6) George Washington
George Washington was the commanding general of the continental army and first president of the United States of America under the Constitution. He was the central figure of the American Revolution; a political and military movement that would usher in a new world order — an order that would soon come to dominate the affairs of virtually all other nations.
Washington was not only the seminal military figure of American independence, largely responsible for what meager military success the continentals were able to secure, but was also a constant and powerful presence around which the other great men of the revolution were able to safely build a successful national effort. The United States continues to be the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever seen (in many ways) thanks to the efforts of this man.
“… he shall be the greatest man in the world.” – King George III speaking of George Washington