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Categories of Occupation

Occupations have been grouped under general headings, and it is these headings that appear in the biographical profiles. The following list gives the general headings used and the actual occupations covered by each.

Abolitionist
Underground railroad worker
Agriculturalist
Cowboy
Farmer or rancher
Grain inspector
Miller
Teamster
Veterinarian
Artist
Architect or interior decorator
Art collector or patron
Art critic or historian
Illustrator
Model, artists'
Painter
Photographer
Printmaker
Sculptor
Athlete
Jockey
Physical educator
Sportsman or woman
Author
Author of children's literature
Editor or publisher of books
Poet
Writer
Aviator
Blacksmith
Carriage or wagon maker
Forger
Horseshoer
Iron worker
Welder
Businessperson (usually owner of business)
Banker
Caterer
Entrepreneur
Exterminator
Hairdresser, or barber
Housing authority or real estate manager
Insurance agent
Restaurant or shop owner
Shoemaker
Tailor or dressmaker
Traveling salesman or commercial traveler (peddler)
Club leader
Construction worker
Bricklayer
Carpenter
Contractor
Electrician
Housepainter
Machinery operator
Mason
Plumber
Wallpaperer
Diviner
Astrologer
Clairvoyant
Dowser
Fortune teller
Occult scientist
Palmist
Weather prophet
Domestic
Cook
Dishwasher
Gardener
Knitter or quilter
Servant
Shoemaker
Tailor or dressmaker
Educator
Anthropologist or folklorist
Archaeologist
Classicist
College administrator
Educational reformer
Educator of the handicapped
Historian
Home economist
Interpreter or translator
Literary scholar
Philosopher
Psychologist
Religious educator
School or college founder or administrator
Sociologist
Teacher
Explorer/Traveler
Factory worker
Government worker
Civil servant
Fire or police employee
Postal employee
Homemaker
Journalist
Editor or publisher of magazines or newspapers
Manager of radio station
Newspaper reporter
Radio producer
Radio writer
Labor leader
Lawyer
Judge
Justice of the peace
Notary
Lecturer
Elocutionist
Librarian/Book Collector
Medical Worker
Chiropractor
Dentist
Doctor (Physician)
Midwife
Nurse
Nutritionist
Psychiatrist or psychologist (clinical)
Public health worker
Researcher
Military person
Miner
Missionary
Home or foreign missionary
Office Worker
Accountant
Bookkeeper
Clerk
Receptionist
Secretary
Tax consultant
Typist
Performing artist
Actor or actress
Composer
Dancer
Film actor or actress or director
Musician
Singer
Theater manager
Political figure
Adviser or appointee
Congressperson or senator (national or state)
Head of state (emperor, king, queen, president)
Lobbyist
Other elected official
Party worker
Politician
Propagandist
Printer
Compositor
Linotyper
Pressman
Typesetter
Railroad employee
Conductor
Construction worker
Dining car worker
Engineer
Expressman
Inspector
Police
Porter
Reformer
Civil rights activist
Community activist
Feminist
Health reform advocate
Housing reformer
Labor reformer
NAACP worker
Peace advocate
Prison reformer
Protest Leader
Race leader
Settlement house leader
Social worker
Socialist or radical
Suffragist
Temperance or prohibition advocate
YMCA or YWCA worker
Welfare work leader
Religious worker
Choir master or singer
Church worker
Clergy
Deacon
Evangelist
Minister
Missionary society leader
Preacher
Rabbi
Religion founder or leader
Sunday school teacher
Scientist
Astronomer
Biologist
Botanist or horticulturist
Chemist or physicist
Engineer
Geographer or geologist
Inventor
Mathematician
Naturalist
Physicist
Seaman
Cabin boy
Marine seaman
Merchant seaman
Navigator
Pilot
Sailor
Steamboat captain
Steamboat foreman
Service industry employee
Bartender
Charwoman or cleaner
Chimney sweeper
Custodian
Hairdresser or barber
Janitor
Sacristan
Sexton
Superintendent of buildings and grounds
Waiter
Slave
Spouse of Minister
Spouse of Missionary
Undertaker
Funeral director

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