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The Mentor Hall of Fame

Virtually anyone can benefit from having a mentor. From ancient history to modern times, political, civic and spiritual leaders around the world have acted as mentors and have had mentors.

The following list of mentor pairs was compiled by Rey Carr from a variety of sources including autobiographies, biographies, newspaper articles, personal interviews, and diligent historical research.

If you know of mentor pairs that ought to be added, we have provided an opportunity for you to submit the names and details: Add a Mentor Pair.

  • Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice (1956-2016) is a mentor to Alberta politician Manmeet Bhullar.

  • Hillary Clinton is mentor to many, including US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

  • Former Attorney General of the USA, Janet Reno (1938-2016) is a mentor to Florida state attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle, and was mentored by Florida attorney and law professor Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte and John Orr, a former state lawmaker. Her mentor told her something that became her life-long mantra" "Don't equivocate, don't pussyfoot, don't talk out of both sides of your mouth and you'll wake up the next morning feeling good about yourself."

  • Philosopher, writer and speaker Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is a mentor to American author, physician, speaker and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra.

  • E. Barrett Prettyman Jr (1925-2016), a prominent Washington lawyer and helped provide background for the U.S. Supreme Court unanimous school desegregation decision is a mentor to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

  • British Columbia politician Christy Clark considered B.C.'s first Muslim elected to the provincial legislature John Nuraney (1937-2016) her mentor.

  • Cuban politician Eduardo René Chibás Ribas (1907-1951) and Father Amando Llorente (1918-2010) were mentors to Fidel Castro Ruz (1926-2016) who was a mentor to Venezuelan politician Hugo Chávez and Cuban athlete Ivan Garcia.

  • Former astronaut and U.S. senator John Glenn (1921-2016) was a mentor to NASA administrator Charles Bolden. John Glenn said, "I think a mentor gets a lot of satisfaction in a couple of ways. They're doing something constructive, so they feel good about that. And when they see the result of this, with the young people they're working with, it's very, very rewarding."

  • Jewish teacher Shoshani/Chouchani (1895-1968) was a mentor to Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate, author and activist Elie Weisel (1928-2016) who is a mentor to Menachem Rosensaft, author, teacher, and lawyer.

  • Dutch-born early music specialist Gustav Leonhardt (1928-2012) is a mentor to harpsichordist Richard Egarr.

  • Educator Dr. Helena Radlinska (1879-1954) was a mentor to Irena Sendler (1910-2008), saviour of 2500+ children & infants during WWII.

  • Canadian nurse educator, heatlh care leader, nursing administrator and founder of the Ontario Provicial Nurse Administrators' Interest Group, Dorothy Wylie (1929-2016) was a mentor to many in nursing, including Susan Smith and Gail Donner, former dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing.

  • Canadian hero, pharmacologist and physician Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914-2015) prevented thalidomide from being marketed in the USA and was named a Virtual Mentor for the American Medical Association.

  • Canadian social activist, scholar, professor and Holocaust survivor, Dr. Ursula Franklin (1921-2016) was a mentor to many including Dr. James Orbinski, former president of Medecins San Frontieres, and Mary Eberts, co-founder of LEAF who said about her mentor, "...She led us into a place where she trusted that we would also be able to consider things from a deeply moral standpoint. For me, it pushed me to try to think more as she would, rather than just in terms of accomplishing certain reachable objectives. It stretched me very much to have her as a mentor. And it stretched me in directions that I have perhaps been inclined to go but never really gone."

  • Scholar & storyteller C. Vann Woodward (1908-1999) was a mentor to author & activist James Green (1944-2016).

  • Canadian businessman and previous Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees, Billy Diamond (1949-2010), was a mentor to Canadian politician, activist and Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come (1956), member of the Cree Nation.

  • Father Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016), an anti-war, anti-poverty, and anti-racism Jesuit priest-activist, writer and poet was mentor to 1000's of youth and was mentored by Dorothy Day (1897-1980), an American journalist and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.

  • Canadian-Hungarian economist Karl Polanyi (1886-1964) was a mentor to Canadian philosopher, nationalist, and economist Abe Rotstein (1929-2015).

  • Canada's Ruth Bell (1919-2016), women's rights advocate, was honoured for mentoring by Carleton University. One of the people she mentored said of her, "She believed that creating dialogue requires us to suspend our own opinions when we are listening to others, and we have to persuade men and women to look beyond a person's physical appearance to discover his or her essence."

  • Lee Huan, former premier of the Republic of China on Taiwan, was mentored by President Ching-kuo, son of Chiang Kai-shek. Lee was educated in Shanghai where he studied law and then studied at Columbia University in New York. He returned to Taiwan when the nationalists were defeated in 1949 by the communists and he served as head of the China Youth Corps and Chair of the National Youth Commission. Lee was a rare and criticized political presence who advocated for democracy and freedom of the press. But over the next 20 years, his aims would be achieved.

  • U.S. House of Representatives Speaker, Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. (1912-1994) was a mentor to Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011), the first woman to be nominated for Vice-President of the U.S.A.

  • Canadian lawyer and human rights activist, Alan Borovoy (1932-2015) was a mentor to many including Karen Mock, Bernie Farber, and Danielle McLaughlin.

  • Canadian super lawyer Edward Greenspan (1944-2104) was a mentor to lawyer Marie Henein.

  • Senator Edward Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is a mentor to Supreme Court Justice, Stephen G. Breyer.

  • U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah considered Ohio Congressman Louis B. Stokes (1925-2015), a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) as a mentor.

  • Claude Ryan (1925-2004), former Quebec Liberal Leader, is a mentor to Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada. He said his mentor taught him that "When you come into a room to discuss a file, it's always good to know more about it than anybody else in the room."

  • Charles Pasqua (1927-2015), former French interior minister, was a mentor to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

  • The late Speaker of the Canadian Senate Pierre Claude Nolin (1950-2015) is a mentor to David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

  • The late US Senator and long-time actor, Fred Thompson (1942-2015), was mentored by US Senator Howard Baker (1925-2014).

  • Nicola Sturgeon, leader of Scottish National Party, is mentored by Alex Salmond, the former party leader.

  • Marco Rubio, Republican Senator from Florida was mentored by former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

  • Arkansas Congressman J.P. Hammerschmidt (1922-2015) is mentor to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge & Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

  • Longest serving woman in Congress, Democratic Senator Barb Mikulski of Maryland, is a mentor to many others in Congress, including Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

  • Former I.M.F. chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a mentor to Pierre Moscovici, 2015 economic policy commissioner for the European Union.

  • Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former SAS major is a mentor to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

  • Republican John Sherman Cooper is a mentor to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell
  • Former NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins and NYC lobbyist Harold Ickes are mentors to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

  • Richard J. Daley (1902-1976), former mayor of Chicago, was a mentor to Jane M. Byrne (1933-2014), former mayor of Chicago.

  • Henry Cisneros, former Clinton cabinet member, is a mentor to Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio.

  • Tom Cole, member from Oklahoma of the US House of Representatives is a mentor to T.W. Shannon, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and US senate nominee in Oklahoma.

  • Rev. Andrew Wylie (1789-1851), theologian and President of Washington & Jefferson College and later president of Indiana University, was a mentor to William McGuffey (1800-1873), creator of the most widely used books to help children learn to read. McGuffey, in turn, was a mentor to business leaders such as H.J. Heniz, Henry Ford, and George Westinghouse, according to Quentin Skrabec, author of William McGuffey: Mentor to American Industry (

  • Pope Benedict XVI (Bio) considers Pope John Paul (1920-2005, Bio) his mentor.

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie describes former N.J. Governor Thomas H. Kean as his mentor

  • American diplomat and Ambassador to Germany and the United Nations Richard C. Holbrooke (1941-2010) is a mentor to diplomat, lawyer Ronan Farrow.

  • Thailand's supreme Buddhist patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja (1913-2013) was mentor to Thai King, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • Ho Chí Minh (1890-1969), President of Vietnam, was a mentor to Võ Nguyźn Giáp, General of the Vietnam People's Army (1911-2013).

  • Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986), the founding father of the nuclear Navy, was a mentor to Admiral Eugene Wilkinson (1919-2013), commander of the Nautilus - the first submarine to harness nuclear power for propulsion rather than weaponry.

  • Diana DeGette, Democrat of Colorado, considers longest-standing member of Congress, John D. Dingell, Jr. a Michigan Democrat as her mentor

  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is a mentor to William Cowan, U.S. senator.

  • Dr. Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001, philosopher, author and educator) is a mentor to Arne Duncan (former CEO Chicago Public Schools and currently U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration)

  • Historian Stephen Ambrose is a mentor to historian Douglas Brinkley

  • Jack Layton (1950-2011), leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada mentor to Randall Garrison, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament from British Columbia and thousands of other Canadians.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford (A HREF=""Bio) called the late Peter Lougheed (1928-2012, Bio), former Alberta premier, her mentor.

  • Former Canadian teacher Kay Stanley is a mentor to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, John "Rusty" Baird.

  • Alfred E. Smith, Governor of New York (1873-1944), was a mentor to Belle Moskowitz (1877-1933), who organized the women's vote for Smith (New York women won the vote in 1917.

  • Chief Dan George mentor to Gordon Tootoosis (1941-2011)

  • Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations secretary-general who died in a mysterious plane crash in 1961, is a mentor (and uncle) to Knut Hammarskjold (1922-2011), the former executive director of the International Air Transport Association.

  • Angela Corey (Florida attorney) mentor to Pam Bondi (Florida State Attorney General)

  • The late Jack Kemp and University of Miami macroeconomics professor William Hart are considered mentors by U.S. Congressman and 2012 candidate for U.S. vice-president Paul Ryan.

  • Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is a mentor to newly elected President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
  • Andree de Jongh (Belgian resistance heroine who assisted more than 700 downed airman to escape Nazi-occupied territory during WWII) was mentored by Edith Cavell (executed by the Germans after assisting hundreds of allied soldiers from the Allied forces escape from occupied Belgium during WWI).
  • William Ravenel (high school teacher) mentor to John McCain (US senator and presidential candidate) - Details and photos (Requires membership in the Peer Resources Network)

  • Michelle Robinson (lawyer) is a mentor to Barack Obama (US President) - Details and photos (Requires membership in the Peer Resources Network)

  • Charles J. Ogletree (Harvard Law Professor) and Marty Kaufman (community organizer) are mentors to Barack Obama (U.S. President)

  • Jerry Kellman, Chicago-based community organizer, is a mentor to U.S. President Barack Obama (Source: Illinois Issues article by Phil Davidson)

  • Mitt Romney is a mentor to Scott Brown (Republican Senator from Massachusetts, A HREF="">Biography)

  • Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher (1925-2011, Bio) is a mentor to Tom Donilon, President Obama's National Security Adviser.

  • The Mentor Police Department does free child safety seat inspections by appointment.

  • Jean Marchand (Quebec labour leader) mentor to Pierre Elliott Trudeau (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Mitchell Sharp mentor to Jean Chretien (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • John Chretien (Prime Minister of Canada) mentor to Brian Tobin (former Premier of Newfoundland), John Nunziata and Ernie Eves (Premier of Ontario)
  • Robert Stanfield (Conservative politician) mentor to Joe Clark (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Maurice Strong (former CEO, Power Corp) mentor to Paul Martin (Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Lester Bowles Pearson (fromer Liberal Prime Minister of Canada) mentor to John Napier Turner (former Liberal Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Alvin Hamilton ("Canada's best ever minister of argriculture) mentor to Brian Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Brian Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada) mentor to Kim Campbell (first woman Prime Minister of Canada) and Lucien Bouchard (former premier of Quebec)
  • Lucien Bouchard mentor to Francois Legault
  • Jacques Parizeau mentor to Bernard Landry and Daniel Paillé
  • Norah Willis Michener (wife of former Governor General of Canada) mentor to Margaret Trudeau
  • Mike Harcourt (former Premier of British Columbia) mentor to Moe Sihota (British Columbia politician)
  • Wilf Spooner (former Ontario cabinet minister) mentor to Alan Pope (former Ontario cabinet minister)
  • John Munro (former Canadian cabinet minister) mentor to Sheila Copps (Canada's Minister of Heritage)
  • Jean Lesage (former Premier of Quebec) mentor to Robert Bourassa (Quebec politician)
  • The T-34B Mentor is a training plane used to help pilots make the transition to jet aircraft
  • The State of Georgia has a Mentor/Protege program that pairs smaller, less experienced contractors with larger ones
  • Alfred D. DeCelles (journalist) mentor to Sir Joseph Adolphe Chapteau (former premier of Quebec)
  • Rev. Georges-Henri Levesque (architect of Quebec's Quiet Revolution) mentor to Jean Lesage (former Quebec premier) and Rene Levesque (former Quebec premier)
  • Sir Edward Peacock (banker) mentor to Michael Wilson (former Finance Minister of Canada)
  • Mentor of Rhodes was a Greek mercenary leader in Persian service, and served under king Artaxerxes III Ochus Details
  • Paul Martin (Finance Minister of Canada) mentored by his father, Paul Martin Sr.
  • Allan Blakeney (former premier of Saskatchewan) and Tommy Douglas (Canadian politician) mentors to Roy Romanow (former premier of Saskatchewan)
  • Roy Romanow (former premier of Saskatchewan) mentor to Gary Doer (premier of Manitoba)
  • Roy Parkhill mentor to Gary Filmon (premier of Manitoba)
  • Gildas Mologat (former Speaker, Canadian Senate) mentor to Ron Duhamel (MLA, Manitoba)
  • Bill Aberhart (former premier of Alberta) mentor to Ernest Manning (father of Preston Manning)
  • Angus MacLean (former premier of PEI) mentor to Pat Binns (premier of PEI)
  • Art Smith was a mentor to Ralph Klein, former Alberta premier
  • Mike Harris (premier of Ontario) mentor to Jim Flaherty (Ontario Cabinet minister)
  • Ralph Klein (1943-2013), former premier of Alberta, is a mentor to Stockwell Day (leader of Canadian Alliance party) and former Ontario premier Mike Harris
  • "Mentor to the world." (Pierre Elliott Trudeau's view of Canada's accomplishments in democratic federalism and ethnic pluralism)

Prime Ministers of Canada Use Mentoring for Leadership Succession
Lester Pearson
Pierre Trudeau
John Turner
Kim Campbell
Brian Mulroney
Joe Clark
Jean Chretien
  • Julius Leber (politician Bio) mentor to Willy Brandt (former Chancellor of West Germany Bio)
  • Konrad Adenauer (former chancellor of Germany) mentor to Helmut Kohl
  • Helmut Kohl (1930-2105) is a mentor to Angela Merkel
  • Adnan Menderes (former Premier of Turkey) mentor to Fatin Rustu Zorlu (former Foreign Minister of Turkey)
  • Bulent Ecevit (Prime Minister of Turkey) mentor to Ismail Cern (former foreign minister of Turkey)
  • Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (former Liberal Prime Minister of Australia) mentor to Malcolm Fraser (former Prime Minister of Australia) and Harold Holt (former Prime Minister of Australia)
  • Luis Munoz Marin (former governor of Puerto Rico) mentor to Rafael Hernandez Colon (former governor of Puerto Rico)
  • Simón Rogriguez mentor to Simón Bolívar (Liberator of South America Bio)
  • José Marti often described as mentor to the Cuban Nation
  • Jean-Bertrand Aristide mentor to Rene Preval (President of Haiti)
  • Fidel Castro (President of Cuba) mentor to Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela)
  • Hugo Chávez (President of Venezuela, 1954-2013) is a mentor to Nicolás Maduro
  • Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic politician) mentor to Joaquin Balaguer
  • Victor Raul Haya de la Torre (political activist in Peru) mentor to Alan Garcia Perez (former president of Peru)
  • Luis Miquilena (former Interior Minister of Venezuela) mentor to Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela)
  • Lino Oviedo (military general) mentor to Raúl Cubas Grau (President of Paraguay)
  • Yoshiro Mori (former Prime Minister of Japan) mentor to Junichiro Koizumi (former Prime Minister of Japan)
  • Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is a mentor to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (< HREF="">BIO)
  • Tanaka Kakuei mentor to Nakasone Yasuhiro (former Prime Minister of Japan)
    Yamagata Aritomo (former Japanese Minister of War) mentor to Masatake Terauchi (Japanese general and politician)
  • Hiromu Nonaka (Japanese politician) mentor to Muneo Suzuki (Japanese political leader)
  • Park Chung Hee (assassinated president of South Korea) mentor to Chun Doo Hwan (Vietnam veteran and former president of South Korea)
  • Syngman Rhee (former Korean president) mentor to Yun Po Sun (Korean president, 1960-62)
  • Deng Xiaoping mentor to Hu Yaobang (Chinese political leader) and Zhao Ziyang (general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party)
  • Song Ping (leader, China cental planning committee) mentor to Hu Jintao (vice-president of China)
  • Qu Qiubai mentor to Mao Zedong
  • Kang Youwei, a believer in mass education and free elections in China was a mentor to Liang Qichao, a Chinese reformer (1873-1929)
  • Ayub Khan (military leader and president of Pakistan) mentor to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (late Pakistani political leader)
  • Dadabhai Naoroji (19th century Indian nationalist and leader) mentor to Mohandas K. Gandhi (Indian political and spiritual leader)
  • Prince Hirobumi Ito (20th century Japanese leader) mentor to Prince Kimmochi Saionji (Japanese statesman)
  • Mohammed Ayub Khan (former president of Pakistan) mentor to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1971 president of Pakistan)
  • Vikram Sarabhai mentor to APJ Abdul Kalam (President of India)

  • Henry Hope Stanley mentor to John Rowlands (who changed his name to Henry Moller Stanley and successfully search for David Livingstone in Africa)
  • Sir Keith Joseph mentor to Margaret Thatcher
  • Margaret Thatcher mentor to John Major
  • Lord Irvine mentor to Tony Blair
  • Barbara Castle (British Cabinet minister) mentor to Jack Straw (British Foreign Secretary)
  • Hugh Casson (architect and illustrator), Laurens van der Post (anthropologist), and Lord Louis Mountbatten mentors to Prince Charles
  • Mark Dyer mentor to Prince William
  • Bourke Cockran (Tammany Hall lawyer-politician) mentor to Winston Churchill
  • William Pitt (Prime Minister of England, 19th century) mentor to George Canning (British statesman, member of the House of Commons who fought a duel with the British secretary of war)
  • Viscount William Lamb Melbourne mentor to Queen Victoria
  • Donald Dewer (Scottish politician) mentor to Wendy Alexander (Scottish Cabinet member)
  • Charlie Whalen mentor to Alistair Darling (Scottish Labour Party cabinet member)
  • Charles Haughey (former Irish Prime Minister) mentor to Bertie Ahern (Irish Prime Minister)

In The United Kingdom Both Royals And Commoners Have Mentors
Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
Prime Minister
Prime Minister
  • Lionel Jospin (former Prime Minister of France) mentor to Bertrand Delanoe (Mayor of Paris)
  • Pierre Mendes-France mentor to Pierre Beregovoy (former Prime Minister of France)
  • Jacques Chirac (former Prime Minister of France) mentor to Édouard Balladur
  • Georges Pompidou mentor to Francois Mitterrand (Prime Minister of France)
  • Georges Clemenceau (French republican leader) mentor to Georges Ernest Boulanger (French general and politician)
  • Pierre Poujade mentor to Jean-Marie LePen

  • Silvio Berlusconi (former Italian Primer Minister) mentor to Angelino Alfano (Italian politician and reporter).

  • Andre Cools (late vice prime minister of Belgium) mentor to Alain Van de Biest (regional minister in Belgium)
  • Goukouni Weddeye (President of Chad) mentor to Hissen Habre (defense minister of Libya)
  • Walter Sisulu mentor to Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki (President of South Africa)
  • Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (1995-2012) was a mentor to many African leaders
  • Lazer Sidelsky legal mentor to Nelson Mandela
  • Yasser Arafat (Palestinian leader) mentor to Hisham Miki (Palestinian TV chief)
  • Hendrik Verwoerd (former prime minister of South Africa) mento to Joannes Balthazar Vorster (former prime minister and president of South Africa)
  • Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe President) mentor to Sam Nujoma (President of Namibia)
  • Nicholas Briwott (Kenya minister) mentor to George Saitoti (Kenya vice-president)

  • Antonín Novotny (Czechoslovokain Communist leader) mentor to Alexander Dubêek (Czech statesman who initiated the "Prague Spring")
  • Georgy Valentinovich Plekhanov mentor to Vladimir Illich Lenin
  • Boris Yeltsin mentor to Vladimir Putin and Sergei Kiriyenko (Prime Minister)
  • Anatoli Alexandrovich Sobchak (1937-2000) mentor to Vladimir Putin
  • Vladimir Putin is a mentor to Ramzan Kadyrov (the leader of Russia's Chechen Republic).
  • Joseph Stalin was a mentor to Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
  • Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (Soviet leader) was a mentor to Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko (Soviet political leader)
  • Yuri Vladimirovich Adropov (Soviet communist leader) and Alexander Yakovlev (former Soviet ambassador to Canada) mentors to Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorhachev
  • Mátyás Rákosi (former Prime Minister of Hungary) mentor to András Heged (former Prime Minister of Hungary)

  • Yitzhak Rabin mentor to Ehud Barak
  • Moshe Arens mentor to Benjamin Netanyahu
  • David Ben-Gurion (first Prime Minister of Israel) mentor to Moshe Dayan (soldier and statesman) and Shimon Peres (former Prime Minister of Israel)

  • Benjamin Franklin was considerd a mentor to most of the Founding Fathers of the USA, according to this book.

  • George Mason mentor to Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the US)
  • Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the US) mentor to Meriwether Lewis (explorer, 1774-1809) and James Monroe (1758-1831), 5th President of the U.S.
  • George Wythe (jurist, legal scholar) mentor to Thomas Jefferson (who as a result created a mentors program at the University of Virginia)
  • Andrew Jackson (7th President of the US) mentor to Sam Houston (founder of Texas)
  • Thurlow Weed (American journalist and founder of the Whig Party) mentor to Millard Fillmore (13th US President)
  • Jefferson Davis (US Confederate President) mentor to Austin Dahlgren (writer)
  • James A. Garfield (20th President of the US) born in Mentor, Ohio
  • Roscoe Conkling (former US Senator) mentor to Chester A. Arthur (21st President of the US) and Thomas Collier Platt (19th century American legislator)
  • Marcus Alonzo Hana (American politician and businessman) mentor to William McKinley (25th President of the US)
  • Brander Matthews (Columbia University professor) mentor to Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the US)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the US) mentor to William Howard Taft (27th President of the US)
  • Joseph Foraker (US senator, Ohio) mentor to Warren Gamaliel Harding (29th President of the US)
  • Louis McHenry Howe mentor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd President of the US)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the US) mentor to Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. (former US Secretary of State)
  • Thomas J. Pendergast (political party activist) mentor to Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the US)
  • Sitting Bull (Lakota Chief) mentor to Gall (Hunkpapa Chief)
  • Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was a mentor to Lord Avebury (Sir John Lubbock, 1834-1913), banker, philanthropist and scientist.
  • Tom Scott (Wall Street investor) mentor to Andrew Carnegie (philanthropist)
  • Ralph Bunche (African-American mediator, UN diplomat, Nobel Peace Prize winner, basketball player Bio) mentored by Charles Henry Reiber (UCLA philosophy professor and first dean of the College of Letters and Science) and Sy Lipton (UCLA basketball coach)
  • Major General Fox Connor and General George C. Marshall were mentors to Dwight David Eisenhower (34th President of the US)
  • John F. Kennedy (35th President of the US) mentor to Rey A. Carr (CEO of Peer Resources)
  • Mike Mansfield (late US Senator/Montana) mentor to Ted Stevens (US Senator/Alaska) and Patrick Leahy (US Senator/Vermont)
  • Richard B. Russell (late US Senator/Georgia), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd President of the US), and Sam Rayburn (Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years) mentors to Lyndon Baines Johnson (36th President of the US)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (36th President of the US) mentor to John B. Connolly (former US cabinet member) and Barbara Charline Jordan (US lawyer, politician and teacher)
  • Richard Nixon (37th President of the US) and Neil Mallon (former president of Dresser Industries) mentors to George Bush (41st President of the US) and Robert Dole (former Senator/Kansas and presidential candidate)
  • Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is a mentor to Florida Senator Marco Rubio
  • Admiral Hyman Rickover (bio) mentor to Jimmy Carter (39th President of the US)
  • Bob Bullock (former Texas Lt. Governor) and Condoleeza Rice mentors to George W. Bush (44th President of the US)
  • General Brent Scowcraft (former National Security Advisor to former US President George Bush), George Shultz (former US secretary of state, Bio) and Joseph Korbel (university professor) mentors to Condoleezza Rice (National Security Advisor to 44th US President George W. Bush)
  • Ronald Reagan (40th President of the US) mentor to Christine Todd Whitman (Governor of New Jersey)
  • George Bush (42nd President of the US) mentor to James Baker (former US Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff for US President Ronald Reagan)
  • Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialist and philanthropist, was a mentor to former First Lady Nancy Reagan (1921-2016).

  • James Baker mentor to John Bolton (US State Department)
  • Robert Squier (political advisor) mentor to Albert Gore, Jr. (former Vice-President of the US)
  • Al Gore Jr. mentor to Joseph I. Lieberman (US Senator, Connecticutt)
  • Bill Bradley (former US Senator) mentor to Cory Booker (New Jersey politician)
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan (late US Senator-NY) mentor to Joe Biden (US Senator-DE)
  • Jesse Ventura (governor of Minnesota) mentor to Dean Barkley (US Senator, Minnesota)
  • William Fulbright (former US Senator) mentor to William J. Clinton (43rd President of the US)
  • William Clinton, 43rd President of the US, is a mentor to Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York
  • Cyrus Vance (former US Secretary of State during Carter administration) mentor to Warren Christopher (US Secretary of State during Clinton administration)
  • Marion Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund and American politician, diplomat and activist Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) are mentors to American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

  • Caspar Weinberger (former US Secretary of Defense, 1980-87 and chairman of Forbes magazine) mentor to Colin Powell (US Secretary of State)
  • Karl Rove (political strategist Bio) mentor to Margaret La Montagne (domestic policy advisor to US President George W. Bush) and Carl Forti (political strategist and consultant)
  • Sir David Spedding (former head MI-6 and model for James Bond) mentor to George Tenet (CIA director)
  • Donald Rumsfield (US Secretary of Defense) mentor to Dick Cheney (US Vice-President)
  • Gary Condit (former US congressman) mentor to Dennis Cardoza
  • David Boren (former US Senator/Oklahoma Bio) mentor to George Tenet (CIA Director Bio)
  • Trent Lott (Senator/Mississippi) mentor to Curt Hebert (US Energy Commission)
  • Hubert Humphrey (former US Vice-President and Senator, Minnesota) mentor to Walter Frederick Mondale (former US Vice-President and Senator, Minnesota)
  • George Wallace (former presidential candidate and governor of Alabama) mentor and husband to Lurleen Wallace (former governor of Alabama)
  • Richard Johnson (vice-president of the US under Martin Van Buren and reputed to have killed Tecumseh) middle name was Mentor
  • Philip Burton (former congressman) mentor to Willie Brown (mayor of San Francisco)
  • Tip O'Neill (former Speaker of the US House of Representatives) mentor to Joe Moakley (Congressman, Massachusetts)
  • Richard J. Dayley (late mayor of Chicago) mentor to Jane M. Byrne (first woman mayor of Chicago)
  • Edmund Sixtus Muskie (late US senator/Maine and presidential candidate) mentor to George John Mitchell (former US senator)
  • George Catlett Marshall (American armed forces general and US cabinet minister) mentor to Dwight David Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Mark Clark and Joseph Stillwell (all US military generals)
  • Zbigniew Brezinski mentor to Madeleine Allbright (US Secretary of State)
  • Henry Kissinger (US political advisor) mentor to Alexander Haig (former US Secretary of State) (or was it the other way around?)
  • Johann de Kalb (American general at Valley Forge with George Washington) mentor to Lafayette
  • Sam Rayburn (late member of the US House of Representatives/Texas) mentor to Carl Albert (former speaker of the US House of Representatives)
  • George E. Pataki (governor of New York) mentor to Betsy McCaughey Ross (Lt. Governor of New York)
  • Parris Glendenning (governor of Maryland) and Ruth Kovnat (University of New Mexico law professor) mentors to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (first woman to be Lt. Governor of Maryland)
  • Alfonse M. D'Amato (Senator/New York) mentor to George E. Pataki (Governor of New York)
  • Pilar Barbosa de Rosario (Puerto Rican historian) described as mentor to generations of Puerto Rico's politicians
  • Luis Munoz Marin (Puerto Rico ruler) mentor to Roberto Sanchez Vilella (first elected governor of Puerto Rico)

  • William O. Douglas (former US Supreme Court Justice) mentor to Abe Fortas (former US Supreme Court Justice)
  • Learned Hand (former US Supreme Court Chief Justice) mentor to Gerald Gunther
  • Louis D. Brandeis (former US Supreme Court Justice) mentor to Felix Frankfurter (former US Supreme Court Justice)
  • Lewis Powell (former US Supreme Court Justice) mentor to Sandra Day O'Connor (US Supreme Court Justice)
  • Felix Franfurter mentor to Philip Leslie Graham (publisher)
  • Charles Houston (first full-time counsel for the NAACP Bio) and Lillie Carroll Jackson (woman's and civil rights activist) mentors to Thurgood Marshall (former US Supreme Court Justice)
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (former US Supreme Court Justice) mentor to Alger Hiss (lawyer, peace activist)
  • William Kunstler (radical lawyer) mentor to Ronald L. Kuby (defense lawyer)
  • Clare Booth Luce (1903-1987), 1st American woman ambassador & playwright, was mentored by Bernard Baruch (1870-1965).

  • Oliver Goldsmith mentor to Thomas Paine
  • General Zachary Taylor and General Winfield Scott considered mentors to American military in the Mexican-American War including Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, Thomas Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and others
  • John P. Altgeld (social activist) mentor to Clarence Darrow (reformer and lawyer)
  • George Monroe (photographer) mentor to George Eastman (photograher and inventor)
  • William Lloyd Garrison (US abolitionist) mentor to Frederick Douglass (foremost US Black leader of the 19th century)

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1850-1902), leader of the US suffrage movement, was a mentor to Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), women's rights activist.

  • Mercy Otis Warren mentor to Abigail Adams
  • Barbara Miller Solomon (women's rights advocate) described as mentor to many women
  • Jeanne Caroline Smith Carr (feminist, botanist) mentor to John Muir (poet, naturalist)
  • Anne Sullivan mentor to Helen Keller
  • Eugene V. Debs mentor to John Gardner
  • Walter Reuther (former president of the United Auto Workers union) mentor to Leonard Freel Woodcock (American labor leader)
  • Zellig Harris (linguistics professor) mentor to Noam Chomsky (writer, political activist)
  • George Stigler and Milton Friedman (economists) mentors to Gary Becker (Nobel prize winner in Economics)
  • Ludwig von Mises (economist) mentor to Frederick von Hayek (Nobel laureate economist) and Ronald Reagan (former US president)
  • Frederich von Hayek (Austrian economist) mentor to Jimmy Lai (Hong Kong ebusiness billionaire)
  • Raymond B. Fosdick mentor to John D. Rockefeller
  • Daniel Ford (19th century popular magazine editor) mentor to Francis Bellamy (creator of the US Pledge of Allegiance)

  • John Dewey (philospher and educator) mentor to Sidney Hook (American educator and social activist), George Geiger (Antioch philosophy professor) and Max Eastman
  • Dr. Benge Atlee (Halifax physician) mentor to Dr. Murray Davis

  • Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve is located at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, Ohio

  • Jean-Martin Charcot (founder of clinical neurology, bio) and Josef Breuer (first to use cathartic method to cure hysteria) mentors to Sigmund Freud
  • Sigmund Freud mentor to C.G. Jung
  • Henry Havelock Ellis (physician, psychologist, author) mentor to Margaret Sanger (pioneer activist for birth control, Bio)

  • Samuel C. Armstrong (Bio) mentor to Booker T. Washington (Bio)

  • John Newton (a former slave trader who became a clergyman and hymn writer including Amazing Grace) mentor to William Wilberforce (politician who led the movement to abolish slavery in Great Britain)

  • Booker T. Washington mentor to William Henry Holtzclaw (founder, Utica Institute)
  • Pastor Jim Lawson and Rev. Melvin Watson mentors to Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mentor to Jesse Jackson and John Lewis (civil rights activist
  • Dr. Benjamin E. Mays mentor to Dr. Martin Luther Ling Jr.
  • Mahatma Gandhi mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Malcolm X mentor to Louis Farrakhan
  • The Beverly Foundation is on Mentor Avenue in Pasadena, California
  • Dr. Alexis Carrel mentor to Charles Lindbergh
  • Richard Hofstader mentor to Lawrence Levine (US historian)
  • Bertrand Russell (Bio) mentor to Karl Ponder (philosopher) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (philosopher)
  • Dale L. Morgan (Mormon historian) mentor to Juanita Brooks and Fawn Brodie (Mormon history scholars)

  • G.I. Gurdjieff (Russian philosopher) mentor to William Charles Segal (painter and magazine publisher) and Olgivanna Wright (wife of Frank Lloyd Wright)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin is a mentor to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

  • Vissarion Belinsky (father of Russian radical intelligentsia) mentor to Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (Russian writer)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson mentor to Henry David Thoreau
  • Edward Everett (Unitarian minister) mentor to Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Dr. Samuel Johnson mentor to James Boswell
  • Alfred North Whitehead (philosopher, mathematician, author, Process and Reality) mentor to Susanne Knauth Langer (philosopher, author Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling)
  • Hermann Hesse mentor to Hans Carossa (German poet and novelist)
  • Thomas Cromwell mentor to Richard Grafton (16th century London publisher and printer)
  • Junipero Serra (Spanish missionary) mentor to Francisco Palou (Franciscan historian)
  • You can see Mentor Street in Kouts, Indiana from the Erie-Lackawana railroad tracks
  • José Tomás Canales (Texas historian) mentor to Carlos Castaña (mystic, anthropologist)

  • Franćois Mitterrand (1916-1996), 21st President of France is a mentor to Franćois Hollande, 24th French President
  • Annie Besant (English social reformer and theosophist) mentor to Jiddu Krishnamurti (Indian religious figure)
  • Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams (British envoy) mentor to Catherine II (Empress of Russia)
  • Thomas Becket mentor to King Henry II
  • Cardinal Richelieu (French prelate and statesman) mentor to Jean Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin (French poet and dramatist) and Cardinal Jules Mazarin (First Minister of France under Louis XIV)
  • Michel de Montaigne (French Renaissance thinker and writer Bio) mentor to Marie de Bournay
  • Margaret of Navarre mentor to Bonaventure Des Périers (French humanist)
  • Marie de' Medici mentor to Cardinal Richelieu (Armand Jean du Plessis, duc de Richelieu)
  • Sir Richard Rees mentor to George Orwell
  • John Stuart Mill mentor to Jeremy Bentham
  • Prince von Metternich mentor to Friedrich Gentz and Francis Joseph (Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary)
  • John Cateret (Earl of Granville) mentor to King George II
  • John Stuart (Third Earl of Bute Bio) mentor to King George III
  • Robert Carr (Viscount of Rochester and Earl of Somerset) mentor to Sir Thomas Overbury (English writer imprisoned in the Tower and poisoned by Lady Essex)
  • King Louis I (Poland) mentor to Charles of Durazzo (conquerer of Naples)
  • Augustin de Robespierre mentor to Napoleon Bonaparte
  • HMS Mentor (an 18th century British Navy ship)
  • "The Mentor" (An American magazine published 1913-1931)

  • Archimedes mentor to Galileo
  • Galileo mentor to Ferdinand II (Grand Duke of Tuscany) and Evangelista Torricelli (inventor of the barometer)
  • Lorenzo de Medici (Florentine statesman) mentor to Politan (Italian poet)
  • Brunetto Latini mentor to Dante Alighieri (of Firenze)
  • Polybius (Roman explorer) mentor to Scipio Aemilianus (Roman general)
  • Pompey the Great mentor to Marcus Terentius Varro (Roman scholar)
  • Lucius Aelius Sejanus (Praetorian Guard commander) mentor to Pontius Pilate
  • Johann von Staupitz mentor to Martin Luther
  • Julius Caesar mentor to Mark Antony and Caius Trebonius (Roman politician)
  • Julian (4th century Roman emperor) mentor to Eutropius (Roman historian)
  • Flavius Stilicho (Roman general) mentor to Claudian (Roman poet)
  • Euphronius (Bishop of Tours) mentor to Georgius Florentius (St. Gregory of Tours)

  • Elijah mentor to Elisha (Israelite prophet)
  • Saul (first king of the ancient Hebrews) mentor to David (king of ancient Israel)
  • Socrates mentor to Plato
  • Aristotle mentor to Alexander the Great
  • Antisthenes of Athens mentor to Diogenes
  • Merlin mentor to King Arthur
  • Leucippus (philosopher) mentor to Democritus (Greek philosopher who devised the atomic theory of the universe, also known as the Laughing Philospher)
  • Chiron mentor to Odysseus
  • Aristaeus (Greek mythology figure who invented beekeeping) mentored by nymphs
George W. Bush: Admires a statue of his mentor, Bob Bullock, who was a Democrat and Lt. Governor of Texas
Robert Menzies: Australian Prime Minister mentored other leaders
Harold Holt: An Aussie Prime Minister who grew with mentoring
Malcom Fraser: Australian Prime Minister used Holt's mentor
Helmut Kohl: Mentored early in his career by Konrad Adenauer

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