Most Significant People In American History


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21 Richard Nixon Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S.
22 Andrew Jackson 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 Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
24 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a 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 Shirley Temple 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.

26 Elizabeth Cady Stanton
27 Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan 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 .
28 Woodrow Wilson 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.
29 King George III King George III
30 Dwight D. Eisenhower 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.

31 Robert Oppenheimer Robert Oppenheimer

Headed the Manhattan Project.

32 Bill Gates Bill Gates William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer.
33 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.

34 Orville & Wilbur Wright

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

35 Ted Bundy Ted Bundy Theodore Robert Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.
36 Sam Walton
37 John Muir
38 Meriwether Lewis & William Clark
39 Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant

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

40 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
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