Top 10 Worst United States Presidents

The Top Ten

1 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.

Bush II is the worse president in my lifetime by far (I am 63). One of his first acts was to transform a budget surplus created under Clinton to a huge and ever growing budget deficit by cutting taxes on the rich and invading two countries. Has any US president increased spending like Bush II and cut taxes at the same time? Don't ever be fooled by the neo-cons name... They are anything but conservatives... They are merely shills for the wealthy and powerful. Bush II also engaged in social engineering. Basically except for the medicare reforms for prescription drugs I think Bush II was basically wrong about every major issue. For example, look at Bush II's invasion of Iraq. First he lied to the American people to obtain support for the invasion. Instead of assembling a multinational coalition of nations like his father did in the first gulf war Bush II invaded with only some weak support from nations he was able to strong arm. The invasion itself was executed poorly... How could they ...more

Dear George W. Bush, the people who are hating on Barack Obama as the scapegoat for America's current problems is all because of YOU. I honestly can't think of one or two good things you did for the country, with ISIS rising being all because of your 2003 invasion of Iraq that you only wanted the oil from and only used WMD's that weren't even there to begin with as an excuse for it. Sure, democracy was also a justification, but your invasion still divided Iraq because you caused internal ethnic conflicts within it. Also, Barack Obama had to go and fix the recession YOU caused and is still dealing with the problems in the Middle East that you started and intensified. Yet, he is still hated by America and is still pushing on despite his criticisms. You're only in 2nd place right now since TheTopTens is mostly conservative. I don't care if anyone calls me an Obamabot, but I am just speaking with logic and reason here. George W. Bush, you will always be 1st place as the worst US president ...more

I absolutely agree with you. Bush destroyed this land and Obama is trying to patch things back together before he leaves office

George W. Bush was by far the worst president the US has ever seen. Firstly, Al Gore had over 200,000 more votes than him, but his brother, Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, rigged the system. His response to the 9/11 attacks were slow. He made the situation worse, by, in 2001 and 2003, invading Afghanistan and Iraq. The Afghanistan war, even though terrible, was slightly justified. But they had no doings whatsoever in Iraq. After lying to the American people about nuclear weapons, he invaded, against the UN's wishes. Both wars cost trillions of dollars, and thousands of American and civilian lives. The Americans committed numerous war crimes, and left both countries as absolute wastelands, achieving nothing but a few more gallons of oil. Ironically, when his own country was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Bush's reaction was slow and clumsy. It was 5 days before any full rescue operation was attempted, at the cost of over 800 lives. He lowered taxes on the rich, raised them on ...more

Knew 9/11 was going to happen prior to the events that unfolded that day
Part of Bush crime family
Iraq war Lasted more then what he expected . Hurricane Katrina killed many and more aid was needed , Bush thought he did enough , Kanye West called him out on it .

2 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.

What has he done? NOTHING! He seems to want to plunge us deeper in debt. It's sad we even consider him for re-election.

He's done nothing because republicans in the senate and House of Representatives oppose everything he tries to do, being selfish and bigoted even though they're supposed to represent our country.

Obama signed the NDAA into law- one of the most dangerous laws ever created in the history of the USA! The NDAA effectively shredded our Bill of Rights! He has a kill list and has murdered innocent men, women, and CHILDREN around the world! He circumvents Congress and the Constitution by use /abuse of executive orders! YEP- I'd say puts him in the top ten, but since he now has more power than any POTUS has ever known AND has used it to dismantle our Republic and take our liberty then that to me makes him the #1 WORST POTUS - so far! Oh yeah, let's not forget that now federal government now has control over our health and bodies through "Obamacare. " And GONE is all privacy between patient and doctor-or all privacy for that matter! I can't think of anything scarier than that! More loss of privacy and freedom has happened under Obama than any other POTUS! It has now become very dangerous to live in the USA! Oh yeah, and the continued bailouts and out of control government spending-more ...more

Since when has he murdered anyone. Stop watching biased news like fox news and wake up.

Where to begin? 1) No experience and it shows. 2) Considered a weakling by EVERY foreign leader, friend or foe. 3) His "recovery" was worse that the Bush "recession" and why? - more unemployed now than under Bush, and considerably more poverty than in the GREAT DEPRESSION! 4) Rammed through the stupidly named "Affordable Care Act" that simply won't work and will probably be the final nail in the US Economy. 5) Acts like Benghazi never happened despite the fact that the sole remaining err, "Super Power" just got it's foreign mission in Libya destroyed with 4 dead Americans, but hey, who's counting? And to boot, did nothing about it. Oh, did I mention he was hurrying to a Las Vegas Fund Raiser during this fiasco? 6) Hides and protects his equally IQ-Free Attorney General after the Benghazi disaster during Congressional hearings while putting an Executive Gag order on all documents, memoranda and E mail transmissions. 7) Railed against Bush as a ...more

I'm in the military and I respect him for not treating us an expendable figures. You're by far the most ignorant citizen. You know nothing about that in which you choose to speak. How about next time you actually take the time to read the facts. Stop being a mindless media driven drone

Since his inauguration in 2009, we have not seen the "Hope" that he promised in his campaign. However, we have seen the "Change". This country is changing for the worst under his presidency. He is trying to get rid of the very foundations this country was built on: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Constitution. He wants to overpower Congress, establish a socialist health care act, and void us of our Constitutional rights. Not to mention the many scandals: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting conservative groups, and the NSA. Imagine if a conservative president was half as bad as Obama. All mainstream media would be pushing for his impeachment.

We are granted certain rights by the Constitution that must NOT be infringed upon. However, that does not stop Obama. We have the right to bear arms. We have the right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Banning prayer from public schools? Trying to ...more

The us was not founded on the principals of Christianity. Americans don't have to be Christian because we can worship whoever the hell we want. Religion has no place is politics and when it does a lot of people end up dying.

3 James Buchanan James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War.

Anyone who thinks Obama is the worst president is obviously bias for several reasons, but the most obvious reason is that he is the current president and since Nixon time it has been cool to hate on the modern president. I don't think he is a great president but at least he didn't let the nation literally fall apart under him. Enter James Buchanan who pretty much basically let slavery spread and did nothing to prevent the Confederacy from forming. It is lucky that we had Lincoln afterward or else the United States wouldn't be the same.

Bush was an idiot but seriously? This guy basically caused the civil war

He's universally accepted as the worst president the country has ever had. End of story

Career can be summed up as basically: So you know how our country is extremely divided right now? I have a great plan:

Let's do absolutely nothing about it.

4 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.

He has no skill. He is immature, very immature. He has no plans, only anger and insecurity. It's not about conservative (he isn't) versus liberal ideas and philosophy. It's about having a grownup run the country. We need to deal with the truth and facts, not myth and uninformed opinions if we hope to improve our ability to deal with the changes that are coming. And, they are coming. He could make a difference if he would grow up, stay focused on what matters, and deal with reality instead of denying everything that he doesn't like or understand. Based on what he has done and what he has not done he appears to be insane. That is not someone that we need in the Whitehouse. And, I don't believe he will serve his entire four years. He doesn't have the attention span. All the talk about snowflakes and comfort dogs makes me laugh when I consider that Trump needed a vacation after the inauguration. Talk about a wimp.

Look I supported trump but he can't be best worst or anything yet. He's not even a month into his presidency.

Oh help. This shouldn't be so far down the list considering that he's done enough damage when he was inaugurated just today. Listen, guys, I know he's gonna "build a wall" and "make America great again" and he's for the military. I just can't get past so many horrible things he's said and done. I just can't. Personally, I don't think Barack Obama should be number one on this list. If you don't like him, fine. Comparing how Trump is just "amazing" while Obama "did nothing". Hillary is no saint, but wow, Trump is worse... What? What did Fox News tell you now?

Oh yeah because trying to protect us from potential terrorists and making sure that Mexican immigrants come here Legally is "So Horrible" If you did any research you'd know how bad Clinton really is.

He is on a low rank so far on this list but with the times he will be seen as the worst president of American history. A greedy clown without any political knowledge or skills who's running a country like a corrupted business. We are giving critics to the dictactors of the thirties ( Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin ) and North - Korea but his ideas and words are in fact similar ; " America first ", " Make America great again "... Pure nationalism in its most radical form. Shutting America off to the rest of the world ( Travel bans, Building walls, Kicking out immigrants, Making international political relationships almost impossible, Not cooperating with the NATO etc... ). America was build on crimes, racism and corruption ( the extinction of the native population, slavery in its most vicious way which gave the wealth and economic power to the US, Wilson who wiped out in the 20's working-class rights etc... ). American history is all about racism, segregation, corruption ( labor movements, ...more

95 people actually liked this comment, which was comparing Trump to Hitler and other dictators. The idiocy is massive.

There is almost nothing to admire about Donald Trump since he doesn't show any respect for our nation. He cheated on all of his three wives, and he also cheated college, which many of his students and a former professor said that he wasn't bright. He's a lonely person who only wants loyalty from everyone, but he manipulates everyone with false statistics, facts, and promises. He's not a good businessman either, but how did he get all the money? He inherited money from his father, plain and simple. Was he ever bankrupted? Of course, but he has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy four times out of six in his career. His other two bankruptcies are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Many people are saying that Donald Trump fixed the economy of Obama's administration, but is that true? No, he has inherited the economy from the Presidency of Barack Obama, but he lies about it since he wants to manipulate everyone. Why didn't Republicans support the impeachment of Donald Trump? It's because they fear for his ...more

5 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].

Andrew Johnson has to be the worst US President this country has ever had, and if you know your history you will agree. First, he wasn't even elected, he was VP when Lincoln ( who could be our best President or at least top 3) was assassinated. He was the first president to be impeached, and after the Civil War when the country was in shambles and violent riots and revolts popping up all over the country; he did more to extend the period of nationality disunity and contention then he did to heal the wounds of the war and state of the overall country.

Also I do not believe Obama should be rated number one worst president, don't get me wrong I do not think he is a good president but there are definitely worst presidents in our history.

Actually I created my own list and I know my history he was an amazing president sworn in on a plane after JFK' s assassination.

I think Johnson Should be number 1 or at least in the top 3. He ruined everything Lincoln worked for, and set back Black rights for years. I'm even disgusted that there is an elementary school in my Town that's for named after him. Obama might b the most hated on president but I honestly think that he wouldn't have stood a chance even if he Was the best president that Walked This earth. Majority wasn't Happy that there Was a black Man in office. I'm a white woman who Lives in the south, and As soon as he was Elected, I never heard more Racist remarks in my life. Everywhere I turned. Bush Jr. And ronald Reagan and jackson should be up near the top too. Reagan was the very first start to the economic hole were in Right now. Reaganomics. You an start to blame him first and work your Way down The line.

His Reconstruction Of The South Was Bad He Vetoed The Civil Rights Act of 1866 Thanks To Him Racism In The South Was To Be For 99 Years

Career can be summed up as basically: All men are created equal? Sure thing! As long as they are white. Black people don't deserve those rights.

6 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.

He was half and half. Great in foreign policies and installed the Clean Air Act. If he wasn't so paranoid and ended the Democrat's mess of Vietnam, he would have been regarded as a far better president.

That was actually both the Democrat's AND the Republican's plan. No wonder so many hippies were Independent.

Clown
Watergate
Vietnam
Used religion to help him not seem alike a bad man on live TV

Get your facts straight. Nixon was not impeached. He resigned when Congress was preparing to impeach him. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached.

So my grandpa was a good friend of his but seriously rigging an election that you are winning and doing in the night in a building that has like 1 million security guards and using bright flash lights wow what a dumb thing to do

7 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.

I accidentally voted for Andrew Johnson, thinking it was Andrew Jackson LOL.
Jackson was a racist, horrible man who DEFINITELY no longer fits into the Democratic Party. Allow me to share a quote that proves me right:

“[American Indians] have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear.” -Andrew Jackson

See? He was the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!

He fit in the democratic party of his time because he was the First.

Indian Removal act!? Blech! This horrible man was a total racist, and destroyed native Americans and whacked them out of their own land. But despite that totally being unethical, we gotta credit him. We had a nation INSIDE a nation. That's absolutely not right. I mean, no, dude, you should not have booted the natives out of their land. But America needed expansion! A horrible excuse isn't it? Worst than manifest destiny, the stupid idea that we had permission from God to wipe out everyone cause it was a religious command to grow. But hey, horrible man; yes. Horrible president? Hate to say it but no. He helped America grow. He was pretty darn evil, and a drunk as well. But a good president he was. Boot him outta here, but put him on #1 on evil president's list..

Like Trump, Andrew Jackson was far from perfect. Admittedly racist in an age of racists, no doubt surrounded by corrupt politicians, Jackson nonetheless did one thing that really mattered, and upon which his legacy should be built: he fought the banks and won. He kept privately-owned banks OUT of US government literally until 1913. I have no concern for anything else he did, didn't do, or might have done. I don't care. For this one thing, for keeping banks out for nearly 80 years, he deserves his place as one of the BEST presidents the US has ever had. Whoever ranked him as the 12th worst obviously doesn't understand the importance or significance of debt to governments, and just how devastating it can be.

Career can basically be summed up as: Native Americans? Don't care about them. They can all die for all I care.

8 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.

Prior to Obama, Carter was definitely THE WORST EVER! However, where Carter tried to illicit peace in the Middle East Obama went out of his way to support the overthrow of many ME governments that were either supportive or neutral by radical Muslims who then unified and strengthened terrorism. His economic "leadership" threw the US into a disastrous recession, that eventually became the key item behind his defeat in the bid for a second term. Carter's weak, soggy affect as a leader opened the door for the Iran hostage crisis. Carter is a known liar and buffoon who used to carry around empty suitcases to appear a "common man" and often deferred/referred to both his drunken brother and (then) 10 year old daughter about policy items. He is also the only president to be so arrogant and concerned with saving his wretched legacy that he's broken the cardinal rule of speaking out negatively about other presidents and tried to commit policy action.

Most logical choice on paper, but really a poor performer, and a economical nightmare

Jimmy and Obama, one and the same

Scared by a rabbit, used to spend 3 hours per day looking for UFO's, got laughed at by virtually every foreign leader.

9 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.

Hoover was not a bad president, he did not create the Great Depression. In fact, he tried very hard to prevent it. But an economic collapse of the stock market is uncontrolable. Hoover saw the nations economic boom in the 20's; and knew by the way it was going things were going to be bad, but not as bad as it got. He tried many different strategies before and durring the great depression to prevent and recover. Hoover was just in office at the wrong time. If people actually studied him, they wouyld realize that Hoover was a good president. Naturally the man in office durring the Great Depression would be the blame. Not fair.. So don't point fingers to quickly until you study the subject of the matter.

I have to agree with you. Hoover did not cause the Great Depression, and his methods of trying to combat it with a small government and a handful of federal programs were better for the people and at least constitutional compared to FDR's New Deal that turned the presidency into an imperial office.

Herbert Hoover was not a bad president! He tried to stop the Great Depression and save America. This man was a very great man but, sadly went down in history. He got all the blame but it wasn't his fault. I mean no one would be able to stop this! What if you were him? How would you try to make it stop. He set up food relief efforts to try and stop the Great Depression. This poor man was just mislead and got all the blame!

Hoover stuffed up badly! During the Great Depression, Hoover should have dropped tax rates, and increased government spending, which would lead to more investment and eventually increase firms production. Instead, he raised them! This decreased consumer demand, which lead to a decrease in production and lead to a rise in unemployment. Hoover stuffed up badly, and is a key reason not for causing the Great Depression, but making it worse

"Should we do anything about this global economic crisis? NAH! Even a baby could sort it out! "

10 Warren G. Harding Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death in 1923.

Harding was clearly one of the worst US presidents, although he is relatively unknown today. I believe his own words were, "I am not fit for this office and should never have been here. " Harding enjoyed being liked more than he prized being a good leader. While president, he busied himself with golf, poker, and his mistress, while appointees and cronies plundered the U.S. government. (They were dishonest cheats, who came to be known as "the Ohio gang. " Many of them were later charged with defrauding the government, and some of them went to jail. )

Certainly Harding was not a great man or great leader. However, his administration did something very significant for which it has been forgotten: it shortened the length of the deflationary depression of 1920-21 primarily by issuing debt-free silver coins to circulate among the people. Just look at the circulation of silver dollars for 1921 versus most of the earlier twentieth century. Following WWI, America needed a financial boost, and the Harding administration did it. This contrasts starkly with Hoover's and FDR's Keynesian mishandling of matters that fueled the Great Depression a decade later. The claims that Harding caused the Great Depression are without foundation. The Great Depression was caused by too much credit and the withdrawal of that credit, the opposite of the issuance of hard money, which Harding championed. Though he was not a great man, Harding deserves a better place than 11th worst.

It's between him and Nixon for the most dishonest President. Nixon actually had some positive accomplishments, like opening up relations with China. Harding died early on, we can only guess how much damage he and his cronies would've done.

He cheated on his wife, only played golf and poker, and drank during Prohibition. Also, along with Coolidge, was the cause of the Great Depression. Horrible president.

The Contenders

11 Bill 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.

Yeah, he cheated on Hillary, and that was horrible but he did do some good things for the country so I'll give him that.

Bill Clinton was not the worst president ever. I know some don't like him because of the Monica stuff, but that's between him and Hillary and should not determine his role as president. When half the people in congress at the time were having affairs anyway. Clinton did get some stuff done and he would never let us get trillions of dollars in debt.

Serial rapist, pardoned dozens of murders, implicated personally in the deaths of many others, would never have been president if it weren't for Ross Perot taking 19% of the popular vote in the 1992 election.

Republicans in the house and senate haves the country a surplus and a fantastic economy and Clinton takes credit for it

12 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.

He Worsened Relations Between North And South He Caused Bleeding Kansas By Passing The Kansas Nebraska Act

Pierce was born in New Hampshire. A Union state. But he was bad.Really bad! He caused the Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854. This guy is%&#$@#$%!

He should be at least 10 spots higher. He wanted to expand the slavery institution just before the Civil War and he was indecisive as all hell

He was not as bad as most think. He was anti-slavery himself, though he was sympathetic to the south's troubles.

It's not so much that as he was easy to push around. He was extremely troubled during his time in office, after watching the top of his young son's head separated from, well, the rest of him. He can't be blamed completely, but he certainly suffered from horrendous bad luck.

13 Lyndon Johnson Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States under President John F. Kennedy. He helped many Americans with the Civil Rights Act, although many Americans ...read more.

A cowboy who sent thousands of young america to die in Vietnam because he couldn't keep his ego and pride in check. To loose kennedy and get shacked up with this man is perhaps the worst political event that has ever taken place within america.

If you look at Wikipedia, he is actually ranked as the 13th best, maybe because our nation was prosperous during his presidency, and there was this little matter of the Civil Rights Act, although since our only African-American president is ranked worst, it's obvious there are a lot of bigots on this website. Obama is actually ranked 17th, well ahead of W's 34th, proving that the two of them aren't even in the same galaxy as a president. By the way, Wikipedia's listing is actually a compilation of a number of experts' lists, so it isn't just one man's opinion, and it's the opinion of people who have studied the subject and aren't just shooting off their mouth.

Eagerly endorsed US involvement in the Viet Nam conflict, and during his tenure increased US troop presence there from 11k to more than 536k.

This man deserves to be number one. He started Vietnam and killed in cold blood and as another person wrote, his strings were pulled by the CIA. He murdered JFK. He even murdered his own sister. He was led by greed and money. Any goodness that came about was not by him. The civil acts bills was released because of the CIA and their top operatives being African American. They passed it. He was friends with some of the biggest criminals in America at that time. Malcolm Wallace was his hitman and murdered dozens of people at the word of Johnson. He should be first second third fourth and fifth worst presidents of all time.

@Visitor, I accidently liked your comment. Lyndon Johnson was not responsible for JFK's assassination. That was Lee Oswald.

14 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.

Extremely shady.

When people think of Woodrow Wilson they think of think of the reforms of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth and Nineteenth Amendments, but none of these were began by Wilson. The first two were proposed under President Taft, the third was a result of proposals done by the Pacific Northwest and other progressive states over a decade before. At least six states (Washington, California, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming) allowed women to vote in the 1912 presidential election, and over half did so in 1916.

On the other hand, Wilson exported the South’s Jim Crow laws into the District of Columbia, which under the previous Republican administrations from McKinley to Taft had been the only integrated place south of the Mason-Dixon Line. He also aired a pro-Ku Klux Klan movie at the White House and also appointed one later “Four Horseman” judge, James Clark McReynolds, who was a rabid racist and anti-Semite to the extent of not being able to work with his brother ...more

I disagree. The guy who talks about Woodrow Wilson causing WWII obviously has no idea what he's talking about. The Treaty was signed by Clemenceau and Lloyd George as well. As a matter of fact, Woodrow Wilson was the least harsh in that he wanted to avoid punishing Germany too severely for fear one day they might backlash.

Secondly, Wilson was actually quite progressive for his time period. He's indirectly responsible for the UN and was keen on seeing other countries gain independence. Although not the best president, he certainly doesn't deserve the title as "worst president" either.

The creation of the Federal Reserve under Wilson was the death of this country's liberty, as Benjamin Franklin had stated it would be previously. He was backed by the private "Federal" Reserve,( implying something that is simply untrue, that it is government owned ) to be elected, in return for signing the Bill that officially created the "Federal Reserve". Lincoln had already been killed & 2 assassination attempts on Johnson for printing his own money, greenbacks, instead of paying 25-36% interest to pay for the War & create such debt for the country, & actually shutting down the First Bank, respectively, but Andrew Johnson was horrible in other ways, he's definitely in the top 10 Worst as well. Wilson died with HUGE regrets, saying "I have betrayed my country" (by signing the Federal Reserve Act)... so this redeems him somewhat in my eyes, as most of the Presidents on this list actually are so bad, they had ZERO qualms over killing innocent people, American & otherwise, so because ...more

Imagine delaying USA involvement in WWI, doing nothing about the 1918 flu, contributing to United States interventionist policies, failing to write a competent end-of-war treaty, and endorsing the kkk.

15 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.

One of the greatest generals ever, but one of the worst presidents, sadly

His era was rife with corruption because he was very trusting in people who were taking advantage of his power and ultimately has to be considered among the top people responsible for the mess that was Washington during this time period. As was said earlier, perhaps the greatest general in US history, but his undeniable skills didn't translate well to his presidency and it was a horrible black hole of corruption in any honest reading of US History. Not as bad as Andrew Johnson, who he proceeded (and was undoubtedly the worst president of all time), but definitely top 10 worst presidents to date.

He allowed the killing of the buffalos, should be first in this list.

This man lead one of the most corrupt presidencies in our history

16 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.

Believe it or not, a good Democrat should know that he wasn't the worst. He put in some kind of good, neo-liberal policies, and I can respect that. SUPERIOR to his son.

When you lowkey know your son was responsible for 9/11

His son is more of a joke

A crook, a person who has manipulated and stole from people since day one. Everything he has ever done has been done in secret and by cheating someone else. A terrible President and an even worse person. Not to be trusted.

17 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.

John Tyler betrayed the United States and joined the Confederacy.

To date, the only president to be kicked out of his own party.

John Tyler wasn't even elected.

I don't even know who this guy is

18 Millard Fillmore 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.

Millard Fillmore created the can't help a slave escape law or something in the times of the Underground Railroad that's just mean

He was one of the laziest presidents ever! He was the last president in the Whig party. He is the most forgotten president ever!

Millard Fillmore was an excellent president. He passed the fugitive slave act and raised employment rates for bounty hunters. He also didn't drink or smoke setting an example for the American public. We haven't had a good president since Fillmore.

I would rather have James polk than him. Sense!? 1850 would be a shame.

19 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

Are you for real? He was a great president. 1. ) He basically ended the Cold War 2. ) Helped get the Berlin torn down

American economy was booming. It wasn't anything like an oligarchy, horrific statement.

Iran-Contra, raising taxes on the poor and middle class, Savings and Loan scandal, Busting the PATCO--the air traffic controllers' union--the union's complaints were legitimate), catering to the Religious Right, ignoring AIDS, refusing to crack down on Wall St excesses, reducing funding for college students, attempts to dismantle reasonable environmental laws, tripled the national debt, forced all social security disability cases to be formally reviewed because he believed that most of the beneficiaries were cheats (cost a lot more money than was saved. ) spent money on Star Wars missile defense system that was regarded by expert scientists and engineers as unrealistic and risky, promoted 'trickle-down economics'--which put a lot more money in the hands of the wealthiest.5% with little benefit to the rest of us... Closed the mental institutions and woefully, inadequately funded community mental health centers, creating a huge homeless population.

I think this guy was still a bad president, and the reason why he would be considered one of the worst is that it was the start of America having money into politics and endless wars, pretty much every president since Reagan has spent huge funding on foreign policy and raising the debt, Carter was probably the last president to do this and he lost against Reagan.

Took no action on the AIDS epidemic, allowing it to grow because it was a "gay" disease

20 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.

If he had lived longer perhaps history would have judged him better. As the last US President to be a slave owner, he was just on the wrong side of history.

It is hard to say he did anything good while president, especially considering he died from eating cherries and buttermilk. Although like Grant he is considered ok because of what they did during wars. Taylor is the hero from the Mexican-American war and Grant won the civil war, but they weren't presidents when that happened.

Taylor was the last president of his generation (the first age of presidents) and we moved onto perhaps the best political and presidential generation in history, or worse in some ways

It's not fair cause he only serve for 16 months (1 year and 4 months)

21 William 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 alright even though he served a month

You really can't say much about the guy. He died only a month after he was inaugurated, which is to say he was unable to do anything remarkable nor detrimental throughout his entire presidential run. Whether he could have been a president who would have been seen as a US paragon like George Washington or a presidential disgrace like George W. Bush is really up to your thoughts and imaginations.

He say this" I can survived in rain without a coat." I swear he got sick and didn't wear a coat at all! I was showing and bragging off. Is he God of Jesus? No! He is so stupid.

He shouldn't be one this list sure people are judging him on what he said but that's not what he did as president he died too soon to do something to affect the us in a good or bad way

22 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.

The Ford company was founded by Henry Ford, not Gerald Ford

Ford was the person who took the last of the soldiers out of Vietnam. He needs to be lower!

My mom hated him because he pardoned Nixon.

He wasn't awful but he wasn't great

23 Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren was an American statesman who served as the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.

Typical. Blame the man in charge! The only reason Van Buren is considered a bad president is because he was blamed for all of the atrocious things Andrew Jackson done in his presidency. I also pity the foo who thinks Obama is Satan or other nonsense the media tries to convince us is true. People nowadays are just so ignorant and feeble minded to believe in propaganda that bashes out Obama like Fox News and all that baloney! Seriously, what is this world coming to!?!?!?

He continued Jackson's failed policies. If you look at the data, just as many, if not more, native Americans were killed during Van Buren's administration than in Jackson's!

The person who bashed on Andrew Jackson needs a history lesson. He didn't even hate Indians, they were attacking US citizens so if course he removed them. Try to actually read up on history before blaming others

Van Buren wasn't that bad of a president, he just had the bad luck of being elected into office after Jackson. Jackson's removal of the National Bank caused financial ruin, and Van Buren was the one who had to deal with it.

24 James Polk 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.

John Tyler started the war with Mexico. Polk won it, and got a few states out of it.

The idea of starting an unnecessary war with Mexico, only to conquer land to could have the complete pacific coast united was awful, and annex Texas, who was Mexico territory, despite being colonized by Americans due to illegal immigration also promoted by United States, was also terrible

Greatest ever president! The Mexican did nothing with the land there were only 20,000 people living there. Now they of course would like it back!

The only president to support the extermination-not just treating unfairly-of actual citizens. See Mormons being hunted and eventually kicked out of their homes in the early to mid 1800s.

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

Bombed Japan, which may have seemed like the right thing to do given the war, but he killed much more innocent people than military establishments. He's a racist, partially for that reason.

I really hate him. I think he needs to be higher in my opinion because he was responsible for nuking twice in Japan. Well I know he had no other choice to stop the war so he used it. The nukes stopped the war but in worst way. You know that Nuclear Weapon is the biggest CRIME. It is a death penalty. Even though Truman had no choice and stopped the war, but the way he did was seriously terrible. Also he was racist toward Japanese too. In my opinion, I think he is worse than Trump and needs to at least in Top 5.

PEOPLE STOP! He wasn't racist because he dropped 2 nuclear weapons on Japan! If we didn't drop those nukes the war would have majorly escalated resulting in even more deaths, most likely twice the amount of the deaths at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a tragedy all those innocent civilians had to die, but these are the consequences of war. The only real racist act president Truman committed was forcing all those Japanese citizens into concentration camps.

That's what Republican propaganda wants you to think. The bombs barely affected the military itself yet this terrible president had to result to nuclear warfare and kill innocents. Yet you are blaming it on Japan. No proof more people would die without the atom bombs. Americans committed a war crime.

He wasn't racist. Germany and Italy had already surrendered, and that left Japan. Emperor Hirohito was INSANE. He would have let his whole country die before he would surrender. Truman had to do it otherwise Japan would have kept killing American, British, French, and other countries troops. The Japanese soldiers would have kept dying as well. So in a way, he saved so many people while also introducing the atomic bomb to the world, maybe making other countries afraid to fight us for a little while.

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