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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!

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1
2,992 653
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln Republican Party

2
2,860 416
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

3
2,434 578
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party

4
2,304 412
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

5
1,917 637
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

6
2,065 934
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

7
1,241 562
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison Democratic-Republican Party

8
1,952 981
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

9
2,356 1,092
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan Republican Party

10
1,562 541
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

11
1,274 555
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams Federalist Party

12
490 351
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe Democratic-Republican Party

13
739 494
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry

14
1,335 576
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

16 Scandalous Daughters of Politicians

15
605 449
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt

16
774 465
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock

17
677 661
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy

18
1,037 637
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman Democratic Party

19
1,028 687
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Democratic Party

20
376 222
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
709 523
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

22
628 553
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay Whig Party, National Republican Party

23
550 444
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
664 424
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams National Republican Party

25
517 389
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay

26
637 796
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

27
664 890
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

28
724 1,058
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic Party

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29
775 1,067
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon Republican Party

30
464 278
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

31
567 428
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston

32
630 679
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

33
1,388 1,967
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama Democratic Party

34
407 637
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

35
271 222
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster Whig Party

The Greatest Minds of All Time

36
400 502
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

37
340 578
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

38
488 1,152
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

39
855 1,446
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton Democratic Party

40
487 538
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice

41
305 269
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

42
174 43
Martin Luther King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
kent787 added Martin Luther King

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43
335 458
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich Republican Party

44
671 994
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul Republican Party

45
968 1,087
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush Republican Party

46
395 928
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

47
571 623
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added George H. W. Bush Republican Party

48
248 141
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History

49
276 415
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater Republican Party

50
192 198
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward