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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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1
2,455 515
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

2
2,354 319
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
2,046 459
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,935 310
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
1,557 501
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

6
1,024 392
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

7
1,690 780
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
1,588 775
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
1,938 923
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,295 436
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
1,070 433
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
374 206
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

13
632 341
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry United States of America

14
1,118 471
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

16 Scandalous Daughters of Politicians

15
642 349
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

16
419 308
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
506 472
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
855 523
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
869 549
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
242 117
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
601 413
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

The Most Loved American First Ladies

22
534 449
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
466 345
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
557 323
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
427 288
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
565 756
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
526 678
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
478 333
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston United States of America

The Best Choice For President Of The United States In 2016

29
608 918
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

30
595 911
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

31
333 187
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

32
343 534
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

33
203 135
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster United States of America

34
543 556
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

35
1,120 1,665
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

The Greatest Minds of All Time

36
342 413
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

37
287 484
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

38
436 945
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

39
740 1,206
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

40
579 827
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
223 190
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

42
368 424
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

Openly Gay US Politicians

43
341 795
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

44
215 324
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich United States of America

45
805 943
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
178 178
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

47
201 306
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

48
423 487
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added George H. W. Bush United States of America

49
204 306
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul United States of America

50
164 81
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America