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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
25,182 4,255
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
20,108 3,821
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
15,197 4,016
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
7,993 4,195
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
18,989 8,353
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
14,880 4,486
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
5,909 4,068
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

8
16,173 7,348
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
11,344 4,653
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
20,100 9,128
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
7,686 4,138
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
8,871 5,047
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
2,329 4,053
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

14
14,939 12,866
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

15
18,378 21,553
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Barack Obama Joe Biden

16
6,356 6,699
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
10,744 10,281
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
4,707 4,574
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
4,104 4,813
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
5,419 6,705
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

21
5,205 5,457
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

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22
3,842 4,704
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Calvin Coolidge Charles G. Dawes

23
5,082 8,492
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

24
2,957 4,177
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
9,243 13,032
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
2,908 3,905
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
3,824 5,494
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

28
2,660 4,215
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

The Worst U.S. Presidents

29
4,964 10,291
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale

30
5,258 8,921
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
2,320 3,645
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
1,927 3,986
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
1,775 3,917
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

34
1,815 3,956
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

35
1,769 4,274
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

The Greatest Minds of All Time

36
1,660 3,796
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

37
2,277 5,209
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

38
1,600 4,086
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,590 3,960
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

40
1,589 4,932
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
1,297 4,453
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

42
1,273 4,650
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

43
1,636 5,853
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

44
1,436 5,919
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge