Tuesday, February 17, 2009

James Buchanan Ranked The Worst On Preidents Day

In 2000, C-Span conducted a ranking of all the Presidents of US for the first time. This year too, on Presidents Day, it had released a survey of American historians that ranks all the U.S. presidents in history based on merit/leadership.

In this ranking Abraham Lincoln had been ranked as the best President, whereas James Buchanan was ranked the worst by replacing Andrew Johnson. Buchanan's ineptitude from 1856 to 1860 is said to be the primary cause which lead to the Civil War. Although in 2000, Buchanan was ranked the 2nd worst while Andrew Johnson was lead the list from the bottom.

Here is the complete list of the C-Span survey for 2009.

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

Interestingly, Huffington Post pointed out that the present day politics is what is driving the ranking. Anyways, all my visitors from US a Happy Presidents Day.

1 Comment:

Dave said...

Thanks for the list I like C-span.

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