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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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2,161 280
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington British America

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2
2,243 464
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

3
1,894 418
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,779 280
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
1,412 460
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

6
946 334
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

7
1,544 736
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
1,442 711
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
1,776 845
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,169 401
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
993 392
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
583 296
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
327 168
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

14
1,031 433
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
596 317
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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344 243
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
441 420
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
801 485
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
810 513
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
557 387
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

21
192 95
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

22
507 418
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
437 317
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
522 298
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
393 264
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
532 709
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
490 642
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
563 846
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

29
550 863
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson United States of America

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30
447 309
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston United States of America

31
326 496
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

32
290 157
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

33
184 108
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster United States of America

34
988 1,560
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

35
514 521
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

36
687 1,128
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

37
410 888
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

38
323 387
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

39
274 452
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

40
552 762
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
325 380
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
322 756
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

43
759 885
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

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189 175
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

45
180 277
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

46
167 157
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

47
389 441
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added George H. W. Bush United States of America

48
140 109
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward United States of America

49
142 66
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America

50
175 261
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul United States of America