Greatest Presidents in History

Greatest Presidents in History

Jordan Armstrong, Reporter

The greatest United States Presidents in history are ranked from greatest to least in terms of popularity and leadership.

George Washington – first American president. He was the commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and gentleman planter. These were the roles in which Washington exemplified character and leadership.

Abraham Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman, politician, and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the bloodiest war in America’s history. He also led the country through the greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

Thomas Jefferson – an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Previously, he had served as the second vice president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights.

James Madison – hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the United States Constitution and the United States Bill of Rights. He also co-wrote The Federalist Papers, co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party, and served as the fifth United States secretary of State from 1801 to 1809.

John F. Kennedy – served at the height of the Cold War and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. A member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate prior to becoming president. He was assassinated during his presidency in 1963.

Theodore Roosevelt – leader of the Republican Party during his time. He became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.