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)

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!

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

Grant not only preserved the union, but he was really the first president to ensure that African-Americans had rights. Once Hayes ended reconstruction that went down the toilet... but the fact that he tried speaks volumes to me.

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23 Barack Obama (44) Barack Obama (44) Barack Hussein Obama II is 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 Romney.

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

Now before I say what I want to say I need to say I'm a republican. And yes Obama isn't particularly my favorite president. But I'm not gonna be like a damn trump supporter and say he's a Muslim communist. Yes he's a liberal and is a bit to far left for my liking, but he isn't a very good president. He's not the worst in history, not by far but he's still not good. It's a fact that he has accumulated more debt than any other president even George bush or Jimmy Carter. Obamacare is a complete fail and his immigration policies are crap. And why would you make a nuclear deal with Iran, a country that hasn't really been our greatest friend and has at times threatened us because we support Saudi Arabia. Also he doesn't really like Isreal. I'm not gonna go off saying he's a anti Semitic like Hitler because he's not. But I don't believe he likes them. They are constantly being threatened by surrounding countries including Syria and Palestine. Their people are constantly living in fear ...more

President Obama has accomplished so much in the midst of obstructionist in the Republican party. He averted potentially 'The Greatest Depression' and created over 500,000 jobs monthly, over 73 consecutive month job growth in the private sector, gave over 23 million Americans access to healthcare, saved social security, stabilized major US car industries, eased the burden of families and young Americans by allowing parents to carry their qualifying children until the age of 26 on their health plan, successfully fought ISIS and kept America safe from terrorist attacks all in the face of a lack luster, obstinate, self proclaimed adversarial and extremely disrespectful Republican party. He stewarded this country with profound wisdom, unprecedented integrity, dignity, and extreme humility. He always sought bipartisan collaboration though few even considered it. He was the first to extend a hand of friendship and stood on a foundation of reason. He is God's gift to America and to the world ...more

He was an inspiration and brought professionalism to the office of President.

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24 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

Name one bad thing that happend under his presiency... I'll wait

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25 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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26 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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27 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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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 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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30 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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31 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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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 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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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

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

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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35 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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36 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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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?

100 %better than Trump

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38 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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39 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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40 James Buchanan (15) James Buchanan (15) James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War.

Umm, do you people really think that he had the ability to stop the south from seceding? Plus, its not like he was the cause of the civil war, just because it started during his presidency. The war was brewing for decades, ever since the debates over expansion of slavery in the early 1800's. He was just unlucky enough to be in office when it all boiled over. Its just like how presidents always get blamed if they are in office when economic crises occur, even though they aren't usually the cause of it. Crises typically brew for a while before they occur. The Great Depression, for example, was caused by a decade of people buying on credit. Poor Herbert Hoover just caught the raw end of the stick. I mean my goodness he was only president for a year or so before the crash. He didn't even have an opportunity to do anything that would cause something like that. Anyways, Buchanan should definitely be above Jimmy Carter.

Said that the south had no right to secede during the civil war, but also said that he did not have the right to do anything about it. Complete, brain dead ignoramus!

Good. Buchanan is on the last page. Make this person who let the whole nation escalate into civil war suffer on this list. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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