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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 7.849 unnumbered
John Adams

Total

1 0.25 4.000 unnumbered
Thomas Jefferson Total 4 0.50 8.000 unnumbered
James Madison

Total

1 0.13 8.000 unnumbered
James Monroe Total
1
0.13 8.000 unnumbered
John Quincy Adams

Total

3 0.75 4.000 unnumbered
Andrew Jackson Total
12
1.50 8.000 unnumbered
Martin van Buren

Total

10 2.50 4.000 unnumbered
William Henry Harrison Total
0
0 0.118 unnumbered
John Tyler

Total

17 4.34 3.918 unnumbered
James K. Polk Total
18
4.50 4.000 unnumbered
Zachary Taylor Total 5 3.71 1.348 unnumbered
Millard Fillmore Total 12 4.52 2.655 unnumbered
Franklin Pierce

Total

35
8.75 4.000 unnumbered
James Buchanan Total 16 4.00 4.000 unnumbered
Abraham Lincoln

Total

48 11.66 4.118 unnumbered
Andrew Johnson Total
79
20.32 3.888 unnumbered
Ulysses S. Grant

Total

217 27.13 8.000 unnumbered
Rutherford B. Hayes Total
92
23.00 4.000 unnumbered
James Garfield Total 6 11.01 0.545 unnumbered
Chester Arthur Total 96 27.76 3.458 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland - I

Total

113 28.25 4.000 unnumbered
Benjamin Harrison Total
143
35.75 4.000 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland - II

Total

140 35.00 4.000 unnumbered
William McKinley Total
185
40.82 4.532 unnumbered
Theodore Roosevelt

Total

1,081 144.63 7.474  
William Howard Taft Total
724
181.00 4.000  
Woodrow Wilson

Total

1,803 225.38 8.000  
Warren G. Harding Total
522
216.24 2.414  
Calvin Coolidge

Total

1,203 215.13 5.592  
Herbert Hoover Total 968 242.00 4.000 5075 - 6070
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Total

3,522 290.71 12.115 6071 - 9537
Harry S. Truman Total
907
116.57   9538 - 10431
I 504 133.40   9538 - 10029
II 403 100.75 4.00 10030 - 10431
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Total

484 60.50 8.000 10432 - 10913
I 266 66.50 4.000 10432 - 10695-A
II 218 54.50 4.000 10696 - 10913
John F. Kennedy Total 214 75.40   10914 - 11127
Lyndon B. Johnson

Total

325
62.90   11128 - 11451
Richard Nixon Total 346 62.30   11452 - 11797
I 247 61.75 4.000 11452 - 11698
II 99 63.87   11699 - 11797
Gerald R. Ford

Total

169
68.92 2.452 11798 - 11966
Jimmy Carter Total 320 80.00 4.000 11967 - 12286
Ronald Reagan

Total

381
47.63 8.000 12287 - 12667
I 213 53.25 4.000 12287 - 12499
II 168 42.00 4.000 12500 - 12667
George Bush Total 166 41.50 4.000 12668 - 12833
William J. Clinton

Total

364 45.50 8.000 12834 - 13197
I 200 50.00 4.000 12834 - 13033
II 164 41.00 4.000 13034 - 13197
George W. Bush Total
291
36.38 8.000 13198 - 13488
I 173 43.25 4.000 13198 - 13370
II 118 29.50 4.000 13371 - 13488
Barack Obama

Total

183 33.27 5.500 13489 - 13671...
I 147 36.75 4.000 13489 - 13635
  II 36 24.00 1.500 13636 - 13671...
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 July 20, 2014. (through 5.5 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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