Top Ten Best People In American History

This list makes up for the least important people in American history list

The Top Ten Best People In American History

1 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

Abraham Lincoln did not fight to stop slavery he just wanted the oil and natural resources of the south. If the war was about slavery Abraham Lincoln would not even care.

Revisionist history thinks the terrible movie about Lincoln being a vampire hunter was real.

He helped our country stay together

So he died before the cicil war ended

2 George Washington George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

He fought for our freedom

He gave us a free country


3 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Should be number one! There are too many politicians on this list. Like we all know, politicians are all corrupted one way or another.

He is probably the best because of his leadership, saying no to racism,

He helped everyone have the same rights!

The best of the best

4 Neil Armstrong Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.

Not just one of the best Americans, Neil Armstrong's name and achievements will be remembered for thousands of years after everyone else from our time is long gone.

First human being to leave the planet and walk on another world.

5 Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor.

The greatest inventor, truly "a man who created the 20th century". It is a pity that modern youth is so greedy for the cheap mystic images of different Teslas, and does not respect the REAL knowledges and the REAL heroes of science and industrialization.

Really. Does anyone here voting actually realize that everything he invented was already made, but patented first? Nikola Tesla invented everything he did years ahead of him. - NoEntranceHere

He may not have completely invented the light bulb, but he did have a total of 1,092 other inventions. That's definitely saying something.

6 Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of Apple Inc., chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following more.

Best person because he invented apple

7 John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th, 1917-November 22, 1963) commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, more.

His presidency was very short, only about a thousand days. He had some good ideas, made some great and inspiring speeches, and was tragically cut down while still relatively young.
However, the truth is that he was killed before he could actually act on many of those ideas, and we will never really know what his plans were for America's continuing role in Viet Nam, though Lyndon Johnson may have thought he was carrying out that plan.

The guy got elected, cause of his father. Who boot leg booze and was in bed with the mob. See what happens when you double cross them.

If they shoot him down it's for a good reason. Maybe he was not the saint like everybody wants to believe after all!

Overrated spoiled rich kid.

8 Henry Ford Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Let me just say that there are countless people on this list who definitely do not deserve to be on here. Henry Ford was a radical racist and anti-semite who openly supported Hitler and loaned millions worth of equipment to the Nazi regime. Thomas Edison was a conman who stole Nikola Tesla's inventions and tried to discredit his more successful light bulb model by electrocuting puppies. Woodrow Wilson was a racist, a nativist and a misogynist who used WWI to effectively turn the United States into a police state. Steve Jobs was a gigantic narcissist who ruined hundreds of lives, regularly fired people without remorse and never gave a dime of his vast wealth to charity. The fact that so many of these despicable individuals are so high up on the list worries me to the core.

Henry Ford was an anti-semitic bigot. He doesn't deserve to be on this list.

The greatest industrialist of all time and he was no Jew symphatizer either

I only voted him to keep Reagan out of the top tens, but I have nothing against this man.

9 Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

An innovator and founding father that helped reshape America.

10 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.

Why does Lincoln top the list? He instituted the income tax!

He helped this country became what it is today

The Contenders

11 Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events more.

He should be higher up he dealt with the great depression and world war II. Probably the most deadly war of all time.

Who saved us from The Great Depression? Who served for 4 terms? Only one. FDR. - Lasvegasxavier

12 Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the more.
13 Rosa Parks Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

Never thought someone could help change the minds of others by sitting on the bus.

14 Alexander Hamilton
15 Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.

As a warmup to being president, all he did was save the entire world as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during WW2.
After that he presided over an unprecedented period of prosperity in the USA, and built the Interstate Highway system that we are still enjoying today.

16 Woodrow Wilson Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Born in Staunton, Virginia, he spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.
17 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

Made American strong. Made us proud to be American S. Not like pres berry who turns his back on what made us great.


18 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

He has to be in the Top 10 - Jufin

19 Susan B. Anthony Susan Brownell Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement.
20 James Madison James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.
21 Ben Carson Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr. is a retired American neurosurgeon and former candidate for President of the United States.

In fifty years, schoolchildren all over the country will remember Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Henry Clay and Alexander Hamilton. They will not remember this lunatic.

Worked his way up from extreme poverty to become one of the world's greatest neurosurgeons. His book "Gifted Hands" is an inspiring read.

I understand how respected he is.
He’s either an idiot, or shaky on T.V.

Haters will hate.
He is one of the greatest brain surgeons of all time, saving countless lives.
Yet the B-average journalism grads of state colleges second guess him all the time
Not following the liberal line makes him a reprehensible human being in their eyes.
That's why they keep losing elections.

22 John Adams John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. Adams served as the president of the United States from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801. He died on July 4, 1826 at the age of 90.
23 Warren G. Harding Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death in 1923.

This guy was making us not trusting government.

24 Harriet Tubman
25 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.
26 LeBron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.

A very good basketball player and a pretty nice guy, but he has no business being on this list, much less being in the top 10.

27 Eli Whitney

Two words: Cotton gin

28 Cyrus McCormick
29 Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton (Born August 19th 1946) is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States. He previously served as governor of Arkansas. He became president after unseating incumbent president George H.W. Bush in 1992. He was re-elected in 1996 after defeating Senator more.
30 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
31 Samuel B. Morse
32 Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States from 1877 to 1881, an American congressman, and governor of Ohio. Hayes was a lawyer and staunch abolitionist who defended runaway slaves in court proceedings.
33 John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829 at the peak of a political career during which he served in various capacities as diplomat, United States Senator, United States Secretary of State, more.
34 John Hancock John Hancock was an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
35 Paul Revere Paul Revere was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and a Patriot in the American Revolution.
36 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.
37 Thomas Paine
38 John Glenn
39 Dr. Jonas Salk
40 Bill Gates William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer.
41 Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
42 Steve Wozniak
43 Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974, the only president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator more.

The prime example of government corruption in American history does not deserve to be on here.

I think they means cabinet

He wasn't bad
He was like Kennedy and Clinton had good intentions but wanted him gone so they used watergate to cover it up getting him to resign

44 Jackie Robinson Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era.
45 Babe Ruth George Herman Ruth Jr., better known as Babe Ruth, was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.
46 Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of major general.
47 Jackie Kennedy
48 Dolley Madison
49 William McKinley William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897 until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term.
50 Vermin Supreme
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