Great American historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. formed a panel… of 30 historians and two politicians to rank the Presidents, Washington-Clinton. The Presidents were categorized as Great, near-great, high average, average, below average, and failure. Academic historians tend to be Liberal in their politics and Presidents with progressive agendas fared quite well on the list.
Great- Lincoln, Washington, F. Roosevelt
Near Great- Jefferson, Jackson, T. Roosevelt, Wilson, Truman , Polk
High Average- Eisenhower, J. Adams, Kennedy, Cleveland, L. Johnson, Monroe, McKinley
Average- Madison, JQ Adams, B. Harrison, Clinton, Van Buren, Taft, Hayes, GHW Bush, Reagan, Arthur, Carter, Ford
Below Average- Taylor, Coolidge, Fillmore, Tyler
Failure- Pierce, Grant, Hoover, Nixon, A. Johnson, Buchanan, Harding
** William Henry Harrison and James Garfield were excluded due to lack of data.
Ranking Presidents is highly subjective and this list does not represent the opinions of PracticallyHistorical.net
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