Most Underrated U.S. Presidents In History

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The Top Ten

1 William Clinton William Clinton William Jefferson Clinton 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 Bob Dole.

Brilliant, relatable and left us with a surplus! Great president. I was proud of our country with him at the helm.

Phenomenal, glorious leader!

Great president!

Amazing president who did so much good for the country and had innumerable achievements...even with a republican, obstructive, congress!

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2 Barack Obama Barack Obama 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.

This President has faced more opposition as President than all the others, yet God always brings h out of it smelling like a rose. If God is for you, who can stand against you. When God opens or closes a door no one can close it or open it. Let's remember if God ordained it, it is so and our arms are to short to box with Him. His will be done.

He gets so much hate, but he was a great president.

Underrated? Give me a damn break.

Thank you Obama care
-Smosh Games

Ya I know

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3 Chester Alan Arthur

Chester Arthur took over for James Garfield after he was assassinated. And did a pretty good job!

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

I disagree to an extent. I believe that, yes, Richard Nixon had some good policies, and some terrible ones, but what makes him awful is the fact that he tried to cover up a scandal that he wasn't even involved in! It was a dumb move caused by his paranoia that he feared getting kicked out of office. We gave him power, and look what he decided to do with it!

Actually, even though I am a Democrat, I kind of agree with this one, especially when you compare him with the hideous Republican Party of today...

Very sad that one scandal that was caused by a couple of stupid thieves has brought down one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century, with accomplishments like forming the Envirnmental proctection agency and building strong diplomatic ties to communist states such as China and USSR.

I don't believe he had anything to do with the watergate scandal! Ya wanna know why? Because after he resigned and Gerald ford took over you never heard another thing about the watergate scandal! He was a great president and innocent in the watergate scandal!

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5 James K Polk

I wouldn't say most underrated president but yes a very good president the didn't get enough credit.

The most underrated president by far..

6 George H. W. Bush George H. W. Bush

The media has always been rigged against the Bush's. Both are very underrated! And only focused on their failures and not their many achievements.

Such a kind hearted and intelligent man and president. Much better and more thoughtful than reagan ever was! 1

An intelligent and gentle soul. The only republican I've ever liked!

Better then george w. bush

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7 James Monroe James Monroe

Definitely the most underrated founding father just forgotten, If you asked people alive from 1788 to 1820 and asked who is your favorite president so far, most would say monroe, He was extremely popular and did so many great things as president. I would call him "Great"

Good president. Not great. But good.

James Monroe. Who is he? He was the last Founding Father to be president (that's why he's in the shadow of the first four), he nearly got rid of sectionalism and political parties during the Era of Good Feelings. he was so popular he ran unopposed for a second term. He was prominent supporter of the colonization of Liberia (a slave free country) and the American Colonization Society (he even has the capital of Liberia named after him). He established the Monroe Doctrine so Europe wont make colonies in Latin America to stop the rebellion there. He fought in the America Revolution and took a bullet to the shoulder. He was the Secretary of State and Secretary of War during Madison's presidency and was more than prepared to take on the role of a president.

So yeah, he's really underrated as both president and Founding Father.

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

Yes a tad underrated. But how do you beat someone and then four years later you lose to them? I don't understand that. But still a good president.

9 Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson 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.

The best and most accomplished domestic President ever. Vietnam stands out but he was great

Possibly the most corrupt president in US history, but most of it was not uncovered until after his death, so he seems to get a pass.

I don't think this guy get enough love. (No, not that kind of love. gross.) - PokemonRPGbro

10 Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor 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'm not saying that he was a good president. What I'm saying is that if he lived longer then we might have known him for being one of the best. People misjudge him because he was a slave owner. - Alpha101

He is my third to favorite president. Super underrated. Remove Grant and place Taylor and remove Jefferson for Madison

Only 16 months in office but in those 16 months he did a great job.

Also my third to favorite president. He was a veteran in the Mexicon war

The Contenders

11 John Adams John Adams 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.

The 2nd president of the United States of America! He did a great Job as president. A founding father. Amazing president.

Don't want to bring up all the old Canadian-American arguments, Alpha101, but... we won the War of 1812! - beatles

You guys didn't win the war of 1812 though :/

12 John Tyler John Tyler 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.

No. He was one of history's worst. - Alpha101

13 Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter 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.

Admittingly not a good president but better than you think. He got Egypt and Israel, two very different countries, to get along with each other. He also appointed Paul Volcker who was the best Federal reserve chairman or close to the top. He also decided to help the hostages in Iran without bombing and allowed more hostages to come out alive and not dead. Basically all the effects his successor Ronald Reagan gets credit for was an effect of Jimmy Carter.

He created the Department of Energy.
He appointed Volcker to the Fed.
He had a relatively peaceful presidency.

He didn't cause the horrible economy of the 70s. He inherited it. Not only that, but he tried to fix it twice, but the American people wouldn't let him. He suggested transitioning to nuclear energy, but he couldn't get that through. Then, he suggested that people cut down on unneccisary consumption, but people got angry about that. It wasn't until Volcker, the person Carter appointed to the Fed, hiked up interest rates that the economy began to improved.

Reagan didn't end the stagflation, Carter did. - Alpha101

Sucky president. Did nothing for the country.

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

And people call him overrated. He was actually great. He ended world war 2. For the people who say he's overrated because he bombed Japan to end the war, let's have more casualties and more war time. Great idea. - AStumpedHuman

Truman Doctrine... Enough said.

Had to make one of the most important decisions in the history of the human race, with almost no warning or knowledge about what it even was [atomic weapon], or that he would have to be the decision-maker [Roosevelt's death during WW2].

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

He was the Father of the Constitution for crying out loud!

He rocks

16 Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of [Abraham Lincoln].

How could someone think he is underrated? - Alpha101

Helped pass 13 14 and 15 amendments

17 Grover Cleveland Grover Cleveland

Criminally underrated. - Alpha101

The last honest Democrat to serve the oval office, comming from a conservative. I say that because there is no way in hell he would be a Democrat today.

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18 Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren
19 Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford B. Hayes
20 Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson 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 ...read more.

By far one of the greatest presidents of all time! Amazing job as president! And he beat down his attempted assassion! A bad ass! And a great president!

Yea! He sent Natives away because of their race! What a great president! I bring out the sarcasm attack. - TeamRocket747

21 Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight D. Eisenhower 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.

Yes underrated! First president of all 50 states! And created the highway system! Great president. And he did a lot with the war!

22 Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant

Held the country together after the Civil War. Created lasting positive relations with Great Britain after the Alabama affair. Brought diversity to the government and protected the rights of African Americans and Native Americans in an era of extreme racism while being aware of the need to also protect States Rights. His major downfall was he trusted too many dishonest men and was considered corrupt by association. This is just plain wrong and unjust for one of the most under rated men to ever hold the office of president

23 Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge did much to restore dignity to the office after Harding's scandals. He also presided over one of the greatest periods of economic growth throughout most of the 1920s. It wasn't his policies that led to the Great Depression, rather it was the attempt by Hoover to micromanage the economy.

Well under 5% for unemployment, lowered taxes, higher wages, fewer strikes, new technology, shrinking federal budget, the jazz age. What else can you say, ranked 26th on average.

24 William Howard Taft William Howard Taft William Howard Taft served as the 27th President of the United States and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have held both offices.
25 Donald J. Trump

Give me a break clinton and obama in the top 2 they are the most overrated presidents, donald trump has received more undeserved hate than any president.

I guess he's so underrated that he appeared on the list twice.

Why is he here when he hasn't even finished his term yet?

26 John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams
27 William McKinley William McKinley

Seriously? He Did So Much For Our Country Yet People Think He Didn't Do To Much Since He Got Assasinated!

28 Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Born in Staunton, Virginia, he spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.
29 John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 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 in November 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the establishment ...read more.
30 Gerald Ford Gerald Ford
31 Donald Trump Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, ...read more.

Why is this not on the list yet? I figure after over a year, he'd be on this list. Maybe the admins are just manually holding him back? - somelifeonaplanet

32 George Washington George Washington 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.
33 Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt 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 ...read more.
34 Warren G. Harding Warren G. Harding Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death in 1923.

Not a great President, but he doesn't belong anywhere near the bottom. - Alpha101

35 Franklin D Roosevelt Franklin D Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 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 during ...read more.
36 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 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 its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

Someone ran out of ideas so popular presidents are here - AStumpedHuman

37 William Henry Harrison William Henry Harrison 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.

He was the only president to not violate the Constitution or to expand the role of his office.

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

Not just the most underrated, but for me the single greatest presidents of all time. In 200 days he achieved more than many presidents achieved in 4 years.

39 Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan 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 .

One of the best presidents ever!

The most overrated. Paid no attention to the scourge that was Aids, wanted poor children to have ketchup in school as opposed to nourishing vegetables thought trees caused pollution. /let Oliver North take the fall for him when Iran/Contra shady dealings were exposed. - Pfeifferpfan

40 Herbert Hoover Herbert Hoover

Come on, he can't be blamed for the Depression. It was the market economy. It was something completely unprecedented in history. There was nothing he himself could've done to prevent it. In an alternate timeline without the Great Depression, he could've been one of the best presidents of all time.

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