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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
3,297 714
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,657 623
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,129 456
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,489 466
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,081 697
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,256 985
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,340 632
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,151 1,076
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,590 1,181
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,703 580
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,373 601
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
557 406
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,451 625
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
801 558
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
715 517
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
842 521
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
769 750
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,130 686
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
1,116 745
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
444 262
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
764 559
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
693 593
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
713 468
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
603 482
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
566 419
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

26
685 854
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
539 317
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

28
713 965
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

29
846 1,175
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
795 1,128
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

31
612 471
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,555 2,128
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
668 735
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

34
331 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
439 681
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

36
308 255
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

37
367 614
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
429 539
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
539 1,235
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
550 613
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added

41
392 533
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

42
939 1,574
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

43
721 1,087
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

44
1,061 1,175
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

45
644 700
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

46
341 306
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
310 467
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

48
330 498
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Republican Party

49
253 227
Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
head_wizard added

50
426 997
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History