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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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2,900 620
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
2,784 394
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,366 550
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,246 389
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,860 609
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,012 906
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,213 526
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

8
1,898 947
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,281 1,063
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,517 518
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,245 530
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
473 324
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
728 462
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,305 554
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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15
758 436
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

16
579 416
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

17
648 626
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

18
1,009 614
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
1,010 658
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
358 198
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
696 499
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

10 American Politicians You've Never Heard of Who Basically Changed History

22
616 529
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
541 421
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
506 366
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

25
648 404
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams National Republican Party

26
623 777
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
648 866
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
708 1,024
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Party

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29
752 1,041
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

30
441 263
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

31
555 409
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

32
617 659
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,351 1,913
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
398 619
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
263 202
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster Whig Party

Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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334 558
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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394 484
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
484 1,119
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
834 1,411
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
296 254
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

41
473 518
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

42
319 432
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich Republican Party

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660 963
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

44
942 1,064
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

45
143 31
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

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389 900
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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551 598
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added George H. W. Bush Republican Party

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187 181
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward

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237 127
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

50
267 399
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party