ranking US Presidents

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    My personal ranking of US Presidents. I didn't include any Presidents who were in office less than 20 years ago (too early to judge) and I also left out William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor and James Garfield because they served for too brief a period to judge.

    Abraham Lincoln
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    George Washington
    Thomas Jefferson
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Ronald Reagan
    Lyndon B. Johnson
    James Knox Polk
    Harry Truman
    William McKinley
    James Monroe
    John Adams
    Woodrow Wilson
    Dwight Eisenhower
    William Howard Taft
    Grover Cleveland
    Calvin Coolidge
    James Madison
    John Quincy Adams
    Rutherford B. Hayes
    Andrew Johnson
    Andrew Jackson
    Chester Alan Arthur
    Benjamin Harrison
    Herbert Hoover
    Ulysses S. Grant
    Martin Van Buren
    John Tyler
    Franklin Pierce
    John F. Kennedy
    Richard Nixon
    Gerald Ford
    Jimmy Carter
    Warren Gamaliel Harding
    Millard Fillmore
    James Buchanan
     
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    FDR should be dead last on that list.
     
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    I'd put both Nixon & Truman higher than Reagan; FDR seems a bit high but Buchanan is correct at dead last, for now.
     
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    I disagree. He made the US into the World Power that it is today, guided it through one of its greatest domestic crises, etc.
     
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    Nixon caused one of the most serious constitutional crises and wasn't very succesful domestically.

    Truman was a strong President, but Reagan had a much greater personal impact.
     
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    Reagan above Eisenhower, Truman and Nixon? How?
     
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    Reagan set the mould for the whole era after him. He also was a truly innovative President who changed the direction of the country. Not to mention the fact that he turned around the crisis of confidence for which Richard Nixon (among others) was responsible.

    Truman and Eisenhower were strong Presidents, but they didn't really alter the direction of the country they inherited

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    I think Ford changed the lack of confidence, Reagan slept his way through the Presidency, and BOOM went the debt. I see Nixon as starting the downfall of the USSR, and showing China how much better our economic system is. Truman connected with the American people as one of them. He fought in WWII at age 29, WORKED his way up. Reagan made B grade movies.
     
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    Ford did absolutely nothing to bring back confidence and was a very weak President, as was Carter.

    Nixon did the opposite of causing the downfall of the USSR. He was the main proponent of detente and learning to live with a Soviet Union that always would be there. It took Reagan to imagine again the possibility that this would not be so.

    As for Truman, he fought in WWI, NOT WWII. Truman, by the way, was often very unpopular and connected with the American people a whole lot less than Reagan.
     
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    Correct, Truman fought in WWI; I never connected with Reagan, nor his DEBT. Reagan POSED and spent, not much else.
     

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