Best President – Ever

Abe LincolnAbraham Lincoln was voted the best pound-for-pound President in U.S. history for the second time by a poll of 65 historians – days after his 200th birthday and 9 years after the original poll by C-Span.

Lincoln scored Top 3 in each of the ten categories including public persuasion, moral authority, and relations with Congress.

How did the Founding Fathers fare? George Washington was 2nd, Thomas Jefferson 7th, James Monroe 14th, John Adams 17th, and James Madison 20th.

Here is the complete list (the number in parentheses is the 2000 ranking):

  1. Abraham Lincoln (1)
  2. George Washington (3)
  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt (2)
  4. Theodore Roosevelt (4)
  5. Harry S. Truman (5)
  6. John F. Kennedy (8)
  7. Thomas Jefferson (7)
  8. Dwight D. Eisenhower (9)
  9. Woodrow Wilson (6)
  10. Ronald Reagan (11)
  11. Lyndon B. Johnson (10)
  12. James K. Polk (12)
  13. Andrew Jackson (13)
  14. James Monroe (14)
  15. Bill Clinton (21)
  16. William McKinley (15)
  17. John Adams (16)
  18. George H.W. Bush (20)
  19. John Quincy Adams (19)
  20. James Madison (18)
  21. Grover Cleveland (17)
  22. Gerald R. Ford (23)
  23. Ulysses S. Grant (23)
  24. William Howard Taft (24)
  25. Jimmy Carter (22)
  26. Calvin Coolidge (27)
  27. Richard M. Nixon (25)
  28. James A. Garfield (29)
  29. Zachary Taylor (28)
  30. Benjamin Harrison (31)
  31. Martin Van Buren (30)
  32. Chester A. Arthur (32)
  33. Rutherford B. Hayes (26)
  34. Herbert Hoover (34)
  35. John Tyler (36)
  36. George W. Bush (-)
  37. Millard Fillmore (35)
  38. Warren G. Harding (38)
  39. William Henry Harrison (37)
  40. Franklin D. Pierce (39)
  41. Andrew Johnson (40)
  42. James Buchanan (41)

Source: AP

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