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The Best Political Nicknames 

Mike Rothschild
Updated June 14, 2019 8.1k votes 787 voters 20.8k views 48 items

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
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 88 (1925-2013)
2
Abraham Lincoln - "... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"
3
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
4
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
5
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
6
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
7
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
8
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
9
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
10
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
11
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
12
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
13
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)
14
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
15
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)
16
Ronald Reagan - "Th... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"
17
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
18
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)
19
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)
20
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)
21
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
22
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
23
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
24
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
25
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 72 (1790-1862)