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

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Results of Gallup's annual 'most admired' polls were combined with a preliminary 1999 poll to determine the 18 finalists. A final poll was conducted to determine their order.

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11

1

Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)

Religious Figure

50.29% (171 of 340 votes)

12

2

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advocate

50.11% (672 of 1341 votes)

10

3

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

U.S. President

50.69% (73 of 144 votes)

4

4

Albert Einstein

Scientist

53.85% (672 of 1248 votes)

5

5

Helen Keller

Advocate

53.64% (81 of 151 votes)

6

6

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

52.10% (62 of 119 votes)

13

7

Billy Graham

Religious Figure

50.0% (10 of 20 votes)

15

8

Pope John Paul II

Religious Figure

49.93% (359 of 719 votes)

3

9

Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady

55.26% (84 of 152 votes)

18

10

Winston Churchill

World Leader

43.66% (31 of 71 votes)

16

11

Dwight David Eisenhower

U.S. President

47.46% (131 of 276 votes)

9

12

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady

50.87% (147 of 289 votes)

8

13

Mahatma Gandhi

Diplomat

50.87% (88 of 173 votes)

7

14

Nelson Mandela

World Leader

51.05% (73 of 143 votes)

17

15

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

44.80% (930 of 2076 votes)

14

16

Henry Ford

Automaker

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)

2

17

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

57.66% (621 of 1077 votes)

1

18

Margaret Thatcher

World Leader

82.99% (200 of 241 votes)