Which Historical Figure Had The Most Surprising Second Act?

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Isaac Newton tracked down counterfeiters. Boy Scout founder Robert Baden Powell was also a spy who hid troop positions in butterfly drawings. Today, we want to know about the lesser known — but fascinating — stories from the lives of historical figures.

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While history may remember these people for only a fraction of their time, our lives are long, complicated, and filled with diversions. Maybe your story comes from a time well before or after what history remembers them for, or maybe it chronicles a sideline that they kept going at the same time.

Tell us in the comments some of the stories about historical figures that time forgot — but we want to remember.

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Teddy Roosevelt.

Rough Rider, President, and he turned down a seat on the Supreme Court. Dude.