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The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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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 Criteria: U.S. politicians who have significantly affected American life and politics

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    the people's #1
    Abraham Lincoln

    1809 More
    100
  2. 2
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    ranked low on reranks
    Thomas Jefferson

    1743 More
    94
  3. 3
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    1732 More
    93
  4. 4
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    1706 More
    93
  5. 5
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    1882 More
    89
  6. 6
    Up 334
    Down 117
    1858 More
    77
  7. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ronald Reagan

    1911 More
    73
  8. 8
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    John F. Kennedy

    1917 More
    72
  9. 9
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    often listed
    Alexander Hamilton

    1755 More
    71
  10. 10
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    John Adams

    1735 More
    69
  11. 11
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    1890 More
    66
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Andrew Jackson

    1767 More
    65
  13. 13
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    1751 More
    63
  14. 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lyndon B. Johnson

    1908 More
    57
  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks
    Harry S. Truman

    1884 More
    56
  16. 16
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    ranked high on reranks
    Henry Clay

    1777 More
    53
  17. 17
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    Henry Kissinger

    1923 More
    53
  18. 18
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    often listed
    Woodrow Wilson

    1856 More
    52
  19. 19
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    controversial
    Richard Nixon

    1913 More
    52
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Marshall

    1755 More
    49
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    Jefferson Davis

    1808 More
    48
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Barack Obama

    1961 More
    46
  23. 23
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    1946 More
    46
  24. 24
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    John Quincy Adams

    1767 More
    45
    added by: freeafter3
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    William Jennings Bryan

    1860 More
    44
  26. 26
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    Patrick Henry

    1736 More
    44
    added by: AubriMcHughSimmons
  27. 27
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ted Kennedy

    1932 More
    43
  28. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joseph McCarthy

    1908 More
    42
  29. 29
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    John Hancock

    1737 More
    41
    added by: CWinn
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Earl Warren

    1891 More
    40
  31. 31
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    Sam Houston

    1793 More
    40
    added by: CWinn
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eugene V. Debs

    1855 More
    40
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    ranked high on reranks
    John C. Calhoun

    1782 More
    40
  34. 34
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Dick Cheney

    1941 More
    39
  35. 35
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    ranked low on reranks
    George C Marshall

    1880 More
    39
    added by: JAlexTurner
  36. 36
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    1811 More
    38
    added by: Sesel88
  37. 37
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    1882 More
    37
    added by: AlanDeanNaldrett
  38. 38
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    often listed
    Stephen A. Douglas

    1813 More
    36
  39. 39
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Jimmy Carter

    1924 More
    36
  40. 40
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    often listed
    Martin Van Buren

    1782 More
    35
  41. 41
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    1963 More
    35
    added by: CalebBaker
  42. 42
    Up 110
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    1970 More
    35
    added by: stampman22
  43. 43
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    ranked low on reranks
    George Bush

    1946 More
    34
  44. 44
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    Down 160

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Huey Long

    1893 More
    34
    added by: Sesel88
  45. 45
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    Down 52
    1745 More
    33
    added by: Sesel88
  46. 46
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    often listed
    Thaddeus Stevens

    1792 More
    33
    added by: CWinn
  47. 47
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    1971 More
    32
    added by: CalebBaker
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    1795 More
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    added by: AlanDeanNaldrett
  49. 49
    Up 11
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    1964 More
    31
    added by: BillMcCormick
  50. 50
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    often listed
    Roger Brooke Taney

    1777 More
    26
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