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The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History

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List Rulesmost 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

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    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 the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual with worldwide influence. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia, and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia. In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France and later the first United States Secretary of State serving under President George Washington. In opposition to Alexander Hamilton's Federalism, Jefferson and his close friend, James...  more
    • Profession: Statesman, Inventor, Author, Farmer, Architect
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)
    • Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, United States of America
    • Cause Of Death: Natural causes
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    Winthrop Rockefeller (May 1, 1912 – February 22, 1973) was an American politician and philanthropist, who served as the first Republican governor of Arkansas since Reconstruction. He was a third-generation member of the Rockefeller family....  more
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1912-1973)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Cause Of Death: Pancreatic cancer
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    Franklin "Frank" Rockefeller (August 8, 1845 in Moravia, New York – April 15, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio) was an American businessman and member of the prominent Rockefeller family....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1845-1917)
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    Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist and a business magnate, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle-class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one...  more
    • Profession: Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Industrialist
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1863-1947)
    • Birthplace: Greenfield Township, Wayne County, Michigan
    • Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage
    • Credits: Because of Love
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