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The Most Influential Politicians in American History  

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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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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party
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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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James Madison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Republican Party
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Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Federalist Party
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Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic-Republican Party
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Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added
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Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added
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John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added
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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine
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Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Democratic Party
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Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jacksonian Democratic Party
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John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Whig Party, National Republican Party
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George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall
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Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King
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John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
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