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  Executive Orders: Washington - Obama

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

192 33.39 5.75 13489 - 13680
I 147 36.75 4.00 13489 - 13635
  II 45 25.71 1.75 13636 - 13680
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

Last Update: Data Through October 20, 2014. (through 5.75 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.



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