You may agree or disagree with this top 10 list of U.S. presidents and how they’ve been ranked. There are some obvious choices there, and maybe a few surprises.
Those who’ve be included on the list have done so based on their lasting contributions to the country, says the video’s narrator. So see the video and you’ll get a broad idea of what it really takes to be a legendary POTUS.
Undeniably they’re all great leaders, but for me the standout American president is the World War II hero Dwight D. Eisenhower for his dynamic form of conservatism.
The most recent president on the list is Lyndon B. Johnson who comes in ahead of JFK. I initially found Johnson’s inclusion somewhat of a surprise until the video pointed out how much work the tall Texan did during his just over five years of presidency.
Who is your favorite American president?
See the video above for more information on the top 10 presidents, who’ve also been ranked in order below.
John F. Kennedy, the 35th U.S. President (1961-1963)
His most memorable quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. President (1845-1849)
Polk added vast areas to the U.S., i.e., New Mexico and California from the Mexicans.
Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th U.S. President (1963-1969)
Introduced The Great Society program, which provided a broad range of social initiatives, such as aid to education, improved health services, urban renewal, and the removal of obstacles to the right to vote.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th U.S. President (1953-1961)
As POTUS, Ike ordered the complete desegregation of the U.S. military. “There must be no second class citizens in this country,” he wrote. As he left office he said that: “America is today the strongest, most influential, and most productive nation in the world.”
Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. President (1913-1921)
Wilson developed a program of progressive reform and took the U.S. into WWI. He also sort for the U.S. to have a greater role in international affairs.
Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd U.S. President (1801-1809)
Jefferson was an American Founding Father and was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Theodore Roosevelt, the 28th U.S. President (1901-1909)
Roosevelt liked to quote the proverb: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”
George Washington, the 1st U.S. President (1789-1797)
In his farewell address, Washington advised his citizens to reject excessive party spirit and geographical divisions.
Franklin D. Roosevelt the 32nd U.S. President (1933-1945)
In his inaugural address, Roosevelt said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President (1861-1865)
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…” Lincoln wrote in his second inaugural address, in reference to the Civil War.