The Most Important Military Leaders In American History

Over the years, the United States of America has produced great military leaders who have shown great courage in the face of danger. While many served their country with zest and intelligence, some went on to change the course of history with their military prowess. Here is a list of such military leaders who are deemed important in American history.

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Also Known As: Hiram Ulysses Grant
Birthday: 27 April 1822
Born In: Point Pleasant, Ohio, United States
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 23 July 1885
Before becoming the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant served as Commanding General of the US Army and led the Union Army to victory in the American Civil War. He was hailed as a war hero for his achievements in the Mexican-American War and Civil War.

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Birthday: 22 February 1732
Born In: Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died On: 14 December 1799

George Washington played a key role as a military leader by leading the Patriot forces to victory in America's War for Independence. After receiving his initial military training with the Virginia Regiment, he went on to become the Commanding General of the Continental Army.


3. George S. Patton

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Also Known As: George Smith Patton Jr.
Birthday: 11 November 1885
Born In: San Gabriel, California, United States
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died On: 21 December 1945
George S. Patton served as a general of the US Army. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army during World War II. He also commanded the U.S. Third Army after the Allied invasion of Normandy.

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Also Known As: Chester William Nimitz Sr.
Birthday: 24 February 1885
Born In: Fredericksburg, Texas, United States
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died On: 20 February 1966
As Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, and Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Chester W. Nimitz played a key role in the naval history of the 'Second World War.' He also played a key role in acquiring permission to build 'USS Nautilus', the world's first nuclear-powered submarine.

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Also Known As: George Catlett Marshall Jr.
Birthday: 31 December 1880
Born In: Uniontown
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died On: 16 October 1959
After starting his career as a soldier, George Marshall rose through the rank to become the Chief of Staff of the Army. He was lauded for leading the United Nations to victory in World War II. He also played a key role in Korean War.