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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12

1

Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)

Religious Figure

49.71% (172 of 346 votes)

8

2

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advocate

50.07% (677 of 1352 votes)

14

3

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

U.S. President

47.20% (76 of 161 votes)

6

4

Albert Einstein

Scientist

52.29% (673 of 1287 votes)

5

5

Helen Keller

Advocate

53.29% (81 of 152 votes)

3

6

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

55.32% (78 of 141 votes)

9

7

Billy Graham

Religious Figure

50.0% (10 of 20 votes)

11

8

Pope John Paul II

Religious Figure

49.79% (361 of 725 votes)

4

9

Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady

55.19% (85 of 154 votes)

17

10

Winston Churchill

World Leader

45.54% (46 of 101 votes)

13

11

Dwight David Eisenhower

U.S. President

48.81% (144 of 295 votes)

7

12

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady

51.53% (152 of 295 votes)

16

13

Mahatma Gandhi

Diplomat

46.84% (89 of 190 votes)

15

14

Nelson Mandela

World Leader

47.10% (73 of 155 votes)

18

15

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

44.33% (939 of 2118 votes)

10

16

Henry Ford

Automaker

50.0% (4 of 8 votes)

2

17

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

55.92% (741 of 1325 votes)

1

18

Margaret Thatcher

World Leader

63.17% (211 of 334 votes)