Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The 100 Most Influential Americans

The December 2006 issue of Atlantic Monthly has an article which attempts to rank the 100 most influential Americans in history. Not surprisingly, 17 American Presidents made the list. These are:

1. Abraham Lincoln
2. George Washington
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. FDR
10. Woodrow Wilson
12. Ulysses S. Grant
13. James Madison
15. Teddy Roosevelt
17. Ronald Reagan
18. Andrew Jackson
21. Harry Truman
25. John Adams
28. Dwight Eisenhower
44. LBJ
50. James Polk
55. John Quincy Adams
99. Richard Nixon

Strangely, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan did not make the list...

From an abstract of the article:

Who are the ­most influential figures in American history? The Atlantic recently asked ten eminent historians. The result was The Atlantic’s Top 100—and some insight into the nature of influence and the contingency of history. Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Benjamin Spock than Richard Nixon? Elvis Presley than Lewis and Clark? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Let the debates begin.

No comments: