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Here in order are my rankings of the best Presidents in history:


1. Franklin Roosevelt

2. Abe Lincoln

3. Teddy Roosevelt

4. George Washington

5. Thomas Jefferson

6. Woodrow Wilson

7. Harry Truman

8. James Monroe

9. James Madison

10. Dwight Eisenhower

11. James Polk

12. John Adams

13. Andrew Jackson

14. John Kennedy

15. Lyndon Johnson

16. Ronald Reagan

17. John Quincy Adams

18. Bill Clinton

19. William McKinley

20. Grover Cleveland

21. William Howard Taft

22. George Bush Sr.

23. Martin Van Buren

24. Jimmy Carter

25. Richard Nixon

26. Rutherford B. Hayes

27. Gerald Ford

28. Calvin Coolidge

29. Chester Arthur

30. Herbert Hoover

31. Benjamin Harrison

32. Zachary Taylor

33. Andrew Johnson

34. Ulysses Grant

35. John Tyler

36. Millard Fillmore

37. Franklin Pierce

38. Warren G. Harding

39. James Buchanan


Not rated: W.H. Harrison and James Garfield. Terms too short to measure any accomplishment

Too premature to rate: George W. Bush, Barack Obama (my belief is that at least about 5 years should go by after a President leaves office before he can be put in proper historical perspective)

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• Shortest president: James Madison, 5-feet-4.


• Tallest president: Abraham Lincoln, 6-feet-4.


• Lightest president: James Madison, 100 pounds.


• Heaviest president: William H. Taft, 335 pounds.


• Largest feet: Warren Harding, size 14 shoes.


• Seven presidents were left-handed: James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. (Barack Obama joins the list this week.)


• Benjamin Harrison, who left office in 1893, was the last president to wear a beard. William H. Taft, who served until 1913, was the last to have a moustache.







• James Buchanan is the only president who never married.


• George H.W. Bush is the only president born in the month of June.


• None of the presidents has been an only child.


• James Monroe is the only president to have a foreign capital named after him: Monrovia, Liberia.


• Woodrow Wilson is the only president to earn a doctorate degree (political science).


• John Tyler is the only president to be named a "sworn enemy of the United States." He joined the Confederacy years after leaving office.


• George W. Bush is the only president with an MBA.


• Woodrow Wilson is the only president buried in Washington, D.C. (He is interred at the Washington National Cathedral).


• Ronald Reagan is the only president to have been divorced.


• Abraham Lincoln is the only president to come under hostile fire on the battlefield while in office. He was reportedly standing on a wall watching the Confederate attack on Fort Stevens, D.C., in 1864 when a Union officer was killed just a few feet away. Lincoln had to be pulled away to safety.







• James Monroe was elected without significant opposition in 1820.


• John Quincy Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River.


• George Washington was the only president who didn't represent a political party.


• The Prince of Wales brought so many people with him during a visit to the White House in 1860, President James Buchanan had to sleep in the hall.


• Zachary Taylor did not vote until the age of 62. The reason? As a career soldier, he spent most of his time away from home.


• Grover Cleveland personally answered the White House phone.


• For more than 100 years, any citizen who wished to discuss an issue with the president was allowed to make an appointment at the White House. Calvin Coolidge, the last president to open his office to the public, would often have hundreds of people in line to see him every weekday at 12:30. Herbert Hoover ended the tradition in 1929.








• Martin Van Buren was the first president born in the United States (the earlier commanders-in-chief had been born in what were then British colonies).


• John Tyler had 15 children, the most ever by a president.


• Richard Nixon appeared on the cover of Time magazine a record 56 times.


• Four presidents have lived past 90: John Adams, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.



Were So Proud


• James Garfield could simultaneously write in Latin with one hand and in Greek with the other.

• George W. Bush might be the fittest president of all time. An avid mountain biker, his resting pulse rate was measured between 35 and 45 beats per minute early in his first term. A typical resting pulse rate is about 70 beats per minute.


• Gerald R. Ford once worked as a fashion model, appearing in a "Beautiful People" photo spread in Look magazine and gracing the cover of Cosmopolitan.


• Harry Truman is said to have read each of the 2,000-or-so books in his hometown library in Independence, Mo., including the encyclopedias.


WHAT THE . . .?



• Woodrow Wilson kept a flock of sheep on the White House lawn. Their wool was sold, with the proceeds going to the Red Cross.


• During an argument, James Monroe threatened his treasury secretary with a set of fire tongs.


• On their move to the new capital of Washington, D.C., John Adams and his family got lost for several hours in the woods north of the new city.


• Remember when Dennis Kucinich caught some grief after Shirley MacLaine revealed in a book that he had seen a UFO? Well, Jimmy Carter not only saw a UFO, in Georgia in 1969, he later sent a written report to the International UFO Bureau.







• Lyndon B. Johnson bought his wife's wedding ring at Sears and Roebuck -- for $2.50.


• Early in his life, when he was a lifeguard, Ronald Reagan once earned $10 for diving into a river and recovering a set of false teeth.


• Ulysses S. Grant once got a speeding ticket and a $20 fine -- while riding a horse.


• Andrew Johnson never went to school. With the help of his wife, he taught himself to read and write as an adult.


• Jimmy Carter was such an unknown candidate in 1976 that when his own mother heard he was running for president, she asked, "President of what?"


• James Garfield's dog was named Veto.




Roosevelt has to be the First Pinko Prez!!!

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Not much on validating your choices, eh?


It depends on what you use as criteria. If you want giant gov and control, FDR, and LBJ, and the current marixst liar come to mind.


But to put Carter that high, instead of with FDR at the bottom?



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The Man Who Would Not Be King George Washington!


That is how humble a president should be.


George Washington was the man who established the American republic. He led the revolutionary army against the British Empire, he served as the first president, and most importantly he stepped down from power.


In an era of brilliant men, Washington was not the deepest thinker. He never wrote a book or even a long essay, unlike George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. But Washington made the ideas of the American founding real. He incarnated liberal and republican ideas in his own person, and he gave them effect through the Revolution, the Constitution, his successful presidency, and his departure from office.


From his republican values Washington derived his abhorrence of kingship, even for himself. The writer Garry Wills called him “a virtuoso of resignations.” He gave up power not once but twice – at the end of the revolutionary war, when he resigned his military commission and returned to Mount Vernon, and again at the end of his second term as president, when he refused entreaties to seek a third term. In doing so, he set a standard for American presidents that lasted until the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose taste for power was stronger than the 150 years of precedent set by Washington.



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