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Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

Updated September 13, 2018 135.7k votes 11.2k voters 109.7k 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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  • Leonardo da Vinci1
    3,255
    1,234

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

    BirthplaceVinci, Italy

    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect,...  more
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.2
    2,867
    1,237

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and...  more
  • Abraham Lincoln3
    2,627
    1,185

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceKentucky, Hodgenville, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who...  more
  • Albert Einstein4
    3,034
    890

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April...  more
  • Nikola Tesla5
    3,410
    1,191

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer,...  more
  • Benjamin Franklin6
    1,995
    1,073

    Benjamin Franklin

    Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

    Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American...  more
  • Aristotle7
    1,670
    972

    Aristotle

    Dec. at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)

    BirthplaceStagira, Greece

    Aristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a...  more
  • John F. Kennedy8
    2,351
    1,252

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK...  more
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart9
    1,548
    851

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

    BirthplaceSalzburg, Austria

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus...  more
  • Jesus Christ10
    3,891
    1,892
    Jesus (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a...  more
  • Marie Curie11
    1,588
    966

    Marie Curie

    Dec. at 67 (1867-1934)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Marie Skłodowska Curie ( KEWR-ee, French: [kyʁi], Polish: [kʲiˈri]; born Maria Salomea...  more
  • William Shakespeare12
    1,817
    1,221

    William Shakespeare

    Dec. at 52 (1564-1616)

    BirthplaceStratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

    William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and...  more
  • Ludwig van Beethoven13
    1,325
    831

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

    BirthplaceBonn, Germany

    Ludwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17...  more
  • Theodore Roosevelt14
    1,690
    1,037

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American...  more
  • George Washington15
    1,687
    1,139

    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplacePopes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America

    George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the...  more
  • Johann Sebastian Bach16
    1,052
    817

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

    BirthplaceEisenach, Germany

    Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and...  more
  • Alan Turing17
    596
    347

    Alan Turing

    Dec. at 42 (1912-1954)

    BirthplaceMaida Vale, London, United Kingdom

    Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer...  more
  • Sitting Bull18
    469
    184

    Sitting Bull

    Dec. at 59 (1831-1890)

    BirthplaceSouth Dakota

    Sitting Bull (Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake [tˣaˈtˣə̃ka ˈi.jɔtakɛ] in Standard Lakota orthography,...  more
  • Thomas Jefferson19
    1,313
    1,108

    Thomas Jefferson

    Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)

    BirthplaceShadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of...  more
  • Joan of Arc20
    1,007
    759

    Joan of Arc

    Dec. at 19 (1412-1431)

    BirthplaceDomrémy-la-Pucelle, France

    Joan of Arc (in French Jeanne d'Arc pronounced [ʒan daʁk]; c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed...  more
  • Buddha21
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    512
    Siddhārtha Gautama (Sanskrit: सिद्धार्थ गौतम Siddhāṛtha Gautama, c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE)...  more
  • George Carlin22
    1,357
    1,139

    George Carlin

    Age: Died at 71 (1937-2008)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian,...  more
  • Winston Churchill23
    1,233
    1,164

    Winston Churchill

    Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

    BirthplaceBlenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom

    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British...  more
  • Alexander the Great24
    1,136
    1,059

    Alexander the Great

    Dec. at 33 (355 BC-322 BC)

    BirthplacePella, Greece

    Alexander III of Macedon (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γʹ ὁ Μακεδών; 20/21 July 356 BC – 10/11 June 323...  more
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt25
    1,159
    1,121

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Hyde Park, New York, USA

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt (, ; January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by...  more