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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
3,462 751
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,790 661
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,292 472
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,609 497
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,193 723
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,387 1,024
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,411 670
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,258 1,141
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,720 1,235
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,828 601
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,453 628
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
1,536 652
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

13
602 449
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

14
841 597
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
787 566
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
882 551
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
817 810
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,196 711
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
506 284
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

20
1,176 784
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

21
802 579
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
740 617
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
754 488
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
629 501
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
587 441
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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