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Who Is the Greatest American President?—PICTURES

February 17, 2012

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article gave the wrong date of the Gallup poll. It is from 2011. 

Ahead of the Presidents Day holiday, Gallup asked Americans who they thought the "greatest" U.S. president is. Here's how they responded: 

George H.W. Bush is in a three-way tie for 10th-greatest president. He and one of his peers at No. 10 are the only two one-term presidents on the list.(AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

One percent of Gallup's participants said Jimmy Carter was the greatest president -- tied with Bush 41 for No. 10.(AP)

Dwight Eisenhower also ranks 10th, with 1 percent.(Wikimedia Commons)


Thomas Jefferson, the third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, ties with George W. Bush for the No. 9 spot.(Rembrandt Peale/White House Historical Association)

George W. Bush, the second son of a president to also become president, is No. 9, with 2 percent of the vote.(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds/file)

Rough-riding Theodore Roosevelt is at No. 8, with 3 percent support.(AP Photo)


Harry S. Truman ties with Theodore Roosevelt for the No. 8 spot on Gallup's list.(AP Photo)

President Obama places seventh on the Gallup list. Five percent of the respondents said he is the nation's greatest president.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The liberal lion, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is No. 6 on the list, with 8 percent.(Wikimedia Commons)


The nation's first president, George Washington, comes in at No. 5 in Gallup's poll with 10 percent.(LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

John Kennedy (right) has 11 percent of respondents' vote and is No. 4.

Bill Clinton ranks third, with 13 percent.(WILFREDO LEE/AP)


Abraham Lincoln comes in at No. 2, with 14 percent.(Library of Congress)

Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, is at the top of the list, with 19 percent.(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

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