It is the job of the president of the United State to look over his people and make sure they are being taken care of. Some of the presidents took this oak seriously, while others made promises they could not keep. Read on to hear about some of the best and worst U.S Presidents, several will leave you speechless.
Ulysses S. Grant – 130
The “least smart” president included here, still has an IQ 15 points above average, so 130. Just from that, you can understand how smart you need to be to run the country. The 18th president of the U.S. is known as Ulysses S. Grant and he is a former Union Army commander from the Civil War. He was quite popular during his term from 1869-1877. He first earned his name after graduating from West Point and went on to fight in the Mexican-American Civil War. At 47 years old, he is the youngest president to date. In terms of moral authority, international partnerships, public relations, and pursuing equal rights, his memory lives on as an honest man who punished the KKK, and the first president to select African American and Jewish officials.
George W. Bush – 138.5
43 on our list is George W. Bush, the son of former president George H.W. Bush, who served two terms from 2001-2008. During the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, Bush was commander-in-chief, along with the invasion of Afghanistan and the second Gulf War. After 9/11, he founded the Department of Homeland Security. Before being elected as president, he served as governor of Texas for five years, but he won the popular vote by only .5 percent in Florida. His IQ stands at 138.5, which is lower than other presidents.
Bush Hears About 9/11
September 11, 2001, is a day that nobody can forget as Al Qaeda executed a mission against the United States and two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Centers in New York, resulting in thousands of deaths. At the exact moments of the attack, President Bush was at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota County, Florida.
James Monroe – 138.6
Founding father James Monroe served in office from 1817 to 1825, making him the 5th president of the United States. He was loved by all and the favored choice by everyone. His reign was later recalled as the “Era of Good Feelings.” He was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War and is remembered for his foreign policy known as “The Monroe Doctrine.”According to the Wechsler IQ classification, an IQ score of 138.6 is pretty elite, but in terms of US presidents, Monro has the third-lowest score.
Andrew Johnson – 138.9
Lincoln’s Tragic assassination led to the inauguration of President Andrew Johnson. Unfortunately, Johnson went on to be the first president to be impeached. This resulted after his plan to restore the isolated states to the Union without granting protection to previous slaves. Well, none of this comes as a surprise since he had an IQ of just 138.9.
William Howard Taft – 139.5
President William Howard Taft is the only person to have ever run both the executive and judicial branches of government. With an IQ of 139.5, the Taft was the 27th president from 1909 to 1913 and was also the 10th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. Born and raised in Ohio, William studied law at Yale University and was also a member of the secret society Skull and Bones. Throughout his twenties, he practiced law and was also a judge. While serving, he focuses mostly on East Asia and also got involved with Latin America.
James Buchanan – 139.6
The 15th president didn’t improve much from his predecessor. Most historians will recall that James Buchanan had made some lofty goals for himself as president. Buchanan promised to reach the great heights of George Washington during his presidency. James Buchanan joins the presidents who had an IQ of 139. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite get there.
The Only Bachelor
The only president in US History to never walk down the aisle was James Buchanan, 15 presidents. While he never fully expressed why he didn’t want to marry, it’s most likely, because he was, focused on his career to spend time on anything else.
Zachary Taylor – 139.8
Zachary Taylor, also known as “Old Rough and Ready” was the 12th president of the US but was actually in office for a short time after suffering from a fatal disease known as Cholera. Before stepping into the white house, he was a beloved war hero and this is where he received his nickname. He was elected in 1849 and focused greatly on the issue of slavery. Ironically, he had slaves of his own but took the stance of being anti-slavery. Also during his presidency, he urged New Mexico and California to become states. This war hero had a pretty low IQ of 139,8 if we’re comparing him to the other leaders.
Taylor’s abrupt death lead to much speculation. Many were sure he consumed poisoned ice water or milk, while others blamed his large consumption of cherries on the 4th of July that year. It’s funny to think that in the 1800s they thought that too many cherries could lead to death!
Harry S. Truman – 139.8
Harry. S Truman is the 33rd president and served from 1945 to 1953, right after WWII finished. He fought in World War I and is the only president to have used nuclear weapons. He is remembered for his stubborn personality as well as taking advantage of the veto power, which he used nearly 180 times. He remains in the lower 25% of US Presidents with an IQ of 139.8.
Warren G. Harding – 139.9
in the 29th election, Warren G. Harding was sworn into office into a monumental election since women now had the right to vote. Harding started as the owner of the Marion Star newspaper in Ohio. While he was in office, he announced the end of World War I when the US was at peace with Austria, Germany, and Hungary. He was determined to improve the economy and more or less return to normal living. Although there was a great deal of scandal that swarmed his presidency, none of it was brought to light until after he passed away from a heart attack. With an IQ of 139.9, he remains lower on the list.
George Washington – 140
George Washington is the first president of the U.S and one of the founding fathers. He served from 1789 to 1797 and played a big part in the founding of the government system. He was also involved in the American Revolutionary War, where he led the Continental Army. He is known as the second-best president of the US, but he is not as intelligent as you may think. Well, he may be way above the average person, but he still has an IQ of 140, which is not nearly as close to the smartest presidents.
Gerald R. Ford Jr. – 140.4
When Richard Nixon resigned from office, Gerald R. Ford Jr. was sworn in as the 38th president. He is remembered for his attempt to enhance the partnership between the United States and the Soviet Union, known as the Helsinki Accords. He was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he held a law career before his terms from 1974-1977. He served the country during epic financial chaos, which improved his standing. Unfortunately, he still has an IQ of 140.4 and is the only individual to be elected as both president and vice president without actually being elected.
Ford’s First Assassination Attempt
On September 5th, 1975, Ford was strolling through a cheering crowd in Sacramento, California when a woman under the leadership of Charles Manson, stormed the crowd with a Colt M1911 pistol and tried to murder him. Luckily the gun malfunctioned and she was captured.
Ford’s Second Assassination Attempt
Shortly after this, incredibly short actually because it was just 17 days, another woman attempted to assassinate Ford. Once again in sunny California, Sara Jane Moore took out a pistol and aimed to kill Ford. However, she missed and was pushed to the ground. While the President was not injured, a taxi driver was.
Lyndon B. Johnson – 140.6
After the assassination of John F. Kennedy in1963, Lyndon B. Johnson stepped up and assumed the role of president. LBJ is the 36th president of the United States and served from 1963-1969. He is remembered for his powerful efforts at helping the country in many ways. During his term, he signed many laws for civil rights, as well as gun and welfare laws. He also passed the law for Social Security and enhanced Medicaid and Medicare.
Herbert Hoover – 141.6
During one of the most challenging periods in US History, Herbert Hoover was elected as the 31st president of the United States. He was raised in Iowa and Oregon and attended the reputable Standford University and graduated as its first class, where he met his wife Lou Henry. Before becoming a political name he spent time in China and Europe during the start of the Great War. His name started to get attention after he rescued 120,000 American tourists from France and Germany. His term covered the stock market fall that resulted in the Great Depression. He tried his best to revive the country while keeping his self-control. You probably didn’t know this but he has an IQ of around 141.6.
Calvin Coolidge – 141.6
Vice President Calvin Coolidge took office after the death of President Warren Harding in 1923. The next year he was sworn in as President until 1929. He was in favor of the laissez-faire foreign policy and small government and managed to become a favored politician at the end of his term. Despite the many scandals, his administration was remembered with dignity. With an IQ of 141.6, Coolidge had a soft way of speaking and a strong interest in racial equality and civil rights. However, he was not always well-liked by other government officials, especially after his attempt at turning lynching into a federal crime. He also made a monumental change when he enacted the Indian Citizenship Act which granted American citizenship to the Native Americans living on the reservations.
Ronald Reagan – 141.9
The 40th president of the United States with an IW of 141.9 is Ronald Regan and he served for eight years from 1981- 1989. While he did many things, he is most remembered for his Reaganomics economic policy, which emphasized low social spending, domestic market deregulation, high military spending, and widespread tax cuts. He is also acknowledged for the Iran-Contra affair, occurring at the end of the Cold War, and his legendary speech at the Berlin Wall, where he told Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”
Reagan’s Assassination Attempt
Ronald Reagan is another president who was the victim of an attempted assassination by John Hinckley Jr., simply because he wanted to impress the young actress Jodie Foster. The president was hit but survived.
Ronald Reagan’s Death
After suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Ronald Reagan had a complication that led to him getting pneumonia and ultimately his death in 2004. The former president was struggling with Alzheimer’s for 10 years before he died at age 93. Today his body lays in the Ronald Regan National Library in California.
Richard M. Nixon – 142.9
Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States is honored for his skill in foreign affairs negotiation. He served from 1969- 1974 and managed to take the US out of involvement in the Vietnam War. He was the first to start a relationship with China, after signing the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the USSR. He also served as VP to resident Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower from 1953 until 1961, where he had many incredible accomplishments like desegregating the south, funding the environmental protection agency, launching the “War on Cancer” and signing the anti-crime bill. He is credited with the famous watergate scandal, and if it weren’t for this he would have been placed here. Although he is incredibly controversial, he is incredibly smart with an IW of 142.9.
Nixon’s Watergate Scandal
If you’re American than you are familiar with the famous Nixon Watergate Scandal. This incident led to his resignation, which was the first presidential resignation in history. However, he was exonerated by President Gerald Ford.
George H. W. Bush – 143
The younger generation knows George H.W. Bush as the father of George Bush, but he was the president himself from 1989 to 1993. Before that, he was VP to Ronald Regan for 8 years and was commended for his leadership skills in difficult situations as well as being a great international negotiator. He is around the average when it comes to intelligent U.S. Presidents, with an IQ of 143.
H.W. Bush’s Big Accomplishments
Under George H.W Bush’s term, important moments in history occurred such as the end of the Cold War, the first Gulf War, and the collapse of the Berlin Wall. He was also remembered for his association with the Clean Air Act, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. He also happens to have the longest marriage in the presidential history of 73 years.
George H.W. Bush’s Death
After a long battle with vascular Parkinson’s disease, seven months after his wife, Bush passed away on November 30, 2018. Since 2006, with Gerald Ford, he was the first former president to pass away.
James K. Polk – 143.4
From 1845-1849, the 11th President of the United States serving was James K. Polk. With an IQ of 143.4, Polk is credited with his victory in the US- Mexican War, which occurred under his leadership. Also, his inauguration was the first one to ever be broadcasted on the news through a telegraph.
William McKinley Jr. – 143.4
William McKinley Jr. had an IQ of 143.4 and served as the 25th U.S. President from 1897- 1901. He was the final leader during the Civil War and assisted America in its victory with the Spanish-US war. While serving, the U.S. Had major advances with Guam, Philippines, and Puerto Rico becoming territories. He also tried hard to increase the economy but lacked in areas such as just equality for American citizens.
In 1901, McKinley was shot twice in his abdomen by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. Interestingly, his secretary warned him not to go twice, because they were afraid something like this would happen. Eight days later he was announced dead.
Grover Cleveland – 144
Grover Cleveland, has an IQ of 144, meaning that he was close to being in the top 50% of U.S. president. He served two terms, one from 1885-1889, and another in 1893. He was favored by conservatives for his fiscal policy and interest in political improvement. While serving his second term, he experienced the Panic of 1893, which became a massive economic crisis, and the Pullman Strike of 1894, a huge railroad strike on the national level. His family was one of the first to from Europe to the new world as his forefathers settled in Massachusetts. He is remembered for his incredible public speaking.
Cleveland was the first and only to this day, president to get married while serving in the White House. She was a 21-year-old woman who was extremely good looking and fluent in French. The public all favored her.
Andrew Jackson – 145
Andrew Jackson’s IQ of 145 is certainly higher than an average citizen, but in terms of U.S. presidents, he is in the middle. He served for a single term form 1829-1838 and you probably have seen him on the $20 bill! Funny enough, he was against creating paper bills and preferred silver and gold coins. When he was 13 years old, Jackson was captured by the British in the Revolutionary War, meaning him the only President who was a prisoner of war. He is credited with prevented the withdrawal of South Carolina and paid off all the national debt.
Andrew Jackson’s Inauguration Party
President Andrew Jackson was charming and made the American people feel like he belonged to them. After his inauguration speech, he began his celebrations but things didn’t go as expected. He was followed by a mob of people who drank a huge amount of alcohol, rummaged through the kitchen, and ruined the mansion where the party was being held.
Dwight D. Eisenhower – 145.1
The 34th president is Dwight D. Eisenhower who served from 1953 to 1961 and is most known for his turnaround of the Truman policy and desegregation of the army. Commonly known as “Ike,” he is remembered as one of the most honorable and respected men in political History with an IQ of 145.1.
Benjamin Harrison – 145.4
Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States and he was in service with the Union Army during the Civil War. He has considered one of the best presidents in US history thanks to his international relations and great working relationship with Congress during his term. Some of the most significant efforts of his administration were the enforcement of African-American voting rights and the acceptance of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming into the Union. Benjamin Harrison had an IQ of 145.4, topping Eisenhower and Jackson, but just making it to the top 50%. He was given the nickname “Little Ben” since he was the great-grandchild and namesake of the founding father Benjamin Harrison. He was the only POTUS to have a US president for a grandfather as well. Of course, he is the grandson of none other than William Henry “Old Tippecanoe” Harrison.
Martin Van Buren – 146
President Martin Van Buren served for a single term between 1837 and 1841. He was in office during the huge economic crisis more commonly known as the Panic of 1837. It started only three months after he was sworn into office and this was considered the first great depression in the history of the United States. Van Buren was nicknamed ‘the Little Magician’ and he advocated for the US Treasury to become an independent institution to keep the funds separate while the political tides come and go through the years. Seeing as his IQ was 146, Martin Van Buren was pretty average among the presidents. He was appointed as the secretary of state during Andrew Jackson’s term before he succeeded him as the president and then later became the “minister to Great Britain” later on. He inherited the great depression and he was criticized for the closing down of a large number of businesses and banks thanks to the economic problems. However, the policies he set eventually brought the economy to life even though he never received credit for this as the effects only became noticeable once he was no longer the president.
Rutherford B. Hayes – 133.9
Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States, was a Republican politician who served from 1877 to 1881. After several months of dispute, he ended up winning the electoral vote but not the popular vote just like the aforementioned George W. Bush during the 2000 elections. Interestingly, the author Mark Twain expressed his support for Hayes. Before assuming the presidency, he was the Ohio governor for three terms and he was affiliated with the now-defunct Whig party. Hayes supported the expansion of the civil rights of the black community but the Democratic majority in Congress interfered with his efforts. Rutherford B. Hayes had a lower IQ compared to the other presidents seeing as it was 133.9. Hayes was another famous supporter of the civil service exams as he believed it was important and just for government employees to earn the jobs through merit over political ties. This was later enacted in the Pendleton Act. His wife was the first FLOTUS to have received a college education and she vouched for the first alcohol-free term in the White House.
William Henry Harrison – 146.3
The shortest term in U.S. History was 31 days and was served by William Henry Harrison. He was the 9th US President but unfortunately suffered pneumonia that led to his tragic death. This supposedly happened after he wouldn’t on a warm jacket on his way to deliver his speech. He may have an IQ of 146.3, but he isn’t too smart. He was the last president of the American Revolution and he was credited for his military victory during the Battle of Tippecanoe back in 1811. Also, he has the nickname “Old Tippecanoe” since he was the first US head of state to be pictured. His father is founding father Benjamin Harrison and grandfather Benjamin Harrison who ended up becoming the 23rd President of the United States.
Franklin Pierce – 147.4
Franklin Pierce was the 14th president of the United States and quite a controversial leader. He referred to the abolitionist movement “a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation” and signed the Kansas-Nebraska act, which allowed each state to decide if they agreed on slavery or not. He is pone point above the average president with an IQ of 147.4.
John Tyler – 148
After the demise of William Henry Harrison, John Tyler became 10th president and was the first leader to replace a president who died while serving. Tyler let the states decide on slavery, and other issues and managed to rally up several enemies in Congress. He was very intelligent and had an IQ of 1148, but took a passive position on many issues. He also was the product of the first attempt at impeachment, but it was not passed. Also in terms of international affairs, he negotiated treaties with China and Britain.
John Tyler has 15 children, making the president in US history with the most amount of kids. The children were from two marriages and all born between 1815 and 1860. He had the first eight with his initial wife Lettia Tyler, and the last seven were with his second wife, Julia Gardiner.
Millard Fillmore – 149
Millard Fillmore was a member of the Whig Party before it ended and became the 13th president when President Zachary Taylor died of cholera. Right after his death, the entire cabinet resigned and Fillmore had to start from scratch. He has an IQ of 149 and tried tirelessly to stop tension between the North and the South by signing the 1850 Compromise. He also reached out to Japan, who was trying to separate itself and because of him, Japan agreed for American ships to dock in the country in case of emergencies.
Abraham Lincoln – 150
Abraham Lincoln was 16th president of the United States and carried out many monumental experiences under his term. He served from 1861 to 1865 and was the first to try and abolish slavery and was the leader of the Union during the Civil War. In 1863, he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which essentially ended slavery in the south and the 13th amendment that prohibited slavery in the constitution. He never got to see his dreams come true because he was sadly assassinated in 1865. His memory lives on and with an IQ of 150, he is the overall best like President to ever serve.
The successful attempt at assassinating Abraham Lincoln occurred in 1865, ans remains one of the most important moments in history. While attending a performance at the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C., President Lincoln was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth. Five days after the Civil War, he passed away.
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 150.5
The 32nd President of the United States is FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt who served from 1933 to 1945. He was elected four times and helped the country out of the Great Depression. during Prohibition, and World War II. He is also credited with the launching of the New Deal, which resulted in social and economic changes. With an IQ of 150.5, he is certainly in the top quarter of presidents.
Roosevelt is one of the most popular and well-liked presidents to have served in American History. The entire country was devasted after his death on April 12, 1945, due to intracerebral hemorrhage. He never got to witness the end of WWII
Chester Arthur – 152.3
Born in Vermont, Chester Arthur was originally VP to President James Garfield in 1881, but when he died he became the 21st president of the US. He is most known for establishing the Pendleton Act, which allowed citizens to earn federal government jobs from a system determined by merit, not political associations. It also added examinations to screen applicants. He also created a federal law that stopped criminals and crazy people from entering the country. He had an extremely high IQ of 152.3.
James A. Garfield – 152.3
James A. Garfield was the 20th president of the US and one of the smartest with an IQ o 152.3! That’s not all, he was also one of the only members of the House of Representatives to be sworn into office. Before being elected, he was a top general for the Union occurring in the American Civil War. He was also involved in battles such as Chickamauga, Middle Creek, and Shiloh. He achieved many amazing things like ending corruption in postal service and improving the navy. He also spoke for education and civil rights and chose several African Americans for political positions. In 1881, there was an attempted assassination against him, but he eventually ended his term after struggling with several infections.