1. Attorney Clarence Darrow
    Defender of Leopold & Loeb, John Scopes etc
  2. Utopian Robert Owen
    Founder of New Harmony, Indiana
  3. Henry Clay
    He had me at "I would rather be right, sir, than be President." Way cooler than "hello."
    Suggested by @mandi
  4. Nurse/Red Cross Founder Clara Barton
    Attended to the wounded in the civil war with bullet holes in her apron
  5. Inventor Nikola Tesla
    I prefer his mad genius to Edison any day
  6. Physicist Richard Feynman
    His book "Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman" is a must-read
  7. Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
    Just google image her and you'll see why
  8. Screenwriter Frances Marion
    Early film pioneer. Read "Without Lying Down" and you'll understand why.
  9. Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley
    The rest of you can take your Byron & Keats, this man is for me