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1 Abraham Lincoln He saved the Union, freed the slaves, and presided over America’s second founding. 2 George Washington He made the United States possible—not only by defeating a king, but by declining to become one himself. 3 Thomas Jefferson The author of the five most important words in American history: “All men are created equal.” 4 Franklin Delano Roosevelt He said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” and then he proved it. 5 Alexander Hamilton Soldier, banker, and political scientist, he set in motion an agrarian nation’s transformation into an industrial power. 6 Benjamin Franklin The Founder-of-all-trades— scientist, printer, writer, diplomat, inventor, and more; like his country, he…show more content…
37 J. P. Morgan The great financier and banker was the prototype for all the Wall Street barons who followed. 38 Susan B. Anthony She was the country’s most eloquent voice for women’s equality under the law. 39 Rachel Carson The author of Silent Spring was godmother to the environmental movement. 40 John Dewey He sought to make the public school a training ground for democratic life. 41 Harriet Beecher Stowe Her Uncle Tom’s Cabin inspired a generation of abolitionists and set the stage for civil war. 42 Eleanor Roosevelt She used the first lady’s office and the mass media to become “first lady of the world.” 43 W. E. B. DuBois One of America’s great intellectuals, he made the “problem of the color line” his life’s work. 44 Lyndon Baines Johnson His brilliance gave us civil-rights laws; his stubbornness gave us Vietnam. 45 Samuel F. B. Morse Before the Internet, there was Morse code. 46 William Lloyd Garrison Through his newspaper, The Liberator, he became the voice of abolition. 47 Frederick Douglass After escaping from slavery, he pricked the nation’s conscience with an eloquent accounting of its crimes. 48 Robert Oppenheimer The father of the atomic bomb and the regretful midwife of the nuclear era. 49 Frederick Law Olmsted The genius behind New York’s Central Park, he inspired the greening of America’s cities. 50
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