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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
3,275 710
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,641 619
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,109 453
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,476 464
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,071 692
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,242 981
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,333 628
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,136 1,065
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,563 1,179
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,692 578
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,368 600
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
555 404
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,443 624
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
796 556
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
709 509
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
840 519
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
765 741
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,124 683
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
1,112 743
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
442 260
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
760 557
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
684 592
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
709 467
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
599 480
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
564 418
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

26
682 849
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
533 316
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

28
709 957
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

29
841 1,168
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
791 1,121
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

31
609 469
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,541 2,112
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
665 731
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

34
437 678
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
317 70
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

36
308 252
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

37
364 611
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
537 1,230
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
427 537
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
544 611
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added

41
933 1,561
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

42
384 531
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

43
718 1,081
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

44
1,045 1,174
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

45
338 303
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

46
634 698
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

47
306 464
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

48
328 495
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Republican Party

49
249 222
Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
head_wizard added

50
422 993
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History