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

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201 46
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 88 (1925-2013)

2
187 41
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"

3
156 33
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 91 (1874-1965)

4
171 47
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

5
165 46
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)

6
132 38
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

7
161 55
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

8
136 41
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

9
126 40
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

10
124 40
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

11
111 35
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

12
128 47
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

13
126 48
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

14
103 34
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

15
122 47
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)

16
121 50
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"

17
81 28
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)

18
91 38
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)

19
84 34
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

20
100 46
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)

21
75 29
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

22
80 33
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 68 (1773-1841)

23
81 35
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

24
81 35
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

25
94 45
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames