Presidential ranking : how we regard the nation's highest office : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
In the fall of 2007, I participated in an Honors College colloquium based on the American Presidents. As a history major specializing in American history, I was particularly interested in how the course of history effected the administrations of our past presidents and, conversely, how the presidents shaped our history. As part of the final project, we were constructed to rank the presidents according to our own qualifications. For my personal ranking I found that I tended to favor presidents who were politically flexible and willing to go above and beyond for the good of the country. The first part of this thesis is my presidential ranking, with some changes made since I originally wrote it. The information is based off of our class discussions, video, and reading. I have included in the bibliography our textbooks and class video, all of which helped formulate my ranking. In the second half, I have divided the presidents into different groups based on the type of presidency they had, their political qualifications, or ideology. This section was more involved more outside research.*For the purposes of the presidential ranking, William Henry Harrison and James Garfield will not be included due to their shortened time in office and lack of significant presidential contribution.