Best Presidents of the United States

The Top Ten
1 Abraham Lincoln (16) 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 in its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. Abraham Lincoln was born in Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. more.

The 16th President (Abraham Lincoln) deserves to be called "the Best American President" is because he restored the dignity of a race of people from unjust and cruel suffering. Not only he allowed the Emancipation Proclamation, President Lincoln united a fractured America through a transcontinental railroad and victory for the Union Army in the civil war. Unfortunately, he was martyred for his noble leadership.

Also, I believe that George Washington also deserves reverence from Americans is because he was the military general that created a new, powerful country from the shackles of imperial Britain.

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. ...more

Abraham Lincoln was the 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.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln was one of the best United States presidents to have ever held office. That said, I make no statement that he was absolutely perfect--no human is! --I just want to point out that his unwavering faith in the Union and unfaltering moral compass is one of the reasons why the United States exists today. He deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest. Now, some of the comments had stated that he was never an abolitionist to begin with (He, himself, never considered himself one), and while that is true, he does deserve the credit for abolishing slavery with his Emancipation. While the Emancipation had only freed slaves in the South, it was a starting point to abolish all slavery. Some might point out that he had done so so that the African American people would join the Union's cause. Whilst I cannot state for sure that this was his actual, actual intentions, it does not deny the fact that he had freed slaves. To use the freed slaves as an extortion tool ...more

2 George Washington (1) 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 States.

Truthfully, I believe Washington is rather overrated. As the "Father of the Country", he's held up on a pedestal as a symbol of the United States when in practice he didn't stand for much. His skill as a General was unquestionable, but that wasn't a reflection of him as a President. So given this, why do I consider him one of the best Presidents nonetheless? Washington was President during a very fragile and tenuous time for the country, balancing war with France on one hand with war with Britain on the other. He fought against calls to stay in power or declare himself king. He set the customs associated with the presidency which have ensured the survival of democracy to this point. For this, I'd consider him great.

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, Connecticut, and 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.

Should be #1, not Lincoln. Held an army of volunteers, not draftees (like Lincoln ordered) to help create the nation. Returned several times to help with the government despite not wanting to and did so with a good will and class. Did not seize power (seriously this is very rare) even though he easily could have. Foresaw and tried to warn about various political problems. Kept meticulous records about everything. One of the few founding fathers who freed his slaves after death (would have admittedly done so earlier, but at that time they were technically his wife's and he had a moral dilemma about them not actually being his). Solved it creatively and very ethically for the time. (Can't remember, but I think he even schooled them before setting them free, didn't just cut them loose with a "good luck", but I might be thinking of something else).

He is the only president who never wanted to be in charge and that makes him the greatest. He's the leader who solely did it for the people and did what he thought was best for the people, not himself. Which included stepping down from the presidency, possibly the most important thing he did. He could've been president for his entire life, he could've held power and done whatever he wanted to the country the people loved him that much. However, he understood his responsibility, he actually acted accordingly with it and later when he realized his time was somebody stepped down. Amazing man who saved this nation.

3 Theodore Roosevelt (26) Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the more.

It's hard to not admire Teddy Roosevelt - he was the definition of a man who lived life to the fullest. As President, he launched a crusade against the worst excesses of capitalism, passing consumer protections, anti-monopoly, and anti-trust laws. He also started the national park system. He does have his downsides; he never met a war he didn't like, he was rather racist, and he supported both eugenics and colonialism. Nonetheless, the good he did is unquestionable.

The fact that this man isn't in the Top 3 is ridiculous. None of our presidents in history were perfect. They all had their flaws. But without a doubt, Theodore Roosevelt was closest to perfect. He did so much for the environment and national parks. He also led the progressive movement, accomplished Square Deal domestic policies, helped small businesses by breaking evil trusts, regulated railroads and pure foods and drugs, fought for equal rights, and as far as foreign policy goes, he constructed the Panama Canal. One of the very few presidents who were actually honest. If this man was alive today, he would absolutely destroy Trump's dumb ass on Twitter.

A list of things he did as awesome and outstanding

Gave panama independence to build a canal
Got shot, yet kept reaping a 2 HOUR long presentation
A Specimen of pure muscle and strength

A truly heroic man who should be remembered as a hero both to conservatives and liberals. On the liberal side, his Square Deal policies were the forerunner of FDR's New Deal, and worked better than FDR's policies to expand equality of opportunity and remove corruption from politics. He was also a staunch conservationist who believed in preserving natural resources, and he was very progressive in civil rights - he extended the benefits of the Square Deal to black Americans as well as white, and invited black activists to the White House even when he was criticised for it.
On the conservative side, his Christian values shaped everything he did. He supported business - his Square Deal was only meant to focus on stopping domination of big business, and he loved small business. He understood how diplomacy works and that America should negotiate from a position of strength, and with military force backing him up he helped the cause of peace around the world (even winning a Nobel Peace ...more

4 Ronald Reagan (40) Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004

#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.

He was one of the best presidents ever. He came in and convinced Gorbachev to tear down the wall and become less communist and more capitalist. He saved us in the Cold War. A true hero.

Clueless president. Reagan was a cheerleader, and nothing else. Trickle-down economics lead to a recession in the 90's and 2000's. Reagan's policies were disastrously executed, and claiming he won the cold war is like saying a runner beat a rock in a marathon. The Soviet Union was in critical condition even in the 60's and he did nothing to change that. Gorbachev made the changes in the USSR that led to the collapse in 1991. The introduction of soldiers in Afghanistan created the Taliban. His corporate "perception management" and the creation of media outlets to force a belief on individuals makes it possible so people actually think he did something worthwhile. All Reagan did was advance the oligarchy that was already in place in Washington, and create a hyper-right political base that is currently leading to the destruction of the Republican party. He took a gunshot, but not like Teddy. All he did was drive jobs away and make it easier for corporations to make billions of dollars. ...more

Reagan did not tear down the Berlin Wall. The crumbling Soviet Union was not because of Reagan's "toughness," but because it had been becoming drastically weaker over time. Its states were beginning to leave and its people were becoming disillusioned with communism. Merely telling Gorbachev to tear down the wall did not cause it to come down. Reagan also helped the spread of AIDS by ignoring the issue because it was common among homosexuals. Reagan also spread homelessness and income inequality through his "make the rich richer" economic policies. Oh, and he was senile during his final years in office.

5 Franklin D Roosevelt (32) Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events more.

There are only two Presidents that I believe took this nation from the precipice of total destruction to a new rebirth of prosperity. One is FDR. When FDR came to power in 1932, America was suffering from the worst of the great depression. There were attractions to fascism on one end and communism on the other. FDR restored American faith in government and alleviated some of the worst ills of the depression. No President before and few since have so concerned themselves with the wellbeing of the poor. FDR also lead us through WWII, helping to secure America's place as superpower in the post-war world and doing our part as a nation to defeat fascism in Germany and Japan. Although he had his failures with regards to Jews and the Japanese, his tenure was a time that a less skilled President may have led the United States to revolution, or the Allied cause to disaster. FDR, on the other hand, was able to bring this country to the greatest heights we have yet seen.

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.

FDR took and guided this nation through the great depression and through World War II. He is and was, the only President to be elected 4 terms as President of the United States Of America...Republicans could not defeat him so they pushed for the Amendment that limited a President to only 2 terms in office...which is everything I believe is against a Democratic Republic...the people decide on how long and how many times a President can serve..."term limits" in a Democratic Republic, is the people, the voters! FDR was the greatest President of the 20th Century...President Washington was the greatest of the 18th Century and President Lincoln was the greatest of the 19th Century...

Roosevelt in my opinion was the greatest U.S president ever. I was born after his death in 1945 but my father would never stop talking about and praising his accomplishments. My father spoke of the Great Depression, World War II and how Roosevelt in dire times would hold fire side chats and make Americans feel good and positive even in the worst of times. Roosevelt was a true leader who cared for even the poorest who had nothing. My hat goes off to such a president but more for the man he was. A true man of respect and dignity who carried America and it's people through the hardest of times. God Bless Franklin Roosevelt the greatest of president ever.

6 Thomas Jefferson (3) Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and served as the 3rd President of the United States from 1801-1809. He was born on April 13, 1743, and died on July 4, 1826, on the same day 2nd United States President John Adams died.

Personally he's my #1 president. He is the 1st president too be outwardly challenged by the people and ignore it! That very likely was an indirect halt to many potential wars. Lincoln and Washington Only won us ONE WAR! As important as they are, preventing future wars from starting, beats winning 1 war any day of the week!

Jefferson's greatest accomplishment was certainly the Declaration of Independence. That said, as a President, he stood for individual rights. He peacefully doubled the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase. He banned the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. He developed the nation and tried to steer away its worse impulses through moderation. Jefferson is also the father of the American philosophy, the views of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness".

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.

Educators have failed president Jefferson in teaching that he is not worthy of our respect. Some argue that he was a hypocrite for not freeing his slaves. The truth is that Virginia law prohibited him from freeing his slaves because he was in debt. Jefferson's first draft of the constitution freed the slaves but that was quickly voted down in order to keep the southern colonies from immediately exiting the union. If Jefferson or Washington or Adams, among others could have freed the slaves by executive order and kept the country together they would have in a second but they knew the survival of the Union required patience to bring this about.

7 John F Kennedy (35) John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th, 1917 - November 22, 1963) commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban more.

To some extent, JFK's assassination likely saved his legacy. LBJ was able to implement much of his agenda which JFK's inexperience made difficult. That said, JFK still showed real leadership during the biggest nuclear crisis the world has seen. He also started the moon landing program, one of the US' biggest scientific achievements. He was a visionary who set the path for much of the country's greatest strives.

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 have to add, JFK lost his older brother in the War, he had a purple heart himself, & as someone stated below, was willing to die for his country long before he actually did. He was also great at foreign negotiations & AVOIDING war. He was wise beyond his years the- things he put into motion while President, unfortunately, his determination to fight corruption in every level of government made him a target, & most people don't know what he even accomplished while President, because LBJ immediately erased every good thing he ever did, except Civil Rights, & he even messed that up, being one of the worst racist President's EVER. If JFK & his vision had lived, there would have been no Vietnam, a stable economy, & no CIA providing arms & money to the Taliban leading to 9/ name a few. Unfortunately, he made enemies of very powerful people in his quest to rid the government of corruption.

His family is pure bad luck, but still, he made america amazing, stopped MAD from happening and survived marooned for 6 days in an island during WW2

8 Dwight D. Eisenhower (34) Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and general who served as 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 Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.

The last good Republican President. Plain and simple. Nixon was smart but corrupt as hell. Ford was a forgettable, non-entity. Reagan was dumb AND corrupt. Bush 41 was mediocre at best. Bush 43 was a disaster in both economic and foreign policy. And in Trump, we are experiencing a narcissistic egomaniac who befriends dictators because he wishes he was one, has alienated our allies, and has totally mishandled the greatest widespread medical crisis in my lifetime, and I'm 58. Yup, Eisenhower was the last good Republican Chief Executive. Moderate, thoughtful, and terrific on infrastructure development. Cautious in foreign policy because he experienced war first-hand.

#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!

Whoever thinks that JFK is better than Eisenhower should get their facts checked. JFK did help save people in Pearl Harbor on 12/7/1942, but Eisenhower planned Normandy. As President, he fought for Civil Rights. JFK was a little jumpy about Little Rock 9. He wanted to appeal to the Southern Democrats ( Which were the people trying stop the 9 kids from going into the high school ) and the Democrats up north without losing both, but Eisenhower sent troops to protect the kids from a mob. He also ended the Korean War and created N.A.S.A ( which led up to Neil Armstrong on the moon ). Under him, America was the most powerful country in the world. The economy was great, highways were fixed and we were on equal stands with Russia. Eisenhower should be number 5, while JFK maybe 18.

Likely the last Republican I would have voted for. He was a conservative who was still reasonable enough to accept the New Deal and protect the Little Rock Nine. He was a steady and reliable figure - despite mistakes regarding Iran.

9 Harry S Truman (33) Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.

Truman put what he thought was right about all else. His decision to drop the atom bombs, while controversial and surely difficult to make, was one I stand by. He helped lead the post-war recovery of Europe. He intervened to save South Korea, but dragged his Presidency to the death fighting with MacArthur to avoid nuking China. His efforts to introduce universal healthcare, while a failure, were still admirable. He also desegregated the military, which was a solid gesture.

Nuking Japan is an odd choice, but it ended a war, after that, unlike modern presidents who leave war torn nations to dust, he actually helped them, the Marshall Plan helped rebuilt Europe and he showed that the US does not leave war torn nations after taking its oil

Truman acted based upon what he thought was right, not what would get him reelected. He integrated the military, helped found NATO and the UN, pushed the Marshall Plan through Congress, and so much more. He was not afraid to exercise the power of the executive standing up to Stalin as well as McCarthyism. He came in to office not wanting the job, and this lack of political prowess allowed a man of integrity to do what was right for the country. He made some of the toughest decisions in the nation's history and his incorruptible spirit led to them being the right ones. Hands down the most underrated president in American history.

President Truman made the right decisions, Never the most popular. He fought for the country in WWI. He stood up against the KKK. He was against lying. His values were never questioned. He never trusted Stalin nor the USSR. He shaped the policy with his advisors on the cold war. He brought an end the WWII saving hundreds of thousands of allied lives and millions of Japanese. He stood up to the military. He asked Hoover to help feed millions in Europe after WWII. He actually took responsibility for his actions.

10 James Madison (4) James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.

Anyone President when the dam finally broke and the early US was forced into war with Britain would have quite the mess to deal with. Fortunately, Madison lead us to victory and brought about the "Era of Good Feelings". Madison secured American independence from foreign domination successfully.

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

#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.

The Father of the Constitution. Along with Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Adams, Hamilton and more these men gave birth to the United States of America. He led us through the War of 1812 which we (somewhat) won and the economy improved after the war. He is a legend and one worthy of a statue or a state

The Contenders
11 John Adams (2) John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. Adams served as the president of the United States from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801. He died on July 4, 1826 at the age of 90.

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?

#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!

Ok literally why is he on the list at all? He did a great job with the revolution, no doubt, but as a president he screwed up horribly. He did not have the proper temperament to be president, and was so concerned with his own well-being that he literally created a document that inhibited free speech. I think the only president that was more paranoid was Nixon.

He was one of the only founding fathers to not own one slave. The Alien and Sedition Acts were not kind to his administration, but he did a better job than any other president of heeding George Washington's advice from his farewell address. President Adams does not get enough credit for the work that he did.

12 Andrew Jackson (7) Andrew Jackson was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837 . He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively more.

One of the best easily. He was very strong and did a lot of good for the country. Schools tend to focus only on his racism. The thing is, you can't blame him. It was a different time. If you can get past that, you will realize how good he was!

Jackson had many flaws that came with his "My Way or the High Way" personality. But he was also one of the greatest leaders. Jackson was the purest form of what a democrat should be: He looked out for the common people (yes, only whites, but his whole generation was racist so I don't blame him too much), Jackson had been a militant fighter since 13 years old, Jackson single-handedly removed the U.S. debt, took down South Carolina when they tried to nullify laws, and even showed that the Supreme court (which had often been criticized for granting far too much power to the government) had literally no way of enforcing their jurisdiction.

Reagan - tripled the national debt, bombed Libya and Grenada
F. Roosevelt - internment camps, bombing German civilians...
T. Roosevelt - massively raised tariffs
Kennedy - failed Bay of Pigs, Vietnam...
Eisenhower - illegally overthrew several democratically elected leaders...
Clinton - bombed Kosovo, massively stepped up the war on drugs...
Truman - 250,000 Japanese dead, failed Korean War

Jackson was the only President to end the national debt and pursue economic policies not aimed at protecting the interests of the financial and mercantile class. The Trail of Tears was nothing in comparison to the heaps of war crimes that have been pursued by the administrations of every twentieth-century president since the Second World War...

Jackson put the safety and integrity of the Unted States above everything. He viewed wild murdering Indians as enemies of the people but if the Indians were willing to become American subjects and behave reasonably civilized, and if they used the property assigned to them, he would accept them.

If the Indians kept conspiring with the Brits, the French and Spain against the Union he would happily kill them. Jackson thrived on war as U.S. still do all over the world.

13 William Clinton (42) William Jefferson Clinton (Born August 19th 1946) is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States. He previously served as governor of Arkansas. He became president after unseating incumbent president George H.W. Bush in 1992. He was re-elected in 1996 after defeating Senator more.

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?!

It joys me to see Democrats praise Clinton as one of the best presidents of all time and the best for them economically. He was after, by today's standards, very Conservative. He signed a Republican-sponsored welfare reform bill which helped people get off of welfare and balanced the federal budget. He signed into effect the Taxpayer Relief Act which stimulated the economy by giving the largest capital gains tax cut in U.S. history. Not to mention he was extremely anti-regulation. You guys are playing yourselves for supporting him as an advocate for a great Democratic candidate when he had largely Conservative economic values but I will take it for sure.

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.

While he helped to create the financial collapse through deregulation which would come to affect the US economy in later years, he was the only President in most current history that balanced the budget w/o a deficit. His personal life aside, he worked very well as a leader in foreign affairs, was a good negotiator, and domestically we as citizens could not have asked for more from a President. He worked well with Congress and created great economic prosperity. I will always remember this a great time in American History.

14 Calvin Coolidge (30) John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was an American politician and the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from New England, born in Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor.

Did absolutely nothing and oversaw one of the most prosperous periods in American history, should have repealed prohibition though.

The greatest president of the 20th century. His demeanor brought the country together: blacks, whites, upper class, and lower class. Under his presidency, the United States saw the greatest economic expansion in its history, which was evenly spread throughout all classes. Not only that, but he restored the integrity of the national government, avoided war with Mexico, normalized relations with Cuba, passed the Young and Dawes acts, which postponed World War II, limited the growth of government, and reduced taxes so the middle and lower classes were paying close to zero percent rates. Despite all these successes, the most profound aspect of Calvin Coolidge, was his adept understanding of the executive branch. Presidents do not create laws, but rather enforce them.

Unlike FDR and Obama, he had no lust for power. He refused to seek re-election after seven years of presidency before the 22nd amendment was passed when he was highly popular. While Obama said that no one was more qualified than Mrs. Clinton to be the president to manipulate the election in 2016 in the end of his presidency, Coolidge said nothing about his successor when he was about to leave the office and left such a choice to voters directly. Few presidents these days still think and act in the way he did.

Calvin Coolidge is only ranked low because he is falsely associated with leading to the Great Depression. He had economic policies that spurred economic growth and stopped the recession he faced early on. He sought racial equality more than the presidents who preceded and proceeded him. He reduced the scope of government when it desperately needed it.

15 James Polk (11) James Knox Polk was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives and governor of Tennessee.

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.

Top 10 President #6 He said that he had an agenda and if he achieved it then he would not run again. He set goals and achieved them. Such agenda like annexing Texas, acquiring land in the west and settling the Canada--USA present border. Polk accomplished these goals in Texas becoming a state, the Mexican War with land acquired to the Pacific Ocean and fifty-four forty or fight to settle the question with Great Britain. He was successful so he served for 4 years as a result.

The most underrated president of all time, he should honestly be ranked much higher. He was the embodiment of Manifest Destiny, and thanks to that we now have Cali and Texas (although one could argue that Tyler helped set it up). We can thank him for settling a border dispute with Great Britain. He stuck to his word about leaving office, and we all know how often a politician keeps a promise.

Would raid Mexico again for some more land/10

He made the United States be a bad guy for awhile so he doesn't deserve to be ahead of some presidents like Truman. He deliberately used propaganda to turn the U.S against Mexico in a war that was cruel. This guy shouldn't be number 15 because he is a disgrace to the greatest country ever.

16 Lyndon B. Johnson (36) Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.

Were it not for the Vietnam War, I believe LBJ would be remembered alongside the likes of Lincoln for his contributions to Civil Rights. He more than any other President is to thank for the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. While he deserves much of the criticism he is given with regards to Vietnam, I also believe that these decisions were mistakes that escaped him in many regards, and it's hard to see another President avoiding many of these choices.

Domestically, he did more for average, middle-class Americans of all races than any President other than Franklin D. Roosevelt, and especially more for African-Americans than any President outside of Abraham Lincoln. His great tragedy was allowing military generals' advice direct his policies on the Vietnam War without questioning their opinions. JFK, had he lived, wouldn't have done that. But based on domestic, social policy achievements alone, he has to be rated as one of the best Presidents. It's amazing that a Southern politician was that progressive. And probably NO President handled Congress more effectively !

LBJ is shamefully neglected when it comes to rating US presidents. He fought his way to the top without having the benefit of patricians, as JFK had, who may have had an intellectual and moral motivation to end poverty and discrimination, but LBJ lived it! He was a plain man but a brilliant politician who inherited an unwanted foreign war and outsmarted anachronisms such as the Dixiecrats. He may not have had the charisma of a Lincoln, Kennedy or even a Reagan, but he was a truly great president and it is shameful to see who has now inherited this great office.

LBJ should be higher his issues came in his foreign policy. However his work in creating the america we see today is irrefutable. He passed the Civil Rights act of 64 and Voting rights act of 65 creating an Atmosphere where in which African Americans can prosper rather than be discriminated on. Not to mention 'the great Society' in this period he created a prosperous nation of equality which the US takes for granted today, it is my firm belief that as a democratic leader LBJ is the best the US has had however overall not so.

17 James Monroe (5) James Monroe was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.

He was one of the great Presidents. What made him more special than all others is that he was a leader as well as a great President. Washington was a leader, but a poor President, so was Jefferson and Madison, He held two cabinet post at one time under Madison, Secretary of State and Secretary of War (Defense) during the war of 1812. He was the most well loved and admired Presidents in history by the people. Admitted 5 states to the Union, Purchased the Florida Territory, which included Spain ceded Texas and Southwest US. Part of territory claimed in the Oregon Territory., stabilized the Panic of 1819, which lasted two years. Last of the Founding Fathers. Monroe Doctrine, last president not photographed, died poor, Governor of Virginia. Rush-Bagot Treaty with England, Treaty of 1818 with Britain, Russo-American Treaty of 1824. His accomplishments goes on and on.

The Monroe Doctrine was an important contribution. The geographic isolation of the United States was necessary for this country's experiment in democracy (yeah, I know we're a republic but this had never been tried on such a grand scale before) to come to fruition. The Monroe Doctrine supplemented the geographic isolation.

Monroe guided the nation safely through two great crises -- the War of 1812, during which he served as Secretary of State and of War--and the Missouri statehood controversy. He also helped to insure a peaceful transition of power after the contested 1824 election.

Monroe isn't perfect, especially on slavery, but #17 is too low for one of two presidents to run for reelection unopposed. That's what you call a leader.

18 Barack Obama (44) Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt more.

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

A very good president. Not a lot of people will admit it since it's still early in his post-presidency, but he truly was a great president. A great speaker and negotiator, and someone who exuded class, dignity, and eloquence. The one who saved the American economy, pushed for equality, championed the ACA, pushed for lessening the effects of climate change, and frankly, so many more that you can find on the internet. Sure, his admin has its flaws, but you can't deny the amount of accomplishment his admin has achieved. Honestly, the best since the 60's.

He was truly a good president and man. I lived in America for a few years and though I was very young then I still understood what he was doing and appreciated how he was trying to improve the world. By the time Trump came along I was living in Canada but oh boy does he make an already great president seem even better

President Obama has managed to end the war in Afghanistan, is ending the war in Iraq, reform health care, save the auto industry, begin the road to economic recovery, and take a strong position on human rights issues such as gay rights and women's issues. And he's done all this despite working with the most uncooperative Congress in history. The House led by a man whose state main goal was not to do anything good for the nation, but to keep President Obama from getting reelected and it showed because that's all he tried to do for four years. If President Obama had had a cooperative Senate and House throughout his tenure, no telling what he might have accomplished!

19 George H.W. Bush (41) George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

#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.

Stock Market did great under him. Also we had economic recessions during Vietnam and World War 1. Got us Middle Eastern Oil. Recessions are beyond a Presidents Control so Clinton was lucky. Yes un-employment occured under him and he added new taxes. For some of you though, he was not President when 9-11 happened, his son was.

Not a great leader economically, in fact he was more of a disaster. Along with his son, the first presidents to have a recession during a war. Until Bush, the one saving grace about a war was that at least it did help your economy. He left Clinton an economic mess, which Clinton promptly cleaned up.

George had more guts to make the difficult decisions.
That's better then lots of the recent and current president. (Excluding
Ronald Reagan)

20 Joe Biden (46) Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who is the 46th President of the United States. He was the 47th Vice President of the United States, jointly elected twice with President Barack Obama, and in office from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, more.

This decent and intelligent, compassionate and thoughtful human being has already begun to restore those very same qualities to this country. He is heads and tails over the buffoon that caused immeasurable destruction and division and whose incompetence and egotistical, nonsensical behavior should have prevented him from ever occupying a position that effected so many others. So grateful Biden replaced that canker sore on humanity!

hooray Trump is gone, hopefully for good. I don't really have an opinion on Biden but it's pretty much impossible for anyone to be worse than Trump!
Edit: okay, now I do have an opinion on Biden. He's not done anything particularly amazing yet but he's made some decisions I really support so far, and he's actually impressed me. I thought he'd be an okay but boring president who didn't really change anything, but no! He's doing some good stuff so far!
Edit: Never mind, he's now done a few questionable things, but at least he isn't Trump

How the heck is Joe Biden number 20! All he has done is sign a bunch of executive orders, which even he admits means he is governing as a dictator. He is ruining Women's sports, and honestly governs as an extreme Democrat despite running as a moderate

What!? He has already caused so much damage to America and you people support him!?!? He has America on the road to economic collapse and you justify it by saying he is not trump! At least trump fixed the economy!

21 Grover Cleveland (24) Stephen Grover Cleveland was an American politician and lawyer who was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, the only president in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.

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.

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

For some reason, every president is on this list except Grover Cleveland...?

The only truely fiscally conservative president since Jefferson.

22 William McKinley (25) 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.

The worst. He was a super religious imperialist, annexating anything he could get his hands on. He didn't only win the spanish-american war, he started it. What for? Only to prove his power. He invaded The Philippines and instigated inhuman massacres. Frankly, I understand why he was assassinated by an anarchist. He brought the USA to where it stands now. An imperialist power. So whether you like McKinley comes down to whether you like imperialism.

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.

Good president but we are in the stage where America can do no right so I have to follow the trend *cough * cough here I go he was imperialist who took Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines from poor Spain and annexed poor Hawaii from... poor Hawaii bad person bad bad person

Again, he was half-and-half. He had a good economic policy, but a bad foreign policy.

23 John Q Adams (6) John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829 at the peak of a political career during which he served in various capacities.

He was constantly prevented from governing during his administration, but his platform would have been good for America. That includes strong economic policies and rights for Native Americans and such. Also, after his presidency he continued fighting for America in the House of Representatives.

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.

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.

24 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.

Garfield didn't have a chance to accomplish much because he was shot. Why was he shot? Because someone wanted a job in the government but didn't get one, even though he was a big Garfield supporter. That was because Garfield didn't just give jobs to his biggest fans.

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).

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

Very underrated. If he had the time, he would be one of the best presidents.

25 William Harrison (9) William Henry Harrison was an American statesman who served as the 9th President of the United States from March 4, 1841 until his death on April 4, 1841. The cause of death of William Henry Harrison was pneumonia, after a cold and wet inauguration.

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

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

The guy that said he was a legend for signing papers is right. He IS a legend.

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

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