Top 10 worst  US president ever

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C-SPAN's 2021 Presidential Historians Survey

The Presidential Greatness Rankings conducted by professors at the University of Houston and Boise State University.

Siena College's Presidential Expert Poll

10. Zachary Taylor

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.

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

9. Herbert Hoover

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

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

8 (tie). John Tyler

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

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

7. Millard Fillmore

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

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

6. Warren G. Harding

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

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

5. William Henry Harrison

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.

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

4. Franklin Pierce

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

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

3. Andrew Johnson

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

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