Who were the biggest presidential vetoers?

300-wide-veto-chartWith his veto of the Keystone Pipeline, President Obama issued the third veto of his presidency. That is the fewest of any president since James Garfield in 1881.

There’s good reason for this. The president’s party controlled both chambers of Congress in his first two years. And until January, Democrats controlled the Senate, meaning not much could get through Congress to get to this president.

But with Republicans in control of Congress, that number is sure to jump throughout Obama’s final two years. The White House has already issued half a dozen veto threats. With nine more vetoes, the president would catch President George W. Bush’s 12. President Bill Clinton issued 37.

So who issued the most vetoes of any president? That distinction belongs to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a whopping 635 vetoes between 1933 and 1945, according to the U.S. Senate Historian’s office. That accounts for a quarter of all vetoes issued by American presidents.

But FDR’s total wasn’t even the most frequent of all presidents. That was Grover Cleveland, who issued 584 vetoes over his two terms, an average of 73 a year. (That’s 20 more a year on average more than FDR.)

Here’s a list of all the presidential vetoes, organized by the most issued per year on average.

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