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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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1
2,990 651
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
2,860 413
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,433 575
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,303 410
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,916 635
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,065 932
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,241 560
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

8
1,951 979
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,352 1,092
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,561 540
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,274 554
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
490 350
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
739 493
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,334 576
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

Famous (Alleged) Illuminati Members

15
605 448
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

16
774 464
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

17
677 660
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

18
1,036 637
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
1,028 686
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
376 221
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
709 522
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

10 American Politicians You've Never Heard of Who Basically Changed History

22
628 552
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
550 443
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
664 423
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams National Republican Party

25
517 388
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

26
637 795
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
664 889
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
724 1,057
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 Beautiful First Daughters in American History, Ranked

29
775 1,066
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

30
464 277
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

31
567 427
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

32
630 678
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,388 1,966
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
407 636
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
271 221
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster Whig Party

The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

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400 501
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

37
340 577
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
488 1,151
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
855 1,445
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
487 537
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

41
305 268
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

42
174 42
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

Andrew Jackson Owned A 1,400 Pound Block Of Cheese, And It Was A Real Problem

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334 458
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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671 993
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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968 1,086
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

46
395 927
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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571 622
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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248 140
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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276 414
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party

50
192 197
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward