For nearly 140 years as a regulatory state, the United States remember both rises and falls, hard times and times of prosperity. For these 140 years, the United States had 45 presidents some of the loved, other criticized. In this article, we will share the most influential presidents in our history.
Ahead of state and government, as well as chief of the armed forces, has been and still is the most significant figure in America’s government system.
Review of the most influential presidents in US history
George Washington (1789 – 1797)
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, as a plant of rapid growth.”
Known as “the father of the country” George Washington was the first president of the United States. He was collectively elected in 1789 and served for two terms since 1797 when he refused a third term and resigned.
In the American Revolutionary War George Washington served as commander-in-chief, a man trained in battle, to become a calm and wise leader of the state. He was innovator drawing the boundaries of the state apparatus- he established the Constitution and the models of the cabinet system and the inaugural address.
He strongly valued the union of the nation, the significance of the Constitution and laws. Washington led the country into years of financial stability and peace, keeping neutrality during the French Revolutionary War and not involving with long-term alliances and foreign affairs.
Abraham Lincoln (1861 – 1865)
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
Abraham Lincoln deserves his place among the most influential presidents of the World. He led the country through its bloodiest years of war, moral conflicts and political distortion – The Civil War.
During his mandate, the United States took their first steps in rejecting slavery. His strong belief in freedom allowed to establish the Emancipation Proclamation, which set free slaves in several states, but eventually led to Thirteenth Amendment giving freedom to all citizens.
He will remain in history with his efforts reconstruct the country, keeping a course of reunion with the South. Lincoln led his re-election campaign during the war and won. He was assassinated in 1965 by a Confederation follower.
Theodore Roosevelt (1901 – 1909)
“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.”
Theodore Roosevelt – the 25th president of the US, is one of the most influential presidents in US history and famous political figure. He kept a progressive politics, widening the power range of the presidential institution.
He is famous for his “Square Deal” between industry and labor unions, taking the side of working people. Roosevelt pressured the Congress to establish laws regulating the industry. He won the nickname “Trust Buster.”
President Roosevelt was a true environmentalist keeping large areas as reservations, building national parks. He put efforts to ensure the construction of the Panama Canal and as sea enthusiast managed to build a strong navy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 – 1945)
“The only thing we have fear is fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only president with four terms and probably the most notable politician in America’s new history. FDR had a successful political career as a senator and when he stepped in the cabinet in 1933 the people, exhausted, with lost faith by the Great Depression put all of their trust in him.
Roosevelt promised a “New course,” a pledge he kept by establishing an official web of a labor organization, managing to bring life to the economy again. He created the programs of Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wagner Act, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.
Roosevelt met the WWII in his second term, firstly trying to keep full neutrality he eventually deiced to take the side of the Allies. He was the first president breaking the “two terms” rule, being elected for the third time. Throughout the first war year, FDR continued to aid the Allies.
He was firmly convinced to keep the states out the war actions, but after Pearl Harbor, the nation’s anger united around his figure of a national leader. With the turn of the war after 1943, Roosevelt attended the Teheran and Yalta Conference to discuss political plans for Europe’s post-war future.
Roosevelt never lost his objective sight, always trying to prevent further war actions and loss of people’s lives. He was s true pacifist during his long political career.
Franklin Roosevelt entered his four terms very sick, defeating polio almost all of his life, he died shortly after he was elected. Roosevelt had a massive heart attack while writing letters.
John F. Kennedy (1962-1963)
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
John Kennedy is 35th president and one of the most influential presidents in US history loved by the people. Entering the politics early, he is the second youngest president and the only, who won a Pulitzer Prize.
In the first years of his term, he failed with the execution of the invasion plan to abolish the government of Fidel Castro in Cuba- at the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Kennedy assumed is as significant personal defeat, but took full responsibility.
Kennedy proved a peaceful revolution is possible during the Cuban Missile Crisis a time when the world was on the edge of a nuclear war. JFK decided not to respond aggressively to the threat of Soviet Union, but to pursue negotiations.
Kennedy took no actions against the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, although disapproving this operation.
JFK was a man believing in peaceful politics. One of his first decisions was to create the Peace Corps- an organization, which supports underdeveloped countries.
John Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 through the United States in profound grief, losing its most loved leader.
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