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The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time 

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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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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin
2
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
John Adams
3
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Charles W. Fairbanks
4
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Aaron Burr, George Clinton
5
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Richard Nixon
6
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman
7
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Lyndon B. Johnson
8
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
George H. W. Bush
9
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Alben W. Barkley
10
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton
11
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Thomas Jefferson
12
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Daniel D. Tompkins
13
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson
14
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
John C. Calhoun
15
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Al Gore
16
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Joe Biden
17
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Dan Quayle
18
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun
19
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
George M. Dallas
20
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Charles G. Dawes
21
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Thomas R. Marshall
22
William McKinley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart
23
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Nelson Rockefeller
24
Grover Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Adlai Stevenson I, Thomas A. Hendricks
25
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Dick Cheney