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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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2,109 268
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America

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2
2,196 454
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

3
1,856 408
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,744 273
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
930 316
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

6
1,379 456
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

7
1,501 724
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
1,411 697
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
1,740 828
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,142 387
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
977 384
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
576 283
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
320 158
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

14
1,011 425
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
584 308
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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327 237
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
422 409
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
787 479
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
794 500
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
554 376
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

21
180 86
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

22
501 407
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
428 311
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
511 289
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
519 700
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

26
390 254
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay United States of America

27
478 632
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
552 825
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

29
534 850
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
439 303
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
322 487
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

32
505 510
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis Confederate States of America, United States of America

33
956 1,543
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

34
175 104
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster United States of America

35
281 148
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

36
271 444
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

37
403 879
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

38
679 1,109
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

39
320 379
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

40
545 744
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul United States of America

41
319 741
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

42
316 369
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice United States of America

43
174 265
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

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163 151
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

45
748 872
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

46
136 101
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward United States of America

47
184 168
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

48
375 435
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added George H. W. Bush United States of America

49
135 61
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America

50
169 247
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