Politics The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents  

Mel Judson
Originally by
5.7k votes 1.2k voters 14.4k views 12 items

List Rules Presidents of the United States of America who served just one full term. Upvote those you think did the best job.

It's time to upvote the US presidents you thought did the most with their one term as leader of the free world. In some ways, four years is a long time to prove yourself as a good Commander in Chief, but on the other hand, it is hard to enact real, visible change throughout the entire country in such a short time. It becomes easy for challengers, like Bill Clinton beating incumbent George H. W. Bush, to ask Americans, "Are you better of now than you were four years ago?" But which on this list of one term presidents made the most of those four years of government leadership at the highest level?

These one-term presidents range from John Adams to Jimmy Carter, the latter of whom lost his second shot at the presidency to Ronald Reagan. These politicians and presidents show that America does not always re-elect the incumbent. For instance, leaders like James K. Polk and Rutherford B. Hayes were limited to a single lonely term as President of the United States of America.

How many one term presidents have served the United States of America? Just 12 so far and they're all on this list of American presidents who were only in office for one solitary term. Vote up those who served America best over that 1 term and check out the US presidents who were lucky enough to serve two terms as well!

list ordered by
1
360 227
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Federalist Party
1797-1801
2
325 238
James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Democratic Party
1845-1849
3
569 323
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Republican Party
1989-1993
4
211 198
John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
National Republican Party
1825-1829
5
417 449
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Democratic Party
1977-1981
6
204 161
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Republican Party
1909-1913
7
122 193
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Republican Party
1877-1881
8
110 185
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Republican Party
1889-1893
9
128 267
Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Republican Party
1929-1933
10
107 203
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Democratic Party
1837-1841
11
69 257
Franklin Pierce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Democratic Party
1853-1857
12
68 314
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents
Democratic Party
1857-1861