Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents by Robert StraussWorst. President. Ever. flips the great presidential biography on its head, offering an enlightening and highly entertaining account of poor James Buchanans presidency to prove once and for all that, well, few leaders could have done worse.
But author Robert Strauss does much more, leading readers out of Buchanans terrible term in office meddling in the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, exacerbating the Panic of 1857, helping foment the John Brown uprisings and Bloody Kansas, virtually inviting a half-dozen states to secede from the Union as a lame duck, and on and on to explore with insight and humor his own obsession with presidents, and ultimately the entire notion of ranking our presidents. He guides us through the POTUS rating game of historians and others who have made their own Mount Rushmores or Marianas Trenches of presidential achievement, showing why Buchanan easily loses to any of the others, but also offering insights into presidential history buffs like himself, the forgotten lesser presidential sites, sex and the presidency, the presidency itself, and how and why it can often take the best measures out of even the most dedicated men.
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Also did nothing to prevent the Civil War, which led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people. Franklin Pierce — Remembered for 1. Andrew Jackson — Slave trader. Slaughterer of Native Americans. William Henry Harrison — Died after 31 days in office. Tried to officially legalize slavery in Indiana when he served as governor of the territory. John Tyler — After his presidency, he was elected to the Confederate Congress.
Getty Images. Mount Rushmore features massive foot-tall busts of celebrated presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, each chosen for their respective roles in preserving or expanding the Republic. But if you were to make a Mount Rushmore for presidents based on stock market performance, none of these men would make the cut. There really was no stock market to speak of during the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln administrations, and Teddy Roosevelt ranks as one of the worst-performing presidents of the past years — at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. The following is a ranking of every president since Benjamin Harrison who, sneak preview, did not do very well by stock market performance, in order from worst to best. Over the past half-century, dividends have become a smaller portion of total returns due to their unfavorable tax treatment. Data is not adjusted for inflation.
In political studies , surveys have been conducted in order to construct historical rankings of the success of individuals who have served as the president of the United States. Ranking systems are usually based on surveys of academic historians and political scientists or popular opinion. The rankings focus on the presidential achievements, leadership qualities, failures and faults. Abraham Lincoln , Franklin D. Roosevelt , and George Washington are most often listed as the three highest-rated presidents among historians. Truman , Woodrow Wilson , Dwight D.
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This is unabashedly progressive Paste politics, which means that the most on-brand thing we can do is describe in historical detail how evil America can be. We I will seed this like the NCAA hockey tournament, with 16 presidents given either a 1, 2, 3 or 4 seed—and they will be ranked best to worst within each seed—so that the best 1 seed plays the worst 4 seed in the first round, the second best 1 seed plays the second worst 4 seed, etc…. Quick note: since the parties have flipped over the years, instead of a D or R, I will use L liberal or C conservative in their place so as to maintain ideological consistency over the years spanning bad presidencies. Bill Clinton — L, — Via FiveThirtyEight pic. A golden retriever could have overseen widespread economic growth at the height of the first internet bubble. Bill Clinton's legacy is jerking the Democratic Party to the right, ending any hope for a truly liberal party in America…until now.