Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century

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Gallup's List of People that Americans Most Widely Admired in the 20th Century is a poll published in December 1999 by The Gallup Organization to determine who around the world Americans admire most, in the 20th century.[1]

Gallup has constructed a yearly Gallup's most admired man and woman poll list since 1948[2] but this poll cover the most notable figures of the entire century. They combined the results from the previous polls with a new preliminary poll to determine the 18 most admired people.[1] The 1999 final poll produced an ordered list of 18 people, 12 of whom were males and 12 of whom were American citizens; the highest ranked non-American and non-male was (Saint) Mother Teresa, at #1.

The ranked list is as follows:

  1. Mother Teresa
  2. Martin Luther King Jr.
  3. John F. Kennedy
  4. Albert Einstein
  5. Helen Keller
  6. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  7. Billy Graham
  8. Pope John Paul II
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. Winston Churchill
  11. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  12. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  13. Mahatma Gandhi
  14. Nelson Mandela
  15. Ronald Reagan
  16. Henry Ford
  17. Rosa Parks
  18. Margaret Thatcher

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  1. ^ a b Newport, Frank (December 31, 1999). "Mother Teresa Voted by American People as Most Admired Person of the Century". Gallup.
  2. ^ Jones, Jeffrey M. (December 30, 2019). "Obama, Trump Tie as Most Admired Man in 2019". Gallup.