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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
3,300 716
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,659 626
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,134 456
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,491 469
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,084 698
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,259 986
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,343 633
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,155 1,080
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,593 1,185
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,706 581
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,374 604
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
558 409
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,454 626
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
803 559
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
715 520
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
842 523
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
770 754
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,132 688
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
1,118 746
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
446 263
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
766 560
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
694 594
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
715 468
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
604 482
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
567 419
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

26
685 856
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
541 319
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

28
715 967
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

29
846 1,179
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
796 1,130
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

31
613 472
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,556 2,133
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
669 736
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

34
335 72
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

35
440 682
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

36
310 255
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

37
368 615
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
430 539
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
540 1,238
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
552 614
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added

41
394 535
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

42
940 1,577
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

43
722 1,088
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

44
1,064 1,176
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

45
647 701
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

46
341 309
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
310 469
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

48
330 500
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Republican Party

49
427 998
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

50
436 577
Trey Gowdy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
BillMcCormick added