Public Votes for 100 Leaders in World History

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) announced today, on the eve of the mid-term elections, that voting for 100 Leaders in World History is now open to the public. History is filled with leaders who left both positive and negative legacies on the world. Now the public can voice their opinions on how these leaders from the past rank today at

This public vote is part of the 100 Leaders in World History project, sponsored by Kenneth E. Behring, to help students and the public better understand the qualities and legacies of great leaders in history, which are still applicable today. For this project, NHD partnered with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University to bring together a leading panel of historians, teachers, and students, to select 100 leaders in world history who left a lasting legacy.

“This is a great classroom resource that teachers can use to discuss historical leaders and engage in a deeper conversation about what leadership means,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “When students focus on the life of a particular leader they learn about conflict, compromise, triumph, and tragedy. We want to inspire people to think carefully about the legacies of significant leaders in history and to consider the qualities of leadership that they might emulate and who they want to follow.”

People can vote for one of the 100 selected, or submit the name of a historical figure they feel deserves to be included on the list. Voting will last 100 days from November 3, 2014 through February 11, 2015 with a different leader featured each day. On Friday, February 13, 2015, the final rankings will be announced. The ranking takes into account not only the average rating a leader receives, but also the number of ratings received.

NHD is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers yearlong academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, Weider History Group, Inc. and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information about NHD, visit

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Lynne O'Hara
Director of Programs
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