When you think of the "Art of Manliness" what man comes to mind as most closely personifying the ideal set by the web site? Perhaps because of the feel of the site and the use of imagery Hemingway comes to mind for me; but while his sense of adventure, love of sport an fitness and sense of style were laudable, I don't know that he morally represented the site. Ben Franklin definitely had the moral qualities and hard work/yankee ingenuity that represents the site, not to mention a great nose for business, but he wasn't often described as being debonair or stylish. So who else, Francis Bacon, Voltaire, Socrates? Does anyone else have someone in mind who personifies the site?

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT
To echo some of Brett's thoughts:

Can any ONE man embody all of what it means to be a man, or the entirety of the The Art of Manliness? I'll pick and choose those aspects I find manly from among many of those already mentioned. (Excepting fictional characters like Dirty Harry and Jesus Christ.) Doing this allows my very own 'version' of manhood to emerge. Or, allowing me to become 'my own man', develop my own standards, and challenge myself to live up to them.
I have to take exception to saying that Jesus Christ is fictional. Historians are against you.
Religious fight? Can't stand the things ;-) Just the historical facts, man, just the facts.
Yea, it's pretty accepted that Jesus was a real person. We know for a fact that Pontius Pilate was, as correspondence between him and Rome still exists, as well as other physical, archeological evidence from his time as Governor of Judea.
Pontius Pilate .
However, there is almost no evidence whatsoever of Pontius Pilate's right-hand man. His name was lost to the ages, and his actual title has devolved over the centuries. Essentially, all we have left for the title of Pontius Pilate's assistant is the modern derivation: Co-Pilate.

Think I just lost my Man Card and my AoM membership.
I like a lot of the answers, though no one mentioned the Dos XX guy..."The Most Interesting Guy in the World."
Hear hear. "Stay thirsty my friends". I recommend you guys check out this clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bc0WjTT0Ps
James Braddock was a tough son of a gun and would do anything for his family. He seemed to never complain, was always ready for anything, and never stopped moving forward.

The most suave sought after manly man of this time person is Sean Connery. Plus he wears a kilt
Richard Branson - Very motivated towards success. Doesn't take himself seriously. Well known for both business ventures and extreme sports enthusiast.

Barrack Obama - Has admitted making mistakes as president. First black president. Incredible public speaker. I'm Canadian and I look up to this guy.

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