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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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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Abraham Lincoln

    1809 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 695
    Down 69
    1743 More
    96
  3. 3
    Up 716
    Down 59
    1732 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 635
    Down 66
    1706 More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 450
    Down 262
    1882 More
    84
  6. 6
    Up 637
    Down 230
    1911 More
    75
  7. 7
    Up 411
    Down 162
    1858 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 469
    Down 220
    1917 More
    69
  9. 9
    Up 335
    Down 143
    1755 More
    64
  10. 10
    Up 381
    Down 89
    1735 More
    61
  11. 11
    Up 371
    Down 131
    1890 More
    60
  12. 12
    Up 276
    Down 145
    1767 More
    56
  13. 13
    Up 201
    Down 255

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Henry Kissinger

    1923 More
    53
  14. 14
    Up 297
    Down 82
    1751 More
    52
  15. 15
    Up 202
    Down 322
    1913 More
    50
  16. 16
    Up 164
    Down 363
    1908 More
    50
  17. 17
    Up 300
    Down 154

    ranked low on reranks
    Harry S. Truman

    1884 More
    48
  18. 18
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    1777 More
    48
  19. 19
    Up 155
    Down 269
    1856 More
    48
  20. 20
    Up 168
    Down 145
    1755 More
    44
  21. 21
    Up 149
    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    Patrick Henry

    1736 More
    44
    added by: AubriMcHughSimmons
  22. 22
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    Down 198

    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 195
    Down 80
    1767 More
    39
    added by: freeafter3
  25. 25
    Up 160
    Down 96

    George C Marshall

    1880 More
    39
    added by: JAlexTurner
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    Up 185
    Down 76
    1793 More
    38
    added by: CWinn
  27. 27
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    1946 More
    38
  28. 28
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    Down 430
    1946 More
    37
  29. 29
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    Down 195
    1860 More
    36
  30. 30
    Up 115
    Down 307
    1908 More
    34
  31. 31
    Up 241
    Down 658
    1961 More
    34
  32. 32
    Up 198
    Down 349
    1941 More
    33
  33. 33
    Up 108
    Down 207
    1891 More
    33
  34. 34
    Up 98
    Down 160
    1782 More
    32
  35. 35
    Up 131
    Down 391
    1932 More
    32
  36. 36
    Up 69
    Down 162
    1813 More
    31
  37. 37
    Up 82
    Down 149
    1882 More
    31
    added by: AlanDeanNaldrett
  38. 38
    Up 74
    Down 194
    1782 More
    28
  39. 39
    Up 49
    Down 205
    1855 More
    28
  40. 40
    Up 55
    Down 141
    1792 More
    28
    added by: CWinn
  41. 41
    Up 54
    Down 143
    1811 More
    27
    added by: Sesel88
  42. 42
    Up 94
    Down 337
    1924 More
    24
  43. 43
    Up 43
    Down 205

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Huey Long

    1893 More
    24
    added by: Sesel88
  44. 44
    Up 247
    Down 158

    ranked low on reranks
    Rand Paul

    1963 More
    23
    added by: CalebBaker
  45. 45
    Up 26
    Down 158

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Roger Brooke Taney

    1777 More
    22
  46. 46
    Up 169
    Down 130

    ranked low on reranks
    Ted Cruz

    1970 More
    20
    added by: stampman22
  47. 47
    Up 96
    Down 73
    1745 More
    18
    added by: Sesel88
  48. 48
    Up 49
    Down 31
    1964 More
    17
    added by: BillMcCormick
  49. 49
    Up 148
    Down 181
    1971 More
    17
    added by: CalebBaker
  50. 50
    Up 100
    Down 130
    1795 More
    16
    added by: AlanDeanNaldrett
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