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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
27,450 4,848
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
22,045 4,266
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
16,519 4,622
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
8,701 5,046
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
20,632 9,326
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
16,447 4,875
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
17,857 8,011
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
6,377 4,891
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

9
12,390 5,168
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
22,007 10,000
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
8,362 4,680
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
9,720 5,577
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
15,842 14,529
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

14
20,294 23,414
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
7,012 7,560
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
11,591 11,302
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
5,099 5,119
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
4,455 5,391
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
5,938 7,336
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

20
5,798 5,994
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
4,248 5,242
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
5,611 9,345
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

23
3,218 4,672
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
10,100 14,234
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
3,207 4,341
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
4,201 6,069
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

27
2,928 4,681
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
5,564 11,287
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
5,815 10,027
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
2,555 4,075
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
2,112 4,436
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
1,946 4,367
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

33
1,974 4,426
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

34
1,939 4,768
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
1,821 4,210
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

36
2,527 5,743
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

37
1,756 4,544
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

38
1,750 4,437
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,735 5,492
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
1,412 4,964
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

41
1,391 5,190
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

42
1,808 6,516
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

43
1,584 6,617
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge