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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
3,265 710
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,636 619
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,104 453
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,472 463
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,067 692
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,237 981
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,331 627
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,131 1,062
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,557 1,179
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,689 577
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,366 599
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
553 403
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,441 623
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
795 554
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
706 509
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
839 518
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
764 740
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,122 683
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
1,111 742
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
440 259
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
759 556
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
683 591
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
708 466
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
599 479
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
563 417
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

26
681 848
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
531 316
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

28
707 955
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

29
838 1,167
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
790 1,120
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

31
609 467
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,535 2,110
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
664 730
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

34
436 677
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
310 70
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

36
307 251
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

37
363 611
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
536 1,228
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
426 536
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
542 609
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added

41
929 1,559
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

42
383 530
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

43
716 1,079
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

44
1,044 1,171
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

45
631 697
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

46
336 303
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
306 463
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

48
327 494
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Republican Party

49
249 222
Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
head_wizard added

50
421 993
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History