The greatest US presidents of all time (24 items)
Determining a president’s place in the history of American politics is no easy task. For obvious reasons, partisan politics often influence how one views the past and presidential legacies are no different. There are, however, certain presidents that have established themselves as important figures, despite partisan viewpoints. One may disagree with the policies of Ronald Reagan or Franklin Roosevelt, but denying their importance in the history of American politics would be difficult to argue.
In celebration of President’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of the 25 most revered presidents in the history of the United States. The list comes from an aggregation of 17 surveys conducted over the last 60 years, each one rating the presidents according to their importance. The surveys reflect the opinions of prominent scholars and can be found in Wikipedia’s entry on “Historical Rankings of Presidents of the United States.”
1 of 24. 24. Rutherford B. Hayes
Rutherford B. Hayes served as the 19th president of the United States, holding office from 1877 to 1881. As the successor to Ulysses Grant, Hayes presided over the end of the Reconstruction era and ultimately did not seek reelection. His election in 1877 is considered one of the most contested in the history of presidential elections.