Who Are 10 of the Most Famous U.S. Presidents?

The first five of 10 famous U.S. presidents are, in chronological order, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. The remaining five are Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

George Washington was the nation’s first president and is forever immortalized one the face of the dollar bill. Thomas Jefferson is credited as the author of the Declaration of Independence, whose words embodied ideas that changed the world. Abraham Lincoln is the president whose leadership preserved the nation, his tragic death endears him forever. Theodore Roosevelt is the president whose charisma and tenacity cut through Panama and elevated the United States to Superpower status. Woodrow Wilson is known abroad as the man who saved Europe and who sparked the idea of the League of Nations.

Franklin Roosevelt is the longest serving president and led the country through the Great Depression and to victory in World War II. John F. Kennedy inspired hope and optimism that continue to fascinate. Richard Nixon opened relations with China and the Soviet Union, and began disarmament, but resigned in shame. Ronald Reagan restored American confidence, won the Cold War, and had an ability to talk to the public that remains unequalled. George W. Bush led the nation after the 9/11 tragedy.