Top 10 Most Consequential Presidents of the United States
Who do you guys think was the most consequential president of the United States? If you don't know what "consequential" means, I'm sure there's some definitions online waiting to tell you.
I put it in some presidents I believe are pretty consequential as a start (11/26/2016) but you voters will decide and move presidents all around the list!
The Top Ten
1 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events during ...read more.
Yes. The "consequences" were socialist policies which extended the Great Depression eight years longer than the rest of the industrialized world, and a huge, intrusive bureaucracy we still haven't brought to heel.
Pushed America hugely toward socialism.
2 George Washington
George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
3 Barack Obama
Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt Romney.
He brought in a Health Care plan that no other President could do and made a deal that possibly averted a war with Iran that could have brought World War 3 and opened the nation to Cuba.
Consequential in a bad way.
Top 5 for sure
4 Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865 . Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War - its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis .
5 John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the ...read more.
6 Donald Trump
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, ...read more.
He hasn't been president for even a month and he's already rather consequential. He's done a lot in a short amount of time. - CobaltCards
7 Jimmy Carter
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician and author who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.
The only way in which Carter was consequential was in his spinelessness and gross incompetence, which led directly to American hostages being held by Iran for 444 days, which (aside from Carter's tanking the economy) of course led to the landslide election of Ronald Reagan and the immediate release of those hostages. Getting Ronaldus Maximus elected was Carter's best and only accomplishment. Thanks, Jimmuh. Finally did something right.
9 Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
10 Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837 . He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively ...read more.
11 Woodrow Wilson
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Born in Staunton, Virginia, he spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.
12 Dwight D. Eisenhower
13 Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
He brought in the Truman doctrine that attempted to contain communism and launched NATO.
14 Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.
Kennedy may technically be the one who sent the first US forces to Viet Nam, but Johnson fabricated the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in order to justify major escalation under his watch.
15 George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W.
16 Grover Cleveland
17 Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the ...read more.
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