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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 politicians is not limited to Presidents and can include other influential office-holders. The most influential political figures 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) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

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2,950 433
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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2,507 593
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

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2,367 435
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

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John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

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1,066 708
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

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Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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

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

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884 1,494
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

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Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

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

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

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Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

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

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

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William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward

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