Most Significant People In American History

The Top Ten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

5 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 ...read more.

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

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.

6 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.
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

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

He helped this country became what it is today

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 ...read 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 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

An innovator and founding father that helped reshape America.

10 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, ...read 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.

The Contenders

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 ...read 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

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

13 Harriet Tubman

One of the most famous leaders on the Underground Railroad

14 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.

THE BEST PERSON EVER HE WAS AMAZING AND SO iS THe MUSICAL

15 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 ...read more.

Best person because he invented apple

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.

16 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

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

17 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.
18 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.

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.

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

19 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 ...read 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.

20 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 ...read more.
21 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
22 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. ...read 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.

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24 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

yes

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

25 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.

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.

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