Since 1789, the United States of America has had 45 men serving as President. Historians and political scientists have constructed rankings based on the history of success of the individuals who served as President. The rankings were focused on leadership qualities and presidential achievements
Let’s look at some of the most amazing Presidents of the United States of America based on the above criteria:
- Barack Hussein Obama
He served as the 44th President and First African American of the United States between January 2009 and January 2017. During his time in office, he signed many landmark pieces of legislation notably the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), The Consumer Protection Act, the Budget Control and American Tax Payer Reliefs Act among others. Obama reduced nuclear weapons within the USA – Russia Treaty. He ordered the military operation that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden and suspected AL – Qaeda operatives. He promoted inclusiveness of the LGBT Community. He has a very high global approval rating. He is one of the best orators to ever ascend to the highest office.
- Abraham Lincoln
He served as the President between March 1861 and April 1865 during the American Civil War. He led the Union through the four years of conflict and got rid of slavery using the Emancipation Proclamation. At the end of the war, he laid the reconciliation foundation with the south that had been defeated. Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Washington DC just a few weeks before the Civil War ended.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
He served between March 1933 and April 1945 making him the longest-serving President. He took office during the Great Depression. During his tenure, the federal government’s role was expanded to the bureaucracy it enshrines today. Federal programs that were birthed during the Great Depression era like Social Security are still in existence up to date. Social Security provides the nation’s most vulnerable with necessary financial protection. After World War II, the United States became a prominent feature in global affairs.
- Thomas Jefferson
He played a crucial role in the birth of America. He drafted the Declaration of Independence and also served as the first US secretary of state. During his Presidency, he organized the Louisiana Purchase that was responsible for nation’s westward expansion. While he was in office between March 1801 and March 1809, the United States fought its first foreign war that was dubbed the First Barbary War in the Mediterranean that led to a brief invasion of present-day Libya. His vice president Aaron BURR was tried for treason in his second term.
- Theodore Roosevelt
He served as the President between September 1901 and March 1909. He was the youngest man to take office at the age of 42. He implemented significant regulations to curb the power of huge corporations like Standard Oil and the nation’s railroads. He pursued a strong domestic and foreign policy.
Theodore increased consumer protection when he enacted the Food and Drug Administration and created the first ever national parks. Roosevelt mediated the end of the Russo – Japanese War and then developed the Panama Canal in the pursuit of his aggressive foreign policy
- Harry Truman
He ascended to the highest office in August 1945 having been Franklin Roosevelt’s Vice President in his second term. Truman led the US in the final months of World War II, especially the decision to apply the new atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
Under his stewardship the U.S launched the Berlin Airlift that combated a Soviet blockade of the German Capital, thereby creating the multi-billion dollar Marshall Plan that rebuilt war-torn Europe.
- James K. Polk
He only served for a term between March 1845 and March 1849. He increased the size of the U.S through the acquisition of California and New Mexico which resulted in the Mexican – American War. He settled the nation’s dispute with Great Britain over the northwest border, giving the U.S Washington and Oregon and Canada getting British Columbia. The foundation of the Washington Monument was, and the first postage stamp was issued during his presidency.
- George Washington
He is mostly known by his moniker – The Father of the Nation. He became the first president of the United States and served between April 1789 and March 1797. He first served as the commander in chief during the American Revolution and later on presided over the Constitution Convention of 1787. He was selected by members of the Electoral College to become the nation’s first leader.
He established most of the traditions of the office of the President. During his reign, the US established regulations for federal funding. Normalized relations with its Great Britain and laid the foundation for the future capital of Washington DC.
It is during his time that he insisted on being referred to as Mr. President instead of Your Excellency to withdraw the perception of the presidency being associated as a monarch.
In conclusion, there are a few more that would get honorable mentions on the list of amazing presidents of the United States of America.