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The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time

Updated January 20, 2021 855.5k votes 105.3k 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 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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  • Abraham Lincoln1
    35,411
    6,023

    Abraham Lincoln

    Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

    BirthplaceKentucky, Hodgenville, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Presidency16

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  • George Washington2
    27,074
    6,904

    BirthplacePopes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency1

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  • Thomas Jefferson3
    19,686
    7,001

    Thomas Jefferson

    Aaron Burr, George Clinton

    BirthplaceShadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency3

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  • Theodore Roosevelt4
    21,406
    5,946

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Charles W. Fairbanks

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

    Presidency26

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt5
    23,085
    9,885

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace

    BirthplaceNew York City, Hyde Park, New York, USA

    Presidency32

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  • John F. Kennedy6
    23,520
    12,830

    John F. Kennedy

    Lyndon B. Johnson

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    Presidency35

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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower7
    15,738
    6,441

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas, USA

    Presidency34

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  • Ronald Reagan8
    27,613
    13,074

    Ronald Reagan

    George H. W. Bush

    BirthplaceTampico, Illinois, USA

    Presidency40

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  • James Madison9
    10,565
    8,072

    James Madison

    Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

    BirthplacePort Conway, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency4

  • Harry Truman10
    12,084
    7,592

    Harry Truman

    Alben W. Barkley

    BirthplaceLamar, Missouri, United States of America

    Presidency33

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  • John Adams11
    10,278
    6,488

    John Adams

    Thomas Jefferson

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America

    Presidency2

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  • James Monroe12
    7,614
    7,460

    James Monroe

    Daniel D. Tompkins

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, British America

    Presidency5

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  • Barack Obama13
    26,464
    30,269

    Barack Obama

    Joe Biden

    BirthplaceArea code 808, Honolulu County, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States

    Presidency44

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  • Ulysses S. Grant14
    8,746
    7,717

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency18

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  • John Quincy Adams15
    6,185
    7,156

    John Quincy Adams

    John C. Calhoun

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America

    Presidency6

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  • James K. Polk16
    5,306
    7,456

    James K. Polk

    George M. Dallas

    BirthplacePineville, Mecklenburg County, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Presidency11

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  • Bill Clinton17
    16,089
    22,409

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, United States of America

    Presidency42

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  • George H. W. Bush18
    13,554
    14,857

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency41

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  • Woodrow Wilson19
    7,090
    10,079

    Woodrow Wilson

    Thomas R. Marshall

    BirthplaceStaunton, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency28

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  • Calvin Coolidge20
    5,667
    7,249

    Calvin Coolidge

    Charles G. Dawes

    BirthplacePlymouth Notch, Vermont, United States of America

    Presidency30

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  • Andrew Jackson21
    8,824
    11,273

    Andrew Jackson

    Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

    BirthplaceWaxhaw Settlement between North Carolina and South Carolina, British America

    Presidency7

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  • William McKinley22
    4,111
    6,121

    William McKinley

    Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart

    BirthplaceNiles, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency25

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  • Grover Cleveland23
    4,053
    6,323

    Grover Cleveland

    Adlai Stevenson I, Thomas A. Hendricks

    BirthplaceEssex County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Presidency22, 24

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  • Lyndon Johnson24
    7,544
    12,489

    Lyndon Johnson

    Hubert Humphrey

    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, Edwards Plateau, United States of America, United States

    Presidency36

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  • James A. Garfield25
    3,610
    5,346

    James A. Garfield

    Chester A. Arthur

    BirthplaceMoreland Hills, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency20

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