This was the argument that the BBC chose to Simon Bolivar as the most prominent 19th century American.
"With only 47 years old fought 472 battles being defeated only 6 times, participated in 79 major battles, with great risk of death in 25 of them.
Freed 6 Nations, rode 123,000 miles, more than sailed by Columbus and Vasco de Gama combined.
He was Head of State of 5 nations, he rode with the torch of freedom linear distance of 6,500 kilometers, is about half that distance back to earth.
He ran 10 times Hannibal, Napoleon 3 times, and twice as Alexander the Great.
His ideas of freedom were written in 2632 92 proclamations and letters. The amazing thing was that many of them were issued simultaneously in different languages and different secretaries.
The army commanded never conquered … Only liberated. “