Ranking of Presidents

Martin Van Buren
Andrew Jackson
Warren G. Harding
James K. Polk
Chester Arthur
Calvin Coolidge
William Howard Taft
John Tyler
James Garfield
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Rutherford B. Hayes
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
James Monroe
Ronald Reagan
Grover Cleveland
Jimmy Carter
Gerald Ford
Benjamin Harrison
Bill Clinton
U.S. Grant
Herbert Hoover
William McKinley
Teddy Roosevelt
George W. Bush
W.H. Harrison
Bush I
James Madison
Dwight Eisenhower
Richard Nixon
Andrew Johnson
Barack Obama
John F. Kennedy
Franklin Pierce
Abraham Lincoln
James Buchanan
John Quincy Adams
John Adams
Harry Truman
Woodrow Wilson
Lyndon Johnson

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

4 thoughts on “Ranking of Presidents”

  1. Can you justify Bush II > Bush I? Are you ranking based solely upon their time in office, or taking into account their previous activities? What about their post-presidential behavior?

    1. Only time in office and how elected.

      Why Bush I lower? Souter, tax hikes, First Gulf War, poor recession handling, failure to be re-elected. I grade Roberts as superior to Souter, and Bush’s handling of the Iraq War arguably ended more problems than the First Gulf War created.

    1. Careful foreign policy, Independent Treasury, as well as the preservation of the Democratic Party as a strict constructionist conservative/libertarian-leaning party for the rest of the Second Party System. Given his political leanings in the Senate, he could easily have done the contrary.

      Click to access tir_04_2_hummel.pdf

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