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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 politicans is not limited to Presidents and can include other influential office-holders. The most influential political figues 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
2,439 507
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

2
2,335 317
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America

3
2,029 457
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,917 309
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
1,543 498
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

6
1,015 389
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

7
1,680 774
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Franklin D. Roosevelt United States of America

8
1,575 769
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John F. Kennedy United States of America

9
1,923 920
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,282 433
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
1,061 432
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
626 338
Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
AubriMcHughSimmons added Patrick Henry United States of America

13
366 204
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

14
1,111 468
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Dwight D. Eisenhower United States of America

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15
635 348
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added John Hancock United States of America

16
414 301
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Eleanor Roosevelt United States of America

17
503 468
Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
k2ndirish45 added Robert F. Kennedy United States of America

18
850 518
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman United States of America

19
864 544
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
237 114
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

21
594 411
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

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22
529 447
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
464 342
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
550 322
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
freeafter3 added John Quincy Adams United States of America

25
422 286
John Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sesel88 added John Jay United States of America

26
561 753
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

27
522 674
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
474 331
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston United States of America

The Most Infamous Executive Orders in American History

29
594 906
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Lyndon B. Johnson United States of America

30
605 912
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

31
328 182
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

32
340 530
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

33
200 133
Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added Daniel Webster United States of America

34
537 554
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

35
1,113 1,650
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

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36
339 410
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

37
284 481
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

38
739 1,195
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

39
435 939
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

40
576 821
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CalebBaker added Rand Paul United States of America

41
216 189
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

42
361 420
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice United States of America

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43
340 791
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

44
211 319
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
nick-slade added Newt Gingrich United States of America

45
803 936
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

46
176 175
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

47
421 482
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 United States of America

48
197 303
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

49
201 302
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul United States of America

50
161 79
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America