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

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+ - 1,708 192
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

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+ - 1,781 367
Abraham Lincoln 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abraham Lincoln United States of America

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+ - 1,427 193
Benjamin Franklin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Benjamin Franklin United States of America

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+ - 715 201
James Madison 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Madison United States of America

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+ - 1,070 355
Theodore Roosevelt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Theodore Roosevelt United States of America

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+ - 1,169 605
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

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+ - 1,129 518
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

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+ - 1,400 637
Ronald Reagan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ronald Reagan United States of America

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+ - 802 262
John Adams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Adams United States of America

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+ - 440 165
Patrick Henry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Patrick Henry United States of America

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+ - 866 299
Alexander Hamilton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Alexander Hamilton United States of America

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+ - 187 65
James Monroe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
James Monroe United States of America

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+ - 827 332
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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+ - 471 194
John Hancock 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Hancock United States of America

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+ - 300 226
Robert F. Kennedy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Robert F. Kennedy United States of America

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+ - 631 384
Andrew Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Andrew Jackson United States of America

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+ - 164 80
Eleanor Roosevelt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Eleanor Roosevelt United States of America

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+ - 643 364
Harry S. Truman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Harry S. Truman United States of America

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+ - 430 292
John Marshall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Marshall United States of America

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+ - 396 330
Henry Clay 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Clay United States of America

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+ - 56 20
Thomas Paine 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Thomas Paine

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+ - 429 214
John Quincy Adams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Quincy Adams United States of America

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+ - 339 244
George C Marshall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George C Marshall

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+ - 431 555
Henry Kissinger 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Henry Kissinger United States of America, Germany

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+ - 379 515
Woodrow Wilson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Woodrow Wilson United States of America

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+ - 286 183
John Jay 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Jay United States of America

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+ - 446 670
Richard Nixon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Richard Nixon United States of America

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+ - 412 711
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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+ - 376 223
Sam Houston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Sam Houston United States of America

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+ - 415 402
Jefferson Davis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Jefferson Davis Confederate States of America, United States of America

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+ - 180 79
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

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+ - 477 536
Rand Paul 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Rand Paul United States of America

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+ - 327 717
Ted Kennedy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ted Kennedy United States of America

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+ - 264 390
Earl Warren 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Earl Warren United States of America

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+ - 693 1,319
Barack Obama 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barack Obama United States of America

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+ - 543 911
Bill Clinton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Bill Clinton United States of America

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+ - 275 287
George H. W. Bush 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George H. W. Bush United States of America

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+ - 251 310
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

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+ - 216 365
William Jennings Bryan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
William Jennings Bryan United States of America

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+ - 632 690
George W. Bush 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
George W. Bush United States of America

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+ - 97 50
Daniel Webster 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Daniel Webster United States of America

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+ - 230 232
Condoleezza Rice 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Condoleezza Rice United States of America

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+ - 261 599
Joseph McCarthy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Joseph McCarthy United States of America

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+ - 111 95
Abigail Adams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Abigail Adams United States of America

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+ - 130 166
Rudy Giuliani 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Rudy Giuliani United States of America

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+ - 193 251
Trey Gowdy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Trey Gowdy United States of America

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+ - 91 152
Barry Goldwater 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Barry Goldwater United States of America

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+ - 82 101
Ron Paul 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
Ron Paul United States of America

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+ - 40 77
John Kerry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Politicians in American History
John Kerry United States of America