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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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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America

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+ - 2,101 425
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

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+ - 1,777 388
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

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+ - 1,670 247
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

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+ - 879 287
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

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+ - 1,317 427
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

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+ - 1,431 688
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

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+ - 1,340 649
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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+ - 1,655 779
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

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+ - 1,085 358
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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+ - 936 356
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

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+ - 542 252
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Patrick Henry United States of America

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+ - 294 134
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

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+ - 963 400
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

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

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+ - 287 195
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Eleanor Roosevelt United States of America

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+ - 389 359
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Robert F. Kennedy United States of America

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+ - 754 448
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

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+ - 754 473
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

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+ - 527 354
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

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+ - 150 67
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Paine

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

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+ - 403 294
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George C Marshall

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+ - 492 266
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Quincy Adams United States of America

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+ - 502 655
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

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+ - 368 234
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Jay United States of America

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+ - 453 602
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

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

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+ - 429 285
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sam Houston United States of America

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Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson United States of America

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+ - 308 466
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

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+ - 491 481
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

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+ - 262 130
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

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+ - 163 93
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Daniel Webster United States of America

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+ - 896 1,496
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

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+ - 263 423
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

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+ - 385 849
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

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+ - 649 1,070
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

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+ - 310 364
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

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+ - 530 686
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Rand Paul United States of America

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+ - 304 705
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

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+ - 302 332
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Condoleezza Rice United States of America

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+ - 156 236
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barry Goldwater United States of America

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+ - 150 136
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

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+ - 725 832
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

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+ - 170 149
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

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+ - 124 91
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William H. Seward United States of America

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+ - 152 208
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ron Paul United States of America

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+ - 357 404
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George H. W. Bush United States of America

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+ - 163 231
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Newt Gingrich United States of America