In its 238-year history as a nation, the U.S. has had 43 different presidents. People have long debated which ones were better (or worse) than others. Which ones rose to the challenge of the office and which ones found themselves defeated by it. This is the definitive ranking of U.S. presidents by how many of their bones we could obtain.


43. George W. Bush

We currently possess none of the 43rd president’s bones.


42. Barack Obama

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We’ve collected a few of President Obama’s molars, but no bones.


41. George H.W. Bush

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Clavicle.


40. Bill Clinton

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Fragments of first and second thoracic vertebrae (T1 and T2).


39. Jimmy Carter

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Four bones: the inferior nasal concha, the left patella, and two ribs.


38. Warren G. Harding

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Nine out of 10 distal phalanges.


37. Lyndon B. Johnson

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15 bones. (Special thanks to the late Lady Bird Johnson!)


36. Calvin Coolidge

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16 bones.


35. William Howard Taft

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19 bones and some pelvic fragments.


34. Ronald Reagan

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Full skull (22 bones).


33. Ulysses S. Grant

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We opened up Ulysses S. Grant’s tomb and found that it had been robbed long ago. We still managed to find 23 bones, and what we believe to be the femur of Robert E. Lee, for some reason.


32. Chester A. Arthur

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30 bones.


31. Harry S. Truman

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36 bones.


30. James Madison

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38 bones.


29. Andrew Jackson

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45 bones and a lock of hair.


28. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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49 bones.


27. James K. Polk

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Skull (22 bones), spine (26 bones), and all five distal phalanges of the right foot, for a total of 53 bones.


26. Millard Fillmore

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55 bones.


25. James Monroe

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55 1/2 bones.


24. Zachary Taylor

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58 bones.


23. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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64 bones.


22. John Adams

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79 bones.


21. Benjamin Harrison

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111 bones exactly.


20. Woodrow Wilson

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113 bones.


19. Andrew Johnson

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123 bones, but we’ve been finding a lot of his lately, so in all likelihood, much more to come.


18. Grover Cleveland

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140 bones.


17. James A. Garfield

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142 bones.


16. John F. Kennedy

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146 bones that were harder to obtain than you might think.


15. Gerald R. Ford

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154 bones.


14. John Tyler

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169 bones.


13. Thomas Jefferson

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173 bones and a fossilized mandible.


12. William McKinley

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185 bones.


11. James Buchanan

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188 bones.


10. William Henry Harrison

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190 bones and some skull fragments.


9. John Quincy Adams

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We bought 192 bones off a guy who claimed they belong to John Quincy Adams. Until they’re verified by osteologists, we’ll include them here along with this disclaimer.


8. George Washington

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195 bones.


7. Martin Van Buren

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196 bones.


6. Rutherford B. Hayes

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198 bones, including a perfectly preserved tibia.


5. Herbert Hoover

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200 bones.


4. Richard M. Nixon

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205 bones (so close!).


3. Abraham Lincoln

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Full skeleton.


2. Franklin Pierce

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Full skeleton with teeth.


1. Theodore Roosevelt

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1,857 bones.