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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
3,559 781
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party
2
3,382 491
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
3
2,862 684
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
4
2,672 521
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
5
2,254 743
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
6
2,444 1,051
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
7
2,312 1,173
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
8
1,455 690
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
9
2,790 1,253
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party
10
1,880 626
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
11
1,495 645
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party
12
1,583 672
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
13
621 470
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
14
856 620
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added
15
811 599
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added
16
904 569
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added
17
842 841
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added
18
1,231 732
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party
19
532 300
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine
20
1,206 805
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party
21
816 591
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
22
763 626
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party
23
640 514
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall
24
601 454
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added
25
767 505
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party