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The Greatest US Presidents Of All Time

Updated July 6, 2021 842.8k votes 108.2k voters 1.1m views45 items

List RulesOnly 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 US 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

    Abraham Lincoln

    Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin
    34,360
    5,897

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Presidency16

  • 2
    26,455
    6,522

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Presidency1

  • 3

    Thomas Jefferson

    Aaron Burr, George Clinton
    19,181
    6,822

    BirthplaceShadwell, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency3

  • 4

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Charles W. Fairbanks
    20,755
    5,945

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Presidency26

  • 5

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace
    22,363
    9,895

    BirthplaceHyde Park, New York, United States of America

    Presidency32

  • 6

    John F. Kennedy

    Lyndon B. Johnson
    22,946
    12,435

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachussetts, Brookline

    Presidency35

  • 7
    15,440
    6,299

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas, United States of America

    Presidency34

  • 8

    James Madison

    Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton
    10,477
    7,690

    BirthplacePort Conway, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency4

  • 9

    Ronald Reagan

    George H. W. Bush
    26,801
    12,949

    BirthplaceTampico, Illinois, USA

    Presidency40

  • 10

    John Adams

    Thomas Jefferson
    10,216
    6,358

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency2

  • 11

    Harry Truman

    Alben W. Barkley
    11,845
    7,506

    BirthplaceLamar, Missouri, United States of America

    Presidency33

  • 12

    James Monroe

    Daniel D. Tompkins
    7,689
    7,113

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency5

  • 13

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson
    8,847
    7,557

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, Ohio, USA

    Presidency18

  • 14

    Barack Obama

    Joe Biden
    25,274
    29,943

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Presidency44

  • 15

    John Quincy Adams

    John C. Calhoun
    6,327
    6,961

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency6

  • 16

    James K. Polk

    George M. Dallas
    5,307
    7,305

    BirthplacePineville, North Carolina, USA

    Presidency11

  • 17
    15,599
    22,061

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, USA

    Presidency42

  • 18
    13,178
    14,671

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency41

  • 19

    Calvin Coolidge

    Charles G. Dawes
    5,711
    7,218

    BirthplacePlymouth Notch, Vermont, Vermont, United States of America

    Presidency30

  • 20

    Andrew Jackson

    Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun
    8,600
    11,127

    BirthplaceWaxhaws

    Presidency7

  • 21

    Woodrow Wilson

    Thomas R. Marshall
    6,922
    10,208

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

    Presidency28

  • 22

    Grover Cleveland

    Adlai Stevenson I, Thomas A. Hendricks
    4,208
    6,177

    BirthplaceCaldwell, New Jersey, USA

    Presidency22, 24

  • 23

    James A. Garfield

    Chester A. Arthur
    3,674
    5,269

    BirthplaceMoreland Hills, Ohio, USA

    Presidency20

  • 24

    Lyndon Johnson

    Hubert Humphrey
    7,487
    12,343

    BirthplaceStonewall, Texas, United States of America

    Presidency36

  • 25

    William McKinley

    Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart
    4,073
    6,152

    BirthplaceNiles, Ohio, USA

    Presidency25