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List Rules U.S. politicians who have significantly affected American life and politics

The most influential politicians in American history, ranked by everyone. Anyone can vote on this list, making these rankings a good way to discover how these politicians rank in the public eye. We are defining influence here as - for better or worse - how the actions of this politician shaped American history - so your rankings and votes should not be based on whether or not you like a particular politician or agreed with their policies and actions. Also note that this list of influential politicans is not limited to Presidents and can include other influential office-holders. The most influential political figues in US history can be from local or national politics. You can add any missing pols by making your own version of this list. Love them or hate them, politicians shaped this great country... these are the ones who had the most influence.

So who are the most influential politicians in American history? Who are the greatest politicians in American history? That's up to you to decide, so make your vote count!

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America

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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

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James Madison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Franklin D. Roosevelt United States of America

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John F. Kennedy United States of America

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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

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Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

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Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Patrick Henry United States of America

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James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

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Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Dwight D. Eisenhower United States of America

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John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Hancock United States of America

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Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Eleanor Roosevelt United States of America

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Robert F. Kennedy United States of America

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Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman United States of America

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Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

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John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

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Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Paine

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Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

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George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George C Marshall

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John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Quincy Adams United States of America

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Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

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John Jay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Jay United States of America

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Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

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Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

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Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson United States of America

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Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sam Houston United States of America

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Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

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Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

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Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Daniel Webster United States of America

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Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

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Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

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John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

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William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

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Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Rand Paul United States of America

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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

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Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

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Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barry Goldwater United States of America

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

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Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

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Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George H. W. Bush United States of America

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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ron Paul United States of America

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William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William H. Seward United States of America

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Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Condoleezza Rice United States of America

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Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Newt Gingrich United States of America