Practically Historical Presidential Rankings

Following the rubric created by Arthur Schlesinger Sr. in 1948, here are the rankings of our Presidents. 

*Garfield, Harrison, and Trump are not ranked


Historians consulted-  Me. 



1. Abraham Lincoln
2. George Washington
3. Franklin Roosevelt

Near Great

4. Theodore Roosevelt
5. Thomas Jefferson
6. Harry Truman
7. James Madison
8. Dwight Eisenhower
9. James K. Polk
10. Ronald Reagan
11. James Monroe

Above Average

12. Lyndon Johnson
13. John Adams
14. William McKinley
15. Andrew Jackson
16. Woodrow Wilson
17. Grover Cleveland
18. John Kennedy


19. Barack Obama

20. William Taft
21. John Quincy Adams
22. George W. Bush
23. Rutherford Hayes
24. Martin Van Buren
25. US Grant

26. George Bush
27. Calvin Coolidge
28. Chester Arthur

Below Average

29. Benjamin Harrison
30. Gerald Ford
31. Herbert Hoover
32. Jimmy Carter
33. Millard Fillmore
34. Bill Clinton
35. Richard Nixon
36. John Tyler
37. Zachary Taylor


38. Andrew Johnson
39. Franklin Pierce
40. Warren Harding
41. James Buchanan

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