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Matthew Henson
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    (August 8, 1866-March 9, 1955)
    Born in Charles County, Maryland
    Discovered the North Pole with Robert Peary (April 6, 1909)
    Author of 'A Negro at the North Pole (1912)'
    Died at 88
    He ran away from home at eleven to become a cabin boy.
    He was divorced.
    He fathered a child out of wedlock with an Inuit woman.
    An action figure was created in his likeness.
    His mother died when he was only two.
    He was raised by an abusive stepmother.
    He, not Peary, initially reached the North Pole and planted the American flag.
    His achievements as an adventurer were not fully recognized due to racism.
    In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower presented him an award recognizing him as the first discoverer of the North Pole.

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