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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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1
27,893 4,974
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
22,432 4,359
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
16,792 4,729
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
8,856 5,199
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
20,931 9,552
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
16,740 4,959
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
18,173 8,144
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
6,492 5,047
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

9
12,600 5,275
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
22,411 10,162
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
8,507 4,775
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
9,873 5,691
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
15,986 14,911
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

14
20,608 23,858
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Barack Obama Joe Biden

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15
7,153 7,733
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
11,758 11,496
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
5,189 5,232
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
4,546 5,496
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
6,048 7,464
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

20
5,910 6,107
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
4,338 5,360
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Calvin Coolidge Charles G. Dawes

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22
5,726 9,517
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

23
3,268 4,786
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
10,273 14,457
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
3,271 4,434
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
4,276 6,195
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

27
2,985 4,778
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
5,675 11,516
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale

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29
5,951 10,228
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Richard Nixon Gerald Ford, Spiro Agnew

30
2,604 4,173
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

31
2,153 4,539
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

32
1,981 4,472
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

33
2,008 4,533
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

34
1,975 4,879
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Martin Van Buren Richard Mentor Johnson

35
1,857 4,303
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

36
2,589 5,849
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

37
1,791 4,647
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

38
1,781 4,537
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,770 5,596
Warren G. Harding is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Warren G. Harding Calvin Coolidge

40
1,435 5,071
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

41
1,416 5,300
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

42
1,842 6,656
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

43
1,618 6,767
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge