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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
2,283 470
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

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2
2,186 296
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington British America

3
1,919 425
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,801 287
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
1,431 470
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

6
963 345
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

7
1,570 744
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Franklin D. Roosevelt United States of America

8
1,466 722
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John F. Kennedy United States of America

9
1,808 858
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,189 407
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
1,003 403
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
594 301
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry United States of America

13
337 174
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

14
1,044 443
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Dwight D. Eisenhower United States of America

15
604 325
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock United States of America

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16
357 253
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt United States of America

17
456 431
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy United States of America

18
811 490
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman United States of America

19
822 516
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
569 390
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

21
202 98
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

22
511 421
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
442 320
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
526 302
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams United States of America

25
396 268
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay United States of America

26
539 716
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

27
497 650
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
575 858
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

29
556 871
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson United States of America

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30
449 313
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston United States of America

31
329 500
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

32
293 162
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

33
186 112
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster United States of America

34
1,021 1,575
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

35
515 526
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

36
693 1,141
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

37
414 895
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

38
325 387
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

39
275 453
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

40
330 382
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice United States of America

41
556 770
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul United States of America

42
325 761
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

43
769 894
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

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44
192 176
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

45
182 280
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

46
167 158
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

47
397 446
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 United States of America

48
141 109
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward United States of America

49
144 66
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America

50
182 268
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul United States of America