Most Significant People In American History

The Top Ten Most Significant People In American History

1 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.

A major reason why America even exists he fought for our independence and was the first president

Good guy, likes wood too much, but overall decent I think he cannot tell a lie or maybe that's his friend either way cool guy as long as your not black. RIP georgie

Guided America through much of its early years. He had an immense devotion to his country and did everything he could to help his country.

Washington is the reason America stands.

2 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.

He had to keep the Union together during a very rocky time in America’s history

Stopped the civil war.

He is my favorite president of all time he freed the

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.

Helped give blacks equal rights after nearly 100 years of being treated as lesser than whites even after being free

A great figure and significant to be sure, deserving of the top 10. However, not the top 5, certainly not ahead of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Eisenhower, etc.

He made America not racist but Donald trump made America and ruined it all

Helpful and significant for his ¨I got a dream speech¨

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.

The first man to step on the Moon he led the way and pioneered what was humanly possible. Now we may look to do the same in the future with Mars

So sad that American schools no longer talk much about this great human being, who holds such significance to the entire human species.

First human being to leave the planet and walk on another world.
In 10,000 years, this will be the ONLY thing from our time that is remembered.

Walked on the MOON.

5 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.
6 Franklin Roosevelt

Started social security, many welfare programs, and pushed America further toward socialism. He was a bad president, but important.

No president dealt with more pressure than him

7 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.

Yes, do read some books different than those required by left-leaning commie college instructors, comrade.

Jefferson did a lot on the constitution. Saying Neil Armstrong and Martin Luther are higher is bullcrap. Neil Armstrong is a dumbo who was just physically fit enough to get on the the moon. READ A BOOK SIMPLETONS

8 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt more.

Never really seemed to like America very much.

I think history will be very kind to this man. We're already starting to appreciate how good he was, and he's only been gone two months.

Okay, how is Obama more important than Eisenhower and Reagan.

He is the first African-American president of the United States.

9 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.
10 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.

A key founding father he was very intelligent and always knew what to do

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11 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.

He helped us by fighting in the Spanish War with Spain and then created the Panama Canal so yeah

My role model
The Rough Rider President
Boosted the economy
He is now rolling over in his grave every time Donald Trump opens his stupid fat mouth

12 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".

Led the whole civil rights movement and showed blacks it’s ok to use civil disobedience to make a change

13 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.

Steve Jobs the only reason the iPhone was invented.

He is pretty cool. I’m glad that he was a person. Love iOS and my iPhone which would not be there if he was not.

14 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.

Introduced the automobile and the assembly line a true revolutionary titan at his time

He was severly racist

15 Harriett Tubman

One of the most famous leaders on the Underground Railroad

16 Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, X rays, Radio, Remote Control, Laser, and Electric motors. Tesla developed and used more.

In my opinion he should be in the top ten. sure he wasn't AS important as Abraham or Washington but still if it weren't for him we would not be the powerful industrial nation we are today. Tomas Edison was important if he hadn't lied to Tesla, Tesla wouldn't have been as driven. Edison did not invent anything.

Tesla is a real inspiration. Edison was a big fat fraud and tore this pore man down. World would be much better if we followed Tesla's way of thinking.

Tesla the greatest genius of all time.

Edison was the fraud.

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

Should not be on this list. This man is a fraud.

Revisionist history at work.

18 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.
19 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.
20 Alexander Hamilton

He was an amazing person. He helped america get some money. (Which is probably why on the ten dollar bill he is on it.) He had 2 guardians. His mom, who had smallpox or something, didn't live to see him grow up. Alex had smallpox too, but survived. His 2nd guardian was his cousin, who commited suicide. He fought in the war, made lines for the Declaration Of Independence, and basically help find america. He died because of a duel with Aaron Burr. But don't hate on him too much. He said the moment that bullet came out, he regretted it. He deserves to be on the top 5 or 10.

For a guy to have a hit play after him, he would be an amazing contender.

21 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.
22 Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837 . He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively more.
23 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
24 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.

Elvis opened the doors for black music to white people. B.B King, Rufus Thomas ( who was the first DJ to play his records on a black radiostation ), James Brown, Little Richard etc... all said it. He made black music popular wich was separated in the fifties. In popular culture he has moved things forward. He was an inspiration for new haircuts, clothes and many more. The start of modern teen music starts with him. His first gold record " Heartbreak Hotel " was written by him in collaboration with Mae Axton ( for those who say that he never wrote anything, he has written also other few songs ). He has never " stole " any song. Covers of existing songs were common in those days. He even financed Arthur Crudup's recording sessions with FIRE RECORDS ( the writer of " That's allright ", " My baby left me ", " So glad you're mine " ). Black songwriters and singers like Otis Blackwell ( " Don't be cruel ", " All shook up "... ) wrote songs especially for Elvis Presley ( even if Elvis ...more

Not only significant for the USA but also significant for the world. He was the first real teen idol who exported rock and roll and a style outside the USA. Without him all other " fathers of rock and roll " would have never sold records besides their own country.

Elvis was a talentless idiot who stole all his songs.

25 Elizabeth Cady Stanton
26 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.

Saved the world as the commander of Allied forces during World War 2, then was presided over an amazing period of prosperity and growth in the USA.

27 Robert Oppenheimer

Headed the Manhattan Project.

28 Charles Lindburgh

Being the first person in the world to fly "solo" across the Atlantic Ocean was the equivalent of going to the moon in the 1920's.

29 Orville & Wilbur Wright

True pioneers who led us to the aircraft industry we have today just think how important that is in our society now all because of them

Only slightly less significant than going to the moon; these two brothers were the first with powered flight.

30 Shirley Temple Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia and more.

She was a child actress.

31 James Madison James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.

Three Words:Father of the Constitution

32 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
33 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.
34 King George III George III was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of the two countries on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death in 1820.
35 Bill Gates William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer.
36 Ted Bundy Theodore Robert Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophiliac who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.
37 Sam Walton
38 John Muir
39 Meriwether Lewis & William Clark
40 Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant was an American soldier and statesman who served as Commanding General of the Army and the 18th President of the United States, the highest positions in the military and the government of the United States.

Later elected President, but his most significant contribution was as the victorious Commanding General of the Union Army during the Civil War.

41 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
42 Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

Highest-ranking military officer [Brigadier General] actually on the beach, taking fire at Normandy Beach on D-Day in 1944.
His experience, skill and command was vital to achieving victory that day.
Although he survived the battle, he died less than a month later.
Was portrayed by Henry Fonda in the movie "The Longest Day".

43 Condoleezza Rice

All polls indicate that she could easily win the next election for governor of California, but she keeps saying that she does not intend to run for that office.

Was rated "Most Powerful Woman in the World" by Forbes magazine in 2004 and 2005, and ranked #2 in 2006.

44 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.
45 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.
46 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.
47 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.
48 James K. Polk James Knox Polk was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives and governor of Tennessee.

I don't like this president but he was important to U.S. History

49 Paul Revere Paul Revere was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and a Patriot in the American Revolution.
50 Thomas Paine
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