Who Was the Most Important and Influential American Private Citizen in the Last 100 Years?

I would venture that our LRC readership is up on world affairs and knowledge of domestic events in the US, very much more than the average person. If I were to ask you (and a scientific random sample of the American public) who was the most important and influential American private citizen in the last 100 years, which name would come to mind? I speculate that only an infinitesimal amount of the populace would name the person described below, and instead put forth some insipid celebrity. To me, perhaps more than anything else, this describes the vast willfully ignorant state of Americans regarding both their history and how the world truly operates.

Check out these varied and eclectic references to the individual described above: here, here, here, here herehere, herehere, and here.


9:24 am on August 13, 2017