From the Atlantic I present:
1 Abraham Lincoln
He saved the Union, freed the slaves, and presided over Americaâ€™s second founding.
2 George Washington
He made the United States possibleâ€”not only by defeating a king, but by declining to become one himself.
3 Thomas Jefferson
The author of the five most important words in American history: â€œAll men are created equal.â€
4 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
He said, â€œThe only thing we have to fear is fear itself,â€ and then he proved it.
5 Alexander Hamilton
Soldier, banker, and political scientist, he set in motion an agrarian nationâ€™s transformation into an industrial power.
This list also includes Babe Ruth, Herman Melville and Elvis.