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
  2. 2
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    1732 More
    100
  3. 3
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    1743 More
    93
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    1858 More
    87
  5. 5
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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

    1917 More
    83
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    1911 More
    81
  9. 9
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    78
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    77
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    76
  12. 12
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    1946 More
    73
  13. 13
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    1758 More
    70
  14. 14
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    1767 More
    65
  15. 15
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    1924 More
    65
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    63
  17. 17
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    1961 More
    61
  18. 18
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    60
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    58
  20. 20
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    56
  21. 21
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    Lyndon Johnson

    1908 More
    56
  22. 22
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    1872 More
    55
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    1837 More
    55
  24. 24
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    George W. Bush

    1946 More
    54
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    1843 More
    53
  26. 26
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    1913 More
    53
  27. 27
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    52
  28. 28
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    51
  29. 29
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    Jimmy Carter

    1924 More
    49
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    48
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    47
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    James A. Garfield

    1831 More
    46
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    45
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  36. 36
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  38. 38
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  39. 39
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    37
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