Worst Presidents - Ranking Considerations
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 Veto"
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 convicted.
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 inappropriate favors.
Worst Presidents - 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.
Worst Presidents - 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.