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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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2,434 506
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

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2
2,330 317
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America

3
2,025 457
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,912 309
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
1,540 496
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

6
1,013 387
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

7
1,676 773
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
1,572 767
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
1,917 920
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,280 432
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
1,059 431
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
365 203
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

13
623 338
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry United States of America

14
1,108 467
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
632 348
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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411 300
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
502 467
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
847 517
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
863 543
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
235 114
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
593 410
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

22
528 446
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
462 341
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
550 320
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
421 285
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay United States of America

26
561 751
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

27
522 672
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
472 331
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston United States of America

29
593 905
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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604 911
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

31
326 181
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

32
199 132
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster United States of America

33
339 529
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

34
536 553
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

35
1,112 1,647
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

36
339 408
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

37
284 479
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

38
739 1,193
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

39
435 937
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

40
574 821
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
360 418
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice United States of America

42
215 188
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

43
211 317
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich United States of America

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339 790
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

45
800 935
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
175 174
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

47
419 481
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 United States of America

48
197 302
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

49
201 301
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul United States of America

50
161 78
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America