America 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.
list ordered by

1
26,147 5,675
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams

2
33,198 5,792
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin

3
19,433 5,885
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Aaron Burr, George Clinton

4
10,247 6,778
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Elbridge Gerry, George Clinton

5
23,973 11,626
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon B. Johnson

6
19,872 5,779
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Charles W. Fairbanks

7
21,510 9,478
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Nance Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman

8
26,588 11,855
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George H. W. Bush

9
7,384 6,438
James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Daniel D. Tompkins

10
14,903 6,113
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Richard Nixon

11
11,523 6,801
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Alben W. Barkley

12
9,854 5,795
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Thomas Jefferson

13
17,691 18,715
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Al Gore

14
24,490 28,364
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Joe Biden

15
13,806 13,540
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Dan Quayle

16
8,431 9,563
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

17
5,933 6,348
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John C. Calhoun

18
7,015 8,910
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Thomas R. Marshall

19
5,252 6,616
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George M. Dallas

20
7,184 7,207
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

21
5,190 6,419
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Charles G. Dawes

22
6,792 11,426
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Hubert Humphrey

23
12,000 17,059
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Dick Cheney

24
3,766 5,773
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
3,857 5,367
William McKinley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt, Garret Hobart