The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time Politicians
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The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

List Criteria: Any U.S. politician who was elected president

The Greatest United States Presidents in history, ranked from best to worst. Who's the greatest U.S. president? Anyone can vote on or make their own version of this collaborative list of the men who shaped American policy - a fascinating insight into all the US Presidents and how their presidencies were perceived. Who were the best presidents? We expect this list of the Chief Executives to change over time as history's perceptions also change.

And be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate list of the Worst-Ever US Presidents as well, for comparison's sake.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Abraham Lincoln

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    100
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    100
  3. 3
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    93
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    87
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    1882 More
    84
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    84
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    John F. Kennedy

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    83
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    1911 More
    81
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    78
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    77
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  12. 12
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    1946 More
    73
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    70
  14. 14
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    65
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    65
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    63
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    60
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    58
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    56
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    Lyndon Johnson

    1908 More
    56
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    55
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    George W. Bush

    1946 More
    54
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    53
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    Jimmy Carter

    1924 More
    49
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    48
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    James A. Garfield

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    46
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  38. 38
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