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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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2,155 442
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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2
2,065 267
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

3
1,821 403
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,706 265
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
911 303
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

6
1,351 443
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

7
1,471 708
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

8
1,383 672
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

9
1,702 811
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,120 376
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
958 373
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
564 272
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry United States of America

13
308 150
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

14
990 417
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

15
575 297
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock United States of America

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16
312 220
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt United States of America

17
412 387
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy United States of America

18
774 466
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

19
780 489
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
543 369
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

21
168 78
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

22
492 399
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
419 303
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
501 281
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams United States of America

25
382 247
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay United States of America

26
510 685
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

27
467 624
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
539 814
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

29
523 838
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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30
431 297
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston United States of America

31
317 477
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

32
498 499
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

33
933 1,520
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

34
169 99
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster United States of America

35
271 142
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

36
265 435
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

37
399 865
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

38
669 1,092
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

39
315 369
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

40
539 722
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul United States of America

41
314 728
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

42
309 351
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice United States of America

43
169 253
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

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44
157 144
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

45
737 857
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

46
177 160
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

47
128 96
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward United States of America

48
164 231
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul United States of America

49
367 425
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added George H. W. Bush United States of America

50
125 57
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America