Heroes and Heroines
Queen of England for nine days, after Edward, before Bloody Mary. Protestant Christian, very well learned, sweet Christian lady, executed at the age of sixteen, all the while trusting in Jesus. A great book about her is "Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England" by Faith Cook.
From her execution speech (February 12, 1554):
"Good people, I am come hither to die, and by law am condemned to the same, the fact against the Queen's Highness was unlawful, and the consenting thereunto by me: but touching the procurement and desire thereof by me and on my behalf it was never of my seeking, but by counsel of others who seemed to have further understanding than I, which little knew of the law, and much less of the titles to the crown. I do wash my hands thereof in innocency before God, and the face of you, good Christian people, this day.
"I pray you all, good Christian people, to bear me witness that I die a true Christian woman.
"I do look to be saved by no other means, but only the mercy of God, in the blood of His only son Jesus Christ.
"I confess that when I did know the Word of God, I neglected the same, loved myself and the world; and therefore this plague is happily and worthily happened unto me for my sins; and yet I thank God, that of His goodness He hath thus given me a time and a respite to repent. And now, good people, while I am alive, I pray you assist me with your prayers."
and his sons, Ted Roosevelt
And a few others I admire:
Alexis Toqueville: Only for his keen insights into early American culture.