Sunday, November 23, 2014

500 +/- People

Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time

Trailblazers Rebels & resisters
Presidents First Women Outlaws
Christopher Columbus
Henry Hudson
Amerigo Vespucci
John Smith
Giovanni da Verrazzano
John Muir
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Kit Carson
Neil Armstrong
John Wesley Powell
Martin Luther King Jr.
Robert E. Lee
Thomas Paine
John Brown
Frederick Douglass
Susan B. Anthony
W.E.B. Du Bois
Sitting Bull
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Malcolm X
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Theodore Roosevelt
Ulysses S. Grant
Ronald W. Reagan
George W. Bush
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson
James Madison
Andrew Jackson
Eleanor Roosevelt
Hillary Clinton
Sarah Palin
Martha Washington
Hellen Keller
Sojourner Truth
Jane Addams
Edith Wharton
Bette Davis
Oprah Winfrey
Benedict Arnold
Jesse James
John Wilkes Booth
Al Capone
Billy the Kid
William M. “Boss” Tweed
Charles Manson
Wild Bill Hickok
Lee Harvey Oswald
John Dillinger
Lucky Luciano
Artists Religious figures Pop icons Empire-builders Athletes
Frank Lloyd Wright
Andy Warhol
Frederick Law Olmsted
James Abbott MacNeill Whistler
Jackson Pollock
John James Audubon
Georgia O’Keeffe
Thomas Eakins
Thomas Nast
Alfred Stieglitz
Ansel Adams
Joseph Smith Jr.
William Penn
Brigham Young
Roger Williams
Anne Hutchinson
Jonathan Edwards
L. Ron Hubbard
Ellen G. White
Cotton Mather
Mary Baker Eddy
Billy Graham
Mark Twain
Elvis Presley
Bob Dylan
Michael Jackson
Charlie Chaplin
Jimi Hendrix
Marilyn Monroe
Frank Sinatra
Louis Armstrong
Mary Pickford
Andrew Carnegie
Henry Ford
John D. Rockefeller
J.P. Morgan
Walt Disney
Thomas Alva Edison
William Randolph Hearst
Howard Hughes
Bill Gates
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Steve Jobs
Babe Ruth
Muhammad Ali
Jackie Robinson
James Naismith
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ty Cobb
Michael Jordan
Hulk Hogan
Jim Thorpe
Billie Jean King

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As significant as who's on the list is who is not


Anonymous said...

Secretariat is "significant people?

Last I checked it was a g-d-damned HORSE!!

Is this a joke or is the Smithsonian employing brainless morons?

Esteve said...

L. Ron Hubbard? I understand his notoriety but one of the ten most significant religious leaders in US history? Not many Baptists on the selection committee. Little puzzled by Schwartzenegger too. Steroids in sports maybe?

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Well, he was a significant athlete; I'd have used Cal Ripkin

Rodger the Real King of France said...

L. Ron Hubbard was significant; he represented one of the early attempts to mock religion and the joke sprouted wings (dingbats).

Jess said...

It looks like they acquired the list from a survey they placed in the National Inquirer and Cosmopolitan.

Kim du Toit said...

Any list of "Best Presidents" which does not include Calvin Coolidge renders the rest of the list irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

They left Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton out of the OUTLAW group.

Helly said...

A thought provoking list. I would add:

Mark Spitz — unprecedented clean sweep of 7 Olympic gold medals.

J. Willard Gibbs — easily the greatest American-born polymath ever and bane of chemistry students for all time.

Robert Goddard — invented a little thing we call the "rocket engine."

Nicola Tesla — 60 hz AC power is important to quite a few Americans.

Percival Lowell — PLuto is still a planet in America.

Grant Wood — Regionalism, Post-Impressionism, American Gothic, etc.

Stanley Kubrick — 50 years later, try streaming 2001 for free.

Ponce de León — if you consider Florida to be part of America.

Eli Whitney — bankrolled the Confederacy.

Cyrus McCormick — bankrolled the War of Northern Aggression.

Orville and Wilbur Wright — somewhat more significant than Oprah.

Norman Borlaug — greatest humanitarian in human history.

Charles and Frank Duryea — we still like fast cars.

Jennings Cox —best American cocktail on Earth.

Regnad Kcin said...

Add-ons to the list : T/Blzrs- James T. Kirk. Rebels- Johnny Yuma. President- Frank Zappa. 1st Women- Carol Doda. Outlaw- Willie Nelson. Artist- Robert Crumb. Religious fig.- Sister Bertrille. Pop Icon- Zippy. Empire Bldr.- Jack Daniels. Athlete- Delete Hulk Hogan and add on Secretariat again. Because....

Jess said...

Norman Vincent Peale and Babe Zaharias

Esteve said...

Helly, some of us here in rural Florida are still Americans but we are slowly loosing to the invasion forces.

Anonymous said...

Have to say I was a little surprised to see L. Ron Hubbard on the list until I realized that Joseph Smith was there as well. That explained everything.

Leonard Jones said...

President Merkin Muffley and his lovely wife the First
Wookie were not included. Look for the director of the
Smithsonian to be greasing the undercarriage of a
city bus in 3, 2, 1...

Ole Phat Stu said...

Christopher Columbus was never in mainland America, let alone the USA.

Who makes this stuff up?

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Obama has in 6 years undone 240 years of American law and exceptionalism. I see as a very significant.

HMS Defiant said...


A Kim du Toit sighting!

I don't usually bother with the best of. I got my own lists and they never include thinking of the best of. My list usually include that that one dare not speak their name because evil people always seem to slip under the radar.

HMS Defiant said...

Hold on one second. I reread that post after I finally managed to get it to appear and I would like to delete it.
I hugely enjoyed reading Kim du Toit's blog back when I started reading blogs. He is one of the very best people I know based purely on his writing and blog.

I'm worried that the way my previous comment reads might lead any person to think that he is one of the evil ones. He's not. He is one of the best.

My apologies for gooning the language.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

dun't worry, we amn't drooling libs here Mr. Ship

Kim du Toit said...

Mr. Defiant (if that is your name), I fail to see anything in either of your posts which could cause me any form of umbrage. You DID fail to mention that Barack Obama is a MFCS, but we all make slip-ups now and again.

Esteve said...

Since Roger is idle today.....Madonna and M. Jackson ahead of the Beatles?

Unknown said...

What, no WRITERS? Hemingway, Faulkner, E.A. Poe, Stephen Crane, Steinbeck, Melville, Jack London, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Ken Kesey (and others I'm leaving out)?

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