so i’ve been doing research for my latest novel and i’ve been stumbling across historical figures (both known and unknown) who interest me so much. one i’ve been thinking of lately is John Jacob Astor IV, who died in the sinking of the titanic. it’s just really interesting to think that he was likely the richest man on earth and he died just like that. not to mention that he was last seen on the ship smoking, and later was rumored to have clinging to a lifeboat with william thomas stead (another interesting person). i’ve also just found out about glenway wescott, who seems like an interesting figure too.
i know characters in hisfic are based off historical figures a lot of the time, so i’m curious: who in history do you finding interesting, and would you write a character based off them?