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RTD The Greatest Virginians

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They hailed from this commonwealth and they helped to change the world. Many towering figures have called this state home, but who are the greatest Virginians?

The Library of Virginia and The Richmond Times-Dispatch decided to find out. In a survey, they asked historians and prominent citizens to make their suggestions.

Who is on your list of greatest Virginians?
What do you think of the results? Share your thoughts on the Greatest Virginians and tell us who you think should be on, or off, the list. Post your comments now.

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The Greatest Virginians series is available as a full-color booklet, featuring essays on the greatest Virginians as chosen by historians, community leaders, the Library of Virginia and Richmond Times-Dispatch writers and editors

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The Greatest Virginians

  • Oliver White Hill Sr.

    Hill lived one-fourth of the entire English-language portion of...

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  • John Marshall

    John Marshall received more nominations in the survey than any...

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  • George Washington

    George Washington had little serious competition for greatest...

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  • John Smith

    John Smith and William Berkeley

    Our jury argued to a virtual tie when trying to identify the single...

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  • Paramount Chief Powhatan

    Paramount Chief Powhatan

    Wahunsonacock - who took the name Powhatan sometime in the 1580s...

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Names to Remember

Most Influential

  • Harry Flood Byrd Sr.

    Harry Flood Byrd Sr.

    Byrd served for 10 years in the Virginia Senate, for four years as...

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  • Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

    "Edgar Allan Poe," began historian Kevin J. Hayes, without even...

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  • James Madison

    James Madison

    Participants in the survey produced a virtual tie for most...

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  • John Rolfe

    John Rolfe

    John Rolfe topped the list of people whom participants...

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