John Greenleaf Whittier
And two of my personal favorites:
"Lycurgus - The founder of Sparta was so impressed by the honeybees' social structure, sacrifice, and sharing that he used the bee colony as his model for a perfect form of government for the Spartans.
Marcus Aurelius - This famous Roman emperor, philosopher, and potentially world's first Socialist said, 'What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.'"
A more complete list of famous beekeepers, along with brief, colorful descriptions, can be found at this link: