So far the United States has been led by 44 presidents excluding the current President Donald Trump. Of all these men who have been presidents of the United States, researchers’ and historians agree that few if not all of them have had influence in the matters governance of the US and henceforth could be ranked among the best.
Others made it to this list of the most influential presidents the US has ever had as a result of the domestic challenges, international confrontations among other reasons, but each one of them left a legacy in history.
Checkout the top 9 Most Influential Presidents Of United States
9. JAMES K. POLK
President James K. Polk served only one term that began on March 4, 1845, and ended on March 4, 1849. Though short, it was a busy one for him as he is one of the only known presidents who through the Mexican-American War increased the size of America by acquiring California and New Mexico. It is also during his tenure that there was the settlement of the nation’s dispute with the then Great Britain as concerns its North West border, the resulted in the U.S Washington and Oregon states and giving Canada British Columbia. It is also during President James K. Polk term in office that the U. S had its first postage stamp and the Washington Monument foundation was laid.
8. WOODROW WILSON
President Woodrow Wilson began his first term by declaring that he will steer the nation away and out of foreign entanglements. His first term in office began on March 4, 1913, and ended on March 4, 1921. But contrary to his declaration, by the time he was the second term in office, he led the U.S into World War 1. When the war ended, he began a vigorous mobilization to create a global movement to prevent future conflicts which gave birth to the League of Nations which is the United Nations today. However, the League of Nations had difficulties in its operations as a result of the U.S refusal to participate after rejecting the Treaty of Versailles.
7. HARRY S. TRUMAN
Harry S. Truman came to power between April 12, 1945, and January 20, 1953, after having served as vice president to President Franklin Roosevelt’s last term in office. President Harry led the U. S through the closing moments of World War 2, which included the bombing of in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. It is during his tenure that there developed a cold war between the U.S and the Soviet Union after their relations deteriorated up to the 1980s; he launched the Berlin Airlift to combat a Soviet barrier of the Germany capital and created the multibillion-dollar Marshall Plan to reconstruct war-torn Europe. It is in 1950 that the nation found itself in a very difficult situation, the Korean War, which would outlast Harry Truman’s presidency.
6. THEODORE ROOSEVELT
President Theodore Roosevelt coming to power was after President William McKinley was assassinated. He took over the office at just 42 years and was considered the youngest. His term began on September 14, 1901, to March 4, 1909. During His tenure, he passionately used his instruments of power to pursue a muscular domestic and foreign policy. He put to work strong measures to tame the power of large corporations like Standard Oil. He also strengthened consumer protections with the Pure Food and Drug Act, which resulted to the modern Food and Drug Administration, and came up with the first national parks. President Roosevelt also pursued an aggressive foreign policy, mediating the stop of the Russo-Japanese War and developing the Panama Canal.
5. ANDREW JACKSON
Andrew Jackson is considered the nation’s first populist president. His term in office was between March 4, 1829, and March 4, 1837. He was also known as Old Hickory. A self-styled man of the people. He put his name in the books of history for his exploits at the Battle of New Orleans during the War in 1812 and also against the Seminole Indians in Florida. He lost narrowly to Adams Quincy in 1924 at his first trial to the presidency but four years later he won with a huge margin. While in office, Jackson and his Democratic allies successfully dismantled the Second Bank of the United States, which ended the federal efforts in regulating the economy. During His tenure, he implemented the so-called Trial of Tears which, led to thousands of people to perish as a result of the forced removal of Native Americans East of Mississippi.
4. THOMAS JEFFERSON
The Declaration of Independence for the United States was drafted by him. He was also its first secretary of state. His role in the birth of America can never be questioned because it was significant. He organized the Louisiana Purchase which enlarged the United States of America. This automatically needed expansion to the west. It is during his time in office that the United States fought the Barbary war and consequently led the invasion of Libya. President Thomas Jefferson term in office ran from March 4, 1801, to March 4, 1809.
3. GEORGE WASHINGTON
President George Washington also was known as the father of the nation. He was the first president of the United States and was in office between April 30, 1789, and March 4, 1797. During the American Revolution, he served as the Commander in Chief and presided over the Constitution Convention in 1787. He was chosen by the members of the Electoral College to be the first president two years later because there was no precedent for selecting a president. Among the many traditions he established the office still observed till today was, that the office of the president should not be seen as that of a monarch but as one of the people. He also insisted on being called the ‘President’ as opposed to ‘Your Excellency.’ It is during his time in office that the U.S normalized relations with its former enemy Great Britain.
2. FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
His tenure ran between March 4, 1933, and April 12, 1945. He is America’s longest serving president. He came to power during the depths of Great Depression, and held office until his death in 1945, few months before the end of World War 2. He expanded the role of the federal government to the bureaucratic system it is today.
1. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
He was the president behind the American Civil War and gave America its face today. He was president between March 4, 1861, and April 15, 1865. He guided the nation through four bloody years of conflict, abolished slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation and laid a foundation for reconciliation at the end of the war with the defeated South. He later was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Washington D.C, weeks before the Civil War officially concluded.
These men were not power hungry people but statesmen who had the progress and betterment of America at heart and had given themselves to it during their different tenures in office. Sadly, some were assassinated before the maturity of their agendas above all they served well.