In 1948, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. asked 50 some of his peers to rank each president as great, near great, average, below average and failure thus leading to a national past time of Presidential rankings and comparisons. A fickle public has lead to approval ratings varying up to nearly 70% during a presidency. <Source: go here>
So how does President TJ rate?
In 2000, The Wall Street Journal ranked TJ 4th, just missing ‘Greatness‘. <Source: go here>
RANK NAME MEAN
1 George Washington 4.92
2 Abraham Lincoln 4.87
3 Franklin Roosevelt 4.67
4 Thomas Jefferson 4.25
In fact, many lists from 1948 through today list Jefferson the President as Top 10. To see a neat little spreadsheet go here.
Even more remarkable is a poll where liberals and conservatives agree on TJ’s the President’s legacy! Go here to the source.
How would you rate our 3rd President?