From the beginning of modern history, American presidents have appeared to be much more powerful in terms of wealth and political dominance. According to an internet source, the current president of USA, Barack Obama is 2nd most powerful man in the world after Russian President Vladimir Putin. This makes us believe that American politicians if serve their nations wisely, get lots of money and attention. If you have been wondering that who the most influential presidents of USA history are, then here is the list of top 10 most influential presidents of United States.
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10. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was 32nd president of America. This honorable person was elected four times, and offered his services to the country till his death in April 1945. He was basically a leader of Democratic Party who established the New Deal Coalition in America by 1933. Franklin is also known to have introduced the real definition of liberalism in 20th century. Some of his major campaigns were “Happy Days Are Here Again” in which he provided defense to Herbert Hoover of Republican Party in November 1932 during Great Depression, and others. He also represented the Allies during World War II in collaboration with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin.
9. Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was a great politician, explorer and naturalist of America. He is known to be the youngest president in the history of the country who started his services at the age of just 42. The 26th US president founded the Progressive Party. Theodore is also known as the influential leader of the Republican Party, with slogan “Speak softly and carry a big stick”. He wrote a book named “The Naval War of 1812” which brought him forward in the list of best authors of the world. This politician used to adapt domestic policies such as “Square Deal” and mission to reduce railroad rates, and improve life’s standards in the country. He also led a conservation project.
8. Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland has served the USA for two non-consecutive presidency terms, at 22nd and 24th positions. He is also the prime leader of Bourbon Democrats and used to oppose imperialism. Grover has given ideas about how to develop the business and farming industries in the country. He used to follow classic liberalism rather than bossism and corruption. It was during his presidency when the Panic of 1893 hit USA, producing great depression. Grover had opposed to Free Silver and supported the gold standard.
7. Ronald Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan was 40th President of America. He provided his services as 33rd Governor of California before becoming a president. Ronald was a skillful person and worked for General Electric as a spokesman against corruption and domestic abuse. Most of his political services were regarded as “Reaganomics” because he worked to reduce the tax prices on industries for their better growth. Also Ronald tried to control the supply of money for reducing the inflation in the country. He had led an invasion for reversing a Communist coup in Grenada. His major campaign was “”Morning in America”.
6. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson is 3rd president of USA. He was the person who architected the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Thomas also served at the position of Governor of Virginia during American Revolution and was the 1st United States Secretary under President George Washington. Also he worked to organize the Democratic-Republican Party in collaboration with James Madison for opposing Alexander Hamilton’s Federalism. He initiated his campaign of revolution and initiated the removal of Indian tribal from Louisiana Territory for the purpose of accommodating free lands for the eventual American settlers.
5. Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman became the president of USA after President Roosevelt’s death in 1945. He is 33rd president who emerged successfully during World War II. It is Harry who had approved the use of atomic weapons during the war against Japan. He initiated a USD13 billion Marshall Plan for the purpose of reconstruction of Europe after World War II. Not only this but also, he had commenced Berlin Airlift in 1948 and was the creator of NATO in 1949.
4. John F. Kennedy
JFK was 35th President of the United States, and 2nd youngest in American history. He had won Pulitzer Prize, and served until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy was a graduate of Harvard College in 1936 and joined U.S. Navy in 1941. His contributions during his presidency in the Cuban Missile Crisis, African-American Civil Rights Movement and Bay of Pigs Invasion cannot be ignored. He also joined the “Space Race” and initiated Apollo Project. He focused on raising the involvement of America in Vietnam War, and developed connections with the other governments for inviting them for the same cause.
3. George Washington
George Washington is 1st President of America, and is known to be the Founding Father of the nation. He had also been the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. George worked for replacing the Articles of Confederation and supported the movement of Federalist Party. Moreover, he had opposed the 1765 Stamp Act, and also protested against the Townshend Acts in 1769. He was elected as the president unanimously, two times without support of any party, in 1788 and 1792 respectively.
2. Woodrow Wilson
Thomas Woodrow is the leader of the Democratic Party. He is 28th President, and served as the President of Princeton University and the Governor of New Jersey before being elected. He is the winner of Congress and White House in 1912 and initiated Progressive Movement. Woodrow’s major agendas were Federal Trade Commission Act, the Federal Farm Loan Act, Federal Reserve Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act. During his times, child labor, for the first time got restricted. In 1916, with the slogan, “He kept us out of war”, he declared war against submarine warfare by Nazi Germany.
1. Abraham Lincoln
With the dream of reuniting the country, Abram Lincoln was 16th president of the United States. He served as the president until his assassination in April 1865. He is known to be an influencing president to bring positive thoughts in the nation. He initiated the economic development of the country after Civil War, and built banks, canals and railroads. He also granted tariffs for encouraging the factory owners to establish their factories and mills. This president also opposed war declaration against Mexico in 1846, and had taken serious steps for ending the slavery in the country.
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