Politics is something that people love and hate at the same time. There have been a number of great leaders over the years that have shaped the world in good and bad ways. The most famous political leaders, however, are able to keep inspiring everyone even today, even if they are no longer with us, because they were so inspirational. Here are some of the most famous political leaders who have done so.
1. Winston Churchill
It is Churchill’s upbringing that makes him unique. He often stuttered as a child and his early political career would have been enough to make anyone consider trying a new profession. When no one listened to him about the dangers of Hitler when he was a member of the cabinet, lesser men would have thrown in the towel. What Churchill ended up doing, however, was lead his nation through some of its darkest hours to defy the Nazi regime to become one of the only remaining European countries to not surrender to Germany.
2. Ronald Reagan
His economic policies may be up for debate and the decision to build-up the military against the build-up of the Soviet Union’s resources was controversial, but it is his ability to manipulate the written word that made Reagan famous. Many of his speeches and interview talking points were written by him, not a speechwriter, and love him or hate him, Reagan stuck to his principles while he was in office. He didn’t believe in co-existence. He believed in dominance and this philosophy took the US toward the top of the superpower list.
3. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK is still one of the youngest people ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He might not have been involved directly in the politics of government, but he was definitely involved in social politics. He opposed the idea of different races having separate, but equal standards. He wanted true equality and he was willing to fight for it through non-violent resistance. Over his life that was purposely cut short, he traveled over 6 million miles and gave 2,500 speeches about social injustice. He even found the time to write 5 books.
4. Anwar Sadat
Sadat was the third President of Egypt. He served for 11 years until he was killed by officers in his army. He led the October War to gain back lands that Israel had claimed in the 6 Days War, yet also signed a peace treaty with Israel and won a Nobel Peace Prize for it. His goal was to overthrow foreign influence and have a government that was based on local social ideas. He makes this list, however, because he showed the world that Israel and the Middle East could work together.
5. Stand Watie
With a name that means “stand firm,” Watie fought for equal rights for Native American/First Nations people in Georgia. His family saw their holdings confiscated in 1838 when the Cherokee were deported to Oklahoma and was part of the Trail of Tears. He chose to side with the Confederacy and was undefeated in his campaigns. He was the last general to lay down arms and many consider him to be one of the greatest of his people to ever live.