10 Most Influential People In History

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History's Top Ten Most Influential People

Here is a list of ten of the most influential people in history:

10. Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson is one of America's Founding Fathers. He was the main author of the Declaration of Independence. 

9. Alexander the Great: Alexander the Great united the different city states within Greece under one empire. He brought together the broken Corinthian League and conquered the Persian Empire.

8. Aristotle: Aristotle was one of the greatest minds in history. He discovered what is known as the four causes of being: material, formal, efficient and final. These set the foundations for all future science. 

7. Martin Luther King, Jr.: MLK Jr. was the leader of the Civil Rights Movement for African-Americans in the 1960s. He is most famous for his "I Have A Dream" speech.

6. George Washington: Another Founding Father of America, he was also the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Washington was also the first president of the United States. 

5. Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln is well known for his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves. He also was influential in preventing the Southern states from seceding from the Union. 

4. Williams Shakespeare: Shakespeare is probably one of the most well-known writers in history. His plays shaped the theatrical community. Two of his works include Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.

3. Mother Teresa: One of the most benevolent women of all time, Mother Teresa was a humanitarian who took care of the poor and sick and asked for nothing in return. 

2. Napoleon: Napoleon is most well-known for ending the French Revolution. He was also influential in implementing French nationalism. 

1. Mahatma Gandhi: Gandhi was the leader of the peace movement to free India from British control. 

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