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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
3,455 750
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,785 659
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,285 471
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,604 496
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,189 721
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,381 1,024
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,407 668
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,253 1,136
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,714 1,232
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,825 599
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,449 626
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
1,534 650
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

13
601 446
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

14
841 594
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
782 563
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
882 547
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
814 806
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,195 709
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
504 281
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

20
1,174 780
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

21
800 577
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
737 615
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
751 486
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
629 498
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
587 438
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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