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How the US Presidents Rank According to IQ

To run a country you need a lot of things: leadership, support from the people. But, crucially, you also need to be pretty smart. While there is a long-running debate about the accuracy of IQ to determine intelligence, and whether you can apply it to historical figures, it’s also pretty fun to figure out which U.S. presidents might have been smarter than others. It should be noted that 100 is an “average” IQ; the vast majority of presidents rank above this, which should come as a relief, considering they ran our country! Check out our rankings, which we got from a 2006 American Psychology report.

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