Most Popular Presidents and Their IQs

In 2017, C-SPAN polled 91 historians to determine who the most popular presidents of the United States were. We’ve listed the top-5 ranking presidents and their IQs. Who of these high-ranking presidents do you think is the smartest? How does your IQ compare? Click here to find out.

1. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

Abraham Lincoln, who led the country through the Civil War and moved to abolish slavery came in at number one, scoring highly in all areas considered in the survey. He scored a whopping 97.8 (out of 100) in Crisis Leadership. Interestingly, Lincoln had a limited formal education; in fact, he was largely self-educated. Apparently, family and friends reported he was an avid reader. According to this source Lincoln had an IQ of 140.

2. George Washington (1789-1797)

George Washington, the first president of the United States, came in at second place. He scored highly in most categories, with an astounding 97.7 (out of 100) in Performance Within Context of Times. However, he scored poorly in Pursued Equal Justice for All, receiving a 54.4. Washington received a total of seven or eight years of formal education as a child, although it is reported he was also an avid reader. According to this source Washington had an IQ of 130.

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ranked higher than any other president in the category of Public Persuasion, scoring an astounding 96.8 (out of 100).Interestingly, he is the only president to ever serve three terms in office, and he was elected to a fourth term a few months before his death in 1945. His third term coincided with the Second World War, and his success during this stressful time is reflected in his high Crisis Leadership ranking (94.1). Roosevelt attended Harvard College where he studied history and government. According to this source Franklin D. Roosevelt had an IQ of 130.5.

4. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

Theodore Roosevelt also scored highly on public persuasion, receiving a 92.6 (out of 100). He felt it was important to have a strong foreign policy. You may remember his quote about foreign policy, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” In fact, he scored 84.4 on International Relations. Theodore Roosevelt attended Harvard College, where he studied the natural sciences. He later attended Columbia Law School; however, his love of history and politics prompted him to drop out and pursue a career among the ”governing class.” According to this source Theodore Roosevelt had an IQ of 143.

5. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

Dwight D. Eisenhower attempted to ease tensions during the Cold War, which made him a leader during a time of crisis, this is reflected in his Crisis Leadership score of 82.3 (out of 100). He also scored highly in Moral Authority (85.6) and fought for equality. After high school Eisenhower attended the U.S. Military Academy (1911-1915), the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1925-1926), and the U.S. Army War College (1927-1928). According to this source Dwight D. Eisenhower had an IQ of 135.1.

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