America The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time  

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List Rules Only former U.S. Presidents. Vote based on their entire time in office.

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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29,264 5,331
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Abraham Lincoln Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

2
23,648 4,592
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
17,630 5,058
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Thomas Jefferson Aaron Burr, George Clinton

4
9,269 5,675
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Madison Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

5
21,868 10,214
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

6
17,673 5,235
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
19,156 8,579
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin D. Roosevelt John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman

8
6,767 5,484
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

9
13,299 5,579
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Dwight D. Eisenhower Richard Nixon

10
23,675 10,689
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Ronald Reagan George H. W. Bush

11
8,928 5,097
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
10,353 6,056
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Harry Truman Alben W. Barkley

13
16,545 16,053
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

14
21,820 25,220
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Barack Obama Joe Biden

15
7,537 8,294
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Andrew Jackson Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

16
12,245 12,202
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George H. W. Bush Dan Quayle

17
5,420 5,575
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

18
4,742 5,846
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James K. Polk George M. Dallas

19
6,328 7,917
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

20
6,310 6,450
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Ulysses S. Grant Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

21
4,611 5,697
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Calvin Coolidge Charles G. Dawes

22
6,063 10,133
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

23
3,417 5,093
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Grover Cleveland Adlai Stevenson I, Thomas A. Hendricks

24
10,762 15,297
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George W. Bush Dick Cheney

25
3,448 4,728
William McKinley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William McKinley Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart

26
4,514 6,606
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

27
3,138 5,102
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William Howard Taft James S. Sherman

28
6,070 12,231
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale

29
3,387 9,452
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Donald Trump Mike Pence

30
6,314 10,995
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Richard Nixon Gerald Ford, Spiro Agnew

31
2,823 4,421
James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James A. Garfield Chester A. Arthur

32
2,318 4,798
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Rutherford B. Hayes William A. Wheeler

33
2,127 4,751
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

34
2,151 4,805
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

35
2,110 5,134
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Martin Van Buren Richard Mentor Johnson

36
1,968 4,559
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

37
2,765 6,170
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

38
1,906 4,914
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,886 4,813
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

40
1,893 5,911
Warren G. Harding is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Warren G. Harding Calvin Coolidge

41
1,533 5,372
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

42
1,512 5,606
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

43
1,966 7,053
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

44
1,754 7,182
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge