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Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

Updated September 13, 2018 127.8k votes 11.4k voters 119.5k views97 items

List RulesVote 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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    Morten Evensen-Næri addedDec. at 76 (1879-1955)
    2,876
    851

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    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 two...  more
  • 2
    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    3,058
    1,160

    BirthplaceVinci, Italy

    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
  • 3
    Dec. at 86 (1856-1943)
    3,222
    1,118

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    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
  • 4
    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
    2,716
    1,165

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    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
  • 5
    Dec. at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)
    1,570
    917

    BirthplaceStagira, Greece

    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 and the...  more
  • 6
    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
    2,474
    1,109

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

    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
  • 7
    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
    2,191
    1,181

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachussetts, Brookline

    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 January...  more
  • 8
    Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)
    1,872
    1,014

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    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, printer,...  more
  • 9
    3,643
    1,767
    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
  • 10
    Morten Evensen-Næri addedDec. at 66 (1867-1934)
    1,505
    903

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    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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    Nate Hodges addedDec. at 35 (1756-1791)
    1,445
    793

    BirthplaceSalzburg, Austria

    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
  • 12
    Dec. at 51 (1564-1616)
    1,697
    1,130

    BirthplaceStratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

    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
  • 13
    Nate Hodges addedDec. at 57 (1770-1827)
    1,237
    772

    BirthplaceBonn, Germany

    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 transition between...  more
  • 14
    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
    1,577
    1,065

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    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 convention...  more
  • 15
    Dec. at 60 (1858-1919)
    1,582
    973

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    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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    victorBafcop addedDec. at 41 (1912-1954)
    583
    336

    BirthplaceMaida Vale, London, United Kingdom

    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 in...  more
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    Valdave added
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    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. "Sage...  more
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    Nate Hodges addedDec. at 65 (1685-1750)
    984
    762

    BirthplaceEisenach, Germany

    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, the...  more
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    Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder...  more
  • 20
    Dec. at 71 (1937-2008)
    1,276
    1,065

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. He was known for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the...  more
  • 21
    Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)
    1,226
    1,039

    BirthplaceShadwell, Virginia, United States of America

    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...  more
  • 22
    Dec. at 90 (1874-1965)
    1,160
    1,082

    BirthplaceBlenheim Palace, United Kingdom

    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 he...  more
  • 23
    Dec. at 33 (355 BC-322 BC)
    1,064
    995

    BirthplacePella, Greece

    Alexander III of Macedon (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γʹ ὁ Μακεδών; 20/21 July 356 BC – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great (Ancient Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας, romanized: Aléxandros ho...  more
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    Valdave addedDec. at 72 (550 BC-478 BC)
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    BirthplaceLu

    Confucius ( kən-FEW-shəs; 551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and...  more
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    Valdave addedDec. at 59 (1831-1890)
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    BirthplaceSouth Dakota

    Sitting Bull (Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake [tˣaˈtˣə̃ka ˈi.jɔtakɛ] in Standard Lakota orthography, also nicknamed Húŋkešni [ˈhʊ̃kɛʃni] or "Slow") was a Hunkpapa Lakota leader who led his people during...  more