Highly Intelligent And Powerful: These US Presidents Have A Super IQ

Tim - 19. March 2022
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Ulysses S. Grant - 130
You can think what you like about presidents, but there is no question that they were or are stupid. Here we present the most famous presidents who had or have a very high IQ. Let's start with the lowest IQ, which at 130 points is still above the average of 115: This IQ was possessed by President Ulysses S. Grant, who also had his heart in the right place. He himself fought in the American-Mexican War from 1846 to 1848 and was honoured for his bravery. However, he himself found nothing honourable about wars. He mourned his fallen comrades and saw clearly the problems that wars cause.

He himself did not want to join the military, but his grandfather wanted his grandson to be accepted at the United States Military Academy and managed to do so. The grandson, on the other hand, did not exactly stand out for his good performance and did not feel comfortable there at all. He himself saw that the military was not for him and preferred to spend his time with the horses in his unit. In the end, he left the academy, not without honours, but with the award for the best rider in his section.
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George W. Bush - 138.5
Most people don't think back fondly on George W. Bush, they have bad memories of him and most people don't think he was particularly smart. This impression was mainly due to the fact that he often slipped up during speeches and said quite senseless things in between. He was also not forgiven for using 9/11 to fuel the war with Afghanistan and the Iraq war in 2003 was also considered excessive. He was seen by many as a warmonger. But you can't accuse him of being stupid. After all, he has an IQ of 138.

His private life did not necessarily bring him only sympathy either. He probably met his current wife Laura when he was still engaged to Catheryne Wolfman. But he broke off this engagement when he met his current wife at a private party, fell in love with her at first sight, as they say, and made her his wife after a short time. They had twins together, named Jenna and Barbara.
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James Monroe - 138.6
James Monroe was one of the founding fathers and the last of them to be elected president. His time after his presidency brought him only misfortune. He was plagued by severe financial worries and even had to give up his country estate in order not to become completely impoverished. His expenses were due to a difficult bureaucracy, Congress had to provide for his upkeep, but was in no hurry to do so. So he had many worries and then died completely impoverished. Monroe was also very intelligent, he had an IQ of 138.

Actually, his life had started well. Respected as a founding father, married to a woman who came from a successful business family, everything seemed set for a good life. They had bought a property in Virginia, which was in the countryside and they lived there happily with their 3 children. Only after his time as president everything went downhill and the happiness was gone, the money too and his life was a shambles. He died in New York City, his daughter had taken him in. Tragically, the day of his death was Independence Day: 4 July 1831.
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Andrew Johnson - 138.9
Andrew Johnson was Abraham Lincoln's successor as president, and when he was born it really didn't look as if he would become the most powerful man in the USA. He was born on 29 December 1808 in North Carolina. His family had Irish and Scottish roots. Neither of his parents were very educated and so could not help their son with his teachings. He worked as a tailor in his early years and only later came into contact with politics through good contacts.

Through his good contacts and his outstanding intelligence, Johnson actually managed to replace Abraham Lincoln as president after his assassination. However, he was not the most popular ruler, which was partly due to the fact that he wanted to restore the Union of the States after several wars, but without protecting slaves, which was actually expected of him. His IQ was 138, by the way, and Congress did everything it could to get rid of him as soon as possible. Impeachment proceedings were dropped, but he was not re-elected. Nevertheless, he later became a US senator a few years before his death.
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William Howard Taft - 139.5
Before his time as President of the United States of America, William Howard Taft was definitely already a very smart man. He studied and finished law and later worked as a court reporter. He then held various senior legal posts and made it to Deputy District Attorney of Cincinnati. He then became a judge of the Superior Court. In 1909 he was elected President and thereafter he was Chief Justice of the Court of the United States. His IQ was 139.

His career was a good example that you don't always have to come from a good background to go far. His parents also had high academic positions, but overall he grew up modestly. He was also not a good student at first, but through the love and drive of his parents he still developed ambition, which then led to a good career that took him all the way to the White House.
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James Buchanan - 139.6
Former President James Buchanan was born into a well-off Irish-Scottish family. He made a name for himself as a peacemaker, though historians tend to regard him as one of the most corrupt rulers in the US. When the British attacked Maryland, James Buchanan, then a soldier, fought in the First Brigade of the 4th Division of the Pennsylvania Military. Thus, he is one of the few presidents who served on the front line himself.

He was the 15th President of the United States, between 1857 and 1861. Critics accused him of creating more and more problems, both in the USA and in world politics, instead of solving them. After his presidential term, he fell out with more and more politicians, so that he was soon more ostracised than appreciated. He withdrew and spent his last years almost exclusively at his country estate in his study. He finally died at the age of 77. His IQ, by the way, was 139.
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Harry S. Truman - 139.8
Everyone probably knows this name. The famous President Harry S. Truman grew up in Lamar in the US state of Missouri. He came from a simple but good background and had two brothers and sisters. He was very interested in art and music and also enjoyed literature. His mother encouraged and supported her son wherever she could. He was not confronted with politics until late in life, only coming into contact with it during the First World War. Due to his strong character, which could also become aggressive at times, he soon had weighty supporters.

Despite his stellar political career, he had never given up his love for art and music. On the contrary, he got up extra early every day to practise and improve his piano playing. He was always very close to his mother and also took some advice from her, including on politics. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States and ruled from 1945 to 1953, so he was already President at the end of the Second World War.
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Warren G. Harding - 139.9
Warren G. Harding was one of the presidents with the shortest term. He was born in 1865 and had 7 other siblings. He made a reputation as a very successful newspaper publisher and had a special talent in public appearances. He had started small and persevered, also through the encouragement of his wife, to build a steep career that spread even to the high circles of politics.

In 1921, he was elected the 29th President of the United States of America and did not make himself very popular. He was involved in numerous scandals and things did not look good for him. However, the important peace treaty with the then German Empire was worked out, which helped him get back on his feet. After only 2 years, however, he died suddenly of a heart attack. Thus, the coveted office was not granted to him for long. He was only 58 years old.
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George Washington - 140
George Washington is probably the president we think of most when we are asked who comes to mind first among the good old rulers of the USA. He is, after all, the first president in the long line that was to follow up to the present day. He was a simple man, enjoyed "only" a normal school education, but shone with his outstanding mathematical knowledge. Even though he was not overly educated, he had an IQ of 140.

President John Adams, among others, later said of him: "It is certain that Washington was no scholar, that he was too uneducated, too ill-read and too ignorant for his rank and name. That debate is nevertheless over." Because he was able to make up for all that lack of knowledge with his outstanding political knowledge and work. Of course, everyone will also remember him as one of the founding fathers of the USA.
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Gerald Ford - 140.4
Gerald Ford was the 38th President of the USA and ruled from 1974 to 1977. He probably had a reputation for being a bit boring, which was certainly not due to his intelligence. For he boasted a proud 140 IQ points. However, he was one of the presidents who had the shortest time in office, i.e. had to give up the post, although he did not pass away. His term of office lasted just 895 days.

But why was the term of office so short? He was the direct successor of Richard Nixon, who was involved in the affair known as "Watergate" and had to resign due to the high pressure. So the Senate appointed Gerald Ford as his successor, but since his term was already "torn" and new elections were due after a total of 4 years, he had to give up office simply because he was not re-elected. However, he still had some good years ahead of him, he lived to be 93 years old. He broke all records, no president or former president of the USA lived to that age before him.
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Lyndon B. Johnson - 140.6
Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States of America. Previously, he had been Vice President to the then incumbent John F. Kennedy. When he was assassinated on 22 November 1963, Johnson was sworn in as Kennedy's successor on board Air Force One on the same day. So he was president from November 1963 until 1969. Once he was re-elected, Kennedy's regular term would have lasted only 14 months. Whereas he would certainly have been re-elected. He had a lot of supporters.

So Johnson was president until 1969 and then made himself unpopular because instead of withdrawing American troops from the hot patch of Vietnam, he rather sent more forces there. This, of course, earned him little love and so after 1969 Johnson's career in the White House was over. He died in 1973. He was 65 years old.
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Herbert Hoover - 141.6
Herbert Hoover may not have been the most popular president, but he was one of those who achieved fame and glory, especially after their time as rulers of the USA. Among other things, he was instrumental in founding UNICEF. When he was elected to his presidential office at that time, people were full of hope that he would improve many things. It was 1929 when he was elected the 31st President of the USA and there were many difficult tasks ahead of him.

These were the years of the Great Depression, which also led America in particular into a severe depression and great misery. However, he was considered to be without compassion and his measures to end the misery did not work. Therefore, he was very unpopular, but this changed after his end as President of the USA. He was strongly committed to helping the poor and, as mentioned at the beginning, he was one of the founders of UNICEF, which is still so important today. Late laurels for a once scorned president.
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Calvin Coolidge - 141.6
Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States and governed from 1921 to 1929. His most important qualities were probably generosity towards his citizens. He thought nothing of exempting them, but pushed through tax cuts several times during his term in office. At the same time, he managed to lead his country into a budget surplus and reduce the debt burden of the USA.

His father had already been politically active and was a member of the House of Representatives. Through his contacts and connections, it was therefore not very difficult to bring his son into the circles of high politics. Calvin Coolidge was a popular president because he thought little of it. Governing in austerity. He had a bit of a reputation as an easy-going person who liked to be liked. Of course, he antagonised some politicians with his casual style. Nevertheless, the people loved him and so he was able to rule for 8 years. He died in 1933 at the age of 61.
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Ronald Reagan - 141.9
Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States and ruled from 1980 to 1989. He had a strong character and accordingly he polarised people. Either people loved him or they hated him. His ability to speak to the people was outstanding. They understood what he said. He could tell them what he wanted and why he was doing something. That made him very special.

Many think he was "just" an actor before he became president, but that's not true. He studied sociology and also economics. After that, however, he was actually an actor and later a presenter. Through connections he then got into politics and because he had many sympathies, he was able to make it to the White House and did an excellent job there. He died in 2004 at the age of 93.
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Richard Nixon - 142.9
Richard Nixon will probably forever be associated with the "Watergate" affair. But of course he was far more than just a scandalous figure. He had a great deal of influence on US politics and his ideologies and personality continued to influence the country long after his term in office. He became the 37th president of the USA and ruled from 1969 to 1974. He polarised like no other. However, the famous affair brought him down.

But what was the Watergate affair all about? His administration may have been involved in some messy meddling and abuse of power. More specifically, the DC Watergate Office Building. As time went on, it became apparent that some things were not above board and so the president had no choice but to be the first president to voluntarily resign. It is always amazing that good things are totally lost when a scandal does the rounds. Hardly anyone thinks about what he did well before or after. Unfortunately, the name Nixon is still associated with one of the biggest scandals in US politics.
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George H. W. Bush - 143
George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the USA and governed from 1989 to 1993. He is the father of George W. Bush and did not have an easy job either. Before becoming president, he was a member of the House of Representatives. During his time in office he had a lot of work in foreign policy and was involved in several wars. He also had to cope with an economic crisis, and over time he got the impression that foreign policy was more important to him than his people. Of course, the people resented this and his successor had an easy time of it.

Bill Clinton took advantage of the tilting mood in the USA and campaigned hard against Bush. He was younger, he was more dynamic and he was in the "right" party. His whole campaign was focused on policies for the economy, for the people, and his slogan was hard-hitting: "It's about the economy, stupid". So Bush was a great foreign politician, but that was of little use to the people. So his deselection was a done deal.
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Joe Biden - 149
The West, and in fact the whole world, has hardly followed a presidential election as closely as the last one in 2020. Donald Trump was one of the most polarising presidents. One part of his people loved him for his economic upliftment, the other part hated him. Above all, his policies on the global pandemic met with little approval around the world. One scandalous performance followed the next and so it was almost clear that Donald Trump would not be re-elected. So Joe Biden made his grand entrance and was elected the 46th president of the USA in 2020.

With an IQ of 149, he had already had a remarkable career in politics. He has been a member of the Delaware State Senate for many years and was Vice President during Barack Obama's time. He is the oldest president of the USA, now 78 years old. It will be interesting to see how long he can and may govern. In the starting blocks as his successor is the first woman who could become President of the USA. His vice-president is Kamala Harris.
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Barack Obama - 145
Barack Obama had a brilliant career behind him when he was elected the 44th President of the USA. He governed from 2009 to 2017. He had previously studied law, incidentally, as did his wife Michelle. He worked as a lawyer for a while until he entered politics. He had a close connection to the people, he spoke the language of his people and also had many good successes in world politics through his charismatic appearance. Barack Obama received both the Nobel Peace Prize and later even the Grammy for his autobiography. His IQ is a proud 145 points.

Obama would certainly have been re-elected again, but as we all know, the re-election of American presidents is limited to a maximum of 1 time. This means that to date no one has been able to govern for longer than 8 years. That makes it all the more important to get good successor candidates into the race in good time. In Obama's case, this was Hillary Clinton. But at that time the USA was probably not ready for a woman for the highest office in America. In any case, Obama will be very well remembered by all of us.
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Abraham Lincoln - 148
With Abraham Lincoln, no one has to think about who he used to be. To this day, he is probably the best-known president of the early USA. He was the 16th incumbent of the White House and was elected in 1860. He is also among the most intelligent rulers to date. His IQ was a whopping 148. Early on, he had an impressive career in politics and was known for his outstanding rhetorical skills and for his good tactics in policy matters.

On 14 April 1865, however, his career ended and so did his life. He was at Ford's Theatre in Washington at the time, where a fanatic fan named John Wilkes Booth shot him. This assassination was the sad culmination of a conspiracy against the US government. To this day, Americans have fond memories of him because he also contributed to a great extent to peace between blacks and whites. A peacemaker who will probably remain unforgotten.
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John F. Kennedy- 159.8
John F. Kennedy, also a president who will never be forgotten. Everyone probably knows his name and also his sad story. He was one of the most popular presidents of the USA and a very smart one at that. His IQ was 159.8 points. He was elected the 35th president in 1961 and witnessed many important events in the world. But the most important thing to him was always his own people and the economy in his own country. But how did he die and, above all, why?

The assassination of John F. Kennedy took place on 22 November 1963. The President was on his way to smooth political waters at the time and was driving through the streets in an open car. His wife Jaqueline sat next to him. A former soldier of the US Navy was waiting in the distance and at the right moment he shot the car several times, hitting John F. Kennedy in the head and neck. Despite being rushed to the nearest hospital, the president died within an hour. His wife was unharmed, but refused to take off the famous bloodstained Chanel costume. She continued to wear it for several hours as a sign of the evil that had occurred that day. A sad story that has left its mark on the country to this day.
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Bill Clinton- 159
Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the USA and is the husband of future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. His reign lasted from 1993 to 2001 and he was very popular. Due to his intelligence, he was able to have a considerable political career even before his election to the White House and was, among other things, the governor of Arkansas, before which he had occupied the post of attorney general of the state of Arkansas. He was respected and popular as a dissident and was not afraid to take paths that others did not like.

Unfortunately, his name is also synonymous with many scandals, including the affair with Lowinski, which is probably still on many people's minds. There is no question that he was framed. It did little harm to his popularity, but all the more to his political career. Nevertheless, due to his charismatic appearance and his ability to smooth over even bad waves, he will probably be fondly remembered by the Americans.