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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
3,219 700
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,598 608
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,061 446
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,440 455
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,041 685
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,210 971
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,317 615
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,099 1,048
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,519 1,164
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,666 570
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,349 589
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
542 391
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
781 541
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

14
1,418 614
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

15
687 495
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
824 510
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
748 724
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,108 674
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
1,096 731
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
424 256
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
748 551
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
668 584
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
588 473
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
550 414
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

25
698 458
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

26
677 839
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
699 943
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
781 1,108
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

29
518 310
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
823 1,153
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

31
602 459
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,517 2,084
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
658 722
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

34
431 673
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
300 247
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

36
283 65
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

37
356 610
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
422 531
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
532 1,208
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
921 1,541
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

41
531 601
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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42
331 300
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

43
372 520
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

44
707 1,064
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

45
1,033 1,156
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

46
417 983
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
623 684
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

48
279 160
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

49
298 457
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

50
208 226
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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