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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 politicans is not limited to Presidents and can include other influential office-holders. The most influential political figues 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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2,364 483
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

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2
2,249 308
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America

3
1,963 446
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,857 298
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
1,482 483
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

6
988 364
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

7
1,624 757
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Franklin D. Roosevelt United States of America

8
1,524 737
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John F. Kennedy United States of America

9
1,858 888
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,229 422
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
1,025 416
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
605 317
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry United States of America

13
347 187
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

14
1,076 449
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Dwight D. Eisenhower United States of America

15
616 337
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock United States of America

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381 274
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt United States of America

17
477 446
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy United States of America

18
828 502
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman United States of America

19
841 529
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
582 402
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

21
219 106
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

22
519 433
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
453 332
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
540 310
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams United States of America

25
408 276
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay United States of America

26
549 732
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

27
510 660
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
460 322
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston United States of America

29
590 884
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

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30
574 885
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson United States of America

31
336 513
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

32
192 124
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster United States of America

33
311 173
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

34
525 540
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

35
1,064 1,607
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

36
330 401
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

37
281 467
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

38
429 912
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

39
717 1,167
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

40
562 796
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul United States of America

41
343 405
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice United States of America

42
204 183
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

43
330 780
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

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781 915
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

45
172 168
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

46
411 461
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added George H. W. Bush United States of America

47
186 293
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

48
188 287
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul United States of America

49
144 118
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward United States of America

50
196 303
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich United States of America