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Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead  

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List Rules Vote up the historical figures you'd like to see come back from the dead, hopefully to help improve society.

Throughout the course of history, the human race has produced some truly remarkable individuals - individuals who, sadly, have passed away, leaving nothing behind but the footprint of their influence on society. But what if these towering figures didn't have to stay dead? If you could bring someone of significant historical importance back from the dead, who would you pick?

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more
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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Jesus (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity. Most ...more
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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 52 (1564-1616)
William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest ...more
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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more
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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Morten Evensen-Næri added Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the ...more
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Martin Luther King, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 ...more
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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. ...more
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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)
Aristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, the founder of the Lyceum ...more
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. Born in ...more
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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Morten Evensen-Næri added Dec. at 67 (1867-1934)
Marie Skłodowska Curie ( KEWR-ee, French: [kyʁi], Polish: [kʲiˈri]; born Maria Salomea Skłodowska; 7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who ...more
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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from ...more
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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)
Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, ...more
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)
Ludwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the ...more
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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful ...more
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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the ...more
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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the ...more
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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)
Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Art of Fugue, ...more
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Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
victorBafcop added Dec. at 42 (1912-1954)
Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential ...more
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Buddha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added
Siddhārtha Gautama (Sanskrit: सिद्धार्थ गौतम Siddhāṛtha Gautama, c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE) or Siddhattha Gotama (शिद्धत्थ गोतम) in Pali, also called the Gautama Buddha, the Shakyamuni (i.e. ...more
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George Orwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added Dec. at 47 (1903-1950)
Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is characterised by lucid ...more
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Florence Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Morten Evensen-Næri added Dec. at 90 (1820-1910)
Florence Nightingale, (; 12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a ...more
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Sitting Bull is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added Dec. at 59 (1831-1890)
Sitting Bull (Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake [tˣaˈtˣə̃ka ˈi.jɔtakɛ] in Standard Lakota orthography, also nicknamed Húŋkešni [ˈhʊ̃kɛʃni] or "Slow") was a Hunkpapa Lakota ...more
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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Saffron Higgins added Dec. at 19 (1412-1431)
Joan of Arc (in French Jeanne d'Arc pronounced [ʒan daʁk]; c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is considered a heroine ...more
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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)
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 ...more
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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when ...more