Has President Obama Signed More Executive Orders Than Previous Presidents?

As of September 2015, Barack Obama had signed a total of 219 executive orders, less than the 291 signed by George W. Bush before him. Obama has averaged 33 executive orders per year during his presidency, while Bush averaged 36 over the course of his.

Obama's average of 33 executive orders per year is the lowest of any president since the first administration of Grover Cleveland, when Cleveland averaged 28 per year of his term. The number of executive orders signed by presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Calvin Coolidge numbered in the thousands, by comparison. In his 12 years in office, Franklin Roosevelt signed more than 3,700 executive orders, far surpassing the next highest amount, 1,800 by Woodrow Wilson.