Under all circumstances, the United States president is responsible for the well-being and growth of his population. Although some of these presidents took the office’s oath in their daily activities, others fell short of their promises. This list includes the very best and the worst presidents of the United States to ever lead the nation. Some of these are going to surprise you.
Ulysses S. Grant – 130
Ulysses S. Grant, a former commanding general of the Union Army during the Civil War, became the United States’ 18th president. When he was in office from 1869 until 1877, he enjoyed a lot of popularity. He made a name for himself a couple of years after graduating from West Point when he was active during the Mexican-American War. At only 47 years of age, he became the country’s president, making him the youngest president. He scored highly for moral authority, international relations, government persuasion, and equal justice for all.
George W. Bush – 138.5
George W. Bush is the 43rd president of the United States and was the commander-in-chief back in 2001 during the tragic attacks on the Twin Towers of September 11. He served for two consecutive terms, and from 2001 to 2008, he was in office. The invasion of Afghanistan and the second Gulf War that resulted in the deposition of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein were other significant events that occurred during his presidency. Bush established the Department of Homeland Security as a response to 9/11.
Bush Hears About 9/11
Tuesday morning, the 11th of September, 2001. Everybody remembers the day that Al Qaeda attacked the United States. In New York City, two airplanes were flown into the World Trade Centers, and thousands died. The president was at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota County, Florida, at the time of the assault.
James Monroe – 138.6
Did you know that it was between 1817 and 1825 that James Monroe was in office? That founding father was the United States’ fifth president. He used to be a popular choice for the position, and a landslide led him to win the election. His time in office later became known as the “Era of Good Feelings.” “During the American Revolutionary War, Monroe fought, and he became popular for his foreign policy, “The Monroe Doctrine. Monroe had just edged George W. Bush for the third-lowest score since he had an IQ of 138.6. Even so, a 138.6 score doesn’t make him a slouch, either. According to the Wechsler IQ classification, it is considered to be “very superior” intelligence.
Andrew Johnson – 138.9
Andrew Johnson became President after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He became the first President of the United States to be impeached, however. His plans to restore the separated states to the Union without granting protection to former slaves were the reason for this. In Congress, this plan has come under fire. His IQ, to top it off, was only 138.9.
William Howard Taft – 139.5
William Howard Taft had an IQ of 139.5. He remained the only person to have presided over both the executive and judicial branches of government, although he appears rather low on the list. He later became the 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States after being the president from 1909 to 1913. The 27th president of the United States was William H. Taft, and he was the only head of state who went on to become the US Chief of Justice.
James Buchanan – 139.6
The 15th president has not improved much in comparison to his predecessor. The majority of historians will remember that as president, James Buchanan had made some lofty goals for himself. During his presidency, Buchanan promised to reach the great heights of George Washington. James Buchanan joins the Presidents who had an IQ of 139. He didn’t quite get there, unfortunately.
The Only Bachelor
In the history of the United States, James Buchanan was the only president who never got married. The 15th president never explained why he chose never to find a wife, but perhaps it was because he was simply too focused on worrying about his social life because of his career and his presidency!
Zachary Taylor – 139.8
Zachary “Old Rough and Ready” Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, but he is most popular for spending only a brief period in the office. He was a war hero before he launched his political career, and his leadership abilities in the field earned him his nickname. During the Mexican-American War, he was praised for his bravery, and he was the last member of the Whig Party to be elected president.
The unexpected death of Zachary Taylor led to a multitude of rumors circulating around the cause of the disease. Some people thought he must have eaten contaminated ice water or milk, while others thought it was to blame for the large number of cherries he ate during the celebration of July 4th. Could you believe that a speculated cause of death in the 1800s was something like eating too many cherries?
Harry S. Truman – 139.8
The 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was in office from 1945 to 1953. Just after the conclusion of the Second World War, he was elected into power. During the First World War, he served in the military, and he is the only president to have ever used nuclear weapons. He was known for his stubbornness and apparently used the power to veto approximately 180 times! Having an IQ of 139.8, Harry Truman is in the lower 25 percent of the U.S. Presidents. Presidents.
Warren G. Harding – 139.9
The 29th election came to an end with the Warren G. Harding Declaration. Interestingly, since it was the first election in which females could vote, this was a significant presidential race. As the Marion Star newspaper owner, Warren Harding launched his career in the journal industry in Ohio. When the appropriate time came, he left the rural town to enter politics. Harding declared the end of World War I during his term of office when he announced that the United States was at peace with Austria, Germany, and Hungary.
George Washington – 140
George Washington is yet another founding father and the very first President of the United States, as we all know. He was an important figure in establishing the nation’s government system when he was in power from 1789 to 1797. In the American Revolutionary War, he led the Continental Army as well. He ended up ranked as the 2nd best president in the history of the United States during the research. You may have had the impression that, since he was one of the Founding Fathers and all of that, George Washington was some kind of genius.
Gerald R. Ford Jr. – 140.4
After Richard Nixon’s resignation, Gerald Ford succeeded him as the 38th president of the United States. From 1974 to 1977, he held that position, during which he pardoned his predecessor. In the Helsinki Accords, an attempt to improve the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, Ford was recognized for his role. Ford came from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he pursued a career in legislation that served as a political career gateway.
Ford’s First Assassination Attempt
President Gerald Ford had not anticipated the events of the 5th of September 1975. A woman with a Colt M1911 pistol attempted to shoot him while walking through a cheering crowd in Sacramento, California. The gun had not fired, and she had been apprehended. Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of the cult run by Charles Manson, was the woman.
Ford’s Second Assassination Attempt
It’s hard to believe that just 17 days after President Ford’s assassination attempt, another woman would take her life by shooting her. Sara Jane Moore pulled out a pistol once again in California and fired one shot at the president. She was missing and was quickly overwhelmed by a former sailor. The bullet missed the president but injured the driver of the taxi. Which president on our list is the next?
Lyndon B. Johnson – 140.6
After John F. Kennedy was shot and assassinated in 1963, this president became famous for taking over. Then Lyndon B. Johnson ramped up the presence of the United States in Vietnam. We are still on the lower end of the list of presidents with an IQ of 140.6. Lyndon Baines Johnson, better known as LBJ, is none other than the 36th President of the United States. Between 1963 and 1969, he was in office and left an impressive legacy during that time.
Herbert Hoover – 141.6
Herbert Hoover was in office during one of the most difficult times in United States history. Before attending the prestigious Stanford University in the academic institution’s opening year, the 31st United States President grew up in Iowa and Oregon. Later, he married Lou Henry, his girlfriend from college. You might not know about Herbert Hoover because it was estimated that he had an IQ of 141.6. While that is high overall, in terms of presidents, it’s pretty average. Before he launched his political career, he spent significant time in China, and he was in Europe during the eruption of the Great War.
Calvin Coolidge – 141.6
As vice president, after President Warren Harding’s premature death back in 1923, Calvin Coolidge was the next line. He was elected as president the following year, and he remained in office until 1929. With an IQ of 141.6, in terms of presidents, he was still under the average. He supported laissez-faire foreign policy and small government, and by the time his term ended, he was a popular political figure. Even though the White House suffered several years filled with scandal, many saw his administration as a period when the government had dignity.
Ronald Reagan – 141.9
Ronald Reagan was in office as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 until 1989. Among other things, thanks to his economic policy of Reaganomics, he earned himself a reputation. It concentrated on lower social expenditure, deregulation of the domestic market, high military spending, and widespread tax cuts. Reagan fell somewhere between the bottom and quarter and half compared to his fellow presidents, seeing as he had an IQ of 141.9.
Reagan’s Assassination Attempt
An attempt was made on the life of President Ronald Reagan on March 30th, 1981, by John Hinckley Jr. In contrast to what you think, in order to impress the young actress Jodie Foster, the would-be assassin took a shot at the President. A ricocheted bullet struck the president, but he did survive. Later, he would say, ‘I forgot to duck,’ to his wife.
Ronald Reagan’s Death
One of the former presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagen, was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and there was a complication that led to him getting pneumonia. On June 5, 2004, because of his Alzheimer’s and pneumonia, Ronald Reagan passed away. For ten years, he had Alzheimer’s and passed away at the age of 93. He is buried in California at the Ronald Regan National Library.
Richard M. Nixon – 142.9
Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, was respected for his talents when it came to negotiating foreign affairs. He held the position from 1969 to 1974, during which the country’s participation in the Vietnam War ended. He also began diplomatic relations with China, signed with the USSR the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and took the prisoners of war back home. Although he was President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower’s vice president from 1953 until 1961, he achieved numerous impressive achievements.
Nixon’s Watergate Scandal
There’s probably no single American out there who doesn’t know about the Watergate Scandal. It was this event that eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon as president of the United States. He was the first president ever to have done that. President Gerald Ford nevertheless acquitted him.
George H. W. Bush – 143
George H.W. Bush, Sr. served as the President of the United States for a term that ran from 1989 to 1993. Nevertheless, members of the younger generation will probably remember him better as President George W. Bush’s father. The elder Bush had previously served as Ronald Reagan’s Vice President for eight years before he was elected head of state. During times of crisis, he was renowned for his leadership abilities.
H.W. Bush’s Big Accomplishments
The term in office of George H.W. Bush coincided with the end of the Cold War, the first Gulf War, and the Berlin Wall collapse. He was also credited with several important acts, such as the Clean Air Act, the Free Trade Agreement of North America, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. He also holds the longest presidential marriage record at 73 years, in addition to these feats!
George H.W. Bush’s Death
It was announced on November 30, 2018, that former President George H.W. Bush had passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s vascular disease, just seven months after the death of his wife, Barbara. Since Gerald Ford in 2006, he has been the first former president to pass away.
James K. Polk – 143.4
From 1845 to 1849, the nation was served by James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States. He had an IQ number of 143.4. Interestingly, his inauguration at the office was the first to ever be transmitted via telegraph to the news. In the US-Mexican War, Polk famously led the country to victory. Thanks to the 1848 Mexican Assignment and Texas’s annexation, the U.S. saw territorial expansion during his term.
William McKinley Jr. – 143.4
William McKinley Jr. was the 25th President of the United States from 1897 until 1901, and he had an IQ of 143.4. During the Civil War, he was the last person to lead America, and he also helped America win the war between Spain and the United States. When he was in office, when Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico all became territories, the U.S. saw enormous developments. Even though he did not do much to seek equal justice for all American citizens, he was also well-received for his efforts to improve the economy.
On September 6th, 1901, the anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot President William McKinley twice in his abdomen. This incident took place at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. Ironically, since he was concerned about this exact event, the president’s secretary successfully convinced him not to go forward with the trip on two separate occasions. Eight days after the shooting, McKinley passed away.
Grover Cleveland – 144
Grover Cleveland was very close to making it to the top 50 percent of presidents with an IQ of 144. Grover Cleveland served as president for two terms, and his first term lasted from 1885 until 1889. However, he did not serve consecutive terms because he lost his first reelection bid but later won again in 1893. The Conservatives admired his fiscal policy and his wish for political reform. Cleveland dealt with the Panic of 1893 during his second term, which became such a great economic crisis, and the Pullman Strike of 1894, a massive national railroad strike.
It is quite a big deal to be the first (and only) president to get married in the White House. But many were more interested in who was going to marry the president. She was a 21-year-old woman (his junior was 28 years old), and she was pretty impressive. She was also loved by the public and is very attractive, fluent in French, and quite charismatic.
Andrew Jackson – 145
Andrew Jackson had an IQ of 145, which placed him in the median of presidential IQs, although it is still significantly higher than the average individual. For a single term, Andrew Jackson was the President of the United States. From 1829 until 1837, he held the position. We’re not going to be surprised to hear that from the 20 dollar bill you recognize him! Isn’t it interesting to learn that he opposed the production of paper money instead of advocating silver and gold coins? He was a British captive in the Revolutionary War when he was 13 years old.
Andrew Jackson’s Inauguration Party
A certain charm about President Andrew Jackson made the public feel like one of them was him. He and his party moved to the executive mansion to start the celebrations after concluding his inauguration speech, but things went awry. The group was followed by a massive crowd that stormed the mansion. Hey, he drank plenty of alcohol, ransacked the kitchen, filtered the venue, and made a ruckus. After the alcohol was transferred outside, they were eventually dispersed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower – 145.1
The 34th President of the United States was Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was from 1953 to 1961 that he held this title. The reversal of Truman’s policy and the desegregation of the army was one of his most famous moves. He became one of the most respected men in the history of United States politics, commonly known by the nickname “Ike.” Are you aware that he had an IQ of 145.1?
Benjamin Harrison – 145.4
The 23rd President of the United States was Benjamin Harrison, who was on duty with the Union Army during the Civil War. Thanks to his international relations and excellent working relations with Congress during his term, he is considered one of the best presidents. The enforcement of African-American voting rights and the acceptance of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming into the Union were some of his administration’s most important efforts.
Martin Van Buren – 146
For a single term, between 1837 and 1841, President Martin Van Buren served. During the huge economic crisis, more commonly referred to as the Panic of 1837, he was in office. It only started three months after he was sworn into office, and in the history of the United States, this was considered the first major depression. ‘The Little Magician” was the nickname of Van Buren. He advocated that the US Treasury become an independent institution to keep the funds separate while the political tides come and go over the years.
Rutherford B. Hayes – 133.9
The 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, was a Republican politician who served between 1877 and 1881. He ended up winning the electoral vote, but not the popular vote, after several months of conflict, just like the aforementioned George W. Bush during the 2000 elections. It is interesting that Mark Twain, the author, expressed his support for Hayes. He was the governor of Ohio for three terms before assuming the presidency, and he was affiliated with the now-defunct Whig party. Hayes supported the expansion of the black community’s civil rights, but his efforts were interrupted by the Democratic majority in Congress.
William Henry Harrison – 146.3
William Henry Harrison holds the record for the shortest term in the office. The majority of people remember him because of his tragic death, which happened while still serving. Between March 4, 1841, and April 4, 1841, he spent a total of 31 days in that office. Following a rainy inauguration day, the 9th president succumbed to pneumonia. The president apparently refused to put on a warm jacket and rode a horse to make his speech. William Henry Harrison was another average president who had an IQ of 146.3.
Franklin Pierce – 147.4
A controversial head of state was nothing short of the 14th president of the United States. He called the abolitionist movement “a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation.” Understanding this, it makes sense that this Democratic president signed the Kansas-Nebraska act. Franklin Pierce’s IQ of 147.4 puts him just one point above the average president. Effectively, this act allowed every state to decide what its position was on slavery.
John Tyler – 148
Following the demise of William Henry Harrison, John Tyler took the 10th President of the United States title. He was the first person to substitute for a president who died while in office. In other words, he was the first president who had not been elected and, from 1841 to 1845. He was head of state. With respect to slavery, Tyler allowed this and several other problems to be decided by the states. Thanks to his passive position, he earned quite a number of enemies in Congress, and he was dubbed “His Accidency.”
Did you know that John Tyler is the father of 15 kids? This makes him the president with the greatest number of children! Between the years 1815 and 1860, they were all born, and they were from two different wives. His first eight children were with Letitia Tyler, his first wife, and the last seven children were with Julia Gardiner, his second wife.
Millard Fillmore – 149
Millard Fillmore was the last president of the Whig Party before it was dissolved. He was born into a low-income family and, during President Zachary Taylor’s term, he educated himself well enough to achieve the rank of vice president. After the incumbent president died in 1850 from cholera, Fillmore was succeeded as the 13th president. All the White House cabinet members immediately resigned after the death of Taylor, leaving Fillmore to build a completely new one.
Abraham Lincoln – 150
Abraham “Abe” Lincoln, as the 16th President of the United States, managed to achieve quite an impressive number of milestones. He instigated the long road to the abolition of slavery when he was in office from 1861 to 1865, and during the Civil War, he led the Union. In 1863, he passed the Proclamation of Emancipation, a move that established the framework for ending slavery by granting free people the status of the Salves in the South. By incorporating the 13th amendment into the constitution, he also outlawed slavery.
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln likely was one of the most remarkable moments in American history. President Lincoln was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth while watching Our American Cousin’s performance at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. Hours later, and only five days after the end of the Civil War, the president died.
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 150.5
Franklin D. Roosevelt, commonly referred to as FDR, served from 1933 to 1945 as the 32nd President of the United States. Back then, he was actually so popular that he had been elected a total of four times! Through the Great Depression, the Interdiction, and the Second World War, FDR led the nation. The New Deal, which then set in motion many social and economic reforms, was also launched. In terms of intelligence, he had an IQ of 150.5, making him rank in the top quarter of United States presidents.
He was known to be one of the best presidents in America’s history, and his death would be one to mourn for the entire nation. Roosevelt died as a result of an intracerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945. Unfortunately, the president won’t be able to experience the end of the Second World War.
Chester Arthur – 152.3
Chester Arthur, the 21st President of the United States, was born in Vermont to an Irish immigrant couple. People always told him that he “looked like a president,” but only when he took over the presidency after President James Garfield’s death in 1881 did he play the part. From 1881 to 1885, the Vice President-turned-president was in office, and he is best known for creating the Pendleton Act. He ensured that citizens would earn federal government positions through a system based on merit instead of their political affiliations and connections.
James A. Garfield – 152.3
Did you know that James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, was the first and only sitting member of the House of Representatives to be elected president? During the American Civil War, he was a major general for the Union before his term, fighting in numerous battles such as Chickamauga, Middle Creek, and Shiloh. He achieved admirable things, such as getting rid of corruption in the postal service and building up the navy, during his term from March 4, 1881, until September 19, 1881.