America The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History  

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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. 

George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 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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#16 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#1 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#1 on The Best American Founding Fathers

#1 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

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Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History
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Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and 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 twentieth century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is ...more on Wikipedia

Profession: Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Industrialist, + more

Age: Dec. at 84 (1863-1947)

Birthplace: Greenfield Township, Wayne County, Michigan

Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage

Credits: Because of Love

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#34 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#98 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#20 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#3 on The Most Influential CEOs of All Time

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History
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Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to ...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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#61 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#12 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#5 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#8 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Sacagawea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 100 Most Influential Men/Women in American History
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Sacagawea, also Sakakawea or Sacajawea, was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an interpreter and guide during their exploration of the Western United States. With the expedition, she traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean between 1804 and 1806. ...more on Wikipedia

Profession: Interpreter, Explorer

Birthplace: Salmon, Idaho, United States of America

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