Top Ten Worst US Presidents

Being the president of United States is probably one of the most prestigious positions that one can strive to attain during his life time. But is it enough to just achieve that position or are there some responsibilities to shoulder to be the best? This article discusses in length about the drawbacks of some of the US presidents for which they have received widespread criticism. Scroll through the list of ten worst US presidents to have a glance of the deeds they did only to annoy the general mass.

Top 10 Worst US Presidents

Get into the details of top ten worst US presidents, in history, to know more about their flaws and hidden secrets.

1. Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding

Warren Gamaliel Harding who lived from 2nd November 1865 till 2nd August 1923, was the 29th President of United States. Though he was elected to the highest post of the state, he was incapable of the position. He was once quoted saying that he was not the right person for the position. He was so vague in his campaign declarations that he was understood to support both the foes and the backers of U.S. entry into the League of Nations. Once he was even found being busy with golf, playing cards and his mistress, while appointees and cronies plundered the U.S. government in a variety of ways.

2. Richard Nixon


The 37th President of US serving his term from 1969 to 1974, Richard Nixon is the next name that follows the list of the worst US presidents. Uneven judgment and a deeply suspicious character combined with great political gift and considerable vision made Nixon’s failing a dark tragedy in the history of United States. In June, 1972, several of Nixon’s men were caught breaking into Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC – bringing to light the infamous Watergate Scandal, Nixon himself downplayed it as a mere politics. He had also stepped up the war against crime in multiple fronts. But his drama concluded with his resignation under the cloud of wrong doings.

3. James Buchanan


With a life span of 77 years, James Buchanan was the 15th president of US from 1857–1861 and was the only us president who remained a lifelong bachelor. James has a negative impact on American history because just after two days of his announcement as president the Dred Scott decision was taken. According to it, people of African descent, whether or not they were slaves, could never be citizens of the United States. It was believed that Buchanan was personally involved in the outcome of the case. Also it was during his reign that America was troubled by Panic of 1857 with a sudden turndown in the economy of the country.

4. Andrew Johnson


Andrew Johnson was the one to succeed Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. The reason behind why people disliked him was though he voted the civil rights bill, stating that it gave a perfect equality of the white and black races in every State of the Union he did not support the black in reality. He even tried to remove Edward Stanton as Secretary of War directly violating the Tenure of Office Act which Johnson had vetoed. He was impeached for this act of his but found innocent by only one vote. His above act made him the the worst US president.

5. Franklin Pierce


Born on 23rd November 1804 and lived for 64 years, Franklin Pierce is the only President from New Hampshire. Elected as the 14th president, the Mexican War veteran believed in national expansion even at the cost of adding more slave states. With this intention he supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 along with the earlier Compromise of 1850 which effectively repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Not content with this he proposed annexing Cuba, but his opponents, suspecting the addition of a new slave state, cancelled the plan and forced him to renounce it.

6. Millard Fillmore


Serving America from 1850–1853, Millard Fillmore was the 13th US president and the last member of the Whig Party to hold the office of president. He supported the Compromise of 1850 and this action of his averted a national crisis and postponed the outbreak of the Civil War. He also signed the Fugitive Slave Act as a compromise between Southern slave-holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers. The act sought to force the authorities in free states to return fugitive slaves to their masters. Thus his name has been enlisted in the record of top ten worst US presidents in history.

7. John Tyler


A native of Virginia, John Tyler was the 10th president to serve America from 1841–1845. Tyler shocked Congressional Whigs by vetoing virtually the entire Whig agenda, twice vetoing Clay’s legislation for a national banking act following the Panic of 1837 and leaving the government standstill for which he was officially expelled from the party in 1841 and soon became popular as “the man without a party”.

8. Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant

Following his highly successful role as a war general in the second half of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant rose to the position of 18th President serving United States from 1869–1877. Black Friday, a gold-speculation financial crisis in September 1869 was the biggest blot in his political career. Another scandal was the Whiskey Ring of 1857, a corruption of $3 million was exposed by Secretary of the Treasury Benjamin H. Bristow. All these have created a negative image of the president and made him the worst US president in the history.

9. William Harrison


The first president of the United States and also the oldest elected president until Ronald Reagan, William Harrison was selected as one of the worst US presidents in history not only for the fact that he was the president for merely 32 days but also because he was defeated in the presidential race two times before being finally elected. Just after his election to the post he came down with pneumonia that made his 30-day presidency the shortest in U.S. history.

10. Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover was elected just few months before the famous Wall Street banged down which gave birth to the Great Depression. Be it his bad luck or his unpreparedness to deal with such a situation, it gave a blow to his management. Unable to enact any of the measures he proposed, today his name is one among the top 10 worst US presidents in History. His single greatest policy blunder of supporting a tariff act fueled international trade wars and made the Depression even worse.

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