Greatest American elimination game (setup thread)

Inspired by this thread,, and this contest,

Who was the greatest American?

You may nominate up to five noteworthy Americans, from any walk of life, describing each in no more than three words. Naturalized (but not honorary) U.S. citizens are eligible for nomination, even if they were more famous for things done as citizens of another country. To avoid contemporary political disputes, your nominees must have been dead at least ten years, consistent with the U.S. Postal Service’s rule in issuing commemorative stamps.

Nominations will close at noon EST a week from today, Sun. Feb. 7. After the deadline, I’ll arrange the nominees alphabetically and we’ll vote them out much as we did in the President Elimination game.

My nominees:

George Washington: president, statesman, general.
Abraham Lincoln: president, emancipator, writer.
Martin Luther King Jr.: preacher, orator, humanitarian.
Eleanor Roosevelt: Reformer, writer, advocate.
Alexander Hamilton: Financier, economist, statesman.

Abraham Lincoln: Statesman
Albert Einstein: Scientist, Activist
Jackie Robinson: Athlete, Activist
Roger Williams: Stateman, Religious Figure
Susan B. Anthony: Activist

Thanks. You need not put forward someone who already has been nominated. One will suffice.

LOL–thanks. Too bad about the “recently deceased” thing. My original draft included anthropologist Clifford Geertz, who I’d wager is the most influential American figure in the humanities and the “softer”/more rhetorical social sciences over the last 40 years. It would be interesting to see how long he lasted.

ETA: I’ll have a hard enough time defending Roger Williams.

Einstein’s already been nominated, and I’m not sure I’d say any of these are greater than him, but for the sake of getting more scientists out there:

Richard Feynman: Physicist, Renaissance man
George Washington Carver: Agricultural botanist
Benjamin Franklin: Scientist, statesman, inventor
Kurt Gödel: Mathematician-- Incompleteness theorem
Carl Sagan: Astronomer, popularizer

Actually, come to think of it, if it comes down to Einstein vs. Franklin, I’d be hard-pressed to choose between them.

Norman Borlaug - saved more lives than perhaps anyone in history

That’s all I have for now. I’ll add more later.

John von Neumann - Mathematician and scientist, known for work in logic/set theory, quantum mechanics, economics/game theory, the Manhattan Project, and computer science

I guess I can add a few more:

Edgar Alan Poe - Amazing poet, short story writer, and detective writer

Billy Graham - Evangelist, prominent in the evangelical Christian movement of 20th century

Milton Berle - First television star and well known comedian

Marlon Brando - Amazing film actor

Thomas Edison: inventor, workaholic
Lucille Ball: actor, comedian, redhead
Walter Cronkite: TV news anchor

Oh, I missed the three words requirement. Dumb me. Let me try again:

John von Neumann: mathematician, scientist, polymath

Mark Twain: Humorist, “Huckleberry Finn”

I also missed the three word rule:
Norman Borlaug - saved 1,000,000,000 lives

Edgar Alan Poe - Amazing Writer, Poet

Billy Graham - Evangelist, Evangelical Movement

Marlon Brando - Amazing film actor

Theodore Roosevelt, the man that put the US on the World Stage and lived life like no other.

As so many I would pick were already nominated I will add:

John Adams: Not a great president but up there with Ben Franklin and George Washington as one of the most important fathers of the country and a better man that either of them. Anti-slavery from the word go and even in favor of women suffrage when nearly no one else was. A real driver for the revolution and the man who maneuvered congress to pick George Washington as our leading General.

Rosa Parks as she prove that one person can change the world.
J.P. Morgan**: Once the most powerful man in America and used his vast power and wealth to help the country and stop multiple panics. Nowhere near the negatives that most of those early fortune builders had and not a Robber Baron.

Robert Heinlein as our greatest Science Fiction Writer and the man credited with really pushing the space program the most.

Frederick Douglass
William Lloyd Garrison
James Madison
George Marshall
Harriet Tubman

Milton Berle, Norman Borlaug, Walter Cronkite, and Rosa Parks all died after 2000. And Billy Graham is still alive.

Carrie Chapman Catt: Women’s Rights Suffragist
Harriet Tubman: Civil Rights Advocate

Henry David Thoreau: Poet, naturalist, philosopher.

Is there a rule about this?

In the OP, with all the other rules.

I missed Marlon Brando before. He also fails the ten year rule.