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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! Then see what politicians are affecting global and US politics in 2019.

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1
3,391 733
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,728 646
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,219 463
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,557 481
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,144 708
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,326 1,006
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,379 651
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,216 1,110
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,666 1,212
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,779 588
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,422 615
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
586 426
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,502 639
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
826 579
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
757 543
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
866 533
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
797 780
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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18
1,173 697
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
482 273
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

20
1,150 767
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

21
785 568
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
718 603
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
737 477
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
614 491
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
577 430
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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