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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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2,297 471
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
2,196 296
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington British America

3
1,926 428
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,808 287
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
1,437 471
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

6
968 346
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

7
1,577 744
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
1,473 724
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
1,817 863
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,196 408
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
1,005 405
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
596 302
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
339 175
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

14
1,051 443
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
606 328
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
360 256
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
458 434
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
825 517
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

19
813 492
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman United States of America

20
570 392
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

21
205 100
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

22
512 424
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
444 322
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
528 304
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
400 268
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
539 719
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
500 651
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
578 861
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

29
558 873
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
450 314
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
330 502
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

32
295 165
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
187 114
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
1,027 1,578
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

35
516 529
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

36
695 1,147
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

37
415 896
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

38
326 389
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
276 455
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
331 386
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
557 774
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
325 765
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

43
771 898
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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194 177
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

45
182 283
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
168 159
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

47
398 448
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
142 110
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
145 67
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America

50
183 271
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