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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
28,224 5,069
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
22,749 4,401
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington John Adams

3
17,013 4,798
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
8,969 5,316
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
21,140 9,730
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
16,966 5,020
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks

7
18,405 8,247
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
6,575 5,148
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins

9
12,791 5,345
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
22,750 10,266
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
8,632 4,837
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams Thomas Jefferson

12
10,001 5,766
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
16,104 15,204
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton Al Gore

14
20,852 24,212
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
7,258 7,871
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
11,901 11,649
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
5,260 5,315
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
6,127 7,574
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall

19
4,599 5,584
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
6,009 6,192
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
4,422 5,437
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
5,802 9,678
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Hubert Humphrey

23
3,317 4,858
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
10,408 14,643
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
3,317 4,509
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
4,340 6,283
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Nelson Rockefeller

27
3,036 4,848
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
5,756 11,703
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

29
6,055 10,401
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
2,656 4,242
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
2,188 4,618
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
2,005 4,557
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

33
2,038 4,615
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore

34
2,007 4,955
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
1,880 4,380
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton

36
2,635 5,941
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Charles Curtis

37
1,818 4,729
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

38
1,804 4,621
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

39
1,794 5,687
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
1,456 5,162
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

41
1,429 5,396
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce William R. King

42
1,867 6,777
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

43
1,652 6,894
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge