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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
3,342 724
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

2
2,691 637
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

3
3,180 460
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

4
2,522 476
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
2,111 703
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,297 994
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,360 643
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

8
2,185 1,096
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,628 1,200
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

10
1,748 586
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,397 612
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party

12
568 421
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party

13
1,473 634
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

14
810 571
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added

15
738 534
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added

16
852 531
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

17
782 767
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added

18
1,155 693
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

19
467 267
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

20
1,136 757
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party

21
775 565
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

22
707 598
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
726 474
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added National Republican Party

24
608 488
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

25
572 428
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added

26
696 866
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
553 325
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

28
725 977
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

29
855 1,197
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

30
809 1,144
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

31
615 479
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added

32
1,592 2,157
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

33
370 74
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

34
673 749
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
444 688
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

36
314 259
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Whig Party

37
374 618
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
437 542
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
548 1,251
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

40
559 623
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added

41
957 1,590
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party

42
402 547
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Republican Party

43
733 1,101
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Republican Party

44
1,079 1,187
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party

45
663 708
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added Republican Party

46
347 315
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
316 474
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Republican Party

48
340 507
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Republican Party

49
430 1,007
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

50
443 585
Trey Gowdy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
BillMcCormick added