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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10

1

Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)

Religious Figure

51.01% (176 of 345 votes)

14

2

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advocate

37.67% (585 of 1553 votes)

7

3

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

U.S. President

51.47% (70 of 136 votes)

3

4

Albert Einstein

Scientist

54.63% (672 of 1230 votes)

5

5

Helen Keller

Advocate

54.00% (81 of 150 votes)

4

6

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

54.05% (60 of 111 votes)

15

7

Billy Graham

Religious Figure

37.50% (6 of 16 votes)

12

8

Pope John Paul II

Religious Figure

50.35% (364 of 723 votes)

2

9

Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady

55.26% (84 of 152 votes)

18

10

Winston Churchill

World Leader

8.33% (3 of 36 votes)

11

11

Dwight David Eisenhower

U.S. President

50.35% (142 of 282 votes)

6

12

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady

52.33% (146 of 279 votes)

8

13

Mahatma Gandhi

Diplomat

51.16% (88 of 172 votes)

9

14

Nelson Mandela

World Leader

51.05% (73 of 143 votes)

13

15

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

46.14% (915 of 1983 votes)

16

16

Henry Ford

Automaker

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

1

17

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

56.99% (595 of 1044 votes)

17

18

Margaret Thatcher

World Leader

30.0% (3 of 10 votes)