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.
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 had little serious competition for greatest Virginian of the 18th century.
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.
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.
This book is a must-read for students, history buffs and all proud Virginians.
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