Most Forgotten Presidents In U.S. History

Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

Let’s be honest: do you remember there have been 46 leaders of our great nation?  With President’s Day around the corner on Monday, Feb. 19, we took a beat from Virginia sports betting and looked at who the most recognized to the most forgotten presidents are in the history of the United States.

Utilizing the quiz website,, we used their quiz, “Can you name the presidents of the United States of America?” that has been taken by 13.9 million people. From that, determined the most forgotten presidents by quiz takers by the percentage of people who got each president right.  

Here are the forgotten leaders of our proud nation.

Top 10 Most Forgotten Presidents In U.S. History

PresidentYears Pct. Correct
1. Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881 56.2%
2. Chester A. Arthur 1881-188556.9%
3. Warren G. Harding 1921-192357.9%
4. Franklin Pierce 1853-1857 59.4%
5. Millard Fillmore 1850-1853 60.0%
6. James Buchanan1857-186161.7%
7. Donald Trump 2017-202163.2%
8. Zachary Taylor 1849-1850 65.9%
9. James Garfield 1881-188166.1%
10. William McKinley 1897-1901 66.3%

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President Hayes is Most Forgotten U.S. President

Nicknamed “The Great Unknown,” President Rutherford B. Hayes tops the list with only 56.2% of quiz takers knowing who he was. Hayes was given that nickname because at the time he was not well known in the Republican Party, but was elected as the 19th President of the United States (1877-1881). 

Immediately after his term, another unknown was named the 21st President of the United States after the assassination of our 20th President James Garfield (1881-1881). By the way, Garfield ranks No. 9 on the list with only 66.1% of the respondents answering correctly. Our 21st President, Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885), took over the Presidency after Garfield and lands in the second spot at 56.9%. 

Rounding out the top five: No. 3 and 29th overall President Warren G. Harding (1921-1923) at 57.9%, No. 4 and 14th overall President Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) at 59.4% and No. 5 and 13th overall President Millard Fillmore (1850-1853) at exactly 60.0%. 

Trump, Taylor Round Out List of Forgotten Presidents

Jumping to the No. 7 spot is the 45th President Donald Trump (2017-2021) with 63.2%. How this is possible is anyone’s guess, since he has been in the news cycle 24/7 for the past eight years. Maybe some are intentionally ignoring the Trump era....

Out of sight and out of mind, but never to be forgotten in the U.S. History books: No. 6 and 15th President James Buchanan (1857-1861) at 61.7%, No. 8 and 12th overall President Zachary Taylor (1849-1850) at 65.9% and No. 10 and 25th overall President William McKinley (1897-1901) at 66.3%. 

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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