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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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1
3,254 707
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,625 615
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,090 451
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,465 460
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,059 690
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,231 977
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,328 623
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,121 1,060
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,548 1,176
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,681 576
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,361 596
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
551 400
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,434 620
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
791 550
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
702 505
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
835 516
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
761 735
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,117 680
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
1,105 741
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
437 257
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
756 556
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
679 590
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
705 464
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
597 479
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
562 416
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

26
680 846
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
527 315
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

28
706 954
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

29
835 1,166
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
790 1,115
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

31
606 467
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,534 2,102
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
662 730
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

34
436 676
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
306 67
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

36
304 251
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

37
362 611
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
536 1,223
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
424 536
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
928 1,554
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

41
538 608
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added

42
379 530
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

43
713 1,078
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

44
1,042 1,168
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

45
629 695
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

46
335 303
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
302 463
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

48
249 219
Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
head_wizard added

49
323 494
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Republican Party

50
419 993
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History