Kisses of Death, A World War II Escape Story by Margaret Baldwin [1983] (short, 64 pp.)
Kit Carson, Trailblazer and Scout by Shannon Garst [1942]
Labor's Advocate, Eugene V. Debs by Iris Noble [1966]
The Land Divided, The World United: The Story of the Panama Canal by Paul Rink
LaSalle and the Grand Enterprise by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1951]
Last Wilderness, The Saga of America's Mountain Men by Noel B. Gerson [1966]
Lenin, The Man Who Made A Revolution by I. E. Levine [1969]
Lillian Wald, Angel of Henry Street by Beryl Epstein [1948]
The Little Giant, The Story of Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1943]
Louis Braille, Windows for the Blind by J. Alvin Kugelmass
Louis Pasteur by L. N. Wood
Luther Burbank, Plant Magician by John Y. Beaty
Madame Secretary, Frances Perkins by Elisabeth P. Meyers [1972]
Mahatma Gandhi by Doris Faber [1986]
Mahmud's Story, the Journal of a Palestinian Refugee by Iris Noble [1976]
Man of Steel, Joseph Stalin by Jules Archer
Man with a Microscope: Elie Metchnikoff by Elaine Mardus
The Man Who Dropped from the Sky by Kevin Shyne [1982]
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doris Faber [1986]
The Man Who Transformed the World, James Watt by William D. Crane [1963]
The Man Who Wouldn't Give Up, Henry Clay by Katharine E. Wilkie [1961]
The Many Faces of Slavery by I. E. Levine [1975]
The Many Worlds of Herbert Hoover by James P. Terzian
Marco Polo by Manuel Komroff [1952]
Marie Antoinette by Manuel Komroff and Odette Komroff [1967]
Master Detective, Allan Pinkerton by Arthur Orrmont
Master Surgeon, John Hunter by Iris Noble [1971]
Medicine from Microbes, The Story of Antibiotics by Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein [1965]
Mendeleyev & his Periodic Table by Robin McKown
Miracle Man of Printing, Ottmar Mergenthaler by I. E. Levine [1963]
Napoleon by Manuel Komroff [1954]
Nazi Hunter, Simon Wiesenthal [1979]
Negroes in the Early West by Olive W. Burt [1969]
Nellie Bly, First Woman Reporter by Iris Noble [1956]
Noah Webster, Father of the Dictionary by Isabel Proudfit
Nurse Around the World, Alice Fitzgerald by Iris Noble
O. Henry, The Story of William Sydney Porter by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1943]
Old Rough and Ready, Zachary Taylor by Bob and Jan Young [1970]
Oliver Cromwell by I. E. Levine [1966]
Osceola and the Seminole Wars by Clifford Lindsey Alderman [1973]
"Patriot Doctor: The Story of Benjamin Rush", by Esther Douty.
Patriotic Rebel, John C. Calhoun by William D. Crane [1971]
Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World by Shirley Graham
Peter the Great by Joan Joseph [1968]
Physician to the Children, Dr. Bela Schick by Iris Noble [1963]
Physician to the World, Esther Pohl Lovejoy by Olive W. Burt [1973]
Pioneer Oceanographer, Alexander Agassiz by Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein [1963]
Pioneer Surgeon, Dr. Ephraim McDowell by Josephine Rich
Plant Explorer, David Fairchild by Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein [1963]
The President from Missouri, Harry S. Truman by Ralph G. Martin [1973]
The Presidents in American History [...brought forward since 1948], Charles A. Beard [1948 and several subsequent dates, incl. 1989]
Printer's Devil to Publisher, Adolph Ochs by Doris Faber
Prophet of Revolution, Karl Marx by Alfred Apsler [1967]
Queen of Publisher's Row, Mrs. Frank Leslie by Madeleine B. Stern
Radical of the Revolution, Samuel Adams by Margaret Green [1971]
Ralph Bunche, Fighter for Peace by J. Kugelmass
Rebel on Two Continents, Thomas Meagher by David J. Abodaher [1970]
Red Rebel, Tito of Yugoslavia by Jules Archer
Reluctant Warrior, Ulysses S. Grant by Bob and Jan Young [1971]
Richard Nixon, A Political Life by Richard M. Pious [1991]
Rivals in Parliament: William Pitt and Charles Fox by Iris Noble [1970]
Roald Amundsen, A Saga of the Polar Seas by J. Alvin Kugelmass
Robert E. Lee by Guy Emery
Rock of Freedom, The Story of Plymouth Colony by Noel B. Gerson [1964]
The Rocket Pioneers on the Road to Space by Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein [1955]
Ronald Reagan by George Sullivan [1985]
Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys by Frank Rasky
Rudyard Kipling, Son of Empire by Nella Braddy
Sam Houston, Lone Star Leader by Curtis Bishop
Scotty Allen, King of the Dog Team Drivers by Shannon Garst
Seven Faces West by Bob and Jan Young [1971]
Shapers of Africa by Florence T. Polatnick and Alberta L. Saletan [1969]
The Shot Heard Round the World, the Story of Lexington and Concord by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1963]
Sigmund Freud by Rachel Baker [1952]
Sitting Bull, Champion of His People by Shannon Garst [1946]
Sojourner Truth: Slave, Abolitionist, Fighter for Women's Rights by Aletha Jane Lindstrom [1980]
Soldier of the Andes, Jose de San Martin by Paul Rink [1971]
Soldier, Statesman and Defendant, Aaron Burr by Jeannette Covert Nolan
Song of the North, The Story of Edvard Grieg by Claire Lee Purdy
South America's Yankee Genius, Henry Meiggs by Elisabeth P. Myers [1969]
Spain's Golden Queen Isabella by Iris Noble [1969]
Spokesman for the Free World, Adlai E. Stevenson by I. E. Levine [1967]
Spy for the Confederacy, Rose O'Neal Greenhow by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1960]
Stormy Victory, The Story of Tchaikovsky by Claire Lee Purdy
Strikes, Bombs, and Bullets, Big Bill Haywood and the IWW by Jules Archer [1972]
Susan B. Anthony by Iris Noble [1975]
Talleyrand by Manuel Komroff [1965]
The Story of Clara Barton of the Red Cross/Clara Barton of the Red Cross by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1941]
The Story of Phyllis Wheatley by Graham, Shirley
The Sun King, Louis XIV of France by Alfred Apsler
Susan B. Anthony by Iris Noble [1975]
Tecumseh, Destiny's Warrior by David C. Cooke
Thaddeus Lowe, America's One-Man Air Corps by Mary Hoehling
Thomas Jefferson by Manuel Komroff [1961]
Three Conquistadors: Cortes, Coronado, Pizarro by Shannon Garst [1947]
The Treasure Hunter, The Story of Robert Louis Stevenson by Isabel Proudfit
To Ride the Wind, A Biography of Glenn L. Martin by Henry Still
Triumph of Discover, Women Scientists Who Won the Nobel Prize by Joan Dash [1991]
Trotsky, World Revolutionary by Jules Archer [1973]
Tutankhamun and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt by Ron Knapp [1979]
Twentieth Century Caesar, Benito Mussolini by Jules Archer
Valiant Minstrel, The Story of Sir Harry Lauder [1943]
The Valiant Virginian, Stonewall Jackson by Felix Sutton
Vive de Gaulle, The Story of Charles de Gaulle by Alfred Apsler [1973]
Walt Whitman, Builder for America by Babette Deutsch
Walter Reed, Doctor in Uniform by L. N. Wood
Wanted: Frank and Jesse James, The Real Story by Margaret Baldwin [1981]
Warrior on Two Continents, Thaddeus Kosciuszko by David J. Abodaher [1968]
Wild Bill Hickok by Shannon Garst with Warren Garst [1952]
Will Rogers, Immortal Cowboy by Shannon Garst [1950]
Willa Cather by Ann T. Keene [1994]
William Bent and His Adobe Empire by Shannon Garst [1957]
William Crawford Gorgas, Tropic Fever Fighter by Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein [1961]
William Shakespeare by Iris Noble [1961]
Winged Moccasins, The Story of Sacajawea by Frances Joyce Farnsworth
Women Who Ruled, Cleopatra to Elizabeth II by Robert A. Liston [1978]
World Citizen, Woodrow Wilson by Jules Archer [1967]
Yankee Spy, Elizabeth Van Lew by Jeannette Covert Nolan [1970]
Yankee Thunder, The Legendary Life of Davy Crockett by Irwin Shapiro [1944]
Young Ike by Alden Hatch
Young Man in the White House, John Fitzgerald Kennedy by I. E. Levine [1964]
Your Most Humble Servant [the story of Benjamin Banneker] by Shirley Graham
Zambia's President, Kenneth Kaunda by Florence T. Polatnick and Alberta L. Saletan [1972]

During searching for this list, I also found these Messner historical fiction titles that sound good:

Ann Lawrence of Old New York by Gladys Malvern [1947]
Born to Teach by Olive Burt
Heroes in American Folklore (Casey Jones, Old Stormalong, et al.) by Irwin Shapiro
Jonica's Island by Gladys Malvern [1945]
Petticoats West by Olive W. Burt [1963]
Treason at the Point (Aaron Burr) by Jeannette Covert Nolan
The Victory Drum (George Rogers Clark) by Jeannette Covert Nolan
Your Kind Indulgence, A Romance of the Theatre in Old New York by Gladys Malvern [1948]

I don't know if this one is fiction or biography:

Frontier Hero: Simon Kenton by Shannon Garst

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