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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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    Down 70
    1743 More
    96
  3. 3
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    Down 59
    1732 More
    95
  4. 4
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    Down 67
    1706 More
    92
  5. 5
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    Down 263
    1882 More
    84
  6. 6
    Up 642
    Down 231
    1911 More
    75
  7. 7
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    Down 162
    1858 More
    75
  8. 8
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    Down 221
    1917 More
    69
  9. 9
    Up 337
    Down 145
    1755 More
    64
  10. 10
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    Down 90
    1735 More
    61
  11. 11
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    Down 131
    1890 More
    60
  12. 12
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    Down 146
    1767 More
    56
  13. 13
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    1751 More
    52
  14. 14
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    Down 258
    1923 More
    52
  15. 15
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    1913 More
    50
  16. 16
    Up 166
    Down 366
    1908 More
    50
  17. 17
    Up 302
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    ranked low on reranks
    Harry S. Truman

    1884 More
    48
  18. 18
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    1777 More
    48
  19. 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Woodrow Wilson

    1856 More
    48
  20. 20
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    Down 145
    1755 More
    44
  21. 21
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    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    Patrick Henry

    1736 More
    44
    added by: AubriMcHughSimmons
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jefferson Davis

    1808 More
    43
  23. 23
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    Down 57

    ranked low on reranks
    John Hancock

    1737 More
    40
    added by: CWinn
  24. 24
    Up 197
    Down 80
    1767 More
    39
    added by: freeafter3
  25. 25
    Up 161
    Down 97

    George C Marshall

    1880 More
    39
    added by: JAlexTurner
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    1793 More
    38
    added by: CWinn
  27. 27
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    1946 More
    38
  28. 28
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    1946 More
    37
  29. 29
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    1860 More
    36
  30. 30
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    1908 More
    35
  31. 31
    Up 244
    Down 662
    1961 More
    34
  32. 32
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    1891 More
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  33. 33
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    1941 More
    33
  34. 34
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    1782 More
    32
  35. 35
    Up 133
    Down 394
    1932 More
    32
  36. 36
    Up 71
    Down 162
    1813 More
    31
  37. 37
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    Down 150
    1882 More
    31
    added by: AlanDeanNaldrett
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    Down 195
    1782 More
    28
  39. 39
    Up 49
    Down 206
    1855 More
    28
  40. 40
    Up 55
    Down 142
    1792 More
    28
    added by: CWinn
  41. 41
    Up 54
    Down 143
    1811 More
    27
    added by: Sesel88
  42. 42
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    Down 340
    1924 More
    25
  43. 43
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    Down 208

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Huey Long

    1893 More
    24
    added by: Sesel88
  44. 44
    Up 248
    Down 160

    ranked low on reranks
    Rand Paul

    1963 More
    22
    added by: CalebBaker
  45. 45
    Up 26
    Down 160

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Roger Brooke Taney

    1777 More
    22
  46. 46
    Up 170
    Down 131

    ranked low on reranks
    Ted Cruz

    1970 More
    20
    added by: stampman22
  47. 47
    Up 96
    Down 74
    1745 More
    18
    added by: Sesel88
  48. 48
    Up 50
    Down 31
    1964 More
    17
    added by: BillMcCormick
  49. 49
    Up 150
    Down 182
    1971 More
    17
    added by: CalebBaker
  50. 50
    Up 102
    Down 131
    1795 More
    16
    added by: AlanDeanNaldrett
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