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Old 11-22-2006, 09:38 AM   #1
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100 Most Influential People In American History

Does anyone have their own choices that didn't make this list?

(Reuters)Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. president who won the Civil War and ended slavery, topped a list of the 100 most influential American figures in shaping U.S. history, a survey released on Tuesday said.

The Atlantic Monthly magazine asked 10 notable historians to rank the Americans they felt had the greatest impact on U.S. history.

Other figures who made the top 10 included U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Also included were Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall and inventor Thomas Edison.

More than 30 writers including Mark Twain and poet Walt Whitman were in the top 100. More contemporary figures included musician Bob Dylan, golfer Tiger Woods and consumer activist Ralph Nader.

Editor James Bennet said in a statement the list was designed to stimulate debate about who had affected the country and how it happened.

For example, he asked, "How can Bill Gates be ahead of Elvis Presley, or Presley ahead of Lewis and Clark," referring to the early 19th century overland expedition to the Pacific Coast by explorers Capt. Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lt. William Clark.

Those who compiled the list included Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who said she looked for people "who made it possible for people to lead expanded lives -- materially, psychologically, culturally and spiritually."


On Atlantic Monthly site

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200612/influentials

Not too many women on there
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Top Living Influentials


Living Americans who received votes from panelists


1. Bill Gates (No. 54 on the
Top 100)
2. James D. Watson (No. 68)
3. Ralph Nader (No. 96)
4. Bob Dylan
5. Steve Jobs
6. Steven Spielberg
7. William F. Buckley Jr.
8. Muhammad Ali
9. Sandra Day O’Connor
10. Oprah Winfrey
11. Billy Graham
12. George Lucas
13. Norman Borlaug (founder
of the “Green Revolution”)
14. Michael Jordan
15. Shirley Temple
16. Walter Cronkite
17. Gloria Steinem
18. Phyllis Schlafly
19. Norman Mailer
20. Sid Caesar (the soul of Borscht Belt comedy)
21–24. Vinton Cerf, Robert E. Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Lawrence Roberts (the four “fathers of the Internet”)
25. Helen Gurley Brown (legendary editor of Cosmopolitan magazine; author of Sex and the Single Girl)
26. Stan Lee (founder of Marvel Comics; inventor of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and other superheroes)
26. Bill Cosby (tied)
28. Henry Kissinger
28. Chuck Berry (tied)
28. Bill Clinton (tied)
31. Martha Stewart
31. Clint Eastwood (tied)
33. Tiger Woods
33. Hugh Hefner (tied)
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I'll have to think about this list when I get home.
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Where's the allmighty Chuck Norris?
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definately Larry Flynt! A constitutional rights Pioneer!
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Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Well, the list was certainly influential. Obviously not meant to necessarily be a good influence, lol.
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bob dylan should have been on there

I'm a little disappointed that not very many musicians are on there
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What no Jerry Falwell?? I'm surprised, he seems to have loads of followers, at least he likes to think so.
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Rosa Parks is missing too. She might not have had formal influence but her bravery set events in motion that dwarves the accomplishments of most people on the list.
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Rosa Parks is missing too. She might not have had formal influence but her bravery set events in motion that dwarves the accomplishments of most people on the list.

She's not on it? That's a complete disgrace

I agree with you 100 percent
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After a quick look, Rosa Parks is an obvious omission. Malcolm X should be there also.
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After a quick look, Rosa Parks is an obvious omission. Malcolm X should be there also.
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Bush Sr. and Jr. aren't on it?
Is the list supposed to be for Americans with POSITIVE impact on the history or what?

If anything, those two made the undeservingly arrogant America is now and there would have never been such a worldwide hatred against America if it wasn't for these two
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