America
105.2k voters

The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time

Updated January 20, 2021 854.4k votes 105.2k 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 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.

Photo:
...more
  • Abraham Lincoln1
    35,387
    6,017

    Abraham Lincoln

    Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

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

    Presidency16

    More Abraham Lincoln 

    A Timeline Of The Hunt For John Wilkes BoothLincoln Approved The Largest Mass Execution In US History - But Not Against Confederates

  • George Washington2
    27,057
    6,897

    BirthplacePopes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency1

    More George Washington 

    Most Don’t Know George Washington’s Second Term Was A Nightmare For Him And The American PeopleWhat Was George Washington's Private Life Like?

  • Thomas Jefferson3
    19,666
    6,996

    Thomas Jefferson

    Aaron Burr, George Clinton

    BirthplaceShadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency3

    More Thomas Jefferson 

    Meet The Family That Descended From Thomas Jefferson And Sally Hemings - His SlaveWhat It Was Like To Be An Enslaved Person At Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

  • Theodore Roosevelt4
    21,394
    5,939

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Charles W. Fairbanks

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

    Presidency26

    More Theodore Roosevelt 

    That Time Teddy Roosevelt Got Shot In The Chest And Still Gave An 84-Minute Speech20 Fascinating Things We Learned About Theodore Roosevelt That Prove He Was An Absolute Savage

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt5
    23,069
    9,872

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace

    BirthplaceNew York City, Hyde Park, New York, USA

    Presidency32

    More Franklin D. Roosevelt 

    What Was Franklin And Eleanor Roosevelt's Relationship Really Like?#107 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History

  • John F. Kennedy6
    23,503
    12,819

    John F. Kennedy

    Lyndon B. Johnson

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    Presidency35

    More John F. Kennedy 

    What Happened Immediately After JFK Was Assassinated?Small But Poignant Details From JFK’s Funeral

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower7
    15,731
    6,431

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas, USA

    Presidency34

    More Dwight D. Eisenhower 

    The Best Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes#7 of 63 The Most Influential People of the Cold War

  • Ronald Reagan8
    27,597
    13,057

    Ronald Reagan

    George H. W. Bush

    BirthplaceTampico, Illinois, USA

    Presidency40

    More Ronald Reagan 

    28 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Ronald Reagan#824 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History

  • James Madison9
    10,552
    8,065

    James Madison

    Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

    BirthplacePort Conway, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Presidency4

  • Harry Truman10
    12,074
    7,585

    Harry Truman

    Alben W. Barkley

    BirthplaceLamar, Missouri, United States of America

    Presidency33

    More Harry S. Truman 

    The Best Harry S. Truman Quotes#59 of 97 Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

  • John Adams11
    10,268
    6,480

    John Adams

    Thomas Jefferson

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America

    Presidency2

    More John Adams 

    #1 of 18 Portraits Of US Presidents Vs. What They’d Look Like Today#6 of 87 The Best American Founding Fathers

  • James Monroe12
    7,606
    7,454

    James Monroe

    Daniel D. Tompkins

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, British America

    Presidency5

    More James Monroe 

    #148 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#22 of 44 Which US Presidents Do You Wish Were In Charge Right Now?

  • Barack Obama13
    26,450
    30,242

    Barack Obama

    Joe Biden

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

    Presidency44

    More Barack Obama 

    Silly Things People Blame Barack Obama ForRank President Obama's Enacted Policies

  • Ulysses S. Grant14
    8,738
    7,707

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency18

    More Ulysses S. Grant 

    How The Commander Of The Union Army Died Broke#128 of 342 The Greatest American Writers of All Time

  • John Quincy Adams15
    6,179
    7,149

    John Quincy Adams

    John C. Calhoun

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts Bay, British America

    Presidency6

    More John Quincy Adams 

    #2 of 68 The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time#5 of 14 14 Presidents With Children Who Caused Scandals

  • James K. Polk16
    5,303
    7,446

    James K. Polk

    George M. Dallas

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

    Presidency11

    More James K. Polk 

    #3 of 13 The Best One-Term US Presidents#11 of 44 The Different (Physical) Sizes Of US Presidents

  • Bill Clinton17
    16,082
    22,388

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, United States of America

    Presidency42

    More Bill Clinton 

    Funny Bill Clinton Quotes#224 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • George H. W. Bush18
    13,550
    14,840

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Presidency41

    More George H. W. Bush 

    #165 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#18 of 44 US Presidents Who Are Worthy Enough To Wield Mjolnir

  • Woodrow Wilson19
    7,086
    10,060

    Woodrow Wilson

    Thomas R. Marshall

    BirthplaceStaunton, Virginia, United States of America

    Presidency28

    More Woodrow Wilson 

    The Best Woodrow Wilson Quotes#38 of 48 The Best Political Nicknames

  • Calvin Coolidge20
    5,658
    7,241

    Calvin Coolidge

    Charles G. Dawes

    BirthplacePlymouth Notch, Vermont, United States of America

    Presidency30

    More Calvin Coolidge 

    #15 of 46 The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time#29 of 44 Every U.S. President & Every Medical Problem They've Ever Had

  • Andrew Jackson21
    8,820
    11,257

    Andrew Jackson

    Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

    BirthplaceWaxhaw Settlement between North Carolina and South Carolina, British America

    Presidency7

    More Andrew Jackson 

    Things You Never Knew About Andrew Jackson's Plantation, The Hermitage#18 of 61 The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

  • William McKinley22
    4,108
    6,111

    William McKinley

    Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart

    BirthplaceNiles, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency25

    More William McKinley 

    #1221 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#12 of 43 U.S. Presidents & the Booze They Drank, Ranked

  • Grover Cleveland23
    4,050
    6,314

    Grover Cleveland

    Adlai Stevenson I, Thomas A. Hendricks

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

    Presidency22, 24

    More Grover Cleveland 

    #6 of 12 Which Ex-Presidents Would You Want to Go on a Bender With?#16 of 16 16 Times US Presidents Were on Fleek

  • Lyndon Johnson24
    7,535
    12,479

    Lyndon Johnson

    Hubert Humphrey

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

    Presidency36

    More Lyndon B. Johnson 

    The Dramatic Story Behind What Happened On Air Force One After The JFK Assassination#110 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

  • James A. Garfield25
    3,607
    5,339

    James A. Garfield

    Chester A. Arthur

    BirthplaceMoreland Hills, Ohio, United States of America

    Presidency20

    More James A. Garfield 

    Unbelievable Details About The Life Of Charles Guiteau, The Presidential Assassin You Probably Forgot About#9 of 13 Satellite Images Of Locations Where Historical Assassinations Took Place