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Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Politics | 10 comments

Ranking American Presidents


C-Span has released the second edition of its Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership. A cross section of 65 presidential historians ranked the 42 former Presidents on ten attributes of leadership.

Go to THIS LINK for complete details, including the Washington Journal segment about the survey and a list of the historians.

Here are the high and low scorers:

TOP Ten:
1. Lincoln
2. Washington
3. Franklin D. Roosevelt
4. Teddy Roosevelt
5. Harry Truman
6. JFK
7. Jefferson
8. Eisenhower
9. Wilson
10. Reagan


33. Hayes
34. Hoover
35. Tyler
36. George W. Bush
37. Filmore
38. Harding
39. Pierce
40. Andrew Johnson
41. Buchanan

UPDATE: The L.A. Time’s Andrew Malcolm takes a closer, more detailed look at this list — including a “shocker” at the bottom.