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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
2,882 614
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
2,770 386
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,354 547
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,231 385
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,851 602
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
1,999 899
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,204 524
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

8
1,891 935
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,264 1,062
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,506 517
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,238 524
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
470 319
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
724 456
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,299 552
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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15
755 431
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

16
574 410
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

17
645 621
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

18
1,006 611
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
1,004 655
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
355 197
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
693 499
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

22
613 529
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
541 420
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
503 366
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

25
646 402
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
621 776
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
646 865
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
702 1,022
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
748 1,037
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

30
438 261
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

31
554 406
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

32
615 657
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,347 1,901
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
396 617
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
263 200
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster Whig Party

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36
332 557
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

37
391 484
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
483 1,111
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
830 1,400
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
295 252
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

41
469 512
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

42
660 956
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

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43
313 429
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich Republican Party

44
935 1,059
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

45
388 896
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

46
135 30
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

47
546 596
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

48
184 181
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward

49
265 397
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party

50
235 127
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History