Month: November 2019

How Historians Rate Presidents

How Historians Rate Presidents

Though modern job approval metrics were a bit lacking during the late 1790s, historians have for decades considered George Washington to be among the most popular, most effective and most influential of the 45 men who have served as president of the United States. Washington finished behind only Abraham Lincoln in the inaugural presidential poll of historians by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., first published in 1948. In Siena College Research Institute’s 1982 Presidential Ranking Survey, Washington finished fourth in the eyes of the country’s foremost presidential scholars – behind only Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln. In Siena’s 2018 poll of historians, the nation’s first president took the top spot, but in its 2022 survey, Franklin Roosevelt came out on top. “The scholars that participate in this study have changed over 40 years but the top five – FDR, Abe, Washington, Teddy and Jefferson – remain carved in granite year after year,” Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute, said in announcing the results of the 2022 survey. The faces of three …