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Most Influential Americans

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Lincoln
Washington
Jefferson
FD Roosevelt
Politics/Thought: 1755-1804

Soldier, banker, and political scientist, he set in motion an agrarian nation’s transformation into an industrial power.
Franklin
Thought: 1755-1835

The defining chief justice, he established the Supreme Court as the equal of the other two federal branches.
ML King
Edison
W Wilson
Industry: 1839-1937

The man behind Standard Oil set the mold for our tycoons—first by making money, then by giving it away.
Grant
Politics/Thought: 1751-1836

He fathered the Constitution and wrote the Bill of Rights.
H. Ford
T. Roosevelt
Average listal rating (172 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Arts: 1835-1910

Author of our national epic, he was the most unsentimental observer of our national life.
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Reagan
Andrew Jackson
Paine
Industry: 1835-1919

The original self-made man forged America’s industrial might and became one of the nation’s greatest philanthropists.
H. Truman
Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 0
Arts: 1819-1892

He sang of America and shaped the country’s conception of itself.
Wilbur Wright

Invention/Industry: 1872 - 1948; 1867 - 1912

They got us all off the ground.
A G Bell
J Adams
Average listal rating (218 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Arts: 1901 -1966

The quintessential entertainer-entrepreneur, he wielded unmatched influence over our childhood.
Invention/Industry: 1765-1825

His gin made cotton king and sustained an empire for slavery.
Politics/Military: 1890 - 1969

He won a war and two elections, and made everybody like Ike.
Thought/Politics: 1891-1974

His Supreme Court transformed American society and bequeathed to us the culture wars.
Social Activism: 1815-1902

One of the first great American feminists, she fought for social reform and women’s right to vote.
Politics: 1777-1852

One of America’s greatest legislators and orators, he forged compromises that held off civil war for decades.
Einstein
Emerson
Science: 1914-1995

His vaccine for polio eradicated one of the world’s worst plagues.
Sports: 1919 - 1972

He broke baseball’s color barrier and embodied integration’s promise.
Politics: 1860 - 1925

“The Great Commoner” lost three presidential elections, but his populism transformed the country.
Industry: 1837 - 1913

The great financier and banker was the prototype for all the Wall Street barons who followed.
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She was the country’s most eloquent voice for women’s equality under the law.
Science: 1907-1964

The author of Silent Spring was godmother to the environmental movement.
Average listal rating (3 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 0
Social Activism/Thought: 1859 - 1952

He sought to make the public school a training ground for democratic life.
Arts/Social Activism: 1884 - 1962

Her Uncle Tom’s Cabin inspired a generation of abolitionists and set the stage for civil war.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
Arts/Thought: 1888-1963

One of America’s great intellectuals, he made the “problem of the color line” his life’s work.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Invention: 1791-1872

Before the Internet, there was Morse code.
Social Activism: 1805-1879

Through his newspaper, The Liberator, he became the voice of abolition.
Social Activism: 1817-1895

After escaping from slavery, he pricked the nation’s conscience with an eloquent accounting of its crimes.
Science: 1904 - 1967

The father of the atomic bomb and the regretful midwife of the nuclear era.
Arts/Media: 1822 - 1903

The genius behind New York’s Central Park, he inspired the greening of America’s cities.
Politics: 1795-1849

This one-term president’s Mexican War landgrab gave us California, Texas, and the Southwest.
Social Activism: 1879 - 1966

The ardent champion of birth control—and of the sexual freedom that came with it.
Average listal rating (2 ratings) 2.5 IMDB Rating 0
Religion: 1805-1844

The founder of Mormonism, America’s most famous homegrown faith.
Arts/Thought: 1831-1935

Known as “The Great Dissenter,” he wrote Supreme Court opinions that continue to shape American jurisprudence.
Average listal rating (84 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Invention/Industry: 1955 -

The Rockefeller of the Information Age, in business and philanthropy alike.
John Quincy Adams
Social Activism/Politics: 1796-1859

His tireless advocacy of universal public schooling earned him the title “The Father of American Education.”
Military: 1807-1870

He was a good general but a better symbol, embodying conciliation in defeat.
Politics: 1782-1850

The voice of the antebellum South, he was slavery’s most ardent defender.
Arts/Invention: 1856-1924

The father of architectural modernism, he shaped the defining American building: the skyscraper.
Faulkner
Social Activism: 1850 - 1924

The country’s greatest labor organizer, he made the golden age of unions possible.
Thought: 1842-1910

The mind behind Pragmatism, America’s most important philosophical school.
Military/Politics: 1880-1959

As a general, he organized the American effort in World War II; as a statesman, he rebuilt Western Europe.
Social Activism:

The founder of Hull House, she became the secular saint of social work.
Thoreau
Presley
Arts: 1810 - 1891

The circus impresario’s taste for spectacle paved the way for blockbuster movies and reality TV.
Science: 1928 -

He codiscovered DNA’s double helix, revealing the code of life to scientists and entrepreneurs alike.
Media: 1795-1872

As the founding publisher of The New York Herald, he invented the modern American newspaper.
Exploration: 1774-1809; 1770-1838

They went west to explore, and millions followed in their wake.
Arts: 1758-1843

He didn’t create American English, but his dictionary defined it.
Industry: 1918 - 1992

He promised us “Every Day Low Prices,” and we took him up on the offer.
Invention/Industry: 1809 - 1884
Religion: 1801-1877

What Joseph Smith founded, Young preserved, leading the Mormons to their promised land.
Babe Ruth
Religion/Social Activism: 1775 - 1863

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s clergyman father earned fame as an abolitionist and an evangelist.
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