united states The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

Originally by
86k votes 4.5k voters 117k views 132 items Embed

List Rules American leaders only. Note: "Most important" or "most influential" does not equal "best."

List of the most important leaders in U.S. history. Love 'em or hate 'em, these leaders shaped American history from its founding through today. Men and women who have truly defined America through their work and leadership, even if it did not mean serving political office, are ranked here on this master list of leaders. Pioneers who changed the landscape, from the Civil Rights Movement, to Women's Suffrage, to the atom bomb, appear on this list of American leaders who changed the world.

The most important American presidents are ranked here, like Harry S. Truman and George Washington to name a few, along with First Ladies like Eleanor Roosevelt. Industry leaders like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller cannot be overlooked, nor can leaders who were not in the U.S. government itself, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Susan B. Anthony.

Leadership takes many forms throughout American history, and famous American leaders pervade all of history, but this list gives props to those who were the most influential. Vote up the most important U.S. leaders below, or if the United States is too small for you, make sure to peruse this list of The Most Important Leaders in World History.

1
+ - 1,584 223
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
George Washington Died at 67 (1732-1799)

The Worst U.S. Presidents The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

2
+ - 1,346 239
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Thomas Jefferson Died at 83 (1743-1826)

3
+ - 1,425 604
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Abraham Lincoln Died at 56 (1809-1865)

4
+ - 963 313
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
James Madison Died at 85 (1751-1836)

5
+ - 796 369
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Thomas Paine Died at 72 (1737-1809)

6
+ - 786 568
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Eleanor Roosevelt Died at 78 (1884-1962)

7
+ - 584 249
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Patrick Henry Died at 63 (1736-1799)

8
+ - 782 1,500
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Donald Trump age 70

9
+ - 1,495 177
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Benjamin Franklin Died at 84 (1706-1790)

10
+ - 873 266
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
John Hancock Died at 56 (1737-1793)

11
+ - 945 247
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
John Adams Died at 91 (1735-1826)

12
+ - 912 660
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
John F. Kennedy Died at 46 (1917-1963)

13
+ - 634 211
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
James Monroe Died at 73 (1758-1831)

14
+ - 987 729
Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Martin Luther King, Jr. Died at 39 (1929-1968)

15
+ - 1,135 401
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Franklin D. Roosevelt Died at 63 (1882-1945)

The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History 25 Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

16
+ - 937 232
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Dwight D. Eisenhower Died at 79 (1890-1969)

17
+ - 1,062 221
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Theodore Roosevelt Died at 61 (1858-1919)

18
+ - 475 365
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Died at 65 (1929-1994)

19
+ - 762 293
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Ulysses S. Grant Died at 63 (1822-1885)

20
+ - 884 244
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Alexander Hamilton Died at 47 (1757-1804)

21
+ - 939 430
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Ronald Reagan Died at 93 (1911-2004)

22
+ - 591 258
Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Douglas MacArthur Died at 84 (1880-1964)

23
+ - 718 379
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Andrew Jackson Died at 78 (1767-1845)

24
+ - 705 183
George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
George S. Patton Died at 60 (1885-1945) -  (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945)

25
+ - 592 363
Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Henry Ford Died at 84 (1863-1947)

26
+ - 712 316
Robert E. Lee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Robert E. Lee Died at 63 (1807-1870)

27
+ - 548 291
William Tecumseh Sherman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
William Tecumseh Sherman Died at 71 (1820-1891)

28
+ - 652 264
Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Mark Twain Died at 75 (1835-1910)

29
+ - 536 192
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Harry S. Truman Died at 88 (1884-1972)

15 Ways the Founding Fathers Disagree with Today's GOP The Best Ways to Create Your Own Good Luck

30
+ - 670 280
Thomas Edison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Thomas Edison Died at 84 (1847-1931)

31
+ - 470 219
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
John Marshall Died at 80 (1755-1835)

32
+ - 433 201
Chester W. Nimitz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Chester W. Nimitz Died at 81 (1885-1966)

33
+ - 580 185
Samuel Adams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Samuel Adams Died at 81 (1722-1803)

34
+ - 312 143
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
George Marshall Died at 79 (1880-1959)

35
+ - 637 223
Wright brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

36
+ - 451 174
Paul Revere is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Paul Revere Died at 83 (1735-1818)

37
+ - 466 254
Andrew Carnegie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Andrew Carnegie Died at 84 (1835-1919)

38
+ - 482 224
Susan B. Anthony is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Susan B. Anthony Died at 86 (1820-1906)

39
+ - 466 214
Sitting Bull is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Sitting Bull Died at 59 (1831-1890)

40
+ - 372 176
Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Samuel Morse Died at 81 (1791-1872)

41
+ - 544 215
Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Alexander Graham Bell Died at 75 (1847-1922)

42
+ - 453 166
Robert Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Robert Oppenheimer Died at 63 (1904-1967)

43
+ - 609 255
Stonewall Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Stonewall Jackson Died at 39 (1824-1863)

10 American Politicians You've Never Heard of Who Basically Changed History U.S. Airports Ranked from Best to Worst

44
+ - 354 210
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Helen Keller Died at 88 (1880-1968)

45
+ - 503 169
Jonas Salk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Jonas Salk Died at 81 (1914-1995)

46
+ - 408 264
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
James K. Polk Died at 54 (1795-1849)

47
+ - 474 325
John D. Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
John D. Rockefeller Died at 98 (1839-1937)

48
+ - 363 128
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
John Paul Jones Died at 45 (1747-1792)

49
+ - 329 105
John Glenn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
John Glenn age 95

50
+ - 364 215
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
Babe Ruth Died at 53 (1895-1948)