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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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3,164 691
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
3,011 437
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,552 602
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,401 443
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,011 675
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,177 959
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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1,292 602
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,061 1,033
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,475 1,149
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

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1,633 562
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,326 580
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
521 383
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
763 530
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

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1,394 605
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

15
669 482
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

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809 494
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

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729 708
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

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1,088 665
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

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1,077 722
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
408 246
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
737 543
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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658 574
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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573 467
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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539 408
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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690 450
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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668 829
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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686 930
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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762 1,098
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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504 300
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

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814 1,134
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

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589 452
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

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1,480 2,056
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

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647 708
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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423 662
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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288 241
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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415 524
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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350 603
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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252 59
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

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520 1,191
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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903 1,516
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

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518 584
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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322 290
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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362 507
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich Republican Party

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698 1,046
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

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1,018 1,144
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

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412 971
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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612 672
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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269 156
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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292 447
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party

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205 217
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward