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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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3,000 657
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
2,867 418
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,439 581
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,309 413
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,924 638
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,070 937
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,243 564
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

8
1,955 988
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,366 1,094
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,565 543
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,276 558
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
491 354
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
740 496
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,339 577
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

16 Scandalous Daughters of Politicians

15
611 453
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

16
776 468
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

17
678 668
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

18
1,039 641
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
1,031 690
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
713 525
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

21
378 225
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

22
631 554
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
551 446
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
519 390
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

25
664 428
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
639 798
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
666 892
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
727 1,062
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Party

The Best Choice For President Of The United States In 2016

29
778 1,071
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

30
466 282
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

31
569 431
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

32
632 682
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,392 1,975
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
410 637
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
273 222
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster Whig Party

The Greatest Minds of All Time

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402 502
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

37
341 582
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
490 1,155
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
858 1,451
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
180 44
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

41
489 542
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

42
305 273
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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43
336 462
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
672 997
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

45
971 1,088
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

46
398 930
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
572 626
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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195 198
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward

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249 142
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

50
276 417
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party