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How Some US Presidents Rank According To IQ


Many US Presidents were born before the modern IQ exam was invented to measure intelligence. But it is safe to predict IQ levels based on psychological studies and historical data. The average score on an IQ test is 100. ... 85 to 114: Average intelligence. 115 to 129: Above average; bright. 130 to 144: Moderately gifted. 145 to 159: Highly gifted.

Yet many of our greatest presidents accomplished great things with a 120 IQ, so maybe being the smartest does not indicate that you will always be the best.

IQ does not make the man. It takes more to be known as a great person than just brains. So, while we have had smart Presidents, not all of them are considered great, or even popular. So while we admire smart people, it does not mean we should look down on those not so smart.

In case you don’t want to read all the interesting facts about these men I have put the lowest IQ first and at the end of my article the highest IQ Ulysses Grant the lowest at 120 and John Quincy Adams at an IQ of (175) enjoy the brief history lesson.

 Ulysses S. Grant IQ-(120)

The 18th President of the United States and Commanding General of the Union Army which won over the Confederacy. He worked closely with President Lincoln, but was at odds with Lincoln’s successor, President Andrew Johnson who did not share the same views on slavery as Lincoln. Grant was elected the youngest 19th century president in 1868 to succeed Johnson. He was memorialized at the time of his death as a symbol of national unity. He was hailed as a military genius, and his modern strategies of warfare are featured in many military history textbooks. Grant is regarded as an embattled president who performed a difficult job during the Reconstruction.

 Andrew Johnson IQ-(125)

President Johnson was the 17th president after Lincoln’s assassination. Historians consider him to be one of the worst US presidents ever

He came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, and was impeached by the House of Representatives. However, he was acquitted in the Senate by just one vote. His recognized accomplishment is the Alaska purchase from the Russian empire in 1867. He might have been a horrible president but he did a great thing buying Alaska from Russia.

William Howard Taft IQ- (126)

Taft was the 27th President of the United States elected in 1908 with the help of Roosevelt. He later on became the 10th Chief Justice, and the only person to have held both offices.

Calvin Coolidge IQ- (127)

John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the 30th President of the US. A lawyer from Vermont, he worked his way to the governorship of Massachusetts. He restored confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor tarnished the presidency. He left office with considerable popularity.

Harry S. Truman IQ-(128)

The 33rd President of the US upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Remembered as the President that allowed the use of nuclear weapons during the war, on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Also known for seeking United Nations policy approval for the action known as the Korean War. Truman is also remembered for implementing the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economies of Western Europe, where the US donated about $12 billion worth of economic assistance. He also established the Truman Doctrine, and NATO. While some people believe the dropping of the nuclear was wrong, it ended the blood bath that was going to happen when the US forces invaded Japan’s homeland he saved millions of American military lives.

Zachary Taylor IQ-(129)

Zachary Taylor was the 12th President and served from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Barely 16 months in office he perished due to a stomach related illness. He was a career military officer in the US army rising to the rank of Major General. Victory in the Mexican-American War made him a national hero which won him the election to the White House.

James Buchanan IQ-(129)

The 15th President from 1857 to 1861. He is the only President to have remained a bachelor. A Northerner with Southern sympathies, he brought the nation to the brink of civil war. Buchanan spent most of his remaining years defending his actions leading to the Civil War. He received angry and threatening letters daily, some with his likeness portrayed with a noose around his neck and “TRAITOR” spelled across his forehead.

James K. Polk IQ-( 130)

The 11th President of the US, and was a protégé of Andrew Jackson. He is chiefly remembered for extending the territory of the US during the Mexican-American War. Historians consider him as the most effective president of the pre-Civil War era. He achieved all the domestic and foreign policy goals he set. He was a slaveholder most of his adult life, and even bought slaves while he was President. He left office in 1849, and died 3 months later.

Ronald Reagan IQ-(130)

The actor-President was the 40th US President. He was Governor of California, and a Hollywood actor from 1937 to 1964. He ruined the economy, did a failed attempt with a war on drugs, and was elected twice and had dementia while serving as president.

William McKinley IQ- (130)

The 25th President of the US and the last President to have served in the Civil War, and the only one to have started as an enlisted soldier. He led the nation into the Spanish-American War of 1898 and won it quickly and decisively. Spain turned over its main colonies in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam as part of the peace settlement. Rapid economic growth marked McKinley’s presidency. His legacy was cut short when an anarchist assassinated him six months into his second term.

Richard Nixon IQ-(132)

Served as the 37th President and the only one to resign from office, due to the Watergate Scandal. in 1973, ended American involvement in the Vietnam War, as well as the military draft. He presided over the Apollo 11 moon landing which ended the moon race with Russia. He was reelected in one of the largest electoral landslides in American history in 1972. His popularity was fast rising, until the unfortunate Watergate Scandal. On August 9, 1974, Nixon resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment.

Dwight D. Eisenhower IQ-(132)

Ike” served as the 34th President. He was a five star General during WWII and was the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe. Since graduating from Westpoint in 1915, he became a career military officer. Eisenhower became President in 1953, and threatened to use nuclear weapons if China did not agree to peace terms in the Korean War. He continued Truman’s policy of recognizing the Republic of China as the legitimate government of China, and won congressional approval of the Formosa Resolution. This bill in 1955 established America’s commitment to defend Formosa (now called Taiwan) against invasion by the People’s Republic of China.

James Monroe IQ-(139)

Monroe was the 5th President and the last one who was a Founding Father of the United States. His presidency coincided with the Era of Good Feelings, a period that reflected a sense of national purpose and unity in the aftermath of the War of 1812. He is best known for issuing the Monroe Doctrine, a policy opposing European colonialism in the Americas.

George W. Bush IQ-(139)

He was elected( he was given the race by the supreme court in 2000 where he narrowly defeated incumbent Vice-President Al Gore in a highly contested victory that involved a recount in the state of Florida. His team contested nearly every vote because of hanging chads from voting machines that did not completely remove the entire box.Known for his “War on Terror” that initially included the war in Afghanistan in 2001, and the Iraq war in 2003. This was a response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, which increased his popularity ratings. However, the 2008 financial crisis brought down tremendously his ratings. Considered bright but said and did dumb things as president, was a drunk and draft dodger.

Gerald Ford IQ-(140)

Gerald Ford was the 38th President of the US from 1974 to 1977 after Nixon resigned. Amazingly, he was the first person to be appointed as Vice-President under the terms of the 25th Amendment after Spiro Agnew resigned. He was the first and only person to become a Vice-President and a President without being elected by the Electoral College. The collapse of South Vietnam 9 months into his presidency ended US involvement in Vietnam. Ford also presided over the worst American economy in the four decades since the Great Depression. His most controversial act was granting Nixon a presidential pardon for his role in the Watergate Scandal.

George Washington IQ-(140)

Many historians rate him to be among the top greatest American Presidents. He is definitely one of the most influential Presidents in American history. He became an international symbol for liberation and nationalism. A Founding Father who was the first President of the United States, and the Commander in-Chief of the Continental Army. Washington has been called “The Father of His Country,” and upon his death his eulogy read “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.

Lyndon B. Johnson IQ-(140)

LBJ was the 36th President who assumed the position after the JFK assassination. Upon succeeding JFK, his “War on Poverty” helped millions of Americans rise above the poverty line. Unfortunately, his popularity diminished when he escalated American involvement in the Vietnam War. Johnson began his presidency with widespread approval.

Abraham Lincoln IQ-(140)

Lincoln was the 16th President of the US from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. His legacy is not only did he abolish slavery, but he pushed the 13th Amendment to Congress which outlawed slavery all over the country. He strengthened the Federal Government and modernized the US economy. He is hailed by US scholars and historians often as the best US President.

James A. Garfield IQ-( 141)

He served as the 20th President of the United States until his death by assassination six and a half months later. He never actually sought the Presidency, but was chosen as a compromise presidential candidate at the 1880 Republican Convention. His accomplishments in office were appointing a US Supreme Court Justice, and combating corruption in the Post Office. He advocated agricultural technology and civil rights for African Americans. If he was not killed early into his term, who knows what other great things he could have achieved.

Chester A. Arthur IQ- (142)

He served as the 21st President of the US, succeeding to the presidency after the assassination of James A. Garfield. He signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese women from entering the country, and denying citizenship to Chinese Americans. It was the first total ban on a nation or ethnic group from immigrating to the US. On a more positive note, he enforced the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act. This is a federal law that mandates positions within the federal government be awarded on the basis of merit and not political patronage.

George H.W. Bush IQ-(143)

George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President from 1989 to 1993. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Navy upon his 18th birthday and became one of its youngest aviators. President, Bush signed one of the most significant pro-civil rights bills in decades, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Theodore Roosevelt IQ-(143)

Served as the US 26th President, and was also an adventurer, naturalist, author, historian, and soldier with the famous “rough riders. Teddy Roosevelt used the phrase “speak softly, and carry a big stick,” to describe his foreign policy. His foreign policy was focused on Central America, where he began the construction of the Panama Canal. He expanded the Navy, and sent The Great White Fleet on a world tour to show-off superior naval power around the globe.

Grover Cleveland IQ-(144)

Cleveland was the only President in US history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office, 1885-1889, and 1893-1897, making him the 22nd and 24th US President. He was praised for his honesty, integrity, and self reliance. He fought political corruption and patronage. His second term saw a nationwide depression known as the “Panic of 1893,” which he was not able to reverse. Yet, historians consider him to have been a successful leader, and rank him in the upper-mid tier of American Presidents.

Andrew Jackson IQ-(145)

The 7th President of the US who also was a soldier and a statesman who served both houses of Congress. Best remembered for his victory in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, but became unpopular as President with his Indian Removal Act of 1830 which relocated members of Native American tribes in the south to “Indian Territory.

Benjamin Harrison IQ-(145)

Harrison was the 23rd US President, and grandson of the 9th President William Henry Harrison, as well as great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V who was a Founding Father. His administration included unprecedented economic legislation, and he facilitated the creation of the National Forest Reserves. He was unsuccessful though, in securing federal education funding and voting rights for African Americans. He defeated incumbent President Grover Cleveland in 1888. But in his reelection bid 1892, he lost to Grover Cleveland, what a twist of fates.

Woodrow Wilson  IQ-( 145)

Wilson was the 28th President of the US from 1913 to 1921.He led the United States into World War I in 1917. He asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, after Germany implemented a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. Congress complied. He was the first Southerner to be elected President after the Civil War.

Rutherford B. Hayes IQ- (146)

Hayes served as the 19th President who earned a reputation for bravery during the Civil War where he was wounded five times. He lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel Tilden, but won a disputed electoral college vote after a Congressional commission awarded him 20 contested electoral votes. This resulted in the Compromise of 1877, where the Democrats agreed to Hayes’ Presidency provided he withdraw remaining US troops protecting Republican office holders in the South, officially ending the Reconstruction Era. He kept his pledge not to run for a second term. He was an active advocate for educational charities for children.

Franklin Pierce IQ-(147)

He was the 14th President of the US, but is ranked by historians as one of the worst ever to serve the country. His Fugitive Slave Act failed to stem intersectional conflict, setting the stage for Southern secession, and eventually, the American Civil War. He also led a failed attempt to acquire Cuba from Spain. He had a sad family life…his wife suffered from illnesses and depression much of her life. All their children died young, their last son gruesomely killed in a train accident before Pierce’s inauguration. Probably the reason why he was a heavy drinker. He eventually  died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1869.

Millard Fillmore IQ-(149)

The 13th President, the last Whig President, and the last president not to be affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties. He was instrumental in getting the Compromise of 1850 passed, which led to a brief truce in the battle over slavery.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt IQ-(150)

Popularly known as FDR, he served as the 32nd President from 1933 until his death in 1945. His legs were permanently paralyzed from an illness in 1921. He took office during the Great Depression, the worst economic crisis in US history. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he declared war on the Japanese, and within a few days on Germany and Italy as well, signalling the start of World War II. He died in April 1945, shortly before seeing the Axis powers surrender to the Allied Forces.

He was the greatest president of modern times, he was a champion of the middleclass people and they loved him, the entire country cried when he died.

James Madison IQ-(155)

James Madison Jr., was the 4th President of the United States, better known as “The Father of the Constitution” for drafting the US Constitution and championing the Bill of Rights. After the Constitution had been drafted, he became one of the leaders in the movement to ratify it. Together with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, they wrote the Federalist Papers, a series of pro-ratification essays considered to be one of the most influential works of political science in American history.

John Adams IQ-(155)

John Adams Jr., was a Founding Father who served as the 2nd US President, after serving two terms as Vice-President under President George Washington. He is the father of John Quincy Adams who was the 6th US President, and the only one with an IQ over 170. John Adams is the first President to reside in the White House. He lost his bid for reelection to his former friend, Thomas Jefferson. Surprisingly John Adams died on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. And more surprising, it was just a few hours after Jefferson’s own death.

Barack Obama IQ-(155)

The 44th President of the US and the only one who was African American. elected President in 2009, and within the same year was named the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Obama signed many landmark bills into law on the first two years as President. The most known was the Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare.” He increased US troops in Afghanistan, ordered military involvement in Libya versus Gaddafi, as well as ordering military operations that eventually resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. His presidency has been recognized by scholars as favorable, belonging to the upper tier of American presidents.

Jimmy Carter IQ-(156)

The 39th President and served from 1977 to 1981. He grew up as a peanut farmer in rural Georgia. On his second day in office, President Carter pardoned all Vietnam War draft evaders. He lost popularity mainly due to the Iran hostage crisis, the 1979 energy crisis, and the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

Bill Clinton IQ-(159)

The 42nd US President. He studied in Georgetown, Oxford, and finally at Yale Law School. He left the office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any US President since WWII. Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy IQ-(160)

JFK served as the 35th President from 1961 until his assassination in 1963, which brought tears and dismay all over the world. He may have been the most beloved US President according to scholars. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime, but was killed by Jack Ruby before he could go on trial. It still remains a mystery as to what really happened on November 22,1963 in Dallas, Texas. Major events during his term were the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the American Civil Rights Movement, and the early events of the Vietnam War.

Thomas Jefferson IQ-(160)

The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and a Founding Father, he served as the 3rd President of the US. He was a lawyer, politician, mathematician, and spoke several languages. He was also knowledgeable in architecture and mechanics. He founded the University of Virginia upon retiring from the presidency. As President, he pursued the nation’s shipping and trade interests, amidst pirates and aggressive British trade policies. He also organized the Louisiana Purchase from France, which almost doubled the country’s territory.

John Quincy Adams IQ-(175)

Another Harvard graduate, John Quincy Adams served as the 6th President, and the top in terms of IQ rank. He spoke 7 languages fluently, and studied around the globe. Known as “Old Man Eloquent” because of his superb oratorical skills, he is best remembered by historians as the President who negotiated the end of the War of 1812. Adams spent much of his youth in Europe, where his father served as a diplomat. In 1794, President Washington appointed Adams as the US ambassador to the Netherlands. President Madison in 1809 appointed Adams as US ambassador to Russia. In 1825, John Quincy Adams took his oath of office on a book of constitutional law instead of the traditional Bible. He is the only President to have kept an alligator as a pet.

We now have a president who claims to be God like, and the smartest man on earth. Yet he is one of the most foulest human being the world has had to contend with. He says the most ignorant and childlike things, is vindictive  unreliable, untrustworthy and most likely suffers from mental illness. He will never be on the list of great presidents; personality wise or intelligence wise.






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