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Us History The Greatest Renaissance Men in American History  

Mike Rothschild
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List Rules People on this list must be 1) American men who 2) have proven expertise in more than one field. Can be from any time in American history.

Since the founding of America, renaissance men have proven their expertise in a wide range of fields. These gifted men have been Founding Fathers, inventors, scientists, business leaders, authors, and teachers - and sometimes, all at the same time. Their accomplishments run the gamut from inventing technology we use every day to writing some of the most famous modern works of literature to pioneering groundbreaking discoveries in science and medicine. Oh, and a few helped create America.

While not all of America's polymaths were born here, they all accomplished enormous feats while living and working in the United States. Effortlessly pivoting from art to science to politics to engineering, these are the geniuses who changed our world and inspired a new generation of modern renaissance men.

Here are some examples renaissance men, some of the greatest in American history. This list of renaissance men will inspire you with all that they have achieved! Don't see the renaissance man from American history who inspires you? Add him below and be sure to upvote the greatest renaissance men in US history.
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Renaissance Men in American History
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Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university. Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 84 (1706-1790)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat, Musician, + more

Schools: Boston Latin School

Died: 1790

Cause Of Death: Pleurisy

Place Of Death: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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#45 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#49 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#13 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

#32 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Renaissance Men in American History
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Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell's life's work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876. Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study. Many other inventions marked Bell's later ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 75 (1847-1922)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Canada, United States of America, Scotland

Profession: Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur, Professor, Inventor, + more

Schools: Royal High School, Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh, Weston House Academy, University College London

Died: 1922

Cause Of Death: Pernicious anemia, Diabetes mellitus

Place Of Death: Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, Canada

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#49 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#39 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#33 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Renaissance Men in American History
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Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual with worldwide influence. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia, and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia. In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France and later the first United States Secretary of State serving under President George Washington. In opposition to Alexander Hamilton's Federalism, Jefferson and his close friend, James ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 83 (1743-1826)

Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Inventor, Author, Farmer, Architect, + more

Schools: College of William and Mary

Died: 1826

Cause Of Death: Natural causes

Place Of Death: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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#35 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#76 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#26 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

#36 on Every President's Most Controversial Pardon, Ranked

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Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Renaissance Men in American History
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Samuel Morse


Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code, and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 81 (1791-1872)

Birthplace: Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Painter, Inventor, Artist

Schools: Yale College, Phillips Academy, Royal Academy

Major/Field Of Study: Art

Died: 1872

Cause Of Death: Pneumonia

Place Of Death: New York City, New York, United States of America

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