The Mormon 100:
A Ranking of the 100 Most Influential Latter-day Saints in History

This list was created in the tradition of Michael H. Hart's carefully researched and thought-provoking book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, first published in 1978.

Hart's original book remains the most popular of its kind, but it spawned numerous publications in format but narrower in scope. These include: The Black 100; The Jewish 100; The Scottish 100; The Scientific 100 (by John Simmons); The 100 Most Influential Women: A Ranking Past and Present by Deborah G. Felder; 100 Women Who Shaped World History by Gail Meyer Rolka; The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time by Daniel S. Burt and The Film 100. Each of these books is historical in outlook, with rankings based on influence, not fame. Hart's list of the 100 most influential people in history includes no actors, sports heroes, or other contemporary "celebrities" whose names may be well known (for a period of time), but who have not really changed the way we live.

The "Mormon 100" is a ranked list of the 100 Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who have had the most influence on the world. As with other lists, individuals have not been listed here based on fame. Some very famous individuals have actually had little influence, while the names of some tremendously influential people are little known to the general public.

Also, inclusion on this list does not represent any kind of measure of a person's character. Hart's original list includes widely-admired individuals such as Albet Einstein, Isaac Newton and Jesus. But it also includes people who are less admired -- or are even widely regarded as villains -- yet were indisputably influential, such as Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

The "Mormon 100" is similar to the The Jewish 100 (Michael Shapiro, Citadel Press Book, 1994), which considers for inclusion anybody of Jewish religion or ethnicity. Thus, people such as Jesus of Nazareth, Saint Paul, Spinoza, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud are included, although these individuals were not orthodox, religious Jews throughout their lives. The "Mormon 100" considers for inclusion any Latter-day Saint, regardless of the degree to which they are considered an "active member" in the institutional Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to practicing Latter-day Saints, anybody who is an ethnic Mormon or a convert to the Church may be considered for this list.

It is true that Latter-day Saints feel a strong spiritual continuity with "former day" Saints, such as the people called "Saints" in the New Testament. (As used in the Bible, "Saints" referred to any members of the church founded by Jesus.) But as the "Mormon 100" only lists Latter-day Saints, nobody may be included who died before the official organization of the Church in 1830.

The Latter-day Saints listed here are ranked based on their influence on the world as a whole, not necessarily on their influence strictly on the Church or the Latter-day Saint community. This does not, however, preclude individuals from being listed whose primary influence was on the Church. Gordon B. Hinckley, for example, may be little known outside of his role as the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But, as the Church he presides over has a membership in excess of 12 million people, he is influential. But in a secular and historical sense, Hinckley has had less impact on the world than Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television -- an invention that has had an impact not only on Latter-day Saints, but on essentially everybody in the world.

[Don't pay TOO much attention to these rankings... We have just begun work on this list. Please send your suggestions (either about new names to add to the list, or about how existing names should be ranked) to:]
  1. Philo Farnsworth - inventor of the television
  2. Joseph Smith, Jr. - founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  3. Brigham Young - 2nd President/Prophet of the Church; led Saints to Utah
  4. Marvin Harris - inventor of the transistor radio
  5. Alan Ashton - inventor of the modern word processor
  6. Nolan Bushnell - Father of Video Games; inventor of "Pong"
  7. Harvey Fletcher - inventor of the hearing aid, stereophonic sound, the audiometer, more than 20 other inventions
  8. William Clayton - inventor of the odometer
  9. Jonathan Browning - revolutionary gunsmith; inventor of the repeating rifle
  10. John Moses Browning - revolutionary gunsmith; inventor of the automatic shotgun and many other developments
  11. Lester Wire - inventor of the electric traffic light
  12. John Taylor - 3rd President of the Church
  13. Alvino Rey - inventor of the electric guitar
  14. John Gilbert - silent film star
  15. Thomas Stockham - father of digital sound recording (CDs, DVDs); led the 1974 technological effort to recover sound from the 18-minute gap in Nixon's White House tapes
  16. Paul Boyer - received Nobel Prize for describing the mechanism of ATP synthesis
  17. Ezra Taft Benson - 13th President of the Church; U.S. secretary of agriculture
  18. Lino Brocka - most influential filmmaker in the history of the Philippines
Which of these individuals are among the 100 most influential Latter-day Saints of all time?

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