Best Presidents of the United States


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21 John Q Adams (6) John 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

You realize he was the only president to not win the electoral college or the popular vote right. He was only appointed because people respected his father.

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.

One of the most brilliant men of his time, he fought for the change we see as normal today during a time that it was not popular to support these radical ideals. He is one of the most inspiring and influential people in U.S. history.

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22 George H.W. Bush (41) George H.W. Bush (41)

#41. (Republican) great leader economically and improved the quality of the economy after he took over from Reagan. The fiscal success from the 80's was able to continue strongly into his presidency and his foreign policy skills were also very sharp and effective. He succeeded at attacking Iraq from Kuwait and resolving conflicts in the Middle East with Iraqi dictator Saddam Heussin.

Why is George W. Bush higher on the list than George H. W. Bush? George H. W. Bush was much better.

Liberated Kuwait. Other than that, not much to say about this guy. - GreaterEmpire1

If he was so bad, how did he son get elected to two terms? come on people

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23 William Harrison (9) William Harrison (9)

Only president that wasn't around long enough to screw up. - jwaden27

I'd give my left nipple to be half the man that he was. What a great president...

He died of pneumonia shortest term any president has been in office.

He did nothing good or bad in office.

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24 Martin Van Buren (8) Martin Van Buren (8)

He was alright he would have been better if Andrew Jackson didn't sign all those bills that wasted money

He was known as the LIttle magic man he did now focus on slavery

If the lord of the rings had an albert einstein

You can thank him for the Great Depression of 1830

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25 Zachary Taylor (12) Zachary Taylor (12) 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 to the rank of major general.

I heard his grandson is still alive.

He was a good gernal but as presdint he was just on the wrong side of history

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26 Grover Cleveland (24) Grover Cleveland (24)

Only president to have made two not consecutive mandates. He was the 24th president from 1893 to 1897 and also the 22nd from 1885 to 1889. - Toshin

He told Franklin Roosevelt when he was 5 that he would end up as nothing but a "scag" - benhos

This guy signed the bill that brought Segregation. He was a horrible president.

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27 Gerald Ford (38) Gerald Ford (38)

I have a report on him and this is very helpful

Gerald Ford is actually a really good president. I think he should be rated higher.

He healed are nation from Watergate, but pardoned Nixon in the process... So I'd say he's a "middle of the road" "didn't really do much" president, other than deliver the line "The state of the union is not good."

I also drive a ford

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28 William McKinley (25) William McKinley (25)

Most underrated president of all time. Annexated Hawaii, won the Spanish-American war, and paved the way for Ted Roosevelt and the American empire as it is today, and finally taken by an assassin's bullet.

He is usually ranked in the 20s, but deserves much more credit.

Got us out of the Spanish American war with under a thousand deaths and annexed Hawaii

America would never become a superpower if he didn't exist.

His eyebrows gave him the power of flight

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29 Millard Filmore (13) Millard Filmore (13) Millard Fillmore was an American politician who served as the 13th President of the United States from 1850 to 1853. He was the last Whig president, and the last president not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Didn't like slavery, signed the Fugitive Slave Act but without knowing the definition of the word "fugitive". Shame that people hate him so much because of one simple mistake he made.

He did more to instigate the civil war than any other president

There would be 49 states without him

He is better and there would be only states 49

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30 Rutherford B. Hayes (19) Rutherford B. Hayes (19)

Hayes was elected president without a majority of the electoral vote because he beat Tilden by only ONE electoral vote, and that came about as a result of disputed electoral votes from Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina being awarded to Hayes in an unusually messy election brouhaha. No wonder Hayes didn't run for president in 1880.

Well he obviously has the coolest name...

Although Hayes wanted to corrupt his political party, he was not a horrible president. He was a great public speaker and was known for being inspirational at times.

Have you seen his young adult pictures? He's clearly the best.

Your ugly I don't like your beard Rutherford B Hayes

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31 Warren G. Harding (29) Warren G. Harding (29) Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death in 1923.

Terrible president. Get off the list. He lost a White House China set playing poker.

Harding is terrible, but his rating as the worst president ever is actually quite unfair to his actual accomplishments. The economy was booming, and Harding was a strong supporter of Women's Sufferagettes.

He was only nominated because he quote "Looked presidential"

Harding did not even want to be president it seems like.

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32 Benjamin Harrison (23) Benjamin Harrison (23) Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States; he was the grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison.

Nobody remembers this dude lol

I am a direct descendent of Benjamin Bunion Harrison

Its weird how he has a picture if Gerald Ford doesn't.

Oh gee, who could forget BENJAMIN HARRISON...he's the Rock singer, right? - Darth-Snorpy

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33 John Tyler (10) John Tyler (10) John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States. He was also, briefly, the tenth Vice President, elected to that office on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison.

Abandoned his platform at his party

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34 William Howard Taft (27) William Howard Taft (27)

Now here's the thing. He obviously wasn't the best president, but he should be a bit higher. He was probably the most average president we had, did good things, but not a ton of them. Good guy, decent president. - NymeriaWaters

I love the guy, he helped in the progressive movement and was all around pretty good.

Anyone who gets stuck in a bathtub is a good president.

Second chin can feed lower class and most of africa

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35 Chester A. Arthur (21) Chester A. Arthur (21) Chester Alan Arthur was an American attorney and politician who served as the 21st President of the United States; he succeeded James A. Garfield upon the latter's assassination.

Wow. It's upsetting to see him this low on the list. And everyone that voted for him says that its because "he has a cool mustache" (Which is True). But are we forgetting about him killing the political machine that he was a part of so everyone who wasn't a politician could also have a chance in life too. He did so much good not just for america, but for the people of america.

Such an amazing person. He did a lot for america, and still just about no-one knows about him. He deserves to be in the top ten or the top 20 at least.

Coolest facial hair ever to be in White House? I think yes!

Best president that no-one knows about.

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36 James A. Garfield (20) James A. Garfield (20) James Abram Garfield was the 20th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881, until his assassination later that year.

Had he not died in his first year, could have been among the greatest presidents. - johnnyp23xd

Garfield is a blacks-right supporter, so if he wasn't murdered in 199 days then he would be pretty good. Garfield was unlucky because he was elected in 1880 (the third year for Temcuseh's).

First pres to campaign for himself and started to work for freed slaves

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37 Richard Nixon (37) Richard Nixon (37) Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S.

Actually a fantastic president. Before Nixon and under Johnson, over half of all southern schools were segregated and there were fears of black children being murdered on their way to school owing to the racial hatred prevalent there. By the end of Nixon's first term just 3% were segregated, largely due to his own efforts in solving the issue peacefully.

Also initiated diplomatic relations with China, got America out of Vietnam, abolished the draft and created the EPA (quite a liberal reformer if you think about it). Small wonder he was re-elected with 60% of the vote. If it were not for Watergate, Nixon would be remembered as one of the greatest presidents.

Underrated. He actually accomplished quite a bit as President, but that's overlooked because of Water Gate.

He's a bit mixed. While definitely one of the most abusive presidents based on power, he at least opened trading relations with China and signed the Clean Act. - MKBeast

While he is not one of my top ten favorites, I actually think he was a good president(excluding watergate). The economy was pretty good, he strengthen the navy, declared the war on cancer, improved relations with China, pretty much ended the war of Vietnam(Ford signed the official treaty, but Nixon did all the work), decreased segregation to 3%, when it was much higher before he was president, and he is actually responsible for many of the basic aspects of modern American life(ex : ending the military draft). - Therandom

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38 Jimmy Carter (39) Jimmy Carter (39) James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician and author who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.

One of the most underrated presidents of all time. People call him a coward without knowing the valour he displayed in the military or how he went on a solo mission into a nuclear reactor melting down to mitigate the damage, and is still suffering the consequences of radiation poisoning to this day. While Carter took the moral approach in the campaign against Reagan, Reagan tied misleading talking points together to blame America's economic and other problems on Carter, instead of acknowledging that a lack of congressional cohesiveness and the influence of corporate America deserved most of the blame.

An underrated president, likely due to the Iran hostage crisis and how the economy was when he happened to be in office. Like Herbert Hoover, people blame him for their economic woes when it is really out of any president's control. An economy is the transactions between EVERYONE, after all, and unless private property is abolished or significant stimulus is introduced, a federal government's policy isn't going to have much lasting impact. He accomplished some awesome work with Egypt and Israel, and returning the Panama canal to Panama helped against anti-American sentiment in Latin America.

A very good human being and his heart was in the right place but he was not effective. The economy tanked under him. The USA lost prestige and influence worldwide. He was widely criticized for letting Panama control the canal but all the naysayers doom and gloom have not even remotely happened and he made the right call. His stance on basic human rights was one of the best things I've ever seen from a politician--why should we do business with thugs?

Worked hard on creating peace in the Middle East and was a good, kind man. Underrated.

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39 Herbert Hoover (31) Herbert Hoover (31)

Herbert Hoover believed in his time with the country spiraling towards depression that business would help him--surprise they did not so shanty towns called Hoovervilles popped up all over the country. After his retirement, he was a great humanitarian which rates him high in my book.

He didn't cause the Great Depression he just didn't do anything to help it. He was put into a bad position because of the failures of others

I like the dam he built, but other than that, damn!

The Depression was not his fault in any way, shape, or form. He did nothing to help the situation either, though. He would've been a decent president at a different time in history.

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40 Franklin Pierce (14) Franklin Pierce (14) Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation.

What the hell is this guy talking about. He openly supported slavery and was given a job within the confederacy but he died before he could get it. He did more to cause secession than any other president

He would have been an amazing president had it not have been for the trageties he faced just before inauguration. He was the first president who had a plan to abolish slavery which could have saved the union, but unfortunately was too tired to even try.

This guy was drunk more often than not he also "suprisingly" Died of alcohol poisoning - Handmaster

The fact that pierce is above Nixon is pretty sad. Other than watergate, Nixon was pretty good. This guy was completely terrible, and is almost as bad as Buchman. - Therandom

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