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List Rules Any U.S. politician who was elected president is fair game.

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
25,122 4,242
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Abraham Lincoln Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

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2
20,059 3,815
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
15,162 4,006
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
7,968 4,179
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
18,949 8,334
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
14,839 4,479
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
5,895 4,050
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

8
16,128 7,334
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin D. Roosevelt John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman

9
11,317 4,643
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
20,046 9,102
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
7,662 4,130
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
8,845 5,034
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
2,280 3,962
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

14
14,902 12,831
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

15
18,302 21,502
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Barack Obama Joe Biden

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16
6,344 6,670
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Andrew Jackson Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

17
10,716 10,259
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George H. W. Bush Dan Quayle

18
4,692 4,561
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Quincy Adams John C. Calhoun

19
4,093 4,801
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James K. Polk George M. Dallas

20
5,404 6,684
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

21
5,185 5,441
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Ulysses S. Grant Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

22
3,827 4,690
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Calvin Coolidge Charles G. Dawes

23
5,061 8,475
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

24
2,947 4,164
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Grover Cleveland Adlai Stevenson I, Thomas A. Hendricks

25
9,222 12,999
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George W. Bush Dick Cheney

26
2,900 3,893
William McKinley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William McKinley Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart

27
3,813 5,478
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

28
2,647 4,205
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William Howard Taft James S. Sherman

29
4,943 10,267
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale

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30
5,249 8,888
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
2,312 3,636
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
1,920 3,978
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
1,766 3,910
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

34
1,808 3,946
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

35
1,765 4,263
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
1,657 3,785
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

37
2,269 5,193
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

38
1,596 4,075
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,586 3,948
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

40
1,581 4,917
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
1,292 4,443
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

42
1,269 4,639
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

43
1,630 5,839
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

44
1,429 5,898
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge