Politics 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.
list ordered by

1
25,416 5,322
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams

2
31,993 5,661
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

3
18,913 5,642
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Aaron Burr, George Clinton

4
9,966 6,460
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

5
23,368 11,237
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon B. Johnson

6
19,249 5,621
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Charles W. Fairbanks

7
20,809 9,219
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
7,203 6,184
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Daniel D. Tompkins

9
25,724 11,541
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George H. W. Bush

10
14,416 5,983
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Richard Nixon

11
9,583 5,605
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Thomas Jefferson

12
11,187 6,603
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Alben W. Barkley

13
17,402 17,974
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Al Gore

14
23,769 27,460
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Joe Biden

15
13,389 13,181
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Dan Quayle

16
8,189 9,203
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

17
5,799 6,126
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John C. Calhoun

18
6,821 8,645
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Thomas R. Marshall

19
5,096 6,411
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George M. Dallas

20
6,935 7,000
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

21
5,005 6,221
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Charles G. Dawes

22
6,585 11,063
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Hubert Humphrey

23
11,674 16,577
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Dick Cheney

24
3,665 5,577
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
3,729 5,180
William McKinley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart