Best Presidents of the United States
The Top Ten
When people think of a good president, most people's first person is Abe Lincoln. Good reason too, as even as a child he was nicer than pretty much everybody. He did have doubts about keeping the African-Americans on the level of whites but ultimately his views changed with time. That is the only thing I can find that show's his dark side, besides some dirty politics. He suffered from depression and new of assassination plots as far back as four years prior. You know what he did to help stop slavery and was the president who ran during the Civil War, which killed more Americans than those who died in WWI and WWII.
The best is "honest Abe". Glad to see the idiot Trump not in this mix. What a miserable failure. He'd be better suited to be a clown in a circus. He couldn't tell you what letter the word "leader" begins with. He should be referred to as the "bunker" president going forward. What a coward! And Clinton? Let's get real. He's best known for having an affair with an intern.
Should be above Bush, you think 911 was worse than the civil war?
Clinton balanced the budget and actually left a surplus but top 5? No.
Personally don't think Bush43, Clinton, JFK, or Nixon belong in the top 10.
JFK was not a good president, just remembered well. Nixon was a brilliant politician but remembered as a shady scumbag, even compared to other politicians. FDR elected 4 times but if it weren't for WWII his new deal would have destroyed America not to mention court packing is worse than what Nixon did. FDR = shadiest president every (adulterer, internment camps, undercutting his own party to win a 3rd term... ) Obama is the worst for the deficit so far of any president in history and he won a nobel prize because they hoped that he wouldn't vote on a troop surge, which he did anyway. Those aren't arguments for praise. Any honorable recipient would have returned it after his decision but he was probably busy visiting the last of the "57" states. Washington had the ...more
Abraham Lincoln was man you could change his ideas. Like slavery he first thought it was good. Then he realized that slavery was wrong. He did almost everything to fix the country. No other president thought about slavery should be wrong or even segregation. Martin Luther king jr was not a president but still fought for what is right. Only Abraham Lincoln thought slavery was wrong. He was a man of changes and does what should be right among us. If he didn't exist there still would be slavery and African Americans would not be equally treated. So I think Abraham Lincoln should be the best president in history.
Even after his presidency, native Americans were still treated horribly compared to White people. All Lincoln did was stop slavery. You guys are giving him more credit then he deserves.
There would be no USA without this amazing dude. He was a straight up legend. In fact, many the modern US would be way different without him as president. He basically introduced the cabinet to stabilize an balance his own power and keep it in check. He also developed the two-term tradition in the presidency. He made the presidential office what it is today. Heck, he could have made himself a king. This is not even mentioning the fact that has lead the American Revolution and is one of the Founding Fathers. Lincoln was also a legend. God Bless Uncle Sam!
The only president with near-unanimous popular support. The reason he was the best president is because Washington held together the US when no one else could. I'm honestly not sure what the argument against him is.
Father of the country set the precedents. Held the early country together. With his experience was able to put down a rebellion without a shot.
He is the only president who never wanted to be in charge and that makes him the greatest. He's the leader who solely did it for the people and did what he thought was best for the people, not himself. Which included stepping down from the presidency, possibly the most important thing he did. He could've been president for his entire life, he could've held power and done whatever he wanted to the country the people loved him that much. However, he understood his responsibility, he actually acted accordingly with it and later when he realized his time was somebody stepped down. Amazing man who saved this nation.
#40. (Republican) he was able to fix the economy, create twenty million new jobs, lower inflation rates, exempt low income Americans, create economic stability for small businesses, lower taxes, and bring in an end to the Cold War with his concise and effective foreign policy skills. He also was able to survive a gun shot and return to his duty only three weeks later. A real true American who believed in this country and a real true father to Conservatism! Even the democrats loved him. Good Bless Reagan.
Clueless president. Reagan was a cheerleader, and nothing else. Trickle-down economics lead to a recession in the 90's and 2000's. Reagan's policies were disastrously executed, and claiming he won the cold war is like saying a runner beat a rock in a marathon. The Soviet Union was in critical condition even in the 60's and he did nothing to change that. Gorbachev made the changes in the USSR that led to the collapse in 1991. The introduction of soldiers in Afghanistan created the Taliban. His corporate "perception management" and the creation of media outlets to force a belief on individuals makes it possible so people actually think he did something worthwhile. All Reagan did was advance the oligarchy that was already in place in Washington, and create a hyper-right political base that is currently leading to the destruction of the Republican party. He took a gunshot, but not like Teddy. All he did was drive jobs away and make it easier for corporations to make billions of dollars. ...more
Reagan did not tear down the Berlin Wall. The crumbling Soviet Union was not because of Reagan's "toughness," but because it had been becoming drastically weaker over time. It's states were beginning to leave and its people were becoming disillusioned with communism. Merely telling Gorbachev to tear down the wall did not cause it to come down. Reagan also helped the spread of AIDS by ignoring the issue because it was common among homosexuals. Reagan also spread homelessness and income inequality through his "make the rich richer" economic policies. Oh, and he was senile during his final years in office.
Ronald Reagan deserves to be regarded as one of the greatest presidents of American History. Reagan's achievement of dismantling the Soviet Union, ending the Cold War and liberating Eastern Europe are every bit comparable to Abraham Lincoln Saving the Union and Freeing the Slaves, and FDR leading the USA to victory in World War II. The Cold War lasted 40 years, and all Cold War presidents accepted that the Cold War was a given, and didn't think it could be ended. While their work was notable in keeping Western Europe free from Communism, it was Reagan who dared to suggest that the peoples of Eastern Europe deserved the same freedom. By dismantling the Soviet Union, he ridded the world of an evil country that had the capability of destroying the US. It is said that Lincoln Freed the Slaves and saved the Union. I'd say, so did Reagan.
FDR took and guided this nation through the great depression and through World War II. He is and was, the only President to be elected 4 terms as President of the United States Of America...Republicans could not defeat him so they pushed for the Amendment that limited a President to only 2 terms in office...which is everything I believe is against a Democratic Republic...the people decide on how long and how many times a President can serve..."term limits" in a Democratic Republic, is the people, the voters! FDR was the greatest President of the 20th Century...President Washington was the greatest of the 18th Century and President Lincoln was the greatest of the 19th Century...
FDR is truly one of America's greatest presidents in the world. Despite myself not being American and having little to no knowledge of some US presidents. I believe he is my favorite. His presidency meant challenges all because of the two major crisis, the prolonged Great Depression and the start of the Second World War. He introduced the New Deal which were a series of programs as relief and a response to the Great Depression. He established Social Security which has also helped Americans struggling financially. He is a world leader and has demonstrated how to run a country. Just introduce reforms, spend and stabilise the economy. If he hadn't been president. America would not even be a Superpower. This man won 4 elections! showing people still have faith in the 32nd president.
No other President gave such a strong assurance of unity and a sense of "we'll get through this hardship together" as FDR did. Pulled the country out of the Great Depression, led us through a World War in which we successfully battled Fascism on multiple fronts, and created the middle-class. Was rewarded by being elected four times. Next to Abraham Lincoln, the greatest Chief Executive of all-time.
No one greater than Roosevelt. He was dead before I was born, but I can barely look at his picture without crying. My parents were children in the depression, and credited this man for literally saving them from starvation. Mother said no one was working, had any food, or money, and lived in daily fear of what would happen to them. They would listen to his fireside chats on the radio, and she said the fear would lift at the sound of his voice, and calm come over the house. He assured them they would be taken care of, not to worry, and the government trucks started delivering the potted meat and some staples. I have been told that almost every American home at that time had his picture hanging on the wall of their homes. Unless you lived during those times, you cannot fully appreciate what this man did. He saved America, paralyzed from a wheel chair. I adore this man.
The fact that this man isn't in the Top 3 is ridiculous. None of our presidents in history were perfect. They all had their flaws. But without a doubt, Theodore Roosevelt was closest to perfect. He did so much for the environment and national parks. He also led the progressive movement, accomplished Square Deal domestic policies, helped small businesses by breaking evil trusts, regulated railroads and pure foods and drugs, fought for equal rights, and as far as foreign policy goes, he constructed the Panama Canal. One of the very few presidents who were actually honest. If this man was alive today, he would absolutely destroy Trump's dumb ass on Twitter.
Roosevelt served his presidency with honesty, and did what he thought was the right thing. He was popular enough to primary Taft and win a third term in 1912, but the Republican shills stopped him. Anyway, he was an environmentalist, trustbuster, and someone who did good for America.
A truly heroic man who should be remembered as a hero both to conservatives and liberals. On the liberal side, his Square Deal policies were the forerunner of FDR's New Deal, and worked better than FDR's policies to expand equality of opportunity and remove corruption from politics. He was also a staunch conservationist who believed in preserving natural resources, and he was very progressive in civil rights - he extended the benefits of the Square Deal to black Americans as well as white, and invited black activists to the White House even when he was criticised for it.
On the conservative side, his Christian values shaped everything he did. He supported business - his Square Deal was only meant to focus on stopping domination of big business, and he loved small business. He understood how diplomacy works and that America should negotiate from a position of strength, and with military force backing him up he helped the cause of peace around the world (even winning a Nobel Peace ...more
Roosevelt was way ahead of his time. He was so naturally in tune with how he wanted to get things done and took action like almost no president before him had ever done.
Educators have failed president Jefferson in teaching that he is not worthy of our respect. Some argue that he was a hypocrite for not freeing his slaves. The truth is that Virginia law prohibited him from freeing his slaves because he was in debt. Jefferson's first draft of the constitution freed the slaves but that was quickly voted down in order to keep the southern colonies from immediately exiting the union. If Jefferson or Washington or Adams, among others could have freed the slaves by executive order and kept the country together they would have in a second but they knew the survival of the Union required patience to bring this about.
Thomas Jefferson is one of the most underrated presidents ever. The fact that G.W. bush and Bill Clinton were voted above Jefferson is bad enough, but Lincoln being number two is unbelievable. Lincoln destroyed Jefferson's vision of a free, VOLUNTARY union of sovereign states. If people understood history, Bush, Clinton, LINCOLN, and all other imperialist presidents would be voted down as some of the worst presidents in the history of the country. Read Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and it will become clear that every president which was voted above Jefferson (with the exception of Washington) supported policies which were counter to the founders' vision.
Thomas Jefferson was a Hypocrite... he might have come up with the Declaration of Independence but he refuse to free the slaves because their absence would make his life hard. I have not respect his efforts.
Thomas should be ranked one of the best if not the best U.S. president for many reasons here are some... The first one is a duh one he wrote the declaration which he put sooo much effort into only for it to be "torn" apart. Next he was a quick minded inventor inventing many things and even built his house. He was also governor of Virgina. He was also willing give a nice life just to shape America. Over time he also became the first secretary of state and, second vice president. Then he became the third president during which he got Louisiana Purchase stopped slaves getting imported from Africa. Finally he was humble he didn't boast about all his life no he decided to write the things that helped other people not him. In the end if you think Jefferson was a bad political character the you aren't American.
Thomas Jefferson was a hero, visionary, revolutionary thinker, as well as architect and all around genius. Any man who rejects these facts is just plain stupid and to replace them with the slavery scandal will be just as much so. What jefferson provided for this nation far surpasses any of his person shortcomings which all presidents even Washington and especially Lincoln, and to judge his political character by these would be foolish.
John F Kennedy was the greatest president in US history. Despite only serving two years due to his assassination, the 1960s were just better under him. Sure, the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated in his administration however he showed courage by not underestimating a superpower as well as being a womanizer who was fond of women even though he was married to Jackie Kennedy. Kennedy was a president of common sense, he opposed abortions, supported civil liberties for the African Americans and completely called for massive tax cuts. It almost sounds like he wasn't a Democrat after all. Kennedy still holds an important place in American history.
Seriously? George W. Bush is # 1? All he did was start the Iraq and Afghanistan War, not to mention he barely helped at all when Hurricane Katrina came through. Now JFK, he was amazing. He started the Peace Corps, started the Space Race, made sure African Americans had equal rights in housing( And would've done more for Civil Rights if he served longer), made sure Steel industries couldn't raise their prices over and over, and stopped the Cuban Missile Crysis, and he didn't even serve a full term! So JFK deserves first or second for sure.
I have to add, JFK lost his older brother in the War, he had a purple heart himself, & as someone stated below, was willing to die for his country long before he actually did. He was also great at foreign negotiations & AVOIDING war. He was wise beyond his years the- things he put into motion while President, unfortunately, his determination to fight corruption in every level of government made him a target, & most people don't know what he even accomplished while President, because LBJ immediately erased every good thing he ever did, except Civil Rights, & he even messed that up, being one of the worst racist President's EVER. If JFK & his vision had lived, there would have been no Vietnam, a stable economy, & no CIA providing arms & money to the Taliban leading to 9/11...to name a few. Unfortunately, he made enemies of very powerful people in his quest to rid the government of corruption.
Okay, this man doesn't belong in front of great presidents such as Reagan or even Eisenhower. He's like a more conservative mix between President Obama, a good President in both parties' opinions, (let's go with Lincoln because of the conspiracy theories),and President Clinton, He's like Obama because his youth won him the presidency, he's like Lincoln because of the conspiracy theories and he helped us win the space race with Russia (and they were both assasinated, but that's considered a conspiracy theory). And last but not least, he's like Clinton because a week before his assassination, JFK had an affair with Marilyn Monroe, and as we all know, Bill Clinton was impeached for his sex scandal.
The last good Republican President. Plain and simple. Nixon was smart but corrupt as hell. Ford was a forgettable, non-entity. Reagan was dumb AND corrupt. Bush 41 was mediocre at best. Bush 43 was a disaster in both economic and foreign policy. And in Trump, we are experiencing a narcissistic egomaniac who befriends dictators because he wishes he was one, has alienated our allies, and has totally mishandled the greatest widespread medical crisis in my lifetime, and I'm 58. Yup, Eisenhower was the last good Republican Chief Executive. Moderate, thoughtful, and terrific on infrastructure development. Cautious in foreign policy because he experienced war first-hand.
One of the most underrated of all presidents. A man of peace who had seen the horror of war, he presided over eight years of peace and prosperity at a critical time in our nation's history. He also was the real father of the modern civil rights movement.
Whoever thinks that JFK is better than Eisenhower should get their facts checked. JFK did help save people in Pearl Harbor on 12/7/1942, but Eisenhower planned Normandy. As President, he fought for Civil Rights. JFK was a little jumpy about Little Rock 9. He wanted to appeal to the Southern Democrats ( Which were the people trying stop the 9 kids from going into the high school ) and the Democrats up north without losing both, but Eisenhower sent troops to protect the kids from a mob. He also ended the Korean War and created N.A.S.A ( which led up to Neil Armstrong on the moon ). Under him, America was the most powerful country in the world. The economy was great, highways were fixed and we were on equal stands with Russia. Eisenhower should be number 5, while JFK maybe 18.
Dwight Eisenhower had a great balance between foreign policy and understood that in order to have a Nation that is strong, people must be educated and equal, but also that in order for the world to be a place where we can all live in harmony, that there must be some action taken. He started NASA and accomplished more than most presidents. Even if he was apart of our fad, as Americans, to elect ex-generals (another ex. being Grant), he was actually a great president. He also headed NATO and attacked civil rights head on, making un-segregated schools an idea that would be followed up upon by JFK, who came after him. I am surprised by all of the people who put JFK and Reagan above him. The former came before him and nearly ruined our country for 16 years, was super screwed up and, if it hadn't been for Truman, would have allowed the spread of the USSR (which, communists or not, that is a bad thing). Reagan began another American fad of electing people who do not belong in politics to be ...more
He was a very well-informed person, and many admired this about him. Because he knew so much and contributed a lot to the debates, Madison was called "Father of the Constitution." Also, Madison he took notes -published in The Federalist Papers- which are today our best record of what happened during the Constitutional Convention. Madison argued for federalism (power being divided between the states and national government), which eventually won over antifederalism (states having more power than the national government). Madison helped convince Virginia, which as a whole was opposed to a stronger central government, to ratify the Constitution. Madison was secretary of state for Thomas Jefferson (some even commented he controlled the president! ) and then became president himself. While he was president, the U.S. faced the War of 1812.
Personally, James Madison is my favorite president
#4. (Democratic-Republican) the father of the bill of rights who helped create the individual demands and benefits that still hold true to the American people this very day! Another perfect example of a founding father who's policies helped America succeed and improve its conditions for a stronger and more reliable nation. His strong inspiration and courage is a constant reminder of the civil liberties that represent our constitution and law of the land.
The Father of the Constitution. Along with Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Adams, Hamilton and more these men gave birth to the United States of America. He led us through the War of 1812 which we (somewhat) won and the economy improved after the war. He is a legend and one worthy of a statue or a state
He led the nation through the War of 1812, securing US sovereignty for generations to come. He was also the father of the constitution and help to write the Federalist Papers without which we might not have democracy in the world today.
Truman acted based upon what he thought was right, not what would get him reelected. He integrated the military, helped found NATO and the UN, pushed the Marshall Plan through Congress, and so much more. He was not afraid to exercise the power of the executive standing up to Stalin as well as McCarthyism. He came in to office not wanting the job, and this lack of political prowess allowed a man of integrity to do what was right for the country. He made some of the toughest decisions in the nation's history and his incorruptible spirit led to them being the right ones. Hands down the most underrated president in American history.
He wasn't necessarily popular at his time. but I think he did great as president, besides the Korean war. I think he was a pretty faithful successor to FDR.
also, his mimic of H.V Kaltenborn (news reporter who incorrectly projected Truman would lose to Thomas Dewey in 1948 election) is pretty funny too.
President Truman made the right decisions, Never the most popular. He fought for the country in WWI. He stood up against the KKK. He was against lying. His values were never questioned. He never trusted Stalin nor the USSR. He shaped the policy with his advisors on the cold war. He brought an end the WWII saving hundreds of thousands of allied lives and millions of Japanese. He stood up to the military. He asked Hoover to help feed millions in Europe after WWII. He actually took responsibility for his actions.
Can you imagine being V.P. for 52 days, kept in the dark by FDR, held in contempt by FDR's advisors, underestimated by just about everyone, including Churchill? He faced down Hitler and Stalin, knew little about the atom bomb, but used it to stop the war to save lives...both US and Japanese. He created a plan to rebuild Europe, but called it the Marshall Plan so it would be implemented. The Berlin Airlift saved a city and a nation without starting WWIII. He fired MacArthur because the primadonna threatened to use atomic weapons against China...preventing WWIII aaib. He recognized Israel, and fought for Civil Rights. This is a guy who rose to the occasion. Churchill later told Truman, I was wrong about you.
With few exceptions, John Adams is unmatched in Character, morals and honor. Of those in the 'top 10' only Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson come close to matching Adams. He is one of the original founding fathers, as a lawyer he defended the British soldiers in the Boston massacre (and got them equitted in a Boston courtroom full of people who wanted to hang them). He consistantly voted for what he believed was right (including voting for Indian rights) even when it was not popular. What president in the last 50 years would do that?
#2. (Federalist) another founding father who's examples lead to the creation of the constitution and declaration of independence. It is because of his actions that lead to our freedoms and fought for our rights as American citizens. He is also the well known successor of our nation's first president George Washington and continued to carry out his dreams and responsibilities that made America stand strong to this very day!
Ok literally why is he on the list at all? He did a great job with the revolution, no doubt, but as a president he screwed up horribly. He did not have the proper temperament to be president, and was so concerned with his own well-being that he literally created a document that inhibited free speech. I think the only president that was more paranoid was Nixon.
He was one of the only founding fathers to not own one slave. The Alien and Sedition Acts were not kind to his administration, but he did a better job than any other president of heeding George Washington's advice from his farewell address. President Adams does not get enough credit for the work that he did.
Jackson put the safety and integrity of the Unted States above everything. He viewed wild murdering Indians as enemies of the people but if the Indians were willing to become American subjects and behave reasonably civilized, and if they used the property assigned to them, he would accept them.
If the Indians kept conspiring with the Brits, the French and Spain against the Union he would happily kill them. Jackson thrived on war as U.S. still do all over the world.
Andrews Jackson was no racist. He fought all enemies of the American people and the union regardless of skin color. Be their Brits, French, Spanish, Indian , Blacks or of mixed race.
Jackson had many flaws that came with his "My Way or the High Way" personality. But he was also one of the greatest leaders. Jackson was the purest form of what a democrat should be: He looked out for the common people (yes, only whites, but his whole generation was racist so I don't blame him too much), Jackson had been a militant fighter since 13 years old, Jackson single-handedly removed the U.S. debt, took down South Carolina when they tried to nullify laws, and even showed that the Supreme court (which had often been criticized for granting far too much power to the government) had literally no way of enforcing their jurisdiction.
He got rid of the Federal Reserve, which most Americans have no idea is not part of the federal government. Fought the British as a 13 year old. Fought the British at New Orleans and whipped their butts. There was no national debt for the first and last time in history. As far as the trail of tears, bad deal for the civilized tribes for sure but you never hear of anyone wanting to the the land back to the Native Americans. Such was the case with Manifest Destiny.
He didn't get rid of the Fed. It wasn't invented yet. He did, however, get rid of the national bank, which was similar to the Fed.
His legacy rests on maintaining a strong economy throughout his Presidential years, achieving a budget surplus and being able to actually work effectively with Congress.
I've lost all faith in this list and in the people who have voted Bush as the 2nd best president, though I'm not surprised if you get your info from Fox News or even MSNBC.
The economy was BOOMING fantastically during this man's terms, and he knew how to work with both the Democratic and Republican party. Gas was cheaper than it ever was under George W Bush (and Barack Obama's first term. Another thing is that Bush DID NOT inherit a recession from Clinton; he inherited a SURPLUS and drove it into the ground, and yet the man is second place on this list?!
Reagan left us with the first tripled deficit. His trickle down economics was horrendous and totally debunked. He was responsible for dissolving the middle class. He thought poor kids should eat ketchup for a vegetable and that trees caused pollution. He totally ignored the scourge that was Aids which was a death sentence during his presidency. His horrific polices and non caring is topped only by trump.
It joys me to see Democrats praise Clinton as one of the best presidents of all time and the best for them economically. He was after, by today's standards, very Conservative. He signed a Republican-sponsored welfare reform bill which helped people get off of welfare and balanced the federal budget. He signed into effect the Taxpayer Relief Act which stimulated the economy by giving the largest capital gains tax cut in U.S. history. Not to mention he was extremely anti-regulation. You guys are playing yourselves for supporting him as an advocate for a great Democratic candidate when he had largely Conservative economic values but I will take it for sure.
Our country prospered during the Clinton years. I liked that he could connect with an array of folks in and out of government. He seemed to be respected in other countries, and I felt that he had the people in America in his best interest. So what if he messed up in his personal life. It had nothing to do with his performance as president. And I think that Hillary played a huge part in the success of our country supporting our President.
The greatest president of the 20th century. His demeanor brought the country together: blacks, whites, upper class, and lower class. Under his presidency, the United States saw the greatest economic expansion in its history, which was evenly spread throughout all classes. Not only that, but he restored the integrity of the national government, avoided war with Mexico, normalized relations with Cuba, passed the Young and Dawes acts, which postponed World War II, limited the growth of government, and reduced taxes so the middle and lower classes were paying close to zero percent rates. Despite all these successes, the most profound aspect of Calvin Coolidge, was his adept understanding of the executive branch. Presidents do not create laws, but rather enforce them.
Unlike FDR and Obama, he had no lust for power. He refused to seek re-election after seven years of presidency before the 22nd amendment was passed when he was highly popular. While Obama said that no one was more qualified than Mrs. Clinton to be the president to manipulate the election in 2016 in the end of his presidency, Coolidge said nothing about his successor when he was about to leave the office and left such a choice to voters directly. Few presidents these days still think and act in the way he did.
Calvin Coolidge is only ranked low because he is falsely associated with leading to the Great Depression. He had economic policies that spurred economic growth and stopped the recession he faced early on. He sought racial equality more than the presidents who preceded and proceeded him. He reduced the scope of government when it desperately needed it.
Best President in our history. His and Harding's policies pulled us out of the Depression of 1920-21 and lead to the single longest period of unbridled economic growth in the history of our country bar none. Had Hoover and Roosevelt taking cues from him instead of becoming big government bullies, the Great Depression of the 1930s wouldn't've been near as long and wouldn't've been known as the "Great" Depression.
James Knox Polk was THE best example of a leader with efficiency, promise, consistency, and was really a major unsung hero. Polk came into the presidency with some laid-out goals, promised to get them all done, ended up completing everything he wanted to do (which was incredibly significant and crucial), and then left and never came back. What a bad-ass. This guy never gets enough credit and is a true success among US presidents. Polk's my favorite of all time, and he should definitely be a Top 10 staple. Polk should never be looked past.
Top 10 President #6 He said that he had an agenda and if he achieved it then he would not run again. He set goals and achieved them. Such agenda like annexing Texas, acquiring land in the west and settling the Canada--USA present border. Polk accomplished these goals in Texas becoming a state, the Mexican War with land acquired to the Pacific Ocean and fifty-four forty or fight to settle the question with Great Britain. He was successful so he served for 4 years as a result.
The most underrated president of all time, he should honestly be ranked much higher. He was the embodiment of Manifest Destiny, and thanks to that we now have Cali and Texas (although one could argue that Tyler helped set it up). We can thank him for settling a border dispute with Great Britain. He stuck to his word about leaving office, and we all know how often a politician keeps a promise.
Would raid Mexico again for some more land/10
He made the United States be a bad guy for awhile so he doesn't deserve to be ahead of some presidents like Truman. He deliberately used propaganda to turn the U.S against Mexico in a war that was cruel. This guy shouldn't be number 15 because he is a disgrace to the greatest country ever.
Domestically, he did more for average, middle-class Americans of all races than any President other than Franklin D. Roosevelt, and especially more for African-Americans than any President outside of Abraham Lincoln. His great tragedy was allowing military generals' advice direct his policies on the Vietnam War without questioning their opinions. JFK, had he lived, wouldn't have done that. But based on domestic, social policy achievements alone, he has to be rated as one of the best Presidents. It's amazing that a Southern politician was that progressive. And probably NO President handled Congress more effectively !
LBJ is shamefully neglected when it comes to rating US presidents. He fought his way to the top without having the benefit of patricians, as JFK had, who may have had an intellectual and moral motivation to end poverty and discrimination, but LBJ lived it! He was a plain man but a brilliant politician who inherited an unwanted foreign war and outsmarted anachronisms such as the Dixiecrats. He may not have had the charisma of a Lincoln, Kennedy or even a Reagan, but he was a truly great president and it is shameful to see who has now inherited this great office.
LBJ should be higher his issues came in his foreign policy. However his work in creating the america we see today is irrefutable. He passed the Civil Rights act of 64 and Voting rights act of 65 creating an Atmosphere where in which African Americans can prosper rather than be discriminated on. Not to mention 'the great Society' in this period he created a prosperous nation of equality which the US takes for granted today, it is my firm belief that as a democratic leader LBJ is the best the US has had however overall not so.
So, Johnson was a diehard racist who used the Civil Rights movement to make sure his party would stay in power and get votes from one demographic for a very long time. His push for furthering Vietnam was disgusting and so is he. You folks who think that this evil man did great things had better get your heads out of your collective asses. Jesus Christ folks, he was directly connected with JFK's death.. Wake Up
Monroe isn't perfect, especially on slavery, but #17 is too low for one of two presidents to run for reelection unopposed. That's what you call a leader.
He was one of the great Presidents. What made him more special than all others is that he was a leader as well as a great President. Washington was a leader, but a poor President, so was Jefferson and Madison, He held two cabinet post at one time under Madison, Secretary of State and Secretary of War (Defense) during the war of 1812. He was the most well loved and admired Presidents in history by the people. Admitted 5 states to the Union, Purchased the Florida Territory, which included Spain ceded Texas and Southwest US. Part of territory claimed in the Oregon Territory., stabilized the Panic of 1819, which lasted two years. Last of the Founding Fathers. Monroe Doctrine, last president not photographed, died poor, Governor of Virginia. Rush-Bagot Treaty with England, Treaty of 1818 with Britain, Russo-American Treaty of 1824. His accomplishments goes on and on.
The Monroe Doctrine was an important contribution. The geographic isolation of the United States was necessary for this country's experiment in democracy (yeah, I know we're a republic but this had never been tried on such a grand scale before) to come to fruition. The Monroe Doctrine supplemented the geographic isolation.
Monroe guided the nation safely through two great crises -- the War of 1812, during which he served as Secretary of State and of War--and the Missouri statehood controversy. He also helped to insure a peaceful transition of power after the contested 1824 election.
#41. (Republican) great leader economically and improved the quality of the economy after he took over from Reagan. The fiscal success from the 80's was able to continue strongly into his presidency and his foreign policy skills were also very sharp and effective. He succeeded at attacking Iraq from Kuwait and resolving conflicts in the Middle East with Iraqi dictator Saddam Heussin.
Not a great leader economically, in fact he was more of a disaster. Along with his son, the first presidents to have a recession during a war. Until Bush, the one saving grace about a war was that at least it did help your economy. He left Clinton an economic mess, which Clinton promptly cleaned up.
Stock Market did great under him. Also we had economic recessions during Vietnam and World War 1. Got us Middle Eastern Oil. Recessions are beyond a Presidents Control so Clinton was lucky. Yes un-employment occured under him and he added new taxes. For some of you though, he was not President when 9-11 happened, his son was.
George had more guts to make the difficult decisions.
That's better then lots of the recent and current president. (Excluding
Ouch! "he created the Federal Reserve Act", you mean he passed the Federal Reserve Act in exchange for money from the private banks that make it up...he then realized he had created a monster allowing private banks to lend money to the government at high interest rates, & that the Board of Directors had more power than anyone in the government, including him!. The man who founded the original Federal Reserve, the "the First Bank", said "Give me the power to print money, I care not who is governing"...because they have no power! Wilson regretted his decision & died saying he betrayed his country by signing that Bill, that's the best thing about him! Benjamin Franklin said giving away the power to print money, (& a private entity with NO audits at that! ) would destroy this country! I can't believe people are actually so misinformed as to list this as a positive, the man himself died in shame for betraying his country! It's the basis of every economic crisis since then. "The hand giving ...more
Wilson should be in the top 10. He went through many new items in his administration. He started the Federal Reserve which was suppose to help stabilize the economy. There were amendments passed during his administration like income taxes, direct election of U.S. Senators, national prohibition and women's suffrage. He led a pacifist nation into WW1 which was a great challenge to say the least. He tried to create the League of Nations where the USA. would be a member. His failure to compromise in the Congressional approval of the League probably led to health problems.He was highly intelligent.
You will not find a better president then Wilson, as the only president to have a doctorate (Meaning in theory, he could have been addressed as Dr. President) Wilson successfully carried the country through WWI and Influenza, while allowing women the right to vote and establishing the Federal Reserve in the process, all while suffering from several illnesses and disabilities throughout his life, he is the ultimate presidential role model.
Superb president with many ideas that shaped our nation to become what it is today. He created the Federal Reserve Act, which allows each district of our nation to be managed by a bank; he created the Federal Trade Commission, which prevents the rise of corrupt business. There were many other superb things that he created, but these were some of his best.
The worst. He was a super religious imperialist, annexating anything he could get his hands on. He didn't only win the spanish-american war, he started it. What for? Only to prove his power. He invaded The Philippines and instigated inhuman massacres. Frankly, I understand why he was assassinated by an anarchist. He brought the USA to where it stands now. An imperialist power. So whether you like McKinley comes down to whether you like imperialism.
Good president but we are in the stage where America can do no right so I have to follow the trend *cough * cough here I go he was imperialist who took Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines from poor Spain and annexed poor Hawaii from... poor Hawaii bad person bad bad person
Most underrated president of all time. Annexated Hawaii, won the Spanish-American war, and paved the way for Ted Roosevelt and the American empire as it is today, and finally taken by an assassin's bullet.
He is usually ranked in the 20s, but deserves much more credit.
Got us out of the Spanish American war with under a thousand deaths and annexed Hawaii
He was constantly prevented from governing during his administration, but his platform would have been good for America. That includes strong economic policies and rights for Native Americans and such. Also, after his presidency he continued fighting for America in the House of Representatives.
J Q Adams was hampered by Jackson after a deal with another foe for the Presidency gave Adams the votes he needed to win. Jackson formed an alliance with others to keep Adams from doing anything of substance. John Quincey was the brains behind the Constitution, and worked tirelessly for the success of the Madison presidency.
One of the most brilliant men of his time, he fought for the change we see as normal today during a time that it was not popular to support these radical ideals. He is one of the most inspiring and influential people in U.S. history.
Only president that I agree with all of his decisions: supported high tariffs, strong national bank, nationalizing canals and railroads, giving rights to Native Americans, and supporting the arts and academia.
Only president to have made two not consecutive mandates. He was the 24th president from 1893 to 1897 and also the 22nd from 1885 to 1889.
He told Franklin Roosevelt when he was 5 that he would end up as nothing but a "scag"
This guy signed the bill that brought Segregation. He was a horrible president.
For some reason, every president is on this list except Grover Cleveland...?
He's literally added here twice, just because he served 2 non-consecutive terms, giving him 2 presidential numbers.
Jimmy Carter was not the best president because the economy didn't go so well under his administration. However, his achievements do justify why I admire him. He is passionate, kind and was involved in many humanitarian activities. I would also like to mention how he struck a effective peace deal between the conflict of Israel and Palestine. He was way too much of a friendly president, cheerful and likes to connect to his people. He is the last president who defined compassion. The man was simple, often dressed in Cardigans, he didn't seem to be a typical and egotistc leader. His role in the Iran hostage crisis may have been the reasons why he lost re-election but his presidency was flawed with inaction. Carter is a president which modern society needs.
The economy was bad during his presidency, but presidents don't actually impact the economy much. Carter brokered peace in the Middle East, avoided war, helped people out in different parts of the world, sold the presidential yacht, was very smart, and only lost to Reagan because America wasn't focused on having a real debate on who would have caused what.
One of the most underrated presidents of all time. People call him a coward without knowing the valour he displayed in the military or how he went on a solo mission into a nuclear reactor melting down to mitigate the damage, and is still suffering the consequences of radiation poisoning to this day. While Carter took the moral approach in the campaign against Reagan, Reagan tied misleading talking points together to blame America's economic and other problems on Carter, instead of acknowledging that a lack of congressional cohesiveness and the influence of corporate America deserved most of the blame.
An underrated president, likely due to the Iran hostage crisis and how the economy was when he happened to be in office. Like Herbert Hoover, people blame him for their economic woes when it is really out of any president's control. An economy is the transactions between EVERYONE, after all, and unless private property is abolished or significant stimulus is introduced, a federal government's policy isn't going to have much lasting impact. He accomplished some awesome work with Egypt and Israel, and returning the Panama canal to Panama helped against anti-American sentiment in Latin America.
I'd give my left nipple to be half the man that he was. What a great president...
Only president that wasn't around long enough to screw up.
The guy that said he was a legend for signing papers is right. He IS a legend.
He died of pneumonia shortest term any president has been in office.
Idontneedausername did you seriously need to call him silly?
Just because you know something that others don't, doesn't make you any smarter than them! And name calling them only makes you more of an arrogant, selfish jerk!
Might have prevented the civil war if he had lived.
I heard his grandson is still alive.
He was a good gernal but as presdint he was just on the wrong side of history