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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.
list ordered by

1
24,621 5,013
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams

2
30,744 5,522
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

3
18,349 5,386
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Aaron Burr, George Clinton

4
9,650 6,136
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

5
22,690 10,789
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon B. Johnson

6
18,519 5,466
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Charles W. Fairbanks

7
20,044 8,927
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman

8
7,022 5,869
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Daniel D. Tompkins

9
24,817 11,147
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George H. W. Bush

10
13,903 5,821
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Richard Nixon

11
9,276 5,391
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Thomas Jefferson

12
10,816 6,363
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Alben W. Barkley

13
17,025 17,134
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Al Gore

14
22,867 26,462
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Joe Biden

15
7,896 8,787
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

16
12,842 12,748
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Dan Quayle

17
5,627 5,888
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John C. Calhoun

18
6,601 8,321
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Thomas R. Marshall

19
4,940 6,172
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George M. Dallas

20
6,655 6,758
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

21
4,825 5,994
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Charles G. Dawes

22
6,339 10,645
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Hubert Humphrey

23
11,279 16,014
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Dick Cheney

24
3,556 5,363
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Adlai Stevenson I, Thomas A. Hendricks

25
3,596 4,983
William McKinley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart

26
4,703 6,944
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Nelson Rockefeller

27
6,397 12,877
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Walter Mondale

28
4,531 10,534
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Mike Pence

29
3,278 5,366
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James S. Sherman

30
6,675 11,601
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford, Spiro Agnew

31
2,993 4,622
James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Chester A. Arthur

32
2,442 5,028
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William A. Wheeler

33
2,240 4,978
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

34
2,261 5,028
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Millard Fillmore

35
2,230 5,360
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Richard Mentor Johnson

36
2,084 4,762
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Levi P. Morton

37
2,907 6,454
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Charles Curtis

38
1,998 5,145
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,984 5,037
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

40
1,984 6,178
Warren G. Harding is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Calvin Coolidge

41
1,607 5,631
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

42
1,590 5,875
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William R. King

43
2,068 7,412
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

44
1,855 7,570
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John C. Breckinridge