Top Ten Conservatives Throughout History

The Top Ten

1 Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and served as the 3rd President of the United States from 1801-1809. He was born on April 13, 1743, and died on July 4, 1826, on the same day 2nd United States President John Adams died.

Jefferson constantly tried to suppress the expansion of the federal government, and envisioned a society where individuals and families were self-sufficient. - Alpha101

2 John Locke John Locke FRS was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism".

Locke was also a major proponent of free markets, civil liberties, and individualism. - Alpha101

3 Adam Smith Adam Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment.

Smith was one of the earliest advocates of free-market capitalism, and he arguably had the greatest influence on our economic model today. He is still being studied today. - Alpha101

4 Calvin Coolidge John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was an American politician and the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from New England, born in Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor.

Coolidge reduced taxes, deregulated the economy, and presided over one of the best decades in American history for economic growth. Some critics state that Coolidge's policies helped begin the Great Depression, though that's debatable. - Alpha101

5 Barry Goldwater

Goldwater was a senator and presidential candidate in the 20th century. He was actually pretty moderate for the time, with saying things such as "You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight." He was very good friends with John F. Kennedy, and was very critical of the religous right taking over the Republican party. He even said at one point, "Do not associate my name with anything you do. You are extremists, and you've hurt the Republican party much more than the Democrats have." Although he had some moderate views, he opposed the civil rights act of 1964, stating that the bill would allow the federal government to intrude on matters that were resolved to the states and private businesses. Goldwater was one of the most important political figures in the 1900s, and is still influential today. - Alpha101

6 Ben Shapiro Benjamin Aaron Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator, writer and lawyer. He has written seven books, the first being 2004's Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth, which he started writing when he was 17 years old.

Shapiro has just recently grown to fame. He was heavily critical of the Obama administration, and supports positions that would limit the growth of government. - Alpha101


I also find it hypocritical that he’s Jewish, yet liberals hate him. I thought that we gave people of color the right to vote? Or is that only true when it’s for your agenda, libtards?

7 Milton Friedman

Friedman was a major proponent of the free market, and supported the Reagan administration's efforts in simplifying the tax code. He did hold some liberal beliefs, though. He supported legalizing all drugs, providing all citizens with a guaranteed income, etc. Friedman is considered to be one of the most influential economists of all time. - Alpha101

He was more libertarian than conservative.

8 Thomas Sowell

Sowell is another very influential conservative economist, and confused with Friedman several times throughout his career. - Alpha101

9 James Monroe James Monroe was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.

Monroe always tried to prevent the growth of the federal government, and is usually held highly among conservatives. - Alpha101

10 Samuel Adams

The Contenders

11 James Madison James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.
12 Ron Paul Ronald Ernest Paul is an American author, physician, and retired politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and for Texas's 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013.

Paul was a senator and a presidential candidate. He supported deregulation of the economy, lowering taxes, and lowering the national debt. - Alpha101

13 Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004
14 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, more.
15 Ezra Levant
16 Patrick Henry
17 Tucker Carlson
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