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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
3,520 771
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party
2
3,348 482
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
3
2,831 678
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
4
2,643 514
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
5
2,226 739
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
6
2,419 1,044
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
7
1,436 685
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
8
2,287 1,165
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
9
2,763 1,247
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party
10
1,857 617
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
11
1,479 639
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party
12
1,563 667
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
13
612 466
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
14
851 613
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added
15
802 587
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added
16
898 563
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added
17
832 831
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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18
1,214 724
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party
19
526 293
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine
20
1,195 794
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party
21
812 587
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
22
754 624
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party
23
764 498
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party
24
636 510
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall
25
597 450
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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