Executive Orders: Washington – Obama

The American Presidency Project – by John Wooly and Gerhard Peters

Last Update: Data Through September 20, 2014. (through 5.67 years of the Obama Administration)

Citation: Gerhard Peters. “Executive Orders.” The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA. 1999-2014. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php.

Notes:
1 1789 to 1945 (Roosevelt) data includes “numbered” and “unnumbered” executive orders. 1945 (Truman) & 1967 (Johnson) data includes only numbered executive orders including those with letter designations (ex. Executive Order 9577-A).

Data Sources:
• 1789 – 1945 (Roosevelt) data obtained from Lyn Ragsdale, “Vital Statisitcs on the Presidency: Washington to Clinton.” rev. ed. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 1998).
• 1945 (Truman) – present data compiled by Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project, from documents contained in the Federal Register.

President Term Total Orders1 Average / Year Years in Office EO Number Range
George Washington Total 8 1.02 7.85 unnumbered
John Adams Total 1 0.25 4.00 unnumbered
Thomas Jefferson Total 4 0.50 8.00 unnumbered
James Madison Total 1 0.13 8.00 unnumbered
James Monroe Total 1 0.13 8.00 unnumbered
John Quincy Adams Total 3 0.75 4.00 unnumbered
Andrew Jackson Total 12 1.50 8.00 unnumbered
Martin van Buren Total 10 2.50 4.00 unnumbered
William Henry Harrison Total 0 0 0.08 unnumbered
John Tyler Total 17 4.34 3.92 unnumbered
James K. Polk Total 18 4.50 4.00 unnumbered
Zachary Taylor Total 5 3.70 1.35 unnumbered
Millard Fillmore Total 12 4.53 2.65 unnumbered
Franklin Pierce Total 35 8.75 4.00 unnumbered
James Buchanan Total 16 4.00 4.00 unnumbered
Abraham Lincoln Total 48 11.65 4.12 unnumbered
Andrew Johnson Total 79 20.31 3.89 unnumbered
Ulysses S. Grant Total 217 27.13 8.00 unnumbered
Rutherford B. Hayes Total 92 23.00 4.00 unnumbered
James Garfield Total 6 10.91 0.55 unnumbered
Chester Arthur Total 96 27.75 3.46 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland – I Total 113 28.25 4.00 unnumbered
Benjamin Harrison Total 143 35.75 4.00 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland – II Total 140 35.00 4.00 unnumbered
William McKinley Total 185 40.84 4.53 unnumbered
Theodore Roosevelt Total 1,081 144.71 7.47
William Howard Taft Total 724 181.00 4.00
Woodrow Wilson Total 1,803 225.38 8.00
Warren G. Harding Total 522 216.60 2.41
Calvin Coolidge Total 1,203 215.21 5.59
Herbert Hoover Total 968 242.00 4.00 5075 – 6070
Franklin D. Roosevelt Total 3,522 290.59 12.12 6071 – 9537
Harry S. Truman Total 907 116.58 7.78 9538 – 10431
I 504 133.33 3.78 9538 – 10029
II 403 100.75 4.00 10030 – 10431
Dwight D. Eisenhower Total 484 60.50 8.00 10432 – 10913
I 266 66.50 4.00 10432 – 10695-A
II 218 54.50 4.00 10696 – 10913
John F. Kennedy Total 214 75.35 2.84 10914 – 11127
Lyndon B. Johnson Total 325 62.86 5.17 11128 – 11451
Richard Nixon Total 346 62.34 5.55 11452 – 11797
I 247 61.75 4.00 11452 – 11698
II 99 63.87 1.55 11699 – 11797
Gerald R. Ford Total 169 68.98 2.45 11798 – 11966
Jimmy Carter Total 320 80.00 4.00 11967 – 12286
Ronald Reagan Total 381 47.63 8.00 12287 – 12667
I 213 53.25 4.00 12287 – 12499
II 168 42.00 4.00 12500 – 12667
George Bush Total 166 41.50 4.00 12668 – 12833
William J. Clinton Total 364 45.50 8.00 12834 – 13197
I 200 50.00 4.00 12834 – 13033
II 164 41.00 4.00 13034 – 13197
George W. Bush Total 291 36.38 8.00 13198 – 13488
I 173 43.25 4.00 13198 – 13370
II 118 29.50 4.00 13371 – 13488
Barack Obama Total 188 33.16 5.67 13489 – 13676
I 147 36.75 4.00 13489 – 13635
II 41 24.55 1.67 13636 – 13676
Note: Obama EO counts are updated monthly following the 20th day of the month to recompute average per year. Orders issued between updates can be accessed here:
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/executive_orders.php?year=2014

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

One thought on “Executive Orders: Washington – Obama

  1. Teddy’s executive orders must be part of the reason that the political cartoons of the time showed him with a crown on his head and a sceptre. This was brought out during the Nixon administration.

    In the late 1970’s I was told by “friends” that no one should mention the Viet Nam War because it “dated” you. In my opinion, the people of that group, of which I am a part, are the few who are aware of more recent historical atrocities. I am proud to be among the surviving few.

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