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The Finals: Best President of all Time

Posted on: February 17, 2009 6:17 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2009 7:33 pm

Final Four results:

1. George Washington 1789-1797

1st President

Founding Father who helped forge a people & the Country together.

Remains the only president to receive 100% of the electoral votes.

Presided over the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787.

Supported plans to build a strong central government by funding the national debt, implementing an effective tax system, and creating a national bank.

His unilateral Proclamation of Neutrality of 1793 provided a basis for avoiding any involvement in foreign conflicts.


1. Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865

16th President.

The President who fought to keep a divided Country together.

Successfully led the country through it's greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery.

Issuing his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

First Republican president winning on the strength of his support in the North, he was not even on the ballot in nine states in the South.

The first presidential assassination in US history.


Category: General

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2009 5:01 pm

The Finals: Best President of all Time

Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2009 9:24 am

The Finals: Best President of all Time

Gotta go with Washington.

He was so integral in establishing a nation and getting the divided states to work together.  He laid the ground work for how the position was to be filled and what type of person should fill it. 

He is the only president to ever have received 100% of the electoral college votes and he did it twice.  One of only two Presidents to lead a military force on the field as President.

He turned down "kingship" and instead stepped aside and made sure that the troubles of English rule did not get established in this country.  He walked away from the Presidency after his 8 years much to the dismay of the public, refusing to serve more than 2 terms. 

Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2009 2:45 pm

The Finals: Best President of all Time

President Abraham Lincoln, the undisputed best president, according to some web site that I saw it on. I didn't vote for him for that reason, I chose Mr. Lincoln, due to his choosing right over wrong, in the face of much adversity. He would not allow the rights of some be trampled for the benefit of so few. Way to go ABE!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2009 8:14 pm

The Finals: Best President of all Time

On February 16th, C-Span released the results of their Presidential Leadership survey, a poll of 65 presidential historians.  Any surprises?  They ranked them as follows:

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<colgroup><col width="48"></col> <col width="120"></col> </colgroup> <tbody> 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 “Indian killer” 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 James E 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



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 8:38 pm

The Finals: Best President of all Time

George Washington.  Abe was great too, so not an easy choice....

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 6:43 pm

The Finals: Best President of all Time

Thanks...Boise, Writer, Deadhead, Section, Odin, Yoko & Rooster!

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 6:28 pm

The Finals: Best President of all Time

Honest Abe

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 6:19 pm

The Finals: Best President of all Time

Abe Lincoln beats GW hands down.  Abe did more in 5 years than most do in a lifetime.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 9:28 am

The Finals: Best President of all Time

Abraham LIncoln

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 6:57 am

The Finals: Best President of all Time

I think I missed a round, oh well. I will go with Honest Abe. I just read somewhere, I think it was CNN, that had the presidents ranked, and Abe came out #1, guess they stole your idea.

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