VOTE The All-Time Greatest People in History  

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List Rules The person does not necessarily have to be a perfect saint. Some of the people on this list did controversial things (Thomas Edison, LBJ, George Washington, etc.). They just have to be someone who has had a very positive influence overall.

These are the most influential people in history for good. Some of these figures are not without controversy, but they nevertheless have impacted humanity much more positively than negatively. These are people who promoted peace and good values. They are people who are sterling examples of character. They are people who have fought for freedom. They are people who made advancements in science, technology, politics, economics, medicine, and so on. They are people who gave us great art, plays, literature and movies.
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3,441 2,113
Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jesus Christ Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher

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2
2,362 1,995
Moses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Moses Prophet

3
2,121 1,909
Noah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Noah Prophet

4
92 55
John the Baptist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added John the Baptist Prophet

5
749 870
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
George Washington Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

6
405 460
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Albert Einstein Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

7
1,359 1,620
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Nikola Tesla Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

8
560 649
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Jefferson Statesman, Inventor, Author

9
682 801
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Benjamin Franklin Statesman, Librarian, Politician

10
1,218 1,459
Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johannes Gutenberg Engraver, Inventor, Printer

11
732 866
Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Archimedes Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

12
1,184 1,422
Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Aristotle Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

13
337 383
John III Sobieski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added John III Sobieski He saved Europe in 1683 from Islam when the Turks where standing in front of Vienna. He came in right time to help the Austrians to beat the turkish armies. The Turks were supported by the Pope and the French king. They thought, ...

14
589 693
Wright brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History

15
874 1,045
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Ludwig van Beethoven Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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1,210 1,459
Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Galileo Galilei Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

17
1,048 1,261
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Pianist, Musician, Composer

18
75 62
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added Neil Armstrong Professor, Astronaut, Voice acting

19
331 380
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
bjr24 added Donald Trump Businessperson, Television producer, Investor

20
862 1,042
Pythagoras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Pythagoras Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

21
768 926
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Joan of Arc Military Leader

22
1,596 1,961
Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Leonardo da Vinci Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

23
61 47
Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added Napoleon Bonaparte Politician, Military Officer

24
1,437 1,765
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
William Shakespeare Poet, Lyricist, Author

25
152 161
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
bjr24 added Andrew Jackson Prosecutor, Politician, Judge

26
493 587
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Abraham Lincoln Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

27
837 1,019
Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

28
1,097 1,345
Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Michelangelo Sculptor, Painter, Poet

29
474 565
Jonas Salk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jonas Salk Medical researcher, Virologist, Scientist

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397 472
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Theodore Roosevelt Statesman, Politician, Police officer

31
425 509
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Paine Inventor, Author, Pamphleteer

32
1,088 1,350
Plato is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Plato Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

33
689 845
Louis Pasteur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Louis Pasteur Microbiologist, Chemist, Scientist

34
218 249
Nigel Farage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
bjr24 added Nigel Farage Spokesperson, Politician, Stock broker

35
1,050 1,304
Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Vincent van Gogh Painter, Artist

36
242 280
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
C. S. Lewis Poet, Novelist, Writer

37
577 705
Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Mark Twain Humorist, Journalist, Novelist

38
901 1,117
Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History

39
284 334
Julian Assange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
bjr24 added Julian Assange Spokesperson, Programmer, Editor

40
1,027 1,278
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Poet, Diplomat, Novelist - Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, ...

41
560 685
Sitting Bull is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Sitting Bull Tribal chief

42
327 389
Leonidas I is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Leonidas I and the 300 Spartans Gave their lives for Greece and unknowingly helped to preserve the concept of Democracy.

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621 763
Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Voltaire Poet, Librettist, Historian

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39 23
Florence Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added Florence Nightingale Nurse, Statistical graphics, Nursing

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46 32
Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Newhere added Jane Goodall Anthropologist, Researcher, Primatologist

46
530 648
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama Lama, Actor, Writer

47
584 717
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Walt Disney Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer - Gave us the Disney company which has provided great, wholesome entertainment for decades

48
615 757
Alexander Fleming is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Alexander Fleming Pharmacologist, Biologist, Scientist - Invented penicillin 

49
967 1,207
Hippocrates is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Hippocrates Physician

50
861 1,073
Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Martin Luther Priest, Theologian, Professor