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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16

1

Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)

Religious Figure

38.10% (8 of 21 votes)

5

2

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advocate

58.72% (64 of 109 votes)

8

3

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

U.S. President

50.18% (140 of 279 votes)

15

4

Albert Einstein

Scientist

42.93% (270 of 629 votes)

17

5

Helen Keller

Advocate

0% (0 of 1 votes)

6

6

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

U.S. President

58.33% (70 of 120 votes)

1

7

Billy Graham

Religious Figure

100% (1 of 1 votes)

9

8

Pope John Paul II

Religious Figure

50.0% (27 of 54 votes)

3

9

Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady

71.43% (5 of 7 votes)

11

10

Winston Churchill

World Leader

50.0% (4 of 8 votes)

12

11

Dwight David Eisenhower

U.S. President

50.0% (43 of 86 votes)

7

12

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady

50.50% (101 of 200 votes)

2

13

Mahatma Gandhi

Diplomat

100% (1 of 1 votes)

18

14

Nelson Mandela

World Leader

0% (0 of 1 votes)

14

15

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

48.48% (80 of 165 votes)

13

16

Henry Ford

Automaker

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

4

17

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

61.22% (191 of 312 votes)

10

18

Margaret Thatcher

World Leader

50.0% (11 of 22 votes)