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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
24,402 4,084
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
19,423 3,715
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
14,731 3,853
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
7,743 3,952
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
18,446 8,054
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
14,342 4,375
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
5,740 3,834
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

8
15,635 7,133
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
11,006 4,508
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
19,455 8,842
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
7,487 3,956
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
8,600 4,872
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
1,716 3,019
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

14
14,556 12,369
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

15
6,156 6,396
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

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16
17,556 20,949
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Barack Obama Joe Biden

17
10,472 9,959
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
4,574 4,401
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
5,270 6,480
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

20
3,973 4,653
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James K. Polk George M. Dallas

21
5,015 5,281
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
3,699 4,543
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Calvin Coolidge Charles G. Dawes

23
4,905 8,217
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

24
2,871 4,046
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
8,990 12,675
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
2,821 3,780
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
3,698 5,318
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

28
2,588 4,075
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
4,783 9,964
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
5,086 8,595
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
2,247 3,521
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
1,870 3,853
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
1,721 3,781
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

34
1,761 3,818
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

35
1,721 4,138
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
1,618 3,670
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

37
2,202 5,042
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

38
1,561 3,949
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,546 3,823
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

40
1,530 4,758
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
1,265 4,304
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

42
1,237 4,496
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

43
1,585 5,649
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

44
1,384 5,710
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge