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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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2,692 565
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
2,595 353
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,224 507
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,109 349
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,727 556
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
1,120 470
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

7
1,874 845
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

8
1,772 859
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,112 1,013
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,417 479
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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1,171 482
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
429 267
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
681 402
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,216 522
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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15
705 393
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

16
509 363
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

17
584 552
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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18
938 574
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
651 459
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

20
940 611
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

21
302 159
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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570 494
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay Whig Party, National Republican Party

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503 389
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

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473 329
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

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607 369
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams National Republican Party

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574 740
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
609 811
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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650 973
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Party

The Most Infamous Executive Orders in American History

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515 375
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

30
684 984
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

31
385 230
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

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583 607
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,265 1,784
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
369 583
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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231 173
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster Whig Party

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372 449
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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466 1,032
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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305 528
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
793 1,307
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
261 225
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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422 473
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

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624 904
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

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269 386
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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367 848
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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871 1,014
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

46
241 354
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party

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481 557
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 Republican Party

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198 217
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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199 106
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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241 361
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul Republican Party