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List Rules The U.S. presidents whose administrations were the worst-run, most ill-fated, or most corrupt.

The worst U.S. presidents of all time, measured by their negative impact on the nation, its citizens health and happiness, and its future prosperity. (In some cases – such as the popular selections of Warren G. Harding and Richard Nixon – the negative view of the president and his administration is due to various scandals and perceived corruption within its ranks. Nixon, of course, remains the only president to step down from the office amidst threats of impeachment.)

Much of a president's job – including serving as the figurative head of the American state and setting the nation's general legislative and diplomatic agenda – is sort of intangible and hard to evaluate in strict "good vs. bad" terms. This makes any list of the "best" or "worst" US presidents essentially subjective, and though there were administrations with a significant series of positive or negative outcomes, it's rarely clear just how much these had to do with the person in office and how many were simply due to accidents of fate or circumstance. Nonetheless, in particularly extraordinary cases – such as the administration of Abraham Lincoln, which kept the nation intact during the Civil War crisis, or the administration of Andrew Johnson immediately after that threatened the entire success of the Reconstruction project – it is clear which presidents did an overall good or bad job.

So who were the worst presidents of all time? We're ranking them here, based on your votes! When you've had enough political negativity, be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate uplifting presidential list: The Best US Presidents.
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Bill Clinton


Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst U.S. Presidents
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Andrew Johnson


Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst U.S. Presidents
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Woodrow Wilson


Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst U.S. Presidents
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Birthplace: Virginia, USA

Nationality: United States of America

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Barack Obama


Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst U.S. Presidents
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Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst U.S. Presidents
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Birthplace: New York City, Hyde Park, New York, USA

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Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst U.S. Presidents
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Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, USA

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Jimmy Carter


Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst U.S. Presidents
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Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, USA

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George W. Bush


George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst U.S. Presidents
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Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

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