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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
26,586 4,615
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
21,303 4,106
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
16,032 4,377
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
8,444 4,718
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
20,000 8,950
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
15,862 4,732
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
17,242 7,753
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
6,197 4,590
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

9
11,975 4,967
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
21,280 9,694
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
8,101 4,472
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
9,374 5,393
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
15,535 13,870
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

14
19,669 22,674
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
6,744 7,254
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
11,257 10,922
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
4,947 4,905
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
4,326 5,169
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
5,739 7,107
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

20
5,563 5,801
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
4,093 5,031
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
5,406 9,009
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

23
3,111 4,479
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
9,771 13,779
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
3,096 4,160
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
4,036 5,835
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

27
2,811 4,501
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
5,342 10,896
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
5,572 9,624
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
2,465 3,903
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
2,038 4,255
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
1,880 4,184
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

33
1,905 4,235
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

34
1,867 4,576
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
1,751 4,046
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

36
2,421 5,536
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

37
1,687 4,361
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

38
1,673 4,259
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,674 5,267
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
1,361 4,763
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

41
1,348 4,968
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

42
1,729 6,264
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

43
1,531 6,326
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge