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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
2,685 564
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
2,589 352
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,218 505
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,104 348
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,723 555
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
1,117 468
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

7
1,869 844
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

8
1,767 858
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,107 1,009
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,414 478
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,168 480
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
427 264
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
679 401
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,212 521
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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15
703 392
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

16
503 362
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

17
581 551
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

18
934 571
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
650 457
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

20
938 607
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

21
299 158
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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568 492
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
503 387
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
470 328
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

25
604 367
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
571 735
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
608 807
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
647 970
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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514 373
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

30
679 981
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

31
381 228
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

32
581 603
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,259 1,781
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
369 582
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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231 171
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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372 447
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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465 1,029
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
305 526
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
792 1,304
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
259 225
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

41
623 900
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

42
419 472
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

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43
267 383
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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366 846
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

45
869 1,011
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

46
240 353
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party

47
480 553
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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198 105
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

49
197 215
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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240 359
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul Republican Party