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The Most Influential Politicians in American History

List Criteria: 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!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Abraham Lincoln

    1809 More
    100
  2. 2
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    1743 More
    96
  3. 3
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    1732 More
    96
  4. 4
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    1706 More
    92
  5. 5
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    1882 More
    84
  6. 6
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    1911 More
    75
  7. 7
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    1858 More
    75
  8. 8
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    1917 More
    71
  9. 9
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    Down 140
    1755 More
    66
  10. 10
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    1735 More
    66
  11. 11
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    Down 128
    1890 More
    65
  12. 12
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    1767 More
    61
  13. 13
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    1751 More
    61
  14. 14
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    1923 More
    54
  15. 15
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    1913 More
    52
  16. 16
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    1908 More
    52
  17. 17
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    1777 More
    51
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Harry S. Truman

    1884 More
    51
  19. 19
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    1736 More
    51
    added by: AubriMcHughSimmons
  20. 20
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Woodrow Wilson

    1856 More
    49
  21. 21
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    1755 More
    48
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    1808 More
    47
  23. 23
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    1767 More
    43
    added by: freeafter3
  24. 24
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    George C Marshall

    1880 More
    42
    added by: JAlexTurner
  25. 25
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Barack Obama

    1961 More
    42
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    1946 More
    41
  27. 27
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    Down 190
    1860 More
    39
  28. 28
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Hancock

    1737 More
    38
    added by: CWinn
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    George W. Bush

    1946 More
    38
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    1932 More
    38
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    1908 More
    38
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sam Houston

    1793 More
    37
    added by: CWinn
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    1891 More
    36
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    1782 More
    36
  35. 35
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    1963 More
    35
    added by: CalebBaker
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    1855 More
    35
  37. 37
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    Down 343
    1941 More
    35
  38. 38
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    Down 138
    1811 More
    33
    added by: Sesel88
  39. 39
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    1970 More
    33
    added by: stampman22
  40. 40
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    1882 More
    32
    added by: AlanDeanNaldrett
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    1813 More
    31
  42. 42
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    1924 More
    31
  43. 43
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    1782 More
    31
  44. 44
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    1745 More
    31
    added by: Sesel88
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    Up 42
    Down 198

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Huey Long

    1893 More
    30
    added by: Sesel88
  46. 46
    Up 46
    Down 26
    1964 More
    29
    added by: BillMcCormick
  47. 47
    Up 145
    Down 175
    1971 More
    29
    added by: CalebBaker
  48. 48
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    Down 126
    1795 More
    28
    added by: AlanDeanNaldrett
  49. 49
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    1924 More
    27
    added by: JeffHayes
  50. 50
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    Down 136
    1792 More
    27
    added by: CWinn
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