The 10 Worst Presidents

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

By Andrew Soergel and Jay Tolson?Dec. 31, 2014
By Andrew Soergel and Jay Tolson?Dec. 31, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.

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Introduction

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

President George Bush holds his last press conference on Jan. 19, 2009, in the White House briefing room.
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10. (Tie) George W. Bush

Born: July 6, 1946

Presidential term: Jan. 20, 2001-Jan. 20, 2009

Vice President: Dick Cheney

The son of a former president, George W. Bush's legacy will be forever haunted by a series of public speaking gaffes and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Introduction

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

10. (Tie) George W. Bush

Born: July 6, 1946

Presidential term: Jan. 20, 2001-Jan. 20, 2009

Vice President: Dick Cheney

The son of a former president, George W. Bush's legacy will be forever haunted by a series of public speaking gaffes and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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10. (Tie) Richard Nixon

Born: Jan. 9, 1913

Died: April 22, 1994

Presidential term: Jan. 20, 1969- Aug. 9, 1974

Vice Presidents: Spiro Agnew, Gerald Ford

Though politically gifted, he will forever be associated with the Watergate scandal and his resignation.

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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 Depression.

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8. William Henry Harrison

Born: Feb. 9, 1773

Died: April 4, 1841

Presidential term: March 4, 1841-April 4, 1841

Vice President: John Tyler

He was president for all of 30 days after contracting pneumonia during his interminable inaugural.

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7. Ulysses S. Grant

Born: April 27, 1822

Died: July 23, 1885

Presidential term: March 4, 1869-March 4, 1877

Vice Presidents: Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson

Serving right after Andrew Johnson, he presided over an outbreak of graft and corruption, but had good intentions.

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6. 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.

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5. 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.

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4. Franklin Pierce

Born: Nov. 23, 1804

Died: Oct. 8, 1869

Presidential term: March 4, 1853-March 4, 1857

Vice President: William R. King

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

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3. Andrew Johnson

Born: Dec. 29, 1808

Died: July 31, 1875

Presidential term: April 15, 1865-March 4, 1869

Vice President: None

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

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2. Warren G. Harding

Born: Nov. 2, 1865

Died: Aug. 2, 1923

Presidential term: March 4, 1921-Aug. 2, 1923

Vice President: Calvin Coolidge

He was an ineffectual and indecisive leader who played poker while his friends plundered the U.S. treasury.

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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.

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Conclusion

Were these really America's worst presidents? 

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Updated on Dec. 31, 2014: This content has been updated to include the most recent presidents.

Andrew Soergel, Senior Reporter

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