If you're representative of some group, you're typical, you’re a lot like most of the others. You might also be a representative for your group; you were elected to act on behalf of those you represent.

The US and many other democracies have representative governments, in which voters elect people to act on their behalf — to represent them. In the US, the House of Representatives is the largest legislative body. Its members — congressmen and congresswomen — are elected by the voters of their districts. These representatives are supposed to listen to the views of the people from their districts and act in their best interests.

Definitions of representative

adj serving to represent or typify

representative moviegoers”
“a representative modern play”
exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category

adj standing for something else

“the bald eagle is representative of the United States”
allegoric, allegorical
used in or characteristic of or containing allegory
emblematic, emblematical, symbolic, symbolical
serving as a visible symbol for something abstract
nonrepresentative, unsymbolic
not standing for something else

adj being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives

representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people”
characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality

n a person who represents others

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the awaited king of the Jews; the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people
President John Adams
2nd President of the United States (1735-1826)
President John Quincy Adams
6th President of the United States; son of John Adams (1767-1848)
according to the Old Testament he was a pagan king of Israel and husband of Jezebel (9th century BC)
Amenhotep IV
early ruler of Egypt who rejected the old gods and replaced them with sun worship (died in 1358 BC)
king of the Visigoths who captured Rome in 410 (370-410)
Aleksandr Pavlovich
the czar of Russia whose plans to liberalize the government of Russia were unrealized because of the wars with Napoleon (1777-1825)
Alexander the Liberator
the son of Nicholas I who, as czar of Russia, introduced reforms that included limited emancipation of the serfs (1818-1881)
Czar Alexander III
son of Alexander II who was czar of Russia (1845-1894)
Alfred the Great
king of Wessex; defeated the Vikings and encouraged writing in English (849-899)
Artaxerxes I
king of Persia who sanctioned the practice of Judaism in Jerusalem (?-424 BC)
Artaxerxes II
king of Persia who subdued numerous revolutions and made peace with Sparta (?-359 BC)
Chester Alan Arthur
elected vice president and became 21st President of the United States when Garfield was assassinated (1830-1886)
king of Assyria who built a magnificent palace and library at Nineveh (668-627 BC)
the first Saxon ruler who extended his kingdom to include nearly all of England (895-939)
Scourge of the Gods
king of the Huns; the most successful barbarian invader of the Roman Empire (406-453)
Phineas Taylor Barnum
United States showman who popularized the circus (1810-1891)
Robert the Bruce
king of Scotland from 1306 to 1329; defeated the English army under Edward II at Bannockburn and gained recognition of Scottish independence (1274-1329)
President Buchanan
15th President of the United States (1791-1868)
George Herbert Walker Bush
vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924)
President George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert Walker Bush (born in 1946)
Carl XVI Gustaf
king of Sweden since 1973 (born 1946)
James Earl Carter Jr.
39th President of the United States (1924-)
Charles the Great
king of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor; conqueror of the Lombards and Saxons (742-814)
Stephen Grover Cleveland
22nd and 24th President of the United States (1837-1908)
William Jefferson Clinton
42nd President of the United States (1946-)
Clovis I
king of the Franks who unified Gaul and established his capital at Paris and founded the Frankish monarchy; his name was rendered as Gallic `Louis' (466-511)
William Frederick Cody
United States showman famous for his Wild West Show (1846-1917)
President Coolidge
elected vice president and succeeded as 30th President of the United States when Harding died in 1923 (1872-1933)
last king of Lydia (died in 546 BC)
Cyrus the Elder
king of Persia and founder of the Persian Empire (circa 600-529 BC)
Darius the Great
king of Persia who expanded the Persian Empire and invaded Greece but was defeated at the battle of Marathon (550-486 BC)
Darius III
king of Persia who was defeated by Alexander the Great; his murder effectively ended the Persian Empire (died in 330 BC)
(Old Testament) the 2nd king of the Israelites; as a young shepherd he fought Goliath (a giant Philistine warrior) and killed him by hitting him in the head with a stone flung from a sling; he united Israel with Jerusalem as its capital; many of the Psalms are attributed to David (circa 1000-962 BC)
Eugene Victor Debs
United States labor organizer who ran for President as a socialist (1855-1926)
Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev
Russian ballet impresario who founded the Russian ballet and later introduced it to the West (1872-1929)
Richard D'Oyly Carte
English impresario who brought Gilbert and Sullivan together and produced many of their operettas in London (1844-1901)
Edmund I
king of the English who succeeded Athelstan; he drove out the Danes and made peace with Scotland (921-946)
Edmund Ironside
king of the English who led resistance to Canute but was defeated and forced to divide the kingdom with Canute (980-1016)
Edward the Elder
king of Wessex whose military success against the Danes made it possible for his son Athelstan to become the first king of all England (870-924)
king of Northumbria who was converted to Christianity (585-633)
king of Wessex whose military victories made Wessex the most powerful kingdom in England (died in 839)
Dwight David Eisenhower
United States general who supervised the invasion of Normandy and the defeat of Nazi Germany; 34th President of the United States (1890-1961)
Anglo-Saxon king of Kent who was converted to Christianity by Saint Augustine; codified English law (552-616)
Ethelred I
king of Wessex and Kent and elder brother of Alfred; Alfred joined Ethelred's battle against the invading Danes and succeeded him on his death (died in 871)
Ethelred the Unready
king of the English who succeeded to the throne after his half-brother Edward the Martyr was murdered; he struggled unsuccessfully against the invading Danes (969-1016)
Fahd ibn Abdel Aziz al-Saud
king of Saudi Arabia from 1982 to 2005 (1923-2005)
Faisal ibn Abdel Aziz al-Saud
king of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975 (1906-1975)
Farouk I
king of Egypt who in 1952 was ousted by a military coup d'etat (1920-1965)
Ferdinand the Great
king of Castile and Leon who achieved control of the Moorish kings of Saragossa and Seville and Toledo (1016-1065)
Ferdinand the Catholic
the king of Castile and Aragon who ruled jointly with his wife Isabella; his marriage to Isabella I in 1469 marked the beginning of the modern state of Spain and their capture of Granada from the Moors in 1492 united Spain as one country; they instituted the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 and supported the expedition of Christopher Columbus in 1492 (1452-1516)
President Fillmore
elected vice president and became the 13th President of the United States when Zachary Taylor died in office (1800-1874)
Vigdis Finnbogadottir
former president of Iceland; first woman to be democratically elected head of state (born in 1930)
Gerald Rudolph Ford
38th President of the United States; appointed vice president and succeeded Nixon when Nixon resigned (1913-)
Francis Joseph I
emperor of Austria and king of Hungary; was defeated by Napoleon III at the battle of Magenta (1830-1916)
Frederick I
son of Frederick William who in 1701 became the first king of Prussia (1657-1713)
Frederick the Great
king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786; brought Prussia military prestige by winning the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War (1712-1786)
Frederick William I
son of Frederick I who became king of Prussia in 1713; reformed and strengthened the Prussian army (1688-1740)
Frederick William II
king of Prussia who became involved in a costly war with France (1744-1797)
Frederick William III
king of Prussia who became involved in the Napoleonic Wars (1770-1840)
Frederick William IV
king of Prussia who violently suppressed democratic movements (1795-1865)
James Abraham Garfield
20th President of the United States; assassinated by a frustrated office-seeker (1831-1881)
Genghis Khan
Mongolian emperor whose empire stretched from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean (1162-1227)
king of the Vandals who seized Roman lands and invaded North Africa and sacked Rome (428-477)
a legendary Sumerian king who was the hero of an epic collection of mythic stories
Boris Fyodorovich Godunov
czar of Russia (1551-1605)
legendary king of ancient Phrygia who was said to be responsible for the Gordian knot
Ulysses Simpson Grant
18th President of the United States; commander of the Union armies in the American Civil War (1822-1885)
Gustavus I
king of Sweden who established Lutheranism as the state religion (1496-1560)
Gustavus Adolphus
king of Sweden whose victories in battle made Sweden a European power; his domestic reforms made Sweden a modern state; in 1630 he intervened on the Protestant side of the Thirty Years' War and was killed in the battle of Lutzen (1594-1632)
Gustavus III
king of Sweden who increased the royal power and waged an unpopular war against Russia (1746-1792)
Gustavus IV
king of Sweden whose losses to Napoleon I led to his being deposed in 1809 (1778-1837)
Gustavus V
king of Sweden who kept Sweden neutral during both World War I and II (1858-1950)
Gustavus VI
the last king of Sweden to have any real political power (1882-1973)
Ras Tafari Makonnen
emperor of Ethiopia; worshipped by Rastafarians (1892-1975)
Babylonian king who codified the laws of Sumer and Mesopotamia (died 1750 BC)
Warren Gamaliel Harding
29th President of the United States; two of his appointees were involved in the Teapot Dome scandal (1865-1823)
President William Henry Harrison
9th President of the United States; caught pneumonia during his inauguration and died shortly after (1773-1841)
President Benjamin Harrison
23rd President of the United States (1833-1901)
Rutherford Birchard Hayes
19th President of the United States; his administration removed federal troops from the South and so ended the Reconstruction Period (1822-1893)
Herod the Great
king of Judea who (according to the New Testament) tried to kill Jesus by ordering the death of all children under age two in Bethlehem (73-4 BC)
(Old Testament) king of Judah who abolished idolatry (715-687 BC)
Michinomiya Hirohito
emperor of Japan who renounced his divinity and became a constitutional monarch after Japan surrendered at the end of World War II (1901-1989)
Herbert Clark Hoover
31st President of the United States; in 1929 the stock market crashed and the economy collapsed and Hoover was defeated for reelection by Franklin Roosevelt (1874-1964)
Solomon Hurok
United States impresario who was born in Russia (1888-1974)
ibn Talal Hussein
king of Jordan credited with creating stability at home and seeking peace with Israel (1935-1999)
Ivan Iv Vasilievich
the first czar of Russia (1530-1584)
Andrew Jackson
7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845)
James IV
a Stuart king of Scotland who married a daughter of Henry VII; when England and France went to war in 1513 he invaded England and died in defeat at Flodden (1473-1513)
President Jefferson
3rd President of the United States; chief drafter of the Declaration of Independence; made the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and sent out the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore it (1743-1826)
Jeroboam I
(Old Testament) first king of the northern kingdom of Israel who led Israel into sin (10th century BC)
President Andrew Johnson
17th President of the United States; was elected vice president and succeeded Lincoln when Lincoln was assassinated; was impeached but acquitted by one vote (1808-1875)
President Lyndon Johnson
36th President of the United States; was elected vice president and succeeded Kennedy when Kennedy was assassinated (1908-1973)
Juan Carlos Victor Maria de Borbon y Borbon
king of Spain since 1975 (born in 1938)
Justinian the Great
Byzantine emperor who held the eastern frontier of his empire against the Persians; codified Roman law in 529; his general Belisarius regained North Africa and Spain (483-565)
Kamehameha the Great
Hawaiian king who united the islands under his rule (1758-1819)
President John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States; established the Peace Corps; assassinated in Dallas (1917-1963)
Kublai Kaan
Mongolian emperor of China and grandson of Genghis Khan who completed his grandfather's conquest of China; he establish the Yuan dynasty and built a great capital on the site of modern Beijing where he received Marco Polo (1216-1294)
king of Sparta and hero of the battle of Thermopylae where he was killed by the Persians (died in 480 BC)
President Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)
king of Scotland (died in 1057)
President Madison
4th President of the United States; member of the Continental Congress and rapporteur at the Constitutional Convention in 1776; helped frame the Bill of Rights (1751-1836)
Margarete Gertrud Zelle
Dutch dancer who was executed by the French as a German spy in World War I (1876-1917)
President McKinley
25th President of the United States; was assassinated by an anarchist (1843-1901)
Meiji Tenno
emperor of Japan who encouraged the modernization of Japan (1852-1912)
Mithridates the Great
ancient king of Pontus who expanded his kingdom by defeating the Romans but was later driven out by Pompey (132-63 BC)
President Monroe
5th President of the United States; author of the Monroe Doctrine (1758-1831)
Montezuma II
the last Aztec emperor in Mexico who was overthrown and killed by Hernando Cortes (1466-1520)
Napoleon Bonaparte
French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)
Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte
nephew of Napoleon I and emperor of the French from 1852 to 1871 (1808-1873)
Nebuchadnezzar II
(Old Testament) king of Chaldea who captured and destroyed Jerusalem and exiled the Israelites to Babylonia (630?-562 BC)
Czar Nicholas I
czar of Russia from 1825 to 1855 who led Russia into the Crimean War (1796-1855)
Nicholas II
the last czar of Russia who was forced to abdicate in 1917 by the Russian Revolution; he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks (1868-1918)
Richard Milhous Nixon
vice president under Eisenhower and 37th President of the United States; resigned after the Watergate scandal in 1974 (1913-1994)
Saint Olaf
King and patron saint of Norway (995-1030)
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Shah of Iran who was deposed in 1979 by Islamic fundamentalists (1919-1980)
Pepin the Short
king of the Franks and father of Charlemagne who defended papal interests and founded the Carolingian dynasty in 751 (714-768)
Peter the Great
czar of Russia who introduced ideas from western Europe to reform the government; he extended his territories in the Baltic and founded St. Petersburg (1682-1725)
Philip II of Spain
king of Spain and Portugal and husband of Mary I; he supported the Counter Reformation and sent the Spanish Armada to invade England (1527-1598)
Philip II of Macedon
king of ancient Macedonia and father of Alexander the Great (382-336 BC)
Philip Augustus
son of Louis VII whose reign as king of France saw wars with the English that regained control of Normandy and Anjou and most of Poitou (1165-1223)
Philip V
king of ancient Macedonia whose confrontations with the Romans led to his defeat and his loss of control over Greece
Philip of Valois
king of France who founded the Valois dynasty; his dispute with Edward III over his succession led to the Hundred Years' War (1293-1350)
President Pierce
14th President of the United States (1804-1869)
James Knox Polk
11th President of the United States; his expansionism led to the Mexican War and the annexation of California and much of the southwest (1795-1849)
Ptolemy I
the king of Egypt who founded the Macedonian dynasty in Egypt; a close friend and general of Alexander the Great who took charge of Egypt after Alexander died (circa 367-285 BC)
Ptolemy II
son of Ptolemy I and king of Egypt who was said to be responsible for the Septuagint (circa 309-247 BC)
king of Epirus; defeated the Romans in two battles in spite of staggering losses (319-272 BC)
Ch'in Shih Huang Ti
the first Qin emperor who unified China, built much of the Great Wall, standardized weights and measures, and created a common currency and legal system (died 210 BC)
any of 12 kings of ancient Egypt between 1315 and 1090 BC
Ronald Wilson Reagan
40th President of the United States (1911-2004)
Charles Ringling
United States showman whose song-and-dance troop evolved into a circus (1863-1926)
President Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the United States; hero of the Spanish-American War; Panama Canal was built during his administration
President Franklin Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States; elected four times; instituted New Deal to counter the Great Depression and led country during World War II (1882-1945)
(Old Testament) the first king of the Israelites who defended Israel against many enemies (especially the Philistines)
king of Assyria who invaded Judea twice and defeated Babylon and rebuilt Nineveh after it had been destroyed by Babylonians (died in 681 BC)
Shah Jahan
Mogul emperor of India during whose reign the finest monuments of Mogul architecture were built (including the Taj Mahal at Agra) (1592-1666)
(Old Testament) son of David and king of Israel noted for his wisdom (10th century BC)
William Howard Taft
27th President of the United States and later chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1857-1930)
Lucius Tarquinius Superbus
according to legend, the seventh and last Etruscan king of Rome who was expelled for his cruelty (reigned from 534 to 510 BC)
President Taylor
12th President of the United States; died in office (1784-1850)
President Truman
elected vice president in Roosevelt's 4th term; became 33rd President of the United States on Roosevelt's death in 1945 and was elected President in 1948; authorized the use of atomic bombs against Japan (1884-1972)
President Tyler
elected vice president and became the 10th President of the United States when Harrison died (1790-1862)
President Van Buren
8th President of the United States (1782-1862)
Victor Emanuel II
king of Italy who completed the unification of Italy by acquiring Venice and Rome (1820-1878)
Victor Emanuel III
king of Italy who appointed Mussolini prime minister; he abdicated in 1946 and the monarchy was abolished (1869-1947)
President Washington
1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)
Thomas Woodrow Wilson
28th President of the United States; led the United States in World War I and secured the formation of the League of Nations (1856-1924)
Xerxes the Great
king of Persia who led a vast army against Greece and won the battle of Thermopylae but was eventually defeated (519-465 BC)
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Emperor of Rome; nephew and son-in-law and adoptive son of Antonius Pius; Stoic philosopher; the decline of the Roman Empire began under Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
Antonius Pius
Emperor of Rome; adoptive son of Hadrian (86-161)
Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus
Roman statesman who established the Roman Empire and became emperor in 27 BC; defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC at Actium (63 BC - AD 14)
Gaius Caesar
Roman Emperor who succeeded Tiberius and whose uncontrolled passions resulted in manifest insanity; noted for his cruelty and tyranny; was assassinated (12-41)
Canute the Great
king of Denmark and Norway who forced Edmund II to divide England with him; on the death of Edmund II, Canute became king of all England (994-1035)
Catherine I
empress of Russia who succeeded her husband Peter the Great (1684-1727)
Catherine the Great
empress of Russia who greatly increased the territory of the empire (1729-1796)
Hugh Capet
King of France elected in 987 and founding the Capetian dynasty (940-996)
Charles Stuart
son of James I who was King of England and Scotland and Ireland; was deposed and executed by Oliver Cromwell (1600-1649)
Charles II
King of England and Scotland and Ireland during the Restoration (1630-1685)
Charles the Bald
as Charles II he was Holy Roman Emperor and as Charles I he was king of France (823-877)
Charles VII
King of France who began his reign with most of northern France under English control; after the intervention of Jeanne d'Arc the French were able to defeat the English and end the Hundred Years' War (1403-1461)
Charles IX
King of France from 1560 to 1574 whose reign was dominated by his mother Catherine de Medicis (1550-1574)
Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus
Roman Emperor after his nephew Caligula was murdered; consolidated the Roman Empire and conquered southern Britain; was poisoned by his fourth wife Agrippina after her son Nero was named as Claudius' heir (10 BC to AD 54)
Flavius Valerius Constantinus
Emperor of Rome who stopped the persecution of Christians and in 324 made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire; in 330 he moved his capital from Rome to Byzantium and renamed it Constantinople (280-337)
Emperor of Rome who was proclaimed emperor against his will; his reign was notable for his severe persecution of Christians (201-251)
Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletian
Roman Emperor who when faced with military problems decided in 286 to divide the Roman Empire between himself in the east and Maximian in the west; he initiated the last persecution of the Christians in 303 (245-313)
Titus Flavius Domitianus
Emperor of Rome; son of Vespasian who succeeded his brother Titus; instigated a reign of terror and was assassinated as a tyrant (51-96)
the younger brother of Edwy who became king of Northumbria when it renounced Edwy; on Edwy's death he succeeded to the throne of England (944-975)
Edward I
King of England from 1272 to 1307; conquered Wales (1239-1307)
Edward II
King of England from 1307 to 1327 and son of Edward I; was defeated at Bannockburn by the Scots led by Robert the Bruce; was deposed and died in prison (1284-1327)
Edward III
son of Edward II and King of England from 1327-1377; his claim to the French throne provoked the Hundred Years' War; his reign was marked by an epidemic of the Black Plague and by the emergence of the House of Commons as the powerful arm of British Parliament (1312-1377)
Edward IV
King of England from 1461 to 1470 and from 1471 to 1483; was dethroned in 1470 but regained the throne in 1471 by his victory at the battle of Tewkesbury (1442-1483)
Edward V
King of England who was crowned at the age of 13 on the death of his father Edward IV but was immediately confined to the Tower of London where he and his younger brother were murdered (1470-1483)
Edward VI
King of England and Ireland from 1547 to 1553; son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour; died of tuberculosis (1537-1553)
Albert Edward
King of England from 1901 to 1910; son of Victoria and Prince Albert; famous for his elegant sporting ways (1841-1910)
Duke of Windsor
King of England and Ireland in 1936; his marriage to Wallis Warfield Simpson created a constitutional crisis leading to his abdication (1894-1972)
Saint Edward the Confessor
son of Ethelred the Unready; King of England from 1042 to 1066; he founded Westminster Abbey where he was eventually buried (1003-1066)
Saint Edward the Martyr
King of England who was a son of Edgar; he was challenged for the throne by supporters of his half-brother Ethelred II who eventually murdered him (963-978)
King of England who was renounced by Northumbria in favor of his brother Edgar (died in 959)
Ferdinand I
Holy Roman Emperor and king of Hungary and Bohemia (1503-1564)
Ferdinand II
Holy Roman Emperor and king of Bohemia and Hungary who waged war against Protestant forces (1578-1637)
Ferdinand III
Holy Roman Emperor and king of Hungary and Bohemia who signed the Peace of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War (1608-1657)
Emperor Francis II
the last Holy Roman Emperor (1768-1835)
Frederick Barbarossa
Holy Roman Emperor from 1152 to 1190; conceded supremacy to the pope; drowned leading the Third Crusade (1123-1190)
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II
the Holy Roman Emperor who led the Sixth Crusade and crowned himself king of Jerusalem (1194-1250)
George I
Elector of Hanover and the first Hanoverian King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1714 to 1727 (1660-1727)
George II
King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover from 1727 to 1760 (1683-1760)
George III
King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820; the American colonies were lost during his reign; he became insane in 1811 and his son (later George IV) acted as regent until 1820 (1738-1820)
George IV
King of Great Britain and Ireland and Hanover from 1820 to 1830; his attempt to divorce his estranged wife undermined the prestige of the Crown (1762-1830)
George V
King of Great Britain and Ireland and emperor of India from 1910 to 1936; gave up his German title in 1917 during World War I (1865-1936)
George VI
King of Great Britain and Ireland and emperor of India from 1936 to 1947; he succeeded Edward VIII (1895-1952)
Publius Aelius Hadrianus
Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of Trajan; travelled throughout his empire to strengthen its frontiers and encourage learning and architecture; on a visit to Britain in 122 he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall (76-138)
Harold Harefoot
illegitimate son of Canute who seized the throne of England in 1037 (died in 1040)
King Harold II
King of England who succeeded Edward the Confessor in 1066 and was the last of the Anglo-Saxon monarchs; he was killed fighting the invasion by William the Conqueror (1045-1066)
Henry Beauclerc
King of England from 1100 to 1135; youngest son of William the Conqueror; conquered Normandy in 1106 (1068-1135)
Henry II
first Plantagenet King of England; instituted judicial and financial reforms; quarreled with archbishop Becket concerning the authority of the Crown over the church (1133-1189)
Henry II
king of France from 1547 to 1559; regained Calais from the English; husband of Catherine de Medicis and father of Charles IX (1519-1559)
Henry III
son of King John and king of England from 1216 to 1272; his incompetence aroused baronial opposition led by Simon de Montfort (1207-1272)
Henry III
son of Henry II of France and the last Valois to be king of France (1551-1589)
Henry Bolingbroke
the first Lancastrian king of England from 1399 to 1413; deposed Richard II and suppressed rebellions (1367-1413)
Henry IV
King of the Germans and Holy Roman Emperor (1050-1106)
Henry of Navarre
king of France from 1589 to 1610; although he was leader of the Huguenot armies, when he succeeded the Catholic Henry III and founded the Bourbon dynasty in 1589 he established religious freedom in France;
Henry V
son of Henry IV and King of England from 1413 to 1422; reopened the Hundred Years' War and defeated the French at Agincourt (1387-1422)
Henry VI
son of Henry V who as an infant succeeded his father and was King of England from 1422 to 1461; he was taken prisoner in 1460 and Edward IV was proclaimed king; he was rescued and regained the throne in 1470 but was recaptured and murdered in the Tower of London (1421-1471)
Henry Tudor
first Tudor king of England from 1485 to 1509; head of the house of Lancaster in the War of the Roses; defeated Richard III at Bosworth Field and was proclaimed king; married the daughter of Edward IV and so united the houses of York and Lancaster (1457-1509)
Henry VII
King of the Germans and Holy Roman Emperor (1275-1313)
Henry VIII
son of Henry VII and King of England from 1509 to 1547; his divorce from Catherine of Aragon resulted in his break with the Catholic Church in 1534 and his excommunication 1538, leading to the start of the Reformation in England (1491-1547)
King James I
the first Stuart to be king of England and Ireland from 1603 to 1625 and king of Scotland from 1567 to 1625; he was the son of Mary Queen of Scots and he succeeded Elizabeth I; he alienated the British Parliament by claiming the divine right of kings (1566-1625)
James II
the last Stuart to be king of England and Ireland and Scotland; overthrown in 1688 (1633-1701)
John Lackland
youngest son of Henry II; King of England from 1199 to 1216; succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Richard I; lost his French possessions; in 1215 John was compelled by the barons to sign the Magna Carta (1167-1216)
Flavius Claudius Julianus
Roman Emperor and nephew of Constantine; he restored paganism as the official religion of the Roman Empire and destroyed Christian temples but his decision was reversed after his death (331?-363)
Louis the Pious
third son of Charlemagne and king of France and Germany and Holy Roman Emperor (778-840)
Louis the Stammerer
king of France and Germany (846-879)
Louis III
son of Louis II and king of the France and Germany (863-882)
Louis d'Outremer
king of France (921-954)
Louis le Faineant
the last Carolingian king of France (967-987)
Louis the Wideawake
king of France whose military victories consolidated his reign (1081-1137)
Louis VII
king of France who led the unsuccessful Second Crusade and fought frequent wars with Henry II of England (1120-1180)
Louis VIII
king of France who increased the power of the Crown over the feudal lords (1187-1226)
Saint Louis
king of France and son of Louis VIII; he led two unsuccessful Crusades; considered an ideal medieval king (1214-1270)
Louis the Quarreller
king of France (1289-1316)
Louis XI
king of France who put down an alliance of unruly nobles and unified France except for Brittany (1423-1483)
Louis XII
king of France who was popular with his subjects (1462-1515)
Louis XIII
king of France from 1610 to 1643 who relied heavily on the advice of Cardinal Richelieu (1601-1643)
Louis the Great
king of France from 1643 to 1715; his long reign was marked by the expansion of French influence in Europe and by the magnificence of his court and the Palace of Versailles (1638-1715)
Louis XV
grandson of Louis XIV and king of France from 1715 to 1774 who led France into the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War (1710-1774)
Louis XVI
king of France from 1774 to 1792; his failure to grant reforms led to the French Revolution; he and his queen (Marie Antoinette) were guillotined (1754-1793)
Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus
Roman Emperor from 286 until he abdicated in 305; when Diocletian divided the Roman Empire in 286 Maximian became emperor in the west (died in 311)
Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus
Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Roman Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)
Marcus Cocceius Nerva
Emperor of Rome who introduced a degree of freedom after the repressive reign of Domitian; adopted Trajan as his successor (30-98)
Otto the Great
King of the Germans and Holy Roman Emperor (912-973)
Richard the Lion-Hearted
son of Henry II and King of England from 1189 to 1199; a leader of the Third Crusade; on his way home from the crusade he was captured and held prisoner in the Holy Roman Empire until England ransomed him in 1194 (1157-1199)
Richard II
King of England from 1377 to 1399; he suppressed the Peasant's Revolt in 1381 but his reign was marked by popular discontent and baronial opposition in British Parliament and he was forced to abdicate in 1399 (1367-1400)
Richard III
King of England from 1483 to 1485; seized the throne from his nephew Edward V who was confined to the Tower of London and murdered; his reign ended when he was defeated by Henry Tudor (later Henry VII) at the battle of Bosworth Field (1452-1485)
Theodosius the Great
the last emperor of a united Roman Empire, he took control of the eastern empire and ended the war with the Visigoths; he became a Christian and in 391 banned all forms of pagan worship (346-395)
Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar Augustus
son-in-law of Augustus who became a suspicious tyrannical Emperor of Rome after a brilliant military career (42 BC to AD 37)
Titus Vespasianus Augustus
Emperor of Rome; son of Vespasian (39-81)
Marcus Ulpius Traianus
Roman Emperor and adoptive son of Nerva; extended the Roman Empire to the east and conducted an extensive program of building (53-117)
Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus
Emperor of Rome and founder of the Flavian dynasty who consolidated Roman rule in Germany and Britain and reformed the army and brought prosperity to the empire; began the construction of the Colosseum (9-79)
Queen Victoria
queen of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India from 1837 to 1901; the last Hanoverian ruler of England (1819-1901)
Kaiser Wilhelm
grandson of Queen Victoria and Kaiser of Germany from 1888 to 1918; he was vilified as causing World War I (1859-1941)
William the Conqueror
duke of Normandy who led the Norman invasion of England and became the first Norman to be King of England; he defeated Harold II at the battle of Hastings in 1066 and introduced many Norman customs into England (1027-1087)
William Rufus
the second son of William the Conqueror who succeeded him as King of England (1056-1100)
William of Orange
King of England and Scotland and Ireland; he married the daughter of James II and was invited by opponents of James II to invade England; when James fled, William III and Mary II were declared joint monarchs (1650-1702)
Sailor King
King of England and Ireland; son of George III who ascended the throne after a long naval career (1765-1837)
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a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council)
someone who is a member of a legislative assembly
a woman assemblyman
contact, middleman
a person who is in a position to give you special assistance
a person appointed or elected to represent others
emissary, envoy
someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
chief of state, head of state
the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government
personal representative
a person who manages the affairs of another
resident commissioner
the representative of Puerto Rico in the United States House of Representatives
union representative
a representative for a labor union
business agent
an agent who handles business affairs for another; especially one who deals with employers
literary agent
an agent who represents an author in dealings with publishers
apostolic delegate
(Roman Catholic Church) a representative of the Holy See in a country that has no formal diplomatic relations with it
the agent to whom property involved in a bailment is delivered
booker, booking agent
someone who engages a person or company for performances
chancellor, premier, prime minister
the person who is head of state (in several countries)
PM, Prime Minister, premier
the person who holds the position of head of the government in the United Kingdom
deputy, surrogate
a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others
employment agent
someone who runs an employment agency
freight agent
an employee of a freight carrier who directs the receipt and delivery of goods
government agent
a representative or official of a government or administrative department of a government
an agent who handles something or someone
legal representative
a personal representative with legal standing (as by power of attorney or the executor of a will)
legate, official emissary
a member of a legation
mill agent
the responsible official at a mill that is under absentee ownership
next friend
(law) a person who acts on behalf of an infant or disabled person
labor organizer, organiser, organizer
someone who enlists workers to join a union
parliamentary agent
a person who is employed to look after the affairs of businesses that are affected by legislation of the British Parliament
the chief executive of a republic
Chief Executive, President, President of the United States, United States President
the person who holds the office of head of state of the United States government
placeholder, procurator, proxy
a person authorized to act for another
purchasing agent
an agent who purchases goods or services for another
intelligence agent, intelligence officer, operative, secret agent
a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
shipping agent
the agent of a shipowner
a commercial agent who shops at the competitor's store in order to compare their prices and merchandise with those of the store that employs her
shop steward, steward
a union member who is elected to represent fellow workers in negotiating with management
crowned head, monarch, sovereign
a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
special agent
someone whose authority is limited to the special undertaking they have been instructed to perform
talent agent
an agent who represents performers
general agent, universal agent
someone authorized to transact every kind of business for the principal
walking delegate
a union representative who visits workers at their jobs to see whether agreements are observed
Type of:
negotiant, negotiator, treater
someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)

n an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

interpreter, spokesperson, voice
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an informal representative
flack, flack catcher, flak, flak catcher
a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
mouth, mouthpiece
a spokesperson (as a lawyer)
a male spokesperson
a female spokesperson
bagman, commercial traveler, commercial traveller, roadman, traveling salesman, travelling salesman
a salesman who travels to call on customers
one who sells goods on the installment plan
Type of:
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea

n a member of the United States House of Representatives

congressman, congresswoman
informal abbreviation of `representative'
Type of:
someone who makes or enacts laws

n an item of information that is typical of a class or group

example, illustration, instance
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apology, excuse
a poor example
an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization
case in point, precedent
an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
the most typical example or representative of a type
a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
an example regarded as typical of its class
a test sample of some substance
cross section
a sample meant to be representative of a whole population
grab sample
a single sample or measurement taken at a specific time or over as short a period as feasible
random sample
a sample grabbed at random
a small amount (especially of food or wine)
Type of:
knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction

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