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RTD The Greatest Virginians
  • Oliver Hill Sr.

    Oliver White Hill Sr.

    Hill lived one-fourth of the entire English-language portion of Virginia's history, and for more than half of that time in the oppressive Jim Crow regime that denied the basic human rights of American citizenship to a huge portion of the South's citizens.

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  • John Marshall

    John Marshall received more nominations in the survey than any other person for greatest or most influential 19th-century Virginian. He deserved the attention.

  • George Washington

    George Washington had little serious competition for greatest Virginian of the 18th century.

  • John Smith and William Berkeley

    Our jury argued to a virtual tie when trying to identify the single greatest citizen of 17th-century Virginia. The two nominees most often identified as the greatest were Captain John Smith and Sir William Berkeley, a governor of the colony.

  • Paramount Chief Powhatan

    Wahunsonacock - who took the name Powhatan sometime in the 1580s when he formed a loose confederation of Algonkian-speaking tribes in the tidewater region of Virginia - received a number of votes as the greatest or most influential person in 17th-century Virginia.

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