Who are some of the most famous people in American history?


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Some of the most famous people in American history include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. These three were presidents during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, respectively.

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George Washington was the first president of the United States once the Constitution was enacted. He lived from 1732, when he was born in what was then Virginia Colony, to 1799, when he died due to a throat infection. Washington owned lands at Mount Vernon and was the leader of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. After the war, Washington was a key figure in deciding that the Articles of Confederation would not be a long-term solution for government and then in creating the Constitution in 1787.

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and lived from 1809 until his assassination in 1865. He led the Union during the Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in Confederate states, although this was not truly enforceable in the rebellious states. John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln with a gunshot to the head during a play at Ford's Theater.

John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States and also the victim of an assassination. Born in 1917 and elected in 1960, he was a visible president popular with the citizens. En route to a speaking engagement in 1963, Kennedy was assassinated in his car. The assassination notoriously has spawned multiple conspiracy theories regarding the true killer and circumstances.

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