Presidents of America
containing the Worst Presidents list
provides the names of the Worst US Presidents, the ranking position of
each President, the number of their
presidencies, according to our own assessment.
Presidents List - Our Assessment based on Events of their
The following Worst Presidents list is
based on our observations of polls reflecting popularity of
presidents and their personalities together with our ranking based on our assessment of
their leadership and the events that occurred during their
presidencies. Our reasons for selecting
these leaders as the Worst Presidents are detailed below.
Ranking - Names of Worst
1 - James Buchanan
2 - Andrew Johnson
3 - Franklin Pierce
4 - Richard Nixon
5 - Warren Harding
- The Worst Presidents
In the above list we
rank the Worst Presidents as James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson,
Franklin Pierce, Richard Nixon and Warren Harding as the five
Worst Presidents of the United States of America.
Worst Presidents - Ranking
We have based our list of the Worst Presidents of the
United States of America on a number of different factors including their
positions in popularity polls, the leadership skills, their integrity and
honesty and the
events during their presidencies.
Worst Presidents - James Buchanan,
"Ten-Cent Jimmy", "The Do-Nothing President" and "Sir
Number 1 - James Buchanan (1791-1868):
James Buchanan was the 15th US President who served in office 1857-1861. He was
called by the nickname "Ten-Cent Jimmy" due to his campaign statement that
ten cents a day was decent pay for a worker. The nickname "Sir Veto" was due
to his inordinate use of his power of veto power, he vetoed 29 times of
which 15 were overturned by Congress. He had a reputation as a heavy drinker
and was once described as a "winking, fidgeting little busybody". James
Buchanan was an ineffective president, he failed to find a compromise to
keep the South from seceding and the Union broke apart.
Worst Presidents - Andrew Johnson,
"The Tennessee Tailor" and "The Grim Presence"
Number 2 - Andrew Johnson (1808-1875):
Andrew Johnson was the 17th US President who served in office 1865-1869). He
had a cold, reserved personality and spoke bluntly to people showing little
tact, he was therefore given the nickname of the "Grim Presence". Andrew
Johnson was the first president to be impeached, although he was never
Worst Presidents - Franklin Pierce, "Doughface"
Number 3 - Franklin Pierce (1804-1869):
Franklin Pierce was the 14th US President who served in office 1853-1857.
The nickname "Doughface" was a derogatory term used to describe a Northerner
who sympathized with Southern ideology. He was an alcoholic who lacked
self-confidence and often combated his feeling of inadequacy by granting
- Richard Nixon, "Tricky Dicky" and "Sir Richard the Chicken-Hearted"
Number 4 - Richard Nixon (1913-1994):
Richard Nixon was the 37th US President who served in office 1969-1974. He
had a suspicious, secretive and narcissistic personality. He was enable to
relate to the public. President Richard Nixon single-handedly destroyed his
presidency and his place in history with the Watergate scandal and being
caught lying and deceiving the people. He resigned before impeachment
proceedings were put into place.
- Warren Harding, "President Hardly" and "Grub"
Number 5 - Warren Harding (1865-1923):
Warren Harding was
the 29th US President who served in office1921-1923. President Warren
Harding destroyed his presidency with inept, corrupt appointments. He was
pliable and sought to please others, he was the guy who couldn't say "No".
He had a well-known taste for women, liquor, and poker. He died in office
and there were even rumors that his wife, Florence Harding, had poisoned the
President to save him from being engulfed in charges of corruption.