Best Presidents of the United States


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1Abraham Lincoln (16)

Should be above Bush, you think 911 was worse than the civil war?
Clinton balanced the budget and actually left a surplus but top 5? No.
Personally don't think Bush43, Clinton, JFK, or Nixon belong in the top 10.
JFK was not a good president, just remembered well. Nixon was a brilliant politician but remembered as a shady scumbag, even compared to other politicians. FDR elected 4 times but if it weren't for WWII his new deal would have destroyed America not to mention court packing is worse than what Nixon did. FDR = shadiest president every (adulterer, internment camps, undercutting his own party to win a 3rd term... ) Obama is the worst for the deficit so far of any president in history and he won a nobel prize because they hoped that he wouldn't vote on a troop surge, which he did anyway. Those aren't arguments for praise. Any honorable recipient would have returned it after his decision but he was probably busy visiting the last of the "57" states. Washington ...more

Abraham Lincoln is the reason the United States is still United and began the elimination of racism by ending slavery. To do this he began a largely unpopular but necessary war. This made him hated to the point where he was assassinated but he went through with his decision anyway. Would any politician today do this? I doubt it.

Abraham Lincoln was man you could change his ideas. Like slavery he first thought it was good. Then he realized that slavery was wrong. He did almost everything to fix the country. No other president thought about slavery should be wrong or even segregation. Martin Luther king jr was not a president but still fought for what is right. Only Abraham Lincoln thought slavery was wrong. He was a man of changes and does what should be right among us. If he didn't exist there still would be slavery and African Americans would not be equally treated. So I think Abraham Lincoln should be the best president in history.

He is such a good person

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2George Washington (1)

Even more than Jefferson or Madison he fought for a balance between state and federal government. Not to mention he believed in what he was doing. - LadyLioness

#1. (no party) The father of this nation. If it wasn't for him, we simply would not be here and would never have gotten the experience to live in the best country in the world. It is because of strong and heroic men like him, that we live free today and he is a constant reminder of our democracy and the reason why our flag stands up strong and will continue to serve us forever and ever!

Don't get me wrong. I love America. But even if the country I am about to say did have an evil, evil history and terrible leaders, it got better after a bit. I'm proud to be 1/4 of the country who brought us Albert Einstein, even if Steven Hawking is smarter. Germany FOR THE WIN!

George Washington was a much better president that Abe Lincoln. Washington fought a war that was necessary for us to be a free country. Lincoln's war was not really necessary. If he had let the Confederate States stand, they would have wanted to rejoin the union within a short period of time. The North would have invited them back. Both the the North and the South needed each other. Slavery was not an issue in the war until 1863 when Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation which accomplished absolutely nothing. It only applied to the states over which Lincoln had no authority at the time. It didn't apply to the slaves in the states which were under his control. There were slaves in Pennsylvania, New York, Connetticut and is a few other states. The purpose as stated by Lincoln was to "preserve the Union". If did preserve the Union at the expense of several fortunes and over half a million lives.

Washington is the best president because if there was no Washington there would be no Lincoln or any other president in the United States!

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3Ronald Reagan (40)

#40. (Republican) he was able to fix the economy, create twenty million new jobs, lower inflation rates, exempt low income Americans, create economic stability for small businesses, lower taxes, and bring in an end to the Cold War with his concise and effective foreign policy skills. He also was able to survive a gun shot and return to his duty only three weeks later. A real true American who believed in this country and a real true father to Conservatism! Even the democrats loved him. Good Bless Reagan.

Ronald Reagen is top president. He is a real but kicker, and if you see this in heaven ron I'll say you're the best president that ever lived and is still living.

The only president that was true to his word, most people that don't like him want a pacifist in charge, why do you think we are still bad ass

Ronald Reagan is definitely the best President because he managed to save the economy and end the cold war with the help of Margaret Thatcher.

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4Thomas Jefferson (3)

Thomas Jefferson is one of the most underrated presidents ever. The fact that G.W. bush and Bill Clinton were voted above Jefferson is bad enough, but Lincoln being number two is unbelievable. Lincoln destroyed Jefferson's vision of a free, VOLUNTARY union of sovereign states. If people understood history, Bush, Clinton, LINCOLN, and all other imperialist presidents would be voted down as some of the worst presidents in the history of the country. Read Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and it will become clear that every president which was voted above Jefferson (with the exception of Washington) supported policies which were counter to the founders' vision.

Thomas Jefferson was a Hypocrite... he might have come up with the Declaration of Independence but he refuse to free the slaves because their absence would make his life hard. I have not respect his efforts.

Thomas Jefferson was a hero, visionary, revolutionary thinker, as well as architect and all around genius. Any man who rejects these facts is just plain stupid and to replace them with the slavery scandal will be just as much so. What jefferson provided for this nation far surpasses any of his person shortcomings which all presidents even Washington and especially Lincoln, and to judge his political character by these would be foolish.

Are you kidding me? Thomas Jefferson was the best President! He gave us the Louisiana Purchase AND wrote the article that freed us as a nation! The Declaration of Independence! George W. Bush murdered our economy and was a gigantic hypocrite in his foreign policy!

He's good...I guess

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5Franklin D Roosevelt (32)

Franklin D Roosevelt is probably my favorite, if not one of my favorite, presidents to date. He was so ahead of his time in his beliefs about how to properly handle the depression. In the 1920's, America was overrun with conservative rugged-individualists who wanted the government to be as weak as possible and hated any attempts by the Feds to regulate the economy. This lead to the Great Depression, which crippled the planet's economy and left 99% of humans dirt poor. Roosevelt brought back progressivism and, more amazingly, brought it into the previously racist and white supremacist Democratic Party. Wilson's attempts to do this during WWI failed because he himself had been a white supremacist and a radical southern baptist. Roosevelt deserves the credit for actually re-starting progressivism, and in doing so saving the country from collapsing into total anarchy. He passed new laws to regulate the printing and value of money, the competence of banks, emergency funding of schools and ...more

No one greater than Roosevelt. He was dead before I was born, but I can barely look at his picture without crying. My parents were children in the depression, and credited this man for literally saving them from starvation. Mother said no one was working, had any food, or money, and lived in daily fear of what would happen to them. They would listen to his fireside chats on the radio, and she said the fear would lift at the sound of his voice, and calm come over the house. He assured them they would be taken care of, not to worry, and the government trucks started delivering the potted meat and some staples. I have been told that almost every American home at that time had his picture hanging on the wall of their homes. Unless you lived during those times, you cannot fully appreciate what this man did. He saved America, paralyzed from a wheel chair. I adore this man.

Lead us through one of the toughest times this country has ever faced. How could Governor Bush even be on this list. Yes I still call him governor because that's the only political position he's actually ever fairly won (remember Al Gore and Florida? ) - crazyeyes56

FDR is number one by far you are comparing civil war vs WWII and the Great Depression? Lincoln sent tens of thousands of young boys to their deaths because of his insistence on attacking the confer aged in the east and inability to appoint a commander in chief till 1864.

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6John F Kennedy (35)

Seriously? George W. Bush is # 1? All he did was start the Iraq and Afghanistan War, not to mention he barely helped at all when Hurricane Katrina came through. Now JFK, he was amazing. He started the Peace Corps, started the Space Race, made sure African Americans had equal rights in housing( And would've done more for Civil Rights if he served longer), made sure Steel industries couldn't raise their prices over and over, and stopped the Cuban Missile Crysis, and he didn't even serve a full term! So JFK deserves first or second for sure.

I don't disagree with you that JFK was a good president; however, to blame the Iraq/Afghan War on George Bush is absolutely ignorant of the entire remainder of the story. - themusicking101

He's was the only Irish-Catholic president ever, and he was the youngest elected president ever. No one can represent the world, let alone America, as well as this guy. He would've completely solved any problems with Russia or Cuba, and who knows, even Korea or the Middle East. This guy knew what he was doing, unlike some other guys (ahem... Bush).

People who say JFK doesn't belong in the top ten obviously don't know JFK at all. He negotiated the Cuban Missile Crisis, which stopped a potential nuclear war, he was the one who started the Space Race which ultimately landed an AMERICAN on the moon, and he was a war hero, Purple Heart bearer who was willing to die for his country long before he actually did. I would cast my vote for JFK as one of the best presidents ever any day.

Loved to eat deep fried chicken! I mean really deep.. from the abys

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7Theodore Roosevelt (26)

An honest politician, if there is such a thing. A man who actually cared about the average American citizen and the environment. He was brave in conflicts on the battlefield and in Washington. I'm not what you would call an educated man (only high school grad. ) But I can read and from what I have read, I feel I am right. We would have no National Parks if it was for him. A great solider, sportsman, conservationist, and most of all President. Thank God for Teddy Roosevelt.

#26. (Republican) strong imperialistic leader who's influence on government is still vital to the U.S. today with the creation of the Big Stick Policy. His love for nature and keeping America's national landmarks forever reserved is a constant symbol representing our pride and integrity! He also installed other effective policies such as the Meat Inspection Act and was determined to fight for the workers rights and benefits for the many Americans affected by America's Industrial Period.

Come on, he was a cowboy for one, and was even shot before giving a speech but still gave it.

Courtney Hills**

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8Dwight D. Eisenhower (34)

#34. (Republican) the strong and heroic WW2 general who lead the successful attack on Normandy. He helped the Americans defeat Hitler and it is because of his efficient military actions that helped us win V.E. day (Victory in Europe Day). If it wasn't for him, Hitler would have probably taken over the world, killed the rest of the Jews, and would have the remaining people still living under nazi occupation. Eisenhower was not only a superb war general but also a great president who was a strong civil rights activist and dedicated his presidency to stopping the spread of segregation across America. Not only did he get us out of WW2, but later during his presidency, he also got us out of the Korean War. The fact that he was able to get us out of two wars is very astonishing and is something that not everyone can achieve in their lifetime! However, he did it and he did it well!

The reason why America rose to be a GREAT nation. He built our national infrastructure. He built our space program. He educated our population. He WARNED of the military industrial complex. He oversaw 8 years of peace during one of the worst periods in history. He was everything that Republicans today despise.

He was a very good president during the war.

Awesome Man Named after him

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9William Clinton (42)

I've lost all faith in this list and in the people who have voted Bush as the 2nd best president, though I'm not surprised if you get your info from Fox News or even MSNBC.

The economy was BOOMING fantastically during this man's terms, and he knew how to work with both the Democratic and Republican party. Gas was cheaper than it ever was under George W Bush (and Barack Obama's first term. Another thing is that Bush DID NOT inherit a recession from Clinton; he inherited a SURPLUS and drove it into the ground, and yet the man is second place on this list?!

Bill Clinton is one of the greatest leaders of all time. Awesome economic boom and ridiculously good foreign policy. Not the best overall, but definitely better than GEORGE BUSH. What a terrible list.
1. Lincoln (held union together, terrific supporter of universal freedom)
2. Washington (basically founded the nations values set precedents yadayada)
3. FDR (wartime president, ended great depression, etc. )
4. Clinton (mentioned)
5. Kennedy, if only...
6. Jefferson
7. Madison
8. GHW Bush (he was actually pretty good).

Our country prospered during the Clinton years. I liked that he could connect with an array of folks in and out of government. He seemed to be respected in other countries, and I felt that he had the people in America in his best interest. So what if he messed up in his personal life. It had nothing to do with his performance as president. And I think that Hillary played a huge part in the success of our country supporting our President.

Yeah sure Lincoln is number one. that's from all the Republicans. The presidents who are at the top were Republicans. I'm a Democrat and I thought that Bill Clinton was the greatest. The 90's were booming for the U.S., and I wish he were still president. - TopTenJackson

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10James Madison (4)

#4. (Democratic-Republican) the father of the bill of rights who helped create the individual demands and benefits that still hold true to the American people this very day! Another perfect example of a founding father who's policies helped America succeed and improve its conditions for a stronger and more reliable nation. His strong inspiration and courage is a constant reminder of the civil liberties that represent our constitution and law of the land.

He was a very well-informed person, and many admired this about him. Because he knew so much and contributed a lot to the debates, Madison was called "Father of the Constitution." Also, Madison he took notes -published in The Federalist Papers- which are today our best record of what happened during the Constitutional Convention. Madison argued for federalism (power being divided between the states and national government), which eventually won over antifederalism (states having more power than the national government). Madison helped convince Virginia, which as a whole was opposed to a stronger central government, to ratify the Constitution. Madison was secretary of state for Thomas Jefferson (some even commented he controlled the president! ) and then became president himself. While he was president, the U.S. faced the War of 1812.

Personally, James Madison is my favorite president

He led the nation through the War of 1812, securing US sovereignty for generations to come. He was also the father of the constitution and help to write the Federalist Papers without which we might not have democracy in the world today.

Creator of the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, which is perhaps one of the most important documents in the Western World.

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The Contenders

11John Adams (2)

#2. (Federalist) another founding father who's examples lead to the creation of the constitution and declaration of independence. It is because of his actions that lead to our freedoms and fought for our rights as American citizens. He is also the well known successor of our nation's first president George Washington and continued to carry out his dreams and responsibilities that made America stand strong to this very day!

With few exceptions, John Adams is unmatched in Character, morals and honor. Of those in the 'top 10' only Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson come close to matching Adams. He is one of the original founding fathers, as a lawyer he defended the British soldiers in the Boston massacre (and got them equitted in a Boston courtroom full of people who wanted to hang them). He consistantly voted for what he believed was right (including voting for Indian rights) even when it was not popular. What president in the last 50 years would do that?

John Adams Founded Our Navy. He helped write the Declaration of Independence and you putt him at number 15 and Obama at 13 I mean all Obama did is get us 20,000,000,000 dollars in debt. I don't think he is the greatest president but at least top 10

Much of Thomas Jefferson's Declaration was molded before by the writings of John Adams. Adams was a heavy influence to many who followed later, including his own son.

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12Harry S Truman (33)

Harry did what was right not popular, forcing owners and strikers to meet, integrating the military and firing MacArthur's ass. Heck he even brought in a surplus and actually lived a normal life after his presidency.

About the only Democrat I fully respect. Without him, god knows what the country would be right now.

An underdog who got absolutely no support from his predessor but on his own merits become probably one of the best and most courageous of the presidents.

He is a really underrated president too bad his popularity dropped during the Korean War

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13Andrew Jackson (7)

He was one of the first presidents to come from nothing into something, and used those skills he grew up with, as well as his military skills to influence the idea of expanding American democracy for virtually all white males, which was revolutionary at that time. He also saved us from getting into a civil war by passing a bill to lower taxes on cotton in the south, since the south, especially South Carolina, had been taxed on cotton severely.

Jackson's policies toward Native Americans will haunt the population for ever in that he went against the Supreme Court and stationed US troops in Georgia in an attempt to settle and drive all of them out on the Trail of Tears.

If only more people knew this travesty. You forgot the part about Scalp Bounties though -- it gets even uglier. - theOpinionatedOne

Andrew was the first president from humble beginnings, breaking the tradition of elite in office. His strong sense of nationalism was critical in his fight against the BUS and a strong central government

Andrea says hi!

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14George W. Bush (43)

This Bush is one of the greatest in history, but not as President... he is however one of the greatest nightmares to humanity in the 20th century. He has caused the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians - including women and children. When he "attacked terrorism", it took him 2 months to send only 11,000 troops to Afghanistan (there are more than 11,000 police in NYC) which gave Osama bin Laden PLENTY of time to get hidden. Then he lied to America about WMDs in Iraq to pull us into a ten year war to line the pockets of his family, and his friends with billions of dollars at the taxpayer's expense. He condoned the use of torture. And when he got into office the US had a surplus - when he left we were trillions of dollars in debt. Plus he scared the public into giving up rights with the Patriot act. Easily one of the worst presidents ever. A total disgrace to the US and the ideals of our founding fathers. Especially to the eyes of the world. I'm just glad he's gone now ...more

That is very true. He probably just messes up the economy because he knew it would take a while for people to fix so that he could blame it on the next president.

Bush may not be my favorite or the best president ever, but he is definitely underrated and gets way too much criticism thrown at him for stereotypical and washed out reasons just for the fun of it from his opponents. Here's why he should be respected more for what he did, in my view:

1. He inherited 9-11 and displayed his patriotism for America by calling for assistance efforts at trying to help the country recover from the attacks, and not bothering to negotiate with the terrorists that attacked us, which would have made us look weak in the eyes of al Qaeda. Instead, he displayed our will to stay strong at home and abroad by encouraging an expansion on military spending and a full-out fight against terrorism.

2. He used tax cuts similar to Ronald Reagan's that resulted in extra job opportunities for individuals struggling to find work, and contributed to expanding the overall US GDP without unnecessary government spending.

3. Along with tax cuts, he attempted to ...more

To the fellow who has the three-point defense of Bush, you are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. 9-11 happened on September 11, 2001. George Bush assumed office in January of that year so he had already been in office nine months when 9-11 happened. He did not "inherit" it, it happened on his watch. Nor did he do anything that truly helped the economy. When Bush left office, the unemployment rate was 10 percent, which the Obama administration has cut in half. Our country was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs per month at the end of Bush's presidency, which was also reversed by Obama. There is this feeling among Republicans that giving tax breaks to the wealthy spurs the economy, but the fact is that a greater percentage of the population can afford to purchase goods, that's when the economy thrives, as under Clinton and Obama. I realize Fox News has its set of facts and that's all that some people listen to, but these are the actual facts.

Yes he is right there with Commodus who destroyed the Roman Empire. We will be suffering the ramifications of his actions for the next generation. He is the father of ISIS and the countless lives and billions spent on Iraq to give the country to Iran. He did make his friends filthy rich was that a consideration.

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15Woodrow Wilson (28)

He had a strong heart by believing Self-Determination and had the right idea of the establishing the League of Nations. He deserves to be a bit higher.

Kind of forgotten now but a brave man he was to be I'll and still go on, there's a few more who did the same but this guy was great

Should be #8 at least. Kept banking system intact, keeping the Great Depression from being much greater.

Guided us through world war 1

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16James Monroe (5)

He didn't realm do anything special for the country bit nothing bad happened wall he was the president so he is definitely one of the best. Little fun fact he saved queen Elisabeth from being decapated

James Monroe should be number 14 greatest president. Obama stinks!

17James Polk (11)

James Knox Polk was THE best example of a leader with efficiency, promise, consistency, and was really a major unsung hero. Polk came into the presidency with some laid-out goals, promised to get them all done, ended up completing everything he wanted to do (which was incredibly significant and crucial), and then left and never came back. What a bad-ass. This guy never gets enough credit and is a true success among US presidents. Polk's my favorite of all time, and he should definitely be a Top 10 staple. Polk should never be looked past.

Should be much higher! Annexed Texas, the Oregon Territory and the Mexican Session. Lowered Tariffs and set the groundwork for our modern banking system and completed it all in 4 years. We could use more like him.

Seriously underrated President. Polk was the only President in history who achieved all of his campaign wishes. He managed to win us California, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, etc. within only 4 years. Very effective leader.

One President who cared about the average person. He had vision and was courageous!

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18Barack Obama (44)

Obama Is probably the most underrated president since Lincoln. Right wing propaganda shows like Fox News make him out to be some sort of Antichrist, but any logical person who really looks back on what this man has done for our country so far can say that he has done pretty well. First and foremost, he is the first African president in a country infamous for racism and segregation, specially against blacks. He's erased the ultimate stereotype by reaching the nation's highest office despite his skin color. He ended the pointless oil grabbing war in Iraq and cut off the head of AlQueda by killing Bin Laden, and by doing so avenging all those who lost they're lives in the 911 attacks. He has put millions of Americans back to work, though America has not yet reached the pre bush economic prosperity. He supports same sex marriage, facing extreme opposition from homophobic right wingers and Ultraconservative religious organizations. He has done more to help the ailing environment than any ...more

Beloved President Obama is literally one of "the best" Presidents this country ever had.

He had the "potential" for being "the best" this country ever had,

…but to preserve the lies of the past (that the ignorant and spiritually blind crave), he could not be so.

[even as these bewail their own created-crap. & then turn IMMEDIATELY around for another helping please (lol) and re-elect it into power over the one man trying to dig them out--anything to stop a man doing for Christ (friend of the poor), in favor of their own master’s will"(friend of the rich) who “call” themselves Christ and a “moral” Christian nation --- what a joke of pure fresh hell lies (lol)]…

…all for to stop this intelligent and powerful (without having to entertaining whites) black-man role-model from outdoing the games of the white-ones and “restore” satanic regimes of lie-greatness working for their own master and then complain ...more

Barack Obama isn't the best. However he is much better then most people make him out to be. He repealed Don't Ask, Don't tell. He passed the Affordable Care Act giving millions who were previously uninsured healthcare. He has had unemployment go from 10%(highest during terms in October, November and December) to 5%(lowest most recent recording October 2015). He made a national deal with Iran and numerous other super powers to prevent Iran from producing a nuclear bomb. He veto'd the keystone pipeline. he's tried to pass gun control legislation, he has also normalized relations with Cuba something that previous presidents before him had avoided. He also appointed the first Hispanic supreme court justice, Sonia Sotomayor. Obama is not perfect however, the heavy usage of drones in the Middle East and the use of the patriot act have all dimmed his presidency, however like every president he has his pros and cons. Just depends on if you think they did more good then bad.

Its hard to argue with lowering unemployment to 5% after he inherited the Great Recession, cutting the deficit by a lot, killing the terrorist Osama Bin Laden, creating a lot more jobs etc.

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19John Q Adams (6)

Only president that I agree with all of his decisions: supported high tariffs, strong national bank, nationalizing canals and railroads, giving rights to Native Americans, and supporting the arts and academia. - akiva254

J Q Adams was hampered by Jackson after a deal with another foe for the Presidency gave Adams the votes he needed to win. Jackson formed an alliance with others to keep Adams from doing anything of substance. John Quincey was the brains behind the Constitution, and worked tirelessly for the success of the Madison presidency.

20Calvin Coolidge (30)

One of the few Presidents who stayed out of the way, and the country prospered.

Herbert hoover also stayed out of the way but the country fell apart under his watch

He led us in the most prosperous times in America where the American dream was alive.

Way underrated... He ALLOWED for America to be America

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