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The Greatest United States Presidents in history, ranked from best to worst. Who's the greatest U.S. president? Anyone can vote on or make their own version of this collaborative list of the men who shaped American policy - a fascinating insight into all the US Presidents and how their presidencies were perceived. Who were the best presidents? We expect this list of the Chief Executives to change over time as history's perceptions also change.

And be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate list of the Worst-Ever US Presidents as well, for comparison's sake.

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Abraham Lincoln 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and ...more

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George Washington 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George Washington George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United ...more

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Thomas Jefferson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced ...more

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James Madison 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Madison James Madison, Jr. was an American statesman, political theorist, and the fourth President of the United States. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental in ...more

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John F. Kennedy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 ...more

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James Monroe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Monroe James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States. Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States and the last president from the Virginia dynasty and the ...more

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Theodore Roosevelt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Theodore Roosevelt Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the ...more

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Franklin D. Roosevelt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, he won a record four ...more

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Dwight D. Eisenhower 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme ...more

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Ronald Reagan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Before his presidency he served as the 33rd Governor of California and was also an actor from 1937–1964. Born and raised in small ...more

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John Adams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Adams John Adams was the second president of the United States, having earlier served as the first vice president of the United States. An American Founding Father, Adams was a statesman, diplomat, and a ...more

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Harry S. Truman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Harry Truman Harry S. Truman is an author.

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Donald Trump 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Donald Trump Donald John Trump Sr. is an American business magnate, investor, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment ...more

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Bill Clinton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Bill Clinton William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to ...more

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Andrew Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States. He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently ...more

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George H. W. Bush 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George H. W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush is a retired American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President ...more

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John Quincy Adams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of ...more

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Barack Obama 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II (/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama served as ...more

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James K. Polk 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James K. Polk James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as the 17th ...more

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Woodrow Wilson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Woodrow Wilson Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement. A Southerner with a PhD in political science, he served as President of ...more

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Ulysses S. Grant 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States. As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the ...more

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Calvin Coolidge 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Calvin Coolidge John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming ...more

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Lyndon B. Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Lyndon Johnson Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States, a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President. Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, served ...more

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Grover Cleveland 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Grover Cleveland Stephen Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was one of the two Democrats ...more

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George W. Bush 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
George W. Bush George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son ...more

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Gerald Ford 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Gerald Ford Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 ...more

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William McKinley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William McKinley William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory ...more

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William Howard Taft 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William Howard Taft William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States. He is the only person to have served in both of these offices. Before becoming ...more

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Jimmy Carter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Jimmy Carter James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician, author, and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He was awarded ...more

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Richard Nixon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only U.S. president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a U.S. representative and ...more

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James A. Garfield 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James A. Garfield James Abram Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States, after serving nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garfield's presidency lasted just 200 days—from March 4, 1881, ...more

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Rutherford B. Hayes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to ...more

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Chester A. Arthur 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Chester A. Arthur Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st President of the United States; he succeeded James Garfield upon the latter's assassination. At the outset, Arthur struggled to overcome his reputation, stemming from ...more

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Zachary Taylor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army, rising ...more

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Martin Van Buren 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in a number of senior roles, including eighth Vice President and Secretary of State, both ...more

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Benjamin Harrison 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States; he was the grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison. Harrison had become a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church ...more

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John Tyler 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
John Tyler John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States. He was elected vice president on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison, and became president after his running mate's death in April ...more

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Herbert Hoover 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Herbert Hoover Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was a professional mining engineer, and was raised as a Quaker. A Republican, Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food Administration ...more

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William Henry Harrison 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
William Henry Harrison William Henry Harrison was the ninth President of the United States, an American military officer and politician, and the last President born as a British subject. He was also the first president to ...more

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Warren G. Harding 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Warren G. Harding Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, a Republican from Ohio who served in the Ohio Senate and then in the United States Senate, where he played a minor role. With the ...more

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Millard Fillmore 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States, the last Whig president, and the last president not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties. Fillmore was the ...more

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Franklin Pierce 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Genial and well-spoken, Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the ...more

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Andrew Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. A ...more

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James Buchanan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
James Buchanan James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives and ...more