In Honor of Presidents Day

In honor of Presidents Day, I am listing the Top 10 Presidents, according to a 2010 Siena poll of 238 Presidential scholars.

(In order)

1.  Franklin D. Roosevelt
2.  Theodore Roosevelt
3.  Abraham Lincoln
4.  George Washington
5.  Thomas Jefferson
6.  James Madison
7.  James Monroe
8.  Woodrow Wilson
9.  Harry S. Truman
10.  Dwight D. Eisenhower

Let’s say for an argument that you had to pick the best President from the above list.  Who would it be and why?


25 responses to “In Honor of Presidents Day

  1. I would have to say that Abraham Lincoln is, by far, the best U.S. President. Abraham Lincoln is one of the most rememberable Presidents of the past for good reason. He wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and ended slavery. This was a HUGE, positive turning point for our country. I think his compassion for all people and abolishment of slavery definitely makes Abe Lincoln the “best” President.

    • Hi Allyson,

      Not only that, but Lincoln also showed a human side during his presidency as well. I watched a really interesting documentary on him and it told a much different side. Lincoln was a bit torn, at first, when it came to the issue of slavery, as many of his contemporaries were. Whereas they knew that many were being mistreated, to put a complete and total end to it would cause a further divide in the country. So, it appeared that his mindset was if he wanted to risk splitting the country more to save a few.

      Very compelling.

  2. Though it may be a generic answer I would say Geroge Washington, the reason I belive Washington was indeed the best is because Washington set the tone for the U.S. office for hundreds of years. Washington made bold decsions including being the first person to lead a nation. I would also like to honorably mention president Lincoln for abolishing slavery, and John F. Kennedy for his passion within the space program. Which I belive is very undercooked today in our nation.

  3. I believe Abraham Lincoln was the best president. He was against slavery and stood up for many slaves during his presidency. He wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and made a huge impact on our country. He was a great founding father and did what he actually believed in and what was right. Him being on the penny facing a different direction from all the other presidents and coins shows how he was against slavery as well. I admire his work.

  4. As all of those presidents did amazing things for the country, Abraham Lincoln was the best president. What Abe Lincoln did still effects the country today, in a positive way, which is why things are the way they are today. Lincoln abolished slavery and if that wasn’t done, who knows what life would be like today. He positivity changed the world and for that he is in my opinion the best president.

  5. I believe that Abraham Lincoln was the best president. He abolished slavery and changed the country for the better. Also, he was from Illinois so I was raised to believe he was the best!! I took many trips to Springfield, Illinois with my family as a child.

  6. I would pick Abraham Lincoln because he was a great man who was honest. Abe Lincoln fought for what he believed in. He made many changes in this country and I believe America would be different if he were still here. May He rest in Peace.

  7. My choice would be Eisenhower. He had great leadership. He was the commanding general in WWII leading our troops in Europe. As president he helped bring a truce with Korea and had to attempt to keep peace with Russia during the Cold War after Stalins death. I think every president needs some military experience as a requirement for office.

  8. Abraham Lincoln would be my choice. The single best achievement of his career was the abolishment of slavery. He freed our country of that and that was a big accomplishment in his career.

  9. After looking over the list of presidents i could see how anyone of them could be a choice for the best president. I would have to pick Abraham Lincoln as the overall best president. From the time he was young until the time he was killed he always had a vision of how to treat others. Obviously his biggest accomplishment was freeing the slaves. This is something we still see the effects of today. I can only imagine what our world would be like today if he had not done what he did.

  10. In my opinion Abraham Lincoln would be the best choice out of these because he was honest abe. He abolished slavery and in my opinion that was far more an accomplishment than any other president. He made it so people weren’t treated poorly because of there race or gender.

  11. I believe that FDR was our greatest president because he helped us out of the great depression and had us win WWII. He created the TVA, social security, and created the GI bill of rights. He had the right idea on how to run a major war, created and used the atomic bomb correctly. In my opinion he was the greatest and we need another just like him.

  12. I would have to say Abraham Lincoln. I would say he was the best president because I believe he made the biggest change. Without his presidency who knows what this country would look like today.

  13. I would have to go with Abraham Lincoln. If he hadn’t abolished slavery who knows what our country would be like today. Not only did he abolish slavery but he led a country that was split in two because of it during the Civil War.

  14. I am torn between Teddy Roosevelt, and our nations father George Washington. Teddy demonstrates in my opinion what it takes to be a president. He was a sickly child, grown to be a strong man, and carrying with him the greatest mentality of: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” His accomplishments were grand in the matter as well; from the federal protection of 230 million acres of land, 150 national forests , 51 federal bird reservations, five national parks, and 18 monuments. He put into place and action the National Reclamation act of 1902, and if protecting our environment was not enough he enacted the Square Deal act taking down monopolies and protecting the consumer as well as the mom and pop stores, and the blue collar worker.
    George Washington had one statement that forever sticks in my mind, he said something along the lines of to never form political parties once this happens our nation has failed. President Washington understood and truly loved the idea that the people should have a large say in what their day to day lives should be. He knew that with the development of political parties this would create separation in our nations society and lead to, if not a complete failure of the nations ideals, then a slowing degradation of the true meaning to be an American. He was given the opportunity to be crowned a King of the new nation, but turned down the chance due to his belief in a true democratic system. Washington was able to see the benefits of remaining neutral in certain foreign affairs protection his nation from what could have caused it to fall. He truly loved the idea of being a true American and patriot.

  15. It’s arguably Abe Lincoln or George Washington. Abe was responsible for the foreign policy for the Civil War, huge supporter of the 13th Amendment, fought to abolish slavery, issued multiple acts to help shape our nation, chartered the first transcontinental railroad, and accomplished plenty of other accolades. George Washington however signed the Residence Act of 1790, organized the first United States Cabinet, was the leader of the Continental Army ultimately winning against Great Britain, and obviously was the 1st president ever. These two badasses need an octagon and find out whose top dog.

  16. Nathalie Hernandez

    I would have to agree that Abraham lincoln was the best president! He led the United States through the Civil War, also known as the bloodiest war and greatest moral. What made Lincoln stand out as a president was that he perserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government and modernized the economy. Toward ending slavery he wrote the Emancipation Proclomation and made many impacts in our country.

  17. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” These are two quotes by Theodore Roosevelt. I personally feel that Teddy was the best president. Teddy had a bunch of great quotes, and these two are my favorite quotes of his. Teddy also was well known for his foreign policy, and he received a Nobel Peace Prize. I feel a great leader needs to have a way with words, and Roosevelt through his words could motivate just about anyone.

  18. Franklin D. Roosevelt was an instrumental president during the great depression. Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He was important in pulling our country out of the great depression. He also had an important role in retaliating after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He gave the American people something to hold onto when we were thrust into some of the worst times in American history. He gave us hope.

  19. Marisol Rodríguez

    I believe that Franklin D Roosevelt was the best president because he was in office during a hard time like the Great Depression and World War II. FDR brought hope back to the people during the depression and he stimulated the economy. He’s the one that pulled us out of the Great Depression!

  20. I think FDR and Lincoln both have great arguments for being “the best”. The things FDR has done for this country and the impact he made are just incredible, and I personally don’t believe could be matched by anyone. Before him though Abraham Lincoln completely changed the face of the country, and left us with a great example in doing what is right over what is popular.

  21. I would have to choose Thomas Jefferson as my top favorite president of the U.S. He was the third president and founder/ author of the Declaration of Independence. He made a difference with the U.S in a positive manner, and got the U.S government started in the right direction.

  22. I would say that Abraham Lincoln has been the best president so far in my opinion. He abolished slavery and
    with this he changed our country for completely. And out of the other presidents I believe he has been the best of all.

  23. If I had to choose a president I would choose Aberham Lincoln. I choose him because he began the abolishing slavery movement. I’m thankful that he stood up for those who didn’t have a voice. He changed the entire country!

  24. Lincoln. I’m a little perplexed by these rankings. I love Theodore Roosevelt and I think he was a very good and important president but how he could be ranked above the one who saved the country, helped free the slaves, and had the continental railroad built is just mind-boggling. FDR makes more sense and I can see the number one spot being a toss-up between him and Lincoln.

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