What historical figure do you most admire?

What does it take to become an iconic figure in a history book or online list of the top influential people in America? They must have done something BIG, something that changed the lives of many through their work and expressionism. Dubbed as historical figures, these individuals might have inspired us to live a certain way, spread kindness, follow a dream, or achieve success. Here at The Perry Group, we picked a historical figure that we each admire – for their footprint on our world as a founding father, their fight for equal rights, or influence as an iconic first lady.

Ben Franklin Statue   Gregg Perry: “The historical figure I admire is Benjamin Franklin.  Franklin was a writer, publisher, inventor, entrepreneur, a statesman, and as one of the founding fathers of our country helped to draft both the Declaration of  Independence and the Constitution of the United States! Many things today that we take for granted had their origins with Franklin. He formed the first public lending library and volunteer fire department in the US, invented the Franklin Stove and oh by the way, there was that little experiment with the kite – which brought him much fame for his work with electricity. There’s so much more about this fascinating man that I could go on, but one of my favorite quotes ties directly the work we do each and every day in strategic communications:”

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” – Benjamin Franklin

Siobhan Carroll: “I like Jane Addams. She was an ardent pacifist and outspoken advocate for women’s suffrage, and the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Jane AddamsShe focused on the needs of children, public health, and world peace. She said that if women were to be responsible for cleaning up their communities and making them better places to live, they needed the vote to be effective in doing so. She is also considered to be the founder of the social work profession in the United States.”

“Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.” – Jane Addams

Deb Weinreich: “There are many historical figures I admire, but one stands out slightly above the rest – Rosa Parks.  Rosa ParksThe indelible mark she made in history by refusing to give up her seat on the bus was more than just the start of the Civil Rights Movement. She became a symbol of courage, of change and of equality. She taught others to stand up for what you believe in. That memorable day in Montgomery, Rosa Parks made a decision that would one day positively change the lives of others forever. She often said that her refusal to give up her seat wasn’t because she was tired, but that she was tired of giving in. What a courageous woman. I believe everyone should live by this quote:”

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” – Rosa Parks

5693453708_bfbfdaa11a_t_jpgVictoria Vessella: “A historical figure that I admire is Eleanor Roosevelt. She was the longest-serving first lady, a female diplomat, and a civil rights activist. I admire her outspoken nature and her humanitarian concerns.”

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Caitlin Fisher: “I admire Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s rights movement. She began fighting for women’s susan b anthonyequality when she realized that male teachers were making more money than female teachers while working as a teacher in New York. She exemplified strength, independence, and perseverance, paving the way for women today to have equal rights in the household and workplace, and to also speak their minds and be leaders in society. In honor of her dedication to the cause, the Nineteenth Amendment was named after her when ratified in 1920.”

“Failure is impossible.” – Susan B. Anthony

Benjamin Franklin Photo Credit Aaron Vowels

Rosa Parks Photo Credit Matt Lemon

Eleanor Roosevelt Photo Credit FDR Presidential Library

Susan B. Anthony Photo Credit: National Museum of American History

Jane Addams Photo Credit: Creativecommons.org