Politics The Best Political Nicknames  

Mike Rothschild
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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.
list ordered by

1
208 51
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 88 (1925-2013)

2
192 45
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"

3
163 34
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 91 (1874-1965)

4
174 46
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)

5
179 49
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

6
168 56
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

7
141 42
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

8
134 40
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

9
126 42
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

10
127 43
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

11
132 50
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

12
111 38
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

13
104 35
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

14
124 48
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)

15
127 50
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

16
122 52
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"

17
83 29
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)

18
85 35
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

19
91 40
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)

20
100 48
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)

21
97 46
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

22
75 31
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

23
80 35
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 68 (1773-1841)

24
82 37
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

25
85 40
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames