Famous People Who Died on July 24
Martin Van Buren
Governor, U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative / 1782 - 1862
Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States. His shrewd dealings laid the foundations for the Democratic Party and the modern political machine.
Actor, Comedian / 1925 - 1980
British actor Peter Sellers was incredibly versatile, playing Chief Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films with as much ease as Clare Quilty in Lolita.
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profile name: Martin Van Buren profile occupation: Governor, U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative
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profile name: Mary Church Terrell profile occupation: Educator, Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist
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profile name: Sherman Hemsley profile occupation: Television Actor
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profile name: Peter Sellers profile occupation: Actor, Comedian
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profile name: Albert Ellis profile occupation: Scholar, Psychologist, Journalist
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profile name: Isaac Bashevis Singer profile occupation: Author
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