February 19, 2001    





Who was the most important elected leader in your country's history?

Ugh, I don't really care right now. Lincoln for the equality stuff or Teddy Roosevelt for the nature stuff, I guess--although, to be fair, I think Roosevelt mostly wanted to save stuff so he could kill it at will.

Karen, 21

I'm far from an expert in political history, but it seems to me that the New England institutions of town meetings and elected selectmen antedate the proceedings before the American Revolution. The idea of government by elected leaders is far more important than any individual who has been elected.

Jill, 60

I'd say Nixon. It was before my time but it looks like he was the first one to accidentally let people know they weren't in Mayberry. Again, though, I'm fairly ignorant on the matter and strongly suspect that a couple of the wars may have given them the same information.

Alias Irrelevante

THe most important leader was Abe Lincoln. He freed most of the slaves and was a great leader till his death.

Jason, 21
, NY   USA

How can you pick one? Washington for being the first and shaping the presidency. Monroe for his Doctrine. Lincoln for freeing the slaves.  Wilson  for his efforts toward an international organization. FDR for getting the country out of depression and through a world war.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

How can we pick just one? It's a close tie between Lincoln and FDR.. but Teddy Roosevelt, Washington, Kennedy and Lincoln are all important ...

Katie2, 18
, MI   USA

FDR for his broad range of programs and guiding our country through a depression and major world war (too bad in this media glitzzy world a man in a wheelchair would be hard pressed to make it to national office). For his writing and thoughts, Thomas Jefferson perhaps articulated this countries spirit the best. I am saddened that Jimmy Carter didn't get more of chance to see his vision through.

Felicia, 35

I think I'll go with Thomas Jefferson on this one.  (I'm pretty sure he was elected to at least one position.)

etoile, 20

I'd have to say Pierre Trudeau, because he introduced the charter of rights, but he also put us way into dept so...

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

Oh, let me see: Certainly nobody from the present era: Offhand I would sayLincoln/Jefferson, Washington are the names that come to mind (at least in terms of presidents).

Mick, 30
, IL   USA

Abraham Lincoln.

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

Although I like Teddy Roosevelt best (he's my hero) I'll have to vote for his cousin, Franklin Delano, as our most imp't (influential) leader.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA


Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

Abraham Lincoln, in my opinion.

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

Generic yes, but I would have to say either J.F.K or Lincoln. Im very big on equal rights, And they were the most prominent elected figures for such a cause.

Adrianne, 15

Franklin D Roosevelt

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

Margaret Thatcher probably. She was in power for 11 years, yet she was the most unpopular prime minister ever. She was also the first female PM, and she did a wonderful job in destroying much of Britain's industries.

Shanna, 15
Cardiff  ENGLAND

Abraham Lincoln!!

Eric, 18
Beverly Hills
, CA   USA

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