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The Best Political Nicknames

Political nicknames are a tradition that stretches all the way back to the first leaders in human society. Even American presidents get nicknames. But in the last few centuries, nicknames have become almost standard issue, with almost every president, prime minister, and elected leader of any kind given some kind of nickname. Some are affectionate, some are insulting, and some are just variations on the person's name or initials.

Many of the nicknames given to presidents and prime ministers haven't stuck, and are all but forgotten. After all, how many people can say who "The Last Cocked Hat" or "Soapy George Underhen" were (President James Monroe and British Prime Minister George Canning, respectively). But many politician nicknames have become permanent fixtures, and inseparable from the person they were bestowed on. We all know "Honest Abe," "The Iron Lady," and "Slick Willie," and it's likely we always will.

Here are some of the greatest political nicknames in history, from prime ministers to congressmen.
  • 1
    226
    59

    Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"

  • 2
    244
    71

    Margaret Thatcher - "The Iron Lady"

    Dec. at 87 (1925-2013)
  • 3
  • 4
    202
    52

    Winston Churchill - "British Bulldog"

    Dec. at 90 (1874-1965)
  • 5
    191
    61

    Richard Nixon - "Tricky Dick"

    Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
  • 6
    189
    67

    John F. Kennedy - "JFK"

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
  • 7
    148
    51
    Dec. at 78 (1890-1969)
  • 8
    151
    55

    George Washington - "The Father of Our Country"

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
  • 9
    141
    61

    George W. Bush - "Dubya"

    Age: 75
  • 10
  • 11
    126
    54

    Harry S. Truman - "Give 'Em Hell Harry"

    Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)
  • 12
    124
    57

    Franklin D. Roosevelt - "FDR"

    Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)
  • 13
    103
    45

    Zachary Taylor - "Old Rough and Ready"

    Dec. at 65 (1784-1850)
  • 14
    127
    66

    Ronald Reagan - "The Gipper"

    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
  • 15
    91
    37

    Tony Blair - "Teflon Tony"

    Age: 68
  • 16
    105
    51
    Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)
  • 17
    83
    36

    William Howard Taft - "Big Chief"

    Dec. at 72 (1857-1930)
  • 18
  • 19
    79
    35

    Rutherford B. Hayes - "His Fraudulency"

    Dec. at 70 (1822-1893)
  • 20
    119
    71

    Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"

  • 21
    94
    53

    Lyndon B. Johnson - "LBJ"

    Dec. at 64 (1908-1973)
  • 22
    96
    56

    John McCain - "McNasty"

    Dec. at 81 (1936-2018)
  • 23
    82
    48
    Dec. at 60 (1872-1933)
  • 24
    73
    40

    John Tyler - "His Accidency"

    Dec. at 71 (1790-1862)
  • 25
    75
    43

    Jimmy Carter - "The Peanut Farmer"

    Age: 97