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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
3,297 714
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,657 623
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,129 456
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,489 466
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,080 697
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,256 985
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,340 631
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,151 1,076
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,589 1,181
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,703 579
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,372 601
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
557 405
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,450 625
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
800 558
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
714 516
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
842 520
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
769 749
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,130 685
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
1,115 745
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
444 261
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
763 559
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
692 593
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
712 468
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
602 482
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
565 419
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

26
685 853
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
538 317
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

28
713 964
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

29
845 1,175
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
795 1,127
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

31
612 470
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,554 2,127
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
667 735
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

34
439 680
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
330 72
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

36
308 254
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

37
367 613
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
539 1,234
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
428 539
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
550 612
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added

41
391 533
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

42
938 1,574
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

43
721 1,086
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

44
1,059 1,175
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

45
642 700
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

46
340 306
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
309 467
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

48
329 498
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Republican Party

49
252 226
Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
head_wizard added

50
425 997
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History