I have written several articles on our Presidents and Vice-Presidents. A list of the links have been provided at the bottom of this article for your convenience. This article will, however address additional Presidents and their places in history.
I know this rating of the top 7 presidents will probably upset some people. It originally was supposed to be just the top five, but there were two ties, so it is the top 7 presidents. I Listed each one of them separately included a short description of their presidency. I will start with the top rated president and work my way down. Like I said this is my rating system. It is the result of much research and evaluation. I believe it to be a fair depiction of their presidencies.
- Abraham Lincoln: (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country’s greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy 5 stars
2a. Theodore Roosevelt: ( October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy Roosevelt or his initials T. R., was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer, who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He previously served as 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900 and the 25th vice president of the United States from March to September 1901. Roosevelt emerged as a leader of the Republican Party and became a driving force for the anti-trust policy while supporting Progressive Era policies in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside fellow presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. 4.75 stars
2b. Donald Trump: (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Known for strong economy, peace negotiations in the Middle East, Southern wall bordering Mexico, Vaccination for Covid-19. 4.75 stars
3a. Thomas Jefferson: (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He had previously served as the second vice president of the United States between 1797 and 1801. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation; he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national levels. 4.5 stars
3b. Andrew Jackson: (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of the U.S. Congress. An expansionist president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the “common man” against a “corrupt aristocracy” and to preserve the Union. 4.5 stars
4. George Washington: (February 22, 1732[ – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation’s War for Independence. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington has been called the “Father of His Country” for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation. 4.0 stars
5. Lyndon Baines Johnson: (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to by his initials LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969, and previously as 37th vice president from 1961 to 1963. He assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A Democrat from Texas, Johnson also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate. Johnson is one of only four people who have served in all four federal elected positions. Rating 4.0 stars
You are probably scratching your head about know. But I stand by my list. I am sure nobody can complain about Lincoln having the top spot. He probably had the hardest presidency of the 45 presidents. The south hated him, and eventually killed him. He saved our Union, despite a series of incompetent generals in the North. He was considered weak, and his every move was questioned by his constituency.
President Trump with the exception of LBJ has accomplished more for this country than any other president, while constantly being harassed by a biased media and Liberal Democratic party. A party who had only one goal, impeaching him. They continually worked against him and marginalized him. Despite all this he almost won a bid for a second term. Many will say it was stolen from him.
Theodore Roosevelt was a strong president, he was instrumental in breaking up the monopolies in the early industrial age. He is the father of our National Park system. For that alone, he deserves a seat at the table.
George Washington usually takes top spot, but after evaluating his career, he really did not accomplish much as president. He is given this spot mainly because he was the first president, and he did not embarrass us. Most importantly he refused the offering of royalty. Yes, many people wanted him to be made king of the Americas. He served as a role model for future presidents.
Thomas Jefferson was a strong proponent of Republicanism and personal rights, he helped formulate the government, he was also a strong proponent of states rights.
Andrew Jackson was also involved in a lot of drama, he was hated as well as Trump was. Trump sees himself as a combination of Jackson and Lincoln. However, he was the people’s president. He was strong and lead the country in expansionism. He fought corruption in the federal government.
LBJ took over the country after Kennedy was assassinated, during a difficult time. He did so during a time of race riots and our entry in the Vietnam war. He was able to settle the race issue with the Voting Rights Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act. His presidency marked the peak of modern liberalism. He helped Medicare and Medicaid and improved the living condition of millions of poor people.
Many of my readers may be wondering about a glaring omission, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After much research and reading some revisionist histories on his presidency, I felt that he no longer deserved consideration for the top 5 spots. You can read posting on him and see why I have lowered his rating.
I feel that my rating system is fair and unbiased. I also believe that historians should re-evaluate some of our presidents. Some have received bum raps and some have received more accolades than they have deserved.