John James Audubon
John James Audubon (1785-1851) is world famous for his lifelike paintings of birds. He came to the U.S. from France when he was 18. Among other pursuits, the young Audobon taught French and dancing, kept a store, and painted portraits before he became enthralled in his lifelong passion, realistic paintings of birds. The Audobon Society, made up of people very interested in birds, was named in his honor.