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.

Love him

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22 Ulysses S. Grant (18) Ulysses S. Grant (18)

His high moral character which is evident in his attempts of peace with the native americans, along with sending federal troops to round up the k in the south has to be appreciated considering he followed arguably the most racist president ever (A. Johnson)

Similar to Eisenhower, Grant quelled the hatred in the South during Reconstruction, and secured the lives of many blacks. He was probably the finest American General, and without him, the war may have been very different. Although he was President during corrupt times, the whole late 19th century was corrupt, so don't let that shadow his presidency.

Eisenhower was so long AFTER reconstruction. Who was your history teacher? They should get fired. - TwillyFSniper

He was the only president to put us in the green economically and got rid of the BANK during his presidency... He accomplished something all others had failed... Our history books said he was the worst president... They are wrong!

AGREeable

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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 was chilly

Great guy in his time

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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

If the lord of the rings had an albert einstein

You can thank him for the Great Depression of 1830

Albert Eisenstein called he wants his hair back

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25 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.

I think he is an awesome president. Well at least better than Clinton.

He got our country past Watergate and Vietnam and restored trust in the presidency. He also helped the economy until Jimmy Carter ruined his programs. He should be much higher. Not like top ten, but about 16

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26 Grover Cleveland (24) Grover Cleveland (24)

He was also 22nd president - FrankP

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

The only truely fiscally conservative president since Jefferson.

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27 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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28 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.

Prolly kept his popularity in it

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29 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.

Not even a comment.

He didn't do anything

Dude this man did a tone of good deeds.. he was the general for the Mexican-American war etc...he's also my great great great great grandfather no lie

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30 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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31 William Howard Taft (27) William Howard Taft (27)

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

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

Second chin can feed lower class and most of africa

That moustache man
Left the O.Office but forgot about pension and returned to the Supreme Court

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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.

Severely underrated President. He helped take on the big corporate interests like the railroads that were regularly abusing the typical American worker and bullying smaller companies by helping to pass the Sherman Anti Trust Act and the Railway Safety Act. He was not reelected because all of the big companies coalesced against him in 1892, not because he was unpopular, and also because of the Populist Insurgency of that same year. His presidency preceded and laid the seeds for the Progressive era.

Nobody remembers this dude lol

I am a direct descendent of Benjamin Bunion Harrison

jewish

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33 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"

who dis?

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34 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

I don't know what he did.

he good

Bro WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE HIM NO BAD COMMENTS

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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!

Amazing president

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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

He never had a chance to prove how good of a president he would have been due to him being killed - cadespencer

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).

He was only president for 199 days, but in those 199 days he was great.

Father comstock that you?

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37 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?

So underrated. better than trump

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38 George W. Bush (43) George W. Bush (43) George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W.

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

Accidently gave you a thumbs down on your reply. Actually, I completely agree with what you wrote, spot on! - sharzi

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.

He gets far too much crap for his presidency; he faced some of the toughest situations America has endured and did the best he could, some presidents on this list would have fared far worse than he did in the same situation.

He started war with Osama Bin Laden, Bush put the bombs in the towers already. So bush the people in the towers.

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39 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.

You forgot to mention his war crimes concerning Vietnam and Cambodia. Kind of funny how that just slipped your mind. - Alpha101

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

He is the most under rated president ever. water gate will forever ruin his legacy. He pulled out of Vietnam; opened talks with china (through a ping pong match); and put pressure on the U.S.S.R. by adding China as a mutual friend. He passed key acts that lowered tension during the cold war, including the nuke count. Water gate may bother some but if that didn't happen (not saying he was directly involved) he would've been considered one of, if not the most successful presidents of the 20th century and even up to this day.

Nixon should be in the top 5 if you base this list on accomplishments.
Obama and Clinton together aren't half the man Nixon was.

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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

? This guy was a 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.

his hair - EliHbk

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