The 10 Worst U.S. Presidents

Not all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House.

by U.S. News Staff


Not all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House. U.S. News averaged the results of three major presidential polls to make its own list of America’s worst presidents.

Read more about the history of presidential rankings.

Read more about the Worst Presidents methodology.

10. Zachary Taylor

Born: Nov. 24, 1784

Died: July 9, 1850

Presidential Term: March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850

Vice President: Millard Fillmore

Taylor’s brief presidency came to an end in 1850 when he fell ill after celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, becoming one of eight presidents to die in office.

9. Herbert Hoover

Born: Aug. 10, 1874

Died: Oct. 20, 1964

Presidential Term: March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933

Vice President: Charles Curtis

Hoover was known as a poor communicator who fueled trade wars and exacerbated the Great Depression.

7.  (tie). John Tyler

Born: March 29, 1790

Died: Jan. 18, 1862

Presidential Term: April 4, 1841 – March 4, 1845

Vice President: None

He was a stalwart defender of slavery who abandoned his party’s platform once he was president.

7 (tie). Millard Fillmore

Born: Jan. 7, 1800

Died: March 8, 1874

Presidential Term: July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853

Vice President: None

He backed the Compromise of 1850 that delayed the Southern secession by allowing slavery to spread.

6. Warren G. Harding

Born: Nov. 2, 1865

Died: Aug. 2, 1923

Presidential Term: March 4, 1921 – Aug. 2, 1923

Vice President: Calvin Coolidge

Harding was an avid golfer and poker player whose administration is perhaps best remembered for its litany of corruption and scandals.

5. William Henry Harrison

Born: Feb. 9, 1773

Died: April 4, 1841

Presidential Term: March 4, 1841 – April 4, 1841

Vice President: John Tyler

Delivering the longest inaugural address in U.S. history, he came down with pneumonia that made his 30-day presidency the shortest in U.S. history.

4. Franklin Pierce

Born: Nov. 23, 1804

Died: Oct. 8, 1869

Presidential Term: March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1857

Vice President: William R. King

Pierce’s fervor for expanding the borders – thereby adding several slave states – helped set the stage for the Civil War.

3. Andrew Johnson

Born: Dec. 29, 1808

Died: July 31, 1875

Presidential Term: April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869

Vice President: None

Johnson survived impeachment after opposing Reconstruction initiatives, including the 14th amendment.

2. Donald Trump

Born: June 14, 1946

Presidential Term: Jan. 20, 2017 – Jan 20, 2021

Vice President: Mike Pence

The only living president among the 10 worst presidents in history, Trump is also the only president to be impeached twice.

  1. James Buchanan

Born: April 23, 1791

Died: June 1, 1868

Presidential Term: March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861

Vice President: John Breckinridge

He refused to challenge either the spread of slavery or the growing bloc of states that became the Confederacy.

Dishonorable Mentions

Richard Nixon: 14th-worst

George W. Bush: 15th-worst

Gerald Ford: 19th-worst

Jimmy Carter: 20th-worst

Read more about George W. Bush and Richard Nixon, who previously ranked among the U.S. News 10 Worst Presidents.


Were these really America’s worst presidents? 

Read more about the U.S. News Worst Presidents rankings, the history of presidential polling and how difficult it can be to objectively compare one president to the next.

The 10 Worst Presidents

1. James Buchanan
2. Donald Trump
3. Andrew Johnson
4. Franklin Pierce
5. William Henry Harrison
6. Warren G. Harding
7 (tie). Millard Fillmore
7 (tie). John Tyler
9. Herbert Hoover
10. Zachary Taylor

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