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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.

1
28,320 5,100
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
22,830 4,422
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
17,077 4,828
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
9,006 5,356
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
21,211 9,782
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
17,047 5,044
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
18,484 8,281
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
6,601 5,186
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

9
12,847 5,366
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
22,833 10,307
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
8,663 4,869
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
10,039 5,800
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
16,143 15,285
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

14
20,942 24,308
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Barack Obama Joe Biden

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

15
7,291 7,908
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
11,933 11,706
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
5,279 5,345
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
6,153 7,611
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

19
4,619 5,610
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
6,041 6,219
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
4,443 5,468
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
5,831 9,728
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

23
3,325 4,888
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
10,448 14,706
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
3,334 4,532
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
4,359 6,316
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

27
3,049 4,876
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
5,790 11,748
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Jimmy Carter Walter Mondale

The Worst U.S. Presidents

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6,081 10,461
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
2,598 8,531
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Donald Trump Mike Pence

31
2,678 4,265
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
2,205 4,641
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
2,020 4,581
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

34
2,052 4,640
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

35
2,019 4,980
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
1,891 4,404
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

37
2,650 5,970
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

38
1,832 4,755
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,817 4,649
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

40
1,809 5,714
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
1,465 5,190
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

42
1,441 5,422
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

43
1,878 6,810
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

44
1,665 6,931
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge