VOTE The All-Time Greatest People in History  

Alan Smithee
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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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1
3,468 2,127
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
2,380 2,005
Moses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Moses Prophet

3
2,138 1,920
Noah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Noah Prophet

4
107 67
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
771 876
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
George Washington Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

6
423 467
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Albert Einstein Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

7
574 653
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Jefferson Statesman, Inventor, Author

8
84 67
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added Neil Armstrong Professor, Astronaut, Voice acting

9
697 804
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Benjamin Franklin Statesman, Librarian, Politician

10
1,377 1,623
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Nikola Tesla Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

11
604 696
Wright brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History

12
364 409
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
bjr24 added Donald Trump Businessperson, Television producer, Investor

13
741 869
Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Archimedes Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

14
1,196 1,425
Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Aristotle Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

15
1,225 1,463
Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johannes Gutenberg Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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16
340 387
John III Sobieski is listed (or ranked) 16 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, ...

17
1,215 1,463
Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Galileo Galilei Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

18
504 589
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Abraham Lincoln Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

19
879 1,050
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Ludwig van Beethoven Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

20
1,054 1,266
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Pianist, Musician, Composer

21
66 51
Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added Napoleon Bonaparte Politician, Military Officer

22
773 929
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Joan of Arc Military Leader

23
1,604 1,964
Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Leonardo da Vinci Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

24
864 1,045
Pythagoras is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Pythagoras Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

25
844 1,021
Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

26
1,442 1,768
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
William Shakespeare Poet, Lyricist, Author

27
156 166
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
bjr24 added Andrew Jackson Prosecutor, Politician, Judge

28
1,102 1,348
Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Michelangelo Sculptor, Painter, Poet

29
248 282
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
C. S. Lewis Poet, Novelist, Writer

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30
475 568
Jonas Salk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jonas Salk Medical researcher, Virologist, Scientist

31
400 476
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Theodore Roosevelt Statesman, Politician, Police officer

32
692 847
Louis Pasteur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Louis Pasteur Microbiologist, Chemist, Scientist

33
581 707
Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Mark Twain Humorist, Journalist, Novelist

34
591 721
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
1,090 1,353
Plato is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Plato Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

36
427 514
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Paine Inventor, Author, Pamphleteer

37
1,052 1,307
Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Vincent van Gogh Painter, Artist

38
624 766
Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Voltaire Poet, Librettist, Historian

39
904 1,122
Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History

40
563 689
Sitting Bull is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Sitting Bull Tribal chief

41
1,027 1,281
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 41 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, ...

42
532 651
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama Lama, Actor, Writer

43
865 1,075
Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Martin Luther Priest, Theologian, Professor

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44
329 393
Leonidas I is listed (or ranked) 44 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.

45
617 760
Alexander Fleming is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Alexander Fleming Pharmacologist, Biologist, Scientist - Invented penicillin 

46
221 256
Nigel Farage is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
bjr24 added Nigel Farage Spokesperson, Politician, Stock broker

47
968 1,210
Hippocrates is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Hippocrates Physician

48
286 340
Julian Assange is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
bjr24 added Julian Assange Spokesperson, Programmer, Editor

49
1,082 1,359
Sophocles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Sophocles Poet, Writer, Playwright

50
918 1,150
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist, Scientist