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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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3,166 691
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
3,013 437
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,554 602
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,403 443
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,013 675
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,179 959
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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1,294 602
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,063 1,033
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,478 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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1,635 562
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,328 580
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
523 383
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
765 530
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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1,396 605
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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670 482
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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810 494
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

17
729 709
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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1,089 665
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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1,078 722
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
409 246
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 1,099
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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505 300
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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815 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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590 452
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 2,059
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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648 708
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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416 524
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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254 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 1,194
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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903 1,519
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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519 585
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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363 507
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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699 1,047
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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1,019 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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613 672
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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293 447
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