The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time Politicians

The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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

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  1. 1
    Up 6741
    Down 1090

    the people's #1
    Abraham Lincoln

    1809 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 5587
    Down 696

    most listed
    George Washington

    1732 More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 4302
    Down 850
    1743 More
    92
  4. 4
    Up 3680
    Down 1221
    1858 More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 7621
    Down 1927
    1917 More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 3884
    Down 2158

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    1882 More
    83
  7. 7
    Up 2994
    Down 1154
    1890 More
    83
  8. 8
    Up 5412
    Down 2236
    1911 More
    81
  9. 9
    Up 2074
    Down 900
    1751 More
    78
  10. 10
    Up 2140
    Down 992
    1735 More
    76
  11. 11
    Up 2308
    Down 1277

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Harry Truman

    1884 More
    76
  12. 12
    Up 6490
    Down 3163

    ranked low on reranks
    Bill Clinton

    1946 More
    74
  13. 13
    Up 1504
    Down 892
    1758 More
    71
  14. 14
    Up 4658
    Down 2662

    ranked low on reranks
    George H. W. Bush

    1924 More
    66
  15. 15
    Up 1587
    Down 1395
    1767 More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 1234
    Down 1128
    1767 More
    63
  17. 17
    Up 6577
    Down 6168
    1961 More
    60
  18. 18
    Up 1020
    Down 1285

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James K. Polk

    1795 More
    60
  19. 19
    Up 1224
    Down 1766

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Woodrow Wilson

    1856 More
    57
  20. 20
    Up 1248
    Down 1430

    ranked low on reranks
    Ulysses S. Grant

    1822 More
    55
  21. 21
    Up 955
    Down 1163

    ranked low on reranks
    Calvin Coolidge

    1872 More
    55
  22. 22
    Up 784
    Down 1079
    1837 More
    54
  23. 23
    Up 1125
    Down 2365

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lyndon Johnson

    1908 More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 2816
    Down 3471

    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    George Bush

    1946 More
    52
  25. 25
    Up 716
    Down 1069
    1843 More
    52
  26. 26
    Up 987
    Down 1511
    1913 More
    52
  27. 27
    Up 691
    Down 1121
    1857 More
    51
  28. 28
    Up 1426
    Down 2391

    controversial
    Richard Nixon

    1913 More
    49
  29. 29
    Up 507
    Down 1075

    ranked high on reranks
    Rutherford B. Hayes

    1822 More
    47
  30. 30
    Up 603
    Down 944

    ranked low on reranks
    James A. Garfield

    1831 More
    46
  31. 31
    Up 1123
    Down 3237

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jimmy Carter

    1924 More
    45
  32. 32
    Up 495
    Down 1041

    ranked low on reranks
    Chester A. Arthur

    1829 More
    45
  33. 33
    Up 491
    Down 1145

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Martin Van Buren

    1782 More
    45
  34. 34
    Up 501
    Down 1047

    ranked low on reranks
    Zachary Taylor

    1784 More
    44
  35. 35
    Up 449
    Down 996

    ranked low on reranks
    Benjamin Harrison

    1833 More
    42
  36. 36
    Up 591
    Down 1372

    controversial
    Herbert Hoover

    1874 More
    41
  37. 37
    Up 451
    Down 1060
    1790 More
    41
  38. 38
    Up 473
    Down 1249

    controversial
    Warren G. Harding

    1865 More
    39
  39. 39
    Up 434
    Down 1062
    1773 More
    39
  40. 40
    Up 379
    Down 1178
    1800 More
    37
  41. 41
    Up 366
    Down 1199

    often listed &controversial
    Franklin Pierce

    1804 More
    36
  42. 42
    Up 447
    Down 1537

    often listed &controversial
    Andrew Johnson

    1808 More
    35
  43. 43
    Up 395
    Down 1514

    often listed &controversial
    James Buchanan

    1791 More
    33
  44. 44
    Up 28
    Down 22
    1755 More
    21
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