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The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History 

Junior53
Updated June 14, 2019 72k votes 4.5k voters 204.7k views 191 items

List Rules most influential men and women in american history, even if not born here

Simply put, America wouldn't be where it is today without the influential men and women who've led their lives for the better of those around them. From Rosa Parks to Alfred Hitchcock, each of these individuals pushed for progress in many regards, and because of them, America has come a very long way. 

These influential men and women, and their stories, speak for themselves. So without further ado, check out the list of eminent people to follow. Don't forget to cast your vote up or down accordingly to help determine just who was the most influential

Martin Luther King, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History
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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 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 ...more on Wikipedia

Profession: Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

Age: Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Cause Of Death: Assassination by firearm

Credits: Freedom Writers, I Am Curious (Yellow), The UCLA Dynasty, Pariah

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History
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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 that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the Articles of Confederation and remains the supreme law of the land. Washington was unanimously elected President by the electors in both the 1788–1789 and 1792 elections. ...more on Wikipedia

Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer, Farmer, + more

Age: Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

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Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History
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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake's order to relinquish her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation, but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) believed that she was the best candidate for seeing through a ...more on Wikipedia

Profession: Activist

Age: Dec. at 92 (1913-2005)

Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of America

Cause Of Death: Natural causes

Credits: Touched by an Angel

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History
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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. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy. Born in Kentucky, Lincoln grew up on the frontier in a poor family. Self-educated, he became a lawyer, Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator and Congressman. In 1849, he left government to resume his law practice, but angered by the success of ...more on Wikipedia

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

Cause Of Death: Ballistic trauma, Assassination

Credits: The Perfect Tribute, Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary, A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

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