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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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2,571 349
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

2
2,667 561
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

3
2,206 500
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,090 345
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,710 550
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
1,112 460
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

7
1,859 837
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

8
1,751 854
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,093 1,002
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,408 476
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,164 475
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
427 259
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
678 395
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,207 516
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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15
700 388
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

16
499 358
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

17
577 544
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

18
932 566
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
649 453
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

20
296 153
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
936 601
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

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22
568 488
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
503 383
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
469 324
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

25
603 364
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams National Republican Party

26
568 732
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
606 805
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
647 964
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Party

The Most Infamous Executive Orders in American History

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514 370
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

30
676 979
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

31
377 227
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

32
580 599
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,253 1,774
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
231 168
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster Whig Party

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368 579
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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372 444
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

37
464 1,021
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
305 523
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
787 1,296
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
258 223
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

41
417 468
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

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619 895
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

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43
263 380
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich Republican Party

44
366 844
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

45
865 1,009
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

46
238 351
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party

47
475 549
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 Republican Party

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198 103
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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195 213
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

50
237 356
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul Republican Party