The Greatest American

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The Great Americans
Presented by Matt Lauer
Country of origin United States
Production
Executive producer(s) Jason Raff
Release
Original network Discovery Channel
Original release 5 June 2005 (2005-06-05)

The Greatest American was a four-part American television series hosted by Matt Lauer in 2005. The show featured biographies and lists of influential persons in U.S. history, and culminated in a contest in which millions in the audience nominated and voted for the person they felt was the "greatest American". The competition was conducted by AOL and the Discovery Channel and reported on by the BBC.

Nominations[edit]

Nominations were accepted through 31 January 2005. The seven-hour-long series was broken into four episodes: The first episode counted down the top 100 and introduced the top 25 nominees in alphabetical order. The second episode featured biographies of the top 25 nominees as well as commentaries from influential people such as celebrities and politicians. The third episode, called "The Great Debate", introduced the top five nominees and pitted the studio audience supporters of each of the nominees and a person selected to represent each of the top five candidates against a panel of three celebrities. In the finale the top five "Greatest Americans" were announced as well as what percentage of the votes each had received. Votes were taken through a toll free (if calling from a land line) phone number, through text messages from cell phones, and through online voting. Voters were allowed to vote three times per voting method, so anyone had a chance of voting at least nine times.

Top 25[edit]

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author, inventor, statesman, and scientist.||image6=George-W-Bush.jpeg||caption6=6. George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States (2001–09), and sitting president when the poll was conducted.||image7=Bill Clinton.jpg||caption7=7. Bill Clinton
42nd President of the United States (1993–2001).||image8=Elvis_Presley_promoting_Jailhouse_Rock.jpg||caption8=8. Elvis Presley
singer, songwriter, actor, and musician.||image9=Oprah Winfrey (2004).jpg||caption9=9. Oprah Winfrey
talk show host, magazine publisher, and actress.||image10=FDR in 1933.jpg||caption10=10. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. George Washington
  4. Benjamin Franklin
  5. George W. Bush
  6. Bill Clinton
  7. Elvis Presley
  8. Oprah Winfrey
  9. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  10. Billy Graham
  11. Thomas Jefferson
  12. Walt Disney
  13. Albert Einstein
  14. Thomas Alva Edison
  15. John F. Kennedy
  16. Bob Ross
  17. Bill Gates
  18. Eleanor Roosevelt
  19. Lance Armstrong
  20. Muhammad Ali
  21. Rosa Parks
  22. The Wright Brothers
  23. Henry Ford
  24. Neil Armstrong

Alphabetical list[edit]

On 18 April 2005, AOL and The Discovery Channel announced the top 100 nominees.

The remaining 75 nominees:

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