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The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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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!
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    Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Abraham Lincoln United States of America

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    George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    George Washington Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    Ronald Reagan United States of America

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    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

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    John Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    John Adams United States of America

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    Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    Alexander Hamilton United States of America

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    James Madison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    James Madison United States of America

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    Dwight D. Eisenhower United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    Harry S. Truman United States of America

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    United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    Henry Clay United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    Richard Nixon United States of America

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    Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Lyndon B. Johnson United States of America

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    John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    John Quincy Adams United States of America

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

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    George C Marshall

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    Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Woodrow Wilson United States of America

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    United States of America

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    James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    James Monroe United States of America

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    United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Barack Obama United States of America

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    Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    Bill Clinton United States of America

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    United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Joseph McCarthy United States of America

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    Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Rand Paul United States of America

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    George Bush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    George Bush United States of America

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    William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

    often listed
    William Jennings Bryan United States of America

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    John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History


    John C. Calhoun United States of America

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    United States of America

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    United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Rudy Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Rudy Giuliani United States of America

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    United States of America

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    United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Ron Paul United States of America

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    Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Dick Cheney United States of America

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    Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Calvin Coolidge United States of America

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    United States of America

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    Ted Cruz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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    Ted Cruz United States of America

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