The Smartest and Dumbest U.S. Presidents Ranked by I.Q. Score

You don’t have to be the sharpest tool in the shed to become the President of the United States. Some of these US Presidents didn’t even have a college education while others went to Harvard and Yale. Others got an IQ over 173 which is over the genius level. Here are some of the smartest, and some of the not so smart men who were the leaders of this great nation.

George W. Bush

IQ: 124

The media constantly questioned the 43rd President of the United States’ intelligence with his common verbal slip-ups, but he is as smart as college graduates in the United States.

Gerald Ford

IQ: 127

Gerald Rudolph Ford was the 38th President of the United States. He attended South High School where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He was in the honor society as well as the All-City and All-State football teams. After graduating, he went to the University of Michigan getting a degree in Economics and Political Science.

He received offers to join the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions but decided to be the assistant of the varsity football coach at Yale.

Ronald Reagan

IQ: 130

The 40th President of the United States, he was in office between 1981-1989 and was an actor before becoming a politician. He is considered to be one of the most effective presidents of his time and was even ranked among the best modern U.S. presidents.

Richard Nixon

IQ: 131

The 37th President of the United States, he earned his bachelor’s from Whittier in 1934 and got his law degree from Duke University in 1937.

Abraham Lincoln

IQ: 140

He started out his younger years on the family farm in Southern Indiana and didn’t have much of an education. But he was one of the few presidents to have a patent after inventing a device to free steamboats that had run aground.

Barack Obama

IQ: 145

The first African-American President of the United States graduated in the top 15% of Harvard. Even his law professor Laurence Tribe said that Obama was one of the best students he ever had.

James Earl “Jimmy” Carter

IQ: 153

The 39th President of the United States (1977-1981), he won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for advancing human rights around the world. He graduated from the Naval Academy and enacted energy policies and civil service reform.

Donald Trump

IQ: 156

45th President of the United States Donald Trump graduated from Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s of Science in economics and anthropology.



John F. Kennedy

IQ: 158

The 35th President of the United States only served three years before he was assassinated in 1963. He was a Harvard graduate who served in the Navy and World War II. He was remembered for helping to expand the US’ economy and his fight for civil and equal rights.

Thomas Jefferson

IQ: 160

Another founding father he served as president between 1801-1809 and was the nation’s third president. He strongly opposed centralized government, and one of his first policies was to eliminate a highly unpopular tax on whiskey.

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