Most Underrated U.S. Presidents In History

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The Top Ten

1 William Clinton William Clinton 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 ...read more.

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!

Educated and well spoken. Relates well to all types of people. Large hearted

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2 Barack Obama Barack Obama 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 ...read more.

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.

Everyone hates him, but he is literally the best

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

Underrated? Give me a damn break.

Um, he is underrated. So many people say he's bad, although if you compare him with bush or someone similar, he comes up as a way better president. Obama was a great president, I can't believe so many people still deny it. - Solacress

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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 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..

5 George H. W. Bush George H. W. Bush 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.

He was a good president. - B1ueNew

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!

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6 Richard Nixon Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974, the only president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator ...read more.

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 feel bad for you, Nixon. You had a very great image, until you made a bad decision, Watergate.

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

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"

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.

Good president. Not great. But good.

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.

Crooked as a country back road. Responsible for thousands of dead people voting, but really the Gulf of Tonkin Incident alone makes him possibly the worst ever, given how Viet Nam has resonated in our history since then.

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 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

The Newcomers

? Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce 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.
? Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson 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.

The Contenders

11 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

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

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

12 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.

He was a good president. Much better than Reagan or Ford. - iliekpiez

Man he just never gets respect even though he’s 94 and still making houses for homeless people and created peace between Egypt and Israel

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

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13 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

14 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.

He’s better than George Washington!

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 :/

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

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].

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].

Helped pass 13 14 and 15 amendments

How could someone think he is underrated? - Alpha101

17 Grover Cleveland Grover Cleveland 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.

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.

18 Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren was an American statesman who served as the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.
19 Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States from 1877 to 1881, an American congressman, and governor of Ohio. Hayes was a lawyer and staunch abolitionist who defended runaway slaves in court proceedings.
20 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.

Most underrated in my opinion, I never heard anyone bring him up in the discussion for greatest presidents

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

21 Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant was an American soldier and statesman who served as Commanding General of the Army and the 18th President of the United States, the highest positions in the military and the government of the United States.

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

22 Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge 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.

He was an amazing president

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.

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.

23 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.

Better than Trump and George W. Bush.

24 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

25 William McKinley William McKinley 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.

He is underrated, He wasn't the greatest ever but he well, He helped win the Spanish-American war. - B1ueNew

The U.S. have puerto rico and guam because of this guy.

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

26 John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and diarist who served as the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He previously served as the eighth United States Secretary of State from 1817 to 1825. During his long diplomatic and political career, Adams also served ...read more.
27 Gerald Ford Gerald Ford Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977.

A good, steady, underrated president.

28 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.

I agree! People (democrats) keep saying that the border wall is unconstitutional. He is not against all immigrants, yes we are a country on immigrants. Of LEGAL Immigrants. Trump is only against ILLEGAL immigrants. He's not saying "Don't come" He's saying "Come the legal way". For example, I have a family member that came from Ireland 15 something years ago and he just now got his US citizenship. He had a lot of work to do but at least he came the right way. So it's not fair that these people who think they are better than everyone else think they can just cross the border and get away with it. And then they protest when the president tells them to stop. Listen people illegal immigration is a crime. I totally get that they are in danger and they just want a better life for themselves and their family. But 9 times out of 10 they are fleeing because of crime. And if they commit a crime like illegal immigration, all they are doing is joining the people that cause their problems.

He has a lot of challenges as president such as political extremism on all sides and a corrupt fbi. He is not perfect, but he is holding up very very well.

Trump is underrated because of (Grab 'em by the) kitty hats. - Maddox121

Remove Clinton and Obama they are the most overrated presidents, Donald Trump has received more undeserved hate then any president.

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29 John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Born May 29th, 1917) 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 ...read more.

He's not underrated nor overate d he's in between.

30 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.

Underrated? Everyone knows the marvelous Washnington

31 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.
32 Donald J. Trump

2nd Worst Just Barely Better Than Harding.

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?

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 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 ...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.
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 (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

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 Herbert Clark Hoover was an American engineer, businessman and politician who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression.

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.

41 George W. Bush George W. Bush 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.

"I Hate him. His dad, George Bush, Is Innocent but he is Terrible. George Bush was Teased by Both Political Parties for Being to Gentle, an he Thought the Republicans Treated him Better. So Poppy is and Underranted Republican. George W. Bush Didn't Listen to HIDS and Decided to do his own Thing, he Also Wanted Another Pressuring Settlement in Iraq, Making us Have war on Them to Make Them Learn Their Lesson but Another war Will Make it Worse! Dubya ("W") is so Underrated but to Some Scholars say he's Underrated, but They can Have Opinions."

42 Millard Fillmore
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