Members of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans are part of a select group of Americans who have experienced a wide spectrum of what life can offer. Similar to characters in stories by Horatio Alger, Jr., Association Members traditionally have started life in "humble" or economically challenging circumstances. In spite of this early adversity, or many would say because of it, they have worked with great diligence to achieve success and the fulfillment of their dreams.
Members represent all walks of American life and have made outstanding contributions in the fields of science, medicine, business, entertainment, athletics, law and jurisprudence, religion, education and the arts. While their career paths are varied, Members have the honor of being part of a unique group - they are individuals who have achieved the American dream. Association Members, through their experiences, are proof that it is real and that it is attainable.