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30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

Loathed and revered more than anywhere else in the world, American presidents are very much the Guardians of the Free World, entrusted with not only making their country even more prosperous but also aiding fellow allies and nations of a less wealthy disposition grow and develop.

We thought we’d shed light on some of the most popular presidents of all time according to political scientists who have ranked each president on a scale of 0-100. To do this, the sample of scholars from the American Political Science Association were asked to rate each president from failure (zero) to average (50) to great (100).

If you disagree with the list, be sure to let us know who else should have been included in the comments below.

30. George W. Bush

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

Until Donald Trump came along, George Walker Bush was argubally one of America’s most maligned presidents in recent memory following his controversial stance on terrorism and involvement in the Iraq War.

George W.Bush was the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 having previously held the coveted position of Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The father of another former president, George Bush Sr,  George W.Bush was raised in New Haven, Connecticut where he would attend the nearby Ivy League College, Yale University. Now a keen painter and a vocal opponent of Donald Trump, George W. Bush’s image has undoubtedly improved in recent years, something that didn’t seem possible when he departed office as one of America’s least popular leaders following Barack Obama’s victory over the late John McCain in 2008.

29. Rutherford Birchard Hayes

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

Hayes served as the 19th President of the United States from 1877 to 1881. When sworn in, Hayes declared that he would only serve one term. It was a heightened period to be president because of the ongoing issues regarding slave ownership in the south, something Rutherford opposed in all facets.

A former American representative and governor of Ohio. Hayes’s life before he was president saw him rise the ranks and become one of America’s foremost lawyers who represented refugee slaves in courts of laws during the antebellum years. A firm believer in political meritocracy as opposed to a system governed by race, Hayes’s progressive viewpoints on race, class divides and social injustices were ahead of their time.

28. Calvin Coolidge

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

One of the main reasons John Calvin Coolidge Jr. is so revered in liberal quarters is because of the bill he signed granting Native Americans U.S. citizenship. He was also a proponent of the Ku Klux Klan at a time where it wasn’t unheard of for presidents to hold meetings with its leading members.

The 30th President of the United States also wanted to make lynching a federal crime. Despite his quiet demeanor (he was known by close associates as Silent Cal) he was an efficient and productive president, who got things done in the best manner possible.

27. Martin Van Buren

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

The Little Magician, otherwise known as Martin Van Buren, served as the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841 and was one of the leading founders of the Democratic Party. Buren had also served as the eighth Vice President of the United States before his succession to the presidency.

A shrewd politician with a burning will to get legislation passed through Congress, Buren couldn’t be faulted for his lack of trying but ultimately came undone by a period of financial panic when the stock market crashed. He did not win a second term.

26. Jimmy Carter

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

James Earl Carter Jr. served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and remains a beloved figure in American society. Now 93 and still as fit as a fiddle,  the former Democratic president got his start in politics by serving as a Georgia State Senator from 1963 to 1967 and then as Governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975.

A humble man who said of his presidency that he was “proud of keeping the peace and supporting human rights” now resides in a $167,000 home in Rural Plains, Georgia that he helped build.

25. Gerald Ford

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States who served as president from August 1974 to January 1977. Like Martin Van Burren, Ford also served as Vice President, becoming the 40th Vice President of the United States from December 1973 to August 1974.

A respected Republican president heralded with restoring faith in the presidency following the Watergate scandal; Ford famously declared on his inauguration, “I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances…This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts.”

24. Grover Cleveland

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

Stephen Grover Cleveland was a former lawyer who would go on to become the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. The only president in history to have been elected for two non-consecutive terms, Grover Cleveland was elected president in 1884 but failed to win a second term despite winning the popular vote.

Undeterred from the setback, Cleveland ran again in 1892 and won the necessary electoral college votes to be president again.

23. John Quincy Adams

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

John Quincy Adams was just the sixth President of the United States when he served a single term from 1825 to 1829. His experience in Washington before the presidency saw him act as the eighth United States Secretary of State,

This position was under President James Monroe’s administration from 1817 to 1825, a period which saw him help negotiate the Adams-Onis Treaty which saw the state of Florida successfully acquired by the United States.

22. William Howard Taft

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

The 27th President of the United States was often the but of much ridicule over his weight, so much so that a rumor went around that he once got stuck in the White House bathtub!

While many believe that this story supposedly took place it actually did not, and has somehow remained part of American political folklore. Poor Taft!

21. Ulysses S. Grant

30 Of The Greatest US Presidents According To Political Experts

Before Ulysses S. Grant because the 18th president of America from 1969 to 1987, Grant had been an accomplished soldier, international statesman, and prolific author. But Grant’s workaholic nature didn’t stop when he got the biggest job of all.

In his two-term tenure, Ulysses S. Grant achieved many major accomplishments, one of which saw him lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

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