<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Politics & History Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//politics--and--history http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//politics--and--history <![CDATA[Vice Presidents Who Became President]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vice-presidents-who-became-president/mike-rothschild
14 Vice Presidents of the United States eventually became President. Nine ascended to the presidency due to the death of the president, either by assassination or illness. Five others were elected president after finishing their terms. In these 14 commanders in chief, you'll find some of the most heralded names in American history, including several Founding Fathers. You'll also find several presidents whose terms were distinguished only by how undistinguished they were. Many had replaced presidents who, likewise, accomplished almost nothing in their short terms in office.

One fascinating element of the list of vice presidents who became president is that most of them, themselves, didn't have vice presidents. As it was written, the Constitution didn't allow for vice-presidents to be selected during a presidential term. So the eight vice presidents who became president before the passage of the 25th Amendment in 1967 had no vice president. Fortunately, none of these presidents died in office - which would have likely led to an unprecedented Constitutional crisis.

Here are the 14 vice presidents who later became President of the United States, with information on how they moved into the POTUS position and other biographical details.

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Andrew Johnson
A Tennessee native, Johnson was chosen as Abraham Lincoln's second term vice president to help reconcile with the South after the Civil War. But just six weeks after his inauguration, Lincoln was assassinated. Johnson served out his term and was not nominated for another.

Calvin Coolidge
Coolidge succeeded Warren G. Harding, who died in 1923, halfway through his first term. Coolidge won a second term in 1925.

Chester A. Arthur
President James Garfield had only been in office for six months in 1881 before being assassinated by failed politician Charles J. Guiteau. Arthur succeeded him, and served out his term.

Harry S. Truman
Truman was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's third and final vice president, ascending to the presidency when Roosevelt died in April 1945 after just three months in office for his third term.

John Adams
Adams was vice president for both of George Washington's terms, then was elected himself and served one term.

John Tyler
Tyler had served only one month as vice president before William Henry Harrison's death in April 1841, from an illness contracted at his inauguration. Despite the US having existed for over 60 years, he became the first vice president to ascend to the presidency after a death in office. Though there were questions about his legitimacy in the office (some believed he was merely a temporary president), he served out Harrison's term, and was not nominated for a second.

Martin Van Buren
Van Buren was Andrew Jackson's second term vice president, from 1833 to 1837, replacing John C. Calhoun, who resigned to protest what he felt was an abrogation of South Carolina's rights. Van Buren was subsequently elected to one term as president.

Millard Fillmore
Fillmore had been been vice president for a year and a half when Zachary Taylor died in 1850. He served out Taylor's term, and was not nominated for another.

Theodore Roosevelt
Roosevelt was William McKinley's second vice president - his first was Garret Hobart, who died of a heart attack after two years. Roosevelt replaced Hobart in 1901 for McKinley's second term - which lasted only six months before McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist. Roosevelt finished McKinley's term, was elected to another in 1904, and ran on a third party ticket in 1912.

Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson served as Adams's vice president, then was elected to two terms as president in 1796 and 1800.

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<![CDATA[The Best SNL Presidential Impression]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-snl-presidential-impression/natekapraun


Chevy Chase
Gerald Ford
Dana Carvey
George H. W. Bush
Dan Aykroyd
Jimmy Carter
Darrell Hammond
Bill Clinton
Phil Hartman
Ronald Reagan
Will Ferrell
George W. Bush
Fred Armisen
Barack Obama
Jay Pharoah
Barack Obama
Darrell Hammond
George W. Bush
Phil Hartman
Bill Clinton

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<![CDATA[The Worst U.S. Presidents]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-10-worst-u-s-presidents
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.

Andrew Johnson

Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

Herbert Hoover

James Buchanan

Jimmy Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Woodrow Wilson

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<![CDATA[RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/rupauls-drag-race-all-stars-2
So RuPaul has announced that there will be an All Stars 2! Who would you like to see battle it out in this second installment?! Simply, vote for your favourite (or re-rank the list to suit your taste!)

(The queens who competed in the first 'All Stars' are exempt from this list)

Please share this list on social media....lets see who the general public prefer as their queen of queens!

Gentlemen, start your engines....and may the best woman, WIN! 

Courtney Act

Willam Belli


Adore Delano



Miss Fame

Katya Zamolodchikova

Alyssa Edwards


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<![CDATA[The All-Time Worst People in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-all-time-worst-people-in-history
The absolute worst people in history, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Who are the worst people in history? This list includes mass-murdering dictators, psychopathic serial killers, sociopathic religious leaders, insane politicians, deceptive political commentators, and annoying celebrities and Hollywood douchebags who make our eyes and ears bleed. Who are the worst people of all time? This human scum has incited genocide, executed ethnic cleansing, enslaved entire races of people, practiced cannibalism, orchestrated arbitrary homicide, brainwashed people who trusted them, yelled at film crew members, and been paid by TV studios to be awful.

Anyone can vote on this list of vile villains and evil lunatics, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the world's worst people ever. Call out history's biggest scumbags, and see how your picks stack up against everyone else's. Because those who do not rank the worst people in history are doomed to repeat it. Or something like that.

Adolf Hitler

Heinrich Himmler

Idi Amin

Joseph Stalin

Kim Jong-il

Mao Zedong

Osama bin Laden

Pol Pot

Robert Mugabe

Saddam Hussein

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<![CDATA[The Most Influential People of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-influential-people-of-all-time
This is a list of the most influential people of all of human history. This means that the individuals on this list have had a significant effect on how regular people live their lives today and have had a large impact on how modern society works. The names on this list include religious figures, scientists and inventors, and some of the most important leaders in world history. Vote for your top choices and re-rank this list your way.

What makes an individual worthy of a spot on a list of the most influential people ever? Certainly, some of the greatest minds of all time deserve to be ranked highly. Examples include Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and certainly Albert Einstein. Each one of these incredible people used the power of their minds to change the world. Not surprisingly, several names on this list are also among the most famous role models we'd like to meet in person.

And modern-era figures also deserve to be listed here. Can anyone argue that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg aren't among the most influential contemporary Americans? It's time to add your opinions on who you believe are the most influential people who ever lived, with your votes and your rankings.

Albert Einstein


Charles Darwin

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Jesus Christ

Leonardo da Vinci

Mahatma Gandhi



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<![CDATA[The Most Important Leaders in World History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-important-leaders-in-world-history
For good or for bad, our leaders can be powerful forces for change in the world. But who are the most impaction people to ever hold prominent positions of power? This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world.

Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders of all time.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank these famous world leaders in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. But remember: the most influential leaders (those who changed the face of world politics and forever altered their own countries) weren't necessarily good leaders. Some famous conquerors changed the world but let destruction in their wake. Others actually worked for the good of their people and became the great leaders in history.

So, who are the historical leaders that left their permanent mark (for good or bad)? Find out below!


Abraham Lincoln


Elizabeth I of England

George Washington

Julius Caesar

Mahatma Gandhi

Napoleon Bonaparte

Otto von Bismarck
Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.
Augustus Caesar

Alexander The Great

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<![CDATA[The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-enlightened-leaders-in-world-history/mike-rothschild
Enlightened leadership takes on many forms. Sometimes, especially in the ancient world, it was the codifying of laws and precepts to ensure fair treatment for all. But it could also be taking control of a country after a particularly bloody time and ushering in peace and prosperity. Or it could be campaigning for equal rights, even at great risk to yourself. All of those qualities are what you'll find in history's most progressive world leaders. These are leaders with humane, intelligent, and compassionate leadership styles, that improved the lives of those living under their rule.

History is full of despotic leaders - presidents, emperors, kings, and popes who used their power and privilege to enrich themselves and their cronies. But there have also been enlightened and wise leaders, who have united their people, stood firm for peace and freedom, and enhanced the human condition for everyone.

Here are some of the most enlightened leaders in history, from ancient to modern. Upvote those you feel were the most progressive and enlightened, not just those you agreed with.


Abraham Lincoln


Corazon Aquino



Mahatma Gandhi

Mikhail Gorbachev

Nelson Mandela

Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson

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<![CDATA[The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-u-s-presidents-from-best-to-worst
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.

Abraham Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Franklin D. Roosevelt

George Washington

Harry S. Truman

James Madison

John F. Kennedy

Ronald Reagan

Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson

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<![CDATA[The Most Awesomely American Names for Military Operations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-military-operation-names/mike-rothschild
Military operation code names can be tricky to pull off. You want to have a name that conveys power and majesty, striking fear into the hearts of your enemies, but you don't want something that lets your enemy know what you're actually doing - such as the planned German invasion of England (its name, Sealion, let the British know exactly what it was). You also don't want something inappropriately glib, either because it's not macho enough (the US invasion of Grenada was briefly named "Blue Spoon") or sends the wrong message, such as the unfortunately named Korean War-era plan "Operation Killer."

The naming of military operations is thought to have begun with the German Empire in the final two years of World War I. Before then, operations were usually named after either their commanding officer or the general area they were taking place in (i.e., Somme Offensive, Neville Offensive, etc.) But German generals added code names to increase operational secrecy and give them a shorthand for referring to individual parts of the hugely complex battles on the Western Front.

In the decades that followed, operation names went from random designations to carefully chosen code names that would boost morale and offer clever description. American officers in Vietnam and beyond were faced with naming dozens of operations, everything from large scale troop deployments to clearing out small sections of cities. Here are the most awesomely American names for military operations from World War II through Iraq. Bask in their American kick ass majesty and upvote those that are screaming "U S A! U S A!" the loudest.


Operation Eagle Claw
America is an eagle. What do eagles do to their enemies? Claw them. Because that's what eagles do. Sadly, the attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran failed miserably - but at least it had a killer code name.

Operation Iron Justice
An operation to crack down on black market fuel sales in Baghdad, named for what America dispenses: iron justice.

Operation Red Dawn
Name the capture of Saddam Hussein after a movie where Americans kick ass and take names? You make the list.

Operation Rolling Thunder
The US bombing campaign against North Vietnam wasn't particularly succsseful, but it had an awesome name that proclaimed exactly what it planned to do.

Operation Valiant Guardian
Among qualities to look for in a guardian, being valiant is high on the list. This operation to disrupt Al-Qaeda activities involved 4,000 Marines and took out 250 weapons caches.

Operation Neptune Spear
The plan to take out Osama Bin Laden was carried out by Navy SEALS, whose symbol is the trident carried by the god Neptune - three prongs representing their capabilities on land, sea, and air.

Operation Beastmaster
Naming a plan to clear parts of Baghdad of insurgents after a crappy '80s action movie? Totally American in every way.

Operation Desert Storm
The code name for the US-led assault to kick Iraq out of Kuwait, the name predicted the conflict perfectly - a storm of hell coming out of the desert.

Operation Urgent Fury
The US invasion of Grenada in 1983 boasts an awesomely American code name. You need tough action, and you need it now? Bam, urgent fury!

Operation Breakfast
The opening phase of the US bombing of Cambodia was named after breakfast, the most American meal of the day.

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