In our obsession with all things American, we’ve decided to take a look at the best and most popular American Presidents. With popularity for American candy, soda and chocolates increasing dramatically recently so has interest in just about everything the US has to offer.
With a number of US holidays fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to scratch up on your American general knowledge. We all know that Halloween is coming soon, and that the interest for American candy goes wild, so make sure that you’re not caught short if asked by your friends by checking out our rundown below.
Most of these may seem quite obvious, but the research that was applied to make the list was pretty extensive and it’s always interesting to see how the American’s view their own Presidents rather than how we learned about them in school.
We’re all aware of George Washington, honest Abe and FDR, but how much do we actually know about them? And more importantly, how good were they at their job when they had it?
The 16th President of the US, Abraham Lincoln led the United States through its civil war, with the intention of abolishing slavery and the right to own slaves. Lincoln is regarded as the best President in history by historians who say his leadership through the civil war represented the bloodiest, most morally important time in the nation’s history.
Lincoln was actually one of the tallest Presidents in history, standing at 6 feet 4 inches. His most famous act as President was to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order changing the legal status of slaves to ‘free’.
Lincoln was President for 5 years before being assassinated by John Wilkes Booth whilst at the theatre, and famously told his bodyguard on the day that he had dreamt he would be murdered.
He was also largely self-educated. Despite becoming a successful lawyer, Lincoln did not have a degree. His total schooling, obtained from travelling teachers, is estimated to total only around 1 year.
Franklin D Roosevelt
Ranked third in the all time greatest Presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt (more commonly known as FDR) remains the only President to serve four terms, rather than the usual two.
He led America through The Great Depression and World War 2, representing one of the toughest times that the US has faced in modern history. He is most famous for his ‘New Deal’, which sought to reorganise the economy in order to create jobs, help boost spending and achieved it through government borrowing.
He also said that the Presidential act he was most proud of was signing the social security act, which meant that Americans who had fallen on hard times had security from the state to ensure they would not go hungry or homeless. In fact, he said “I place the security of the men, women and children of the Nation first.” FDR believed that the American people deserved “some safeguard against misfortunes which cannot be wholly eliminated in this man-made world of ours.”
Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States in 2009 and served two terms, stepping down in 2017 for 45th President Donald Trump.
He’s ranked by historians as the 12th best President in history thanks largely to his commitment to providing healthcare, justice and opportunity to all of America’s citizens. Many believe that his legacy would have been one of greater achievment had he not had to battle a majority Republican Congress throughout a lot of his time in office.
He failed, for example, to pass meaningful reforms to gun laws which he had sought to do before leaving office, but was also widely credited with saving the American economy after the financial crisis of 2008.
Obama famously won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, but many didn’t realise that he also won a Grammy in 2005 and 2007 for the audio versions of his books “Dreams from My Father (Senator Barack Obama)” and “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream”. Both awards were for best spoken word album.