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.

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

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

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Richard Nixon - "Tricky Dick" Died at 81 (1913-1994)

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Winston Churchill - "British Bulldog" Died at 91 (1874-1965)

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Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dwight D. Eisenhower - "Ike" Died at 79 (1890-1969)

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
John F. Kennedy - "JFK" Died at 46 (1917-1963)

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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

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

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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Franklin D. Roosevelt - "FDR" Died at 63 (1882-1945)

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Andrew Jackson - "Old Hickory" Died at 78 (1767-1845)

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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Gipper" Died at 93 (1911-2004)

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Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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

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Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Calvin Coolidge - "Silent Cal" Died at 61 (1872-1933)

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John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
John Tyler - "His Accidency" Died at 72 (1790-1862)

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Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Woodrow Wilson - "The Schoolmaster" Died at 68 (1856-1924)

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William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
William Howard Taft - "Big Chief" Died at 73 (1857-1930)

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William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
William Henry Harrison - "Tippecanoe" Died at 68 (1773-1841)

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Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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James Madison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
James Madison - "His Little Majesty" Died at 85 (1751-1836)

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Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Lyndon B. Johnson - "LBJ" Died at 65 (1908-1973)

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James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
James Buchanan - "Ten Cent Jimmy" Died at 77 (1791-1868)

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Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Martin Van Buren - "Martin Van Ruin" Died at 80 (1782-1862)

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Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Arlen Specter - "Snarlin' Arlen" Died at 82 (1930-2012)

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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Neville Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Neville Chamberlain - "The Coroner" Died at 71 (1869-1940)

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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Margaret Thatcher - "Milk ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk Snatcher"

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Gordon Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Tom DeLay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Rahm Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Theodore Roosevelt - "TR" Died at 61 (1858-1919)

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David Cameron is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

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Bill Clinton - "Bubba" is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Bill Clinton - "Bubba"

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Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Nicknames