Most Significant People In American History


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21 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.

22 Bill Clinton Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton 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 Bob Dole .
23 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.
24 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.

25 Elizabeth Cady Stanton
26 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.
27 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
28 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.

29 Robert Oppenheimer Robert Oppenheimer

Headed the Manhattan Project.

30 Bill Gates Bill Gates William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer.
31 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.

32 Orville & Wilbur Wright

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

33 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.
34 Sam Walton
35 John Muir
36 Meriwether Lewis & William Clark
37 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.

38 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
39 James Madison James Madison James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.
40 Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. V 1 Comment
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