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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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2,157 280
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Washington British America

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2
2,241 463
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

3
1,891 418
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Jefferson United States of America

4
1,776 279
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

5
1,410 460
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

6
942 334
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

7
1,542 734
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
1,441 708
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
1,773 844
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

10
1,165 400
Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

11
993 391
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

12
582 296
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
325 168
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

14
1,030 432
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

15
596 315
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

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343 242
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
440 418
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
800 485
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
808 513
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

20
556 387
John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

21
189 94
Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
American Guesser added Thomas Paine

22
506 417
Henry Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

23
436 317
George C Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JAlexTurner added George C Marshall

24
520 298
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
393 263
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
530 709
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
489 641
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

28
561 845
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

29
548 862
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

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30
446 308
Sam Houston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
CWinn added Sam Houston United States of America

31
325 496
Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

32
290 156
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ulysses S. Grant United States of America

33
184 107
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
986 1,560
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

35
513 521
Jefferson Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis United States of America

36
686 1,127
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

37
409 888
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

38
274 451
William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

39
322 387
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John C. Calhoun United States of America

40
551 761
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
325 379
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
FrancisZaia added Condoleezza Rice United States of America

42
321 756
Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

43
758 885
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

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189 174
Abigail Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

45
179 277
Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
DonHill added Barry Goldwater United States of America

46
167 156
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Grover Cleveland United States of America

47
140 108
William H. Seward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
RobLein added William H. Seward United States of America

48
388 441
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
JeffHayes added George H. W. Bush United States of America

49
141 66
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George Marshall United States of America

50
174 260
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Burt Sampson added Ron Paul United States of America