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.
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    George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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    George Washington John Adams George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United

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    Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and

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    Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Thomas Jefferson Aaron Burr, George Clinton Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced

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    Charles W. Fairbanks Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the

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    John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    John F. Kennedy Lyndon B. Johnson John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Franklin D. Roosevelt John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, he won a record four

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    Richard Nixon Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme

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    Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Ronald Reagan George H. W. Bush Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Before his presidency he served as the 33rd Governor of California and was also an actor from 1937–1964. Born and raised in small

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    James Madison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    James Madison Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton James Madison, Jr. was an American statesman, political theorist, and the fourth President of the United States. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental in

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    Harry Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Harry Truman Alben W. Barkley Harry S. Truman is an author.

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    John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    John Adams Thomas Jefferson John Adams was the second president of the United States, having earlier served as the first vice president of the United States. An American Founding Father, Adams was a statesman, diplomat, and a

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    James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States. Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States and the last president from the Virginia dynasty and the

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    Al Gore William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to

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    Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Andrew Jackson Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States. He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently

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    George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    George H. W. Bush Dan Quayle George Herbert Walker Bush is a retired American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President

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    Joe Biden Barack Hussein Obama II (/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama served as

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    John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    John Quincy Adams John C. Calhoun John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of

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    Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement. A Southerner with a PhD in political science, he served as President of

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    James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    James K. Polk George M. Dallas James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as the 17th

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    Lyndon Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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    Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States, a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President. Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, served

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    Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Ulysses S. Grant Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States. As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the

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    Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Calvin Coolidge Charles G. Dawes John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming

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    George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    George W. Bush Dick Cheney George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son

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    Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Grover Cleveland Adlai Stevenson I, Thomas A. Hendricks Stephen Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was one of the two Democrats

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    William McKinley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    William McKinley Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory

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    Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973

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    Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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    Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician, author, and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He was awarded

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    William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    William Howard Taft James S. Sherman William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States. He is the only person to have served in both of these offices. Before becoming

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    Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Richard Nixon Gerald Ford, Spiro Agnew Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only U.S. president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a U.S. representative and

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    James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    James A. Garfield Chester A. Arthur James Abram Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States, after serving nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garfield's presidency lasted just 200 days—from March 4, 1881,

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    Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Rutherford B. Hayes William A. Wheeler Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to

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    Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army, rising

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    Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Martin Van Buren Richard Mentor Johnson Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in a number of senior roles, including eighth Vice President and Secretary of State, both

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    Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Chester A. Arthur Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st President of the United States; he succeeded James Garfield upon the latter's assassination. At the outset, Arthur struggled to overcome his reputation, stemming from

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    Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States; he was the grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison. Harrison had become a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church

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    John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    John Tyler John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States. He was elected vice president on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison, and became president after his running mate's death in April

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    Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was a professional mining engineer, and was raised as a Quaker. A Republican, Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food Administration

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    William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    William Henry Harrison John Tyler William Henry Harrison was the ninth President of the United States, an American military officer and politician, and the last President born as a British subject. He was also the first president to

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    Warren G. Harding is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Warren G. Harding Calvin Coolidge Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, a Republican from Ohio who served in the Ohio Senate and then in the United States Senate, where he played a minor role. With the

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    Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Franklin Pierce William R. King Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Genial and well-spoken, Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the

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    Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States, the last Whig president, and the last president not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties. Fillmore was the

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    Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. A

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    James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time


    James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives and

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