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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! Then see what politicians are affecting global and US politics in 2019.

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1
3,436 742
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,766 655
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,266 467
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,585 490
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,171 719
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,359 1,015
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,394 664
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,241 1,125
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,696 1,227
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,805 595
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,437 622
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
1,520 647
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

13
594 438
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

14
831 590
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
770 555
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
876 541
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
808 797
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,186 704
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
496 277
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

20
1,168 774
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

21
797 571
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
731 611
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
747 481
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
626 494
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
582 434
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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