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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
3,226 700
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,603 608
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,067 446
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,444 455
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,044 685
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,212 971
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,318 616
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,101 1,050
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,526 1,164
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,668 570
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,350 590
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
543 392
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,423 614
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
784 541
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
689 496
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
826 510
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
750 727
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,110 675
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
1,097 732
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
426 256
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
749 552
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
669 585
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
699 459
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
589 474
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
552 414
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

26
678 840
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
520 310
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

28
701 944
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

29
825 1,156
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
782 1,110
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

31
604 460
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,519 2,089
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
659 724
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

34
432 674
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
301 248
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

36
287 65
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

37
534 1,212
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
358 610
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
422 533
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
923 1,545
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

41
533 602
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added

42
374 522
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

43
709 1,067
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

44
1,037 1,158
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

45
625 686
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

46
331 301
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
298 458
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

48
243 214
Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
head_wizard added

49
320 485
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Republican Party

50
417 984
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History