Presidential Quality Ratings

I have given each president one of five quality ratings from Great to Failure. My ratings are not a precise
ranking. Therefore, within each rating, I have ordered the presidents chronologically from the earliest to
the most recent administrations. These ratings are merely my gut opinions with some deference to
historical consensus. To achieve balance, my list includes seven Greats, seven Near Greats, seven
Below Averages, and seven Failures. If you disagree, submit your suggestions and comments to me. I
will consider your input when making any revisions.

Follow the links on the left or below for comparative biographical information.

Enjoy!

Nick Netchvolodoff

Elected Four Times                   Elected Twice                    Elected Once                        Never Elected


Number

Name
Quality
Rating

Elected
Term
Began
Term
Ended
Tenure
(years)
1 George Washington Great 2 1789 1797 8
3 Thomas Jefferson Great 2 1801 1809 8
16 Abraham Lincoln Great 2 1861 1865 4
26 Theodore Roosevelt Great 2 1901 1909 8
32 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Great 4 1933 1945 12
33 Harry S Truman Great 1
1945 1953 8
             
2John Adams
Near Great 
11797
1801
4
5 James Monroe Near Great 
2 1817 1825 8
6
John Quincy Adams
Near Great
1182518294
22 | 24 Grover Cleveland Near Great 
2 1885 | 1893 1889 | 1897 8
34 Dwight David Eisenhower Near Great 
2 1953 1961 8
36 Lyndon Baines Johnson Near Great 
1 1963 1969 6
40 Ronald Wilson Reagan Near Great 
2 1981 1989 8
       
4 James Madison Average 2 1809 1817 8
7Andrew Jackson
Average2
182918378
11 James Knox Polk Average 1 1845 1849 4
23 Benjamin Harrison Average 1 1889 1893 4
25 William McKinley Average 1 1897 1901 4
27 William Howard Taft Average 1 1909 1913 4
28Woodrow Wilson
Average2191319218
31 Herbert Clark Hoover Average 1 1929 1933 4
35 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Average 1 1961 1963 2
38 Gerald Rudolph Ford Average 0 1974 1977 3
39 James Earl Carter Jr. Average 1 1977 1981 4
41 George Herbert Walker Bush Average 1 1989 1993 4
42 William Jefferson Clinton Average 2 1993 2001 8
44Barack ObamaAverage2
2009
4







8 Martin Van Buren Below Average 1 1837 1841 4
10 John Tyler Below Average 0 1841 1845 4
14 Franklin Pierce Below Average 1 1853 1857 4
17 Andrew Johnson Below Average 0 1865 1869 4
19 Rutherford Birchard Hayes Below Average 1 1877 1881 4
21 Chester Alan Arthur Below Average 0 1881 1885 4
30 Calvin Coolidge Below Average 1 1923 1929 6







12 Zachary Taylor Failure
1 1849 1850 1
13 Millard Fillmore Failure 0 1850 1853 3
15 James Buchanan Failure 1 1857 1861 4
18 Ulysses Simpson Grant Failure 2 1869 1877 8
29 Warren Gamaliel Harding Failure 1 1921 1923 2
37 Richard Milhous Nixon Failure 2 1969 1974 5
43 George Walker Bush Failure 2 2001 2009 8







9 William Henry Harrison No Rating 1 1841 1841 32 days
20 James Abram Garfield No Rating 1 1881 1881 199 days
       
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