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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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1
2,757 381
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

2
2,865 610
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

3
2,343 545
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,225 381
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,842 598
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
1,989 893
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,198 520
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

8
1,882 925
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,249 1,059
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,501 515
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,235 521
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
467 317
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
721 453
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,291 551
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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15
753 429
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

16
570 406
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

17
639 615
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

18
1,001 609
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
999 652
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
348 197
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
689 499
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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22
609 527
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
537 419
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
501 363
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

25
643 401
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

26
619 774
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
643 862
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
698 1,018
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Party

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29
743 1,034
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

30
433 259
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

31
552 406
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

32
613 654
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,340 1,890
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
393 615
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
261 199
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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36
389 482
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

37
328 556
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
481 1,106
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
828 1,392
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
467 509
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

41
291 252
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

42
656 953
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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43
310 425
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich Republican Party

44
930 1,057
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

45
387 892
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

46
129 29
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

47
541 593
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

48
181 180
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward

49
262 394
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party

50
230 127
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History